Applicants must be able to speak and read Chinese. Applicants must possess 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade level that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.
To qualify for the GS-09, you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience with Chinese trade policies and practices; experience drafting reports, papers, memos, and other documents on international trade issues; and experience working or interacting with teams or groups of individuals.
To qualify for the GS-11, you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience with Chinese trade policies and practices; experience in drafting reports, papers, memos and other documents on international trade issues; and experience working or interacting with senior managers or officials.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification Standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience:
For GS-09 level: a master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.
For GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
Graduate Education: Major study must be in international policy, international commerce, international management, intercultural relations, international development, global economy, government and foreign affairs, international business, international trade, international economics, international affairs, international relations, or other related fields of study.
If you wish to substitute education for specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your college or graduate school transcript (official or unofficial) from an accredited education institution for verification.
Note: If using education to qualify for this position, we must receive a LEGIBLE COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS DEMONSTRATING YOUR QUALIFYING EDUCATION by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must meet requirements by 11:59 EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
1-Knowledge of Chinese trade policies and practices.
2-Skill in analyzing foreign macroeconomic and trade investment policies and their impact on commercial relations and/or U.S. business.
3-Skill drafting reports and briefing papers (or equivalent in order to communicate clearly your analysis on international trade issues.
4-Strong writing skills.
5-Strong communication and problem solving skills.
6-Skill in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations on business-related information. To preview questions please click here.