GS-11 level applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-9 or equivalent level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Typically we would find this experience in work that demonstrates knowledge of the economic, market, policy, technical and other factors that influence U.S. trade flow and business, industry, and product competitiveness; and demonstrated analytical work such as research and analysis in a team environment Or
Substitution of Education for Experience at the grade 11 level only: Possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., in the related fields of international relations, international trade, economics, or business.
GS-12 level applicants have one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 or equivalent level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Typically we would find this experience demonstrated in work that shows experience in the theories, dynamics, and practices in international trade, economics, and competitiveness, in analyzing complex trade issues, policy positions and/or global and domestic industries, etc. Experience would include knowledge and skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques to issues and studies and demonstrated experience reaching sound conclusions.
GS-13 level applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Typically we would find this experience demonstrated in work that shows mastery of business and industry practices to plan and carry out studies; applying new theories, dynamics and practices of international trade, economics and competitiveness; and analyzing complex trade issues, policy positions and/or global and domestic industries.
Graduate level education in appropriate fields of study may be substituted for experience at the grade 11 level only. There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade 12 and 13 levels.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Trade expertise
2. Technical expertise
3. Research, data collection, and analysis
4. Analytic writing, and communication
5. Team and project accomplishment
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.
We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications and/or education on the information provided and evaluate your relevant education and/or work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:
Best: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).
Better: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.
Good: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
Names of the candidates in the Best category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Within these categories, candidates eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.
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