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Job Title:  Senior International Trade Analyst (DE)
Agency:  U.S. International Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  DE-13-041-JY

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,711.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The USITC is an independent Federal agency that adjudicates import injury cases and provides the President and Congress with high quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues.

Here, you will find a dynamic work environment, multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products, a dedication to develop your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and your personal life. This position is located in the Office of Operations, Office of Industries, Services Division. The ideal candidate will possess the following: a proven ability to perform a management role in successfully leading teams of trade professionals in conducting primary and secondary research on a broad scope of industry, trade, and competitiveness issues; a solid understanding of the economic, financial, and technical factors influencing trade policy, services and merchandise trade flows, product or industry competitiveness and both qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques; a proven track record of trade research; excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in team environments; and, strong written and oral communication skills.


This position is also being announced through merit promotion procedures under MPPA-13-043-JY.  Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Merit Promotion Procedures must apply to both announcements. 




  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to satisfactory completion of background investigation
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period


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The Senior International Trade Analyst is called upon to identify and explore the most difficult areas of research based on a full understanding of agency needs and the requirements of the U.S. trade policy community. The Analyst is continuously involved in the development and execution of research, and frequently leads specific projects or acts as a consultant to other staff researchers.

The Senior International Trade Analyst has full responsibility for serving as a team leader for trade analysts working on a wide range of highly visible projects and studies. Specific tasks include: communicating assignments, projects, or problems to be solved; establishing priorities, deadlines, and goals; providing technical assistance and oversight of assignments; assisting the team and individual members in identifying and developing solutions to problems; providing critiques of written work products and offering guidance to ensure final products are analytically rigorous and appropriate for intended end users; and, serving as coach, facilitator, and negotiator in coordinating team initiatives and in consensus-building activities.

The Senior International Trade Analyst is responsible for maintaining significant expertise in assigned products and industries, conducting research and preparing reports, and providing summaries of technical information. In addition, the position requires maintaining broad subject matter knowledge of industries, products, and markets, as well as a deep understanding of the issues, programs, and regulatory policies that impact U.S. and global trade.


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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must have the general and specialized experience outlined below which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.


Basic Requirements:

You must have one year of specialized experience (52 weeks) in the federal service at the GS-13 level or above. Typically, we would find this experience demonstrated in: published analytical work such as independent research and analysis that emphasizes an understanding of the factors (e.g., economic, technical, etc.) affecting U.S. and global trade; the leadership of teams engaged in the development of complex research projects; and, the provision of authoritative advice to senior agency staff, members of Congress or their staff, U.S. trade negotiators, etc. through briefings or written analysis.




Education cannot be substituted for experience at this level.





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.

To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions.


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Working for the U.S. International Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  

You can access the following link to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees:


1.  CTAP/ICTAP APPLICANTS:   If you are a federal displaced employee as defined in 5 CFR 330.703 (b), you may be entitled to receive priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   You must be determined by the Agency to be "Well Qualified' for the specific position.  A well qualified employee means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities, which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements requirements for the position.  Eligible employees receiving a score of 85 or higher will be determined to be well-qualified employees and will be advised in writing of the results.  Eligible employees will be advised in writing if another well qualified eligible is selected.  When an eligible employee is found to be not well qualified, a second independent review of the employee's application will be conducted and the employee will be advised in writing of the results of the second review.  You can view additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP through this link:


2.  If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 10, 2013 to receive consideration.


  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.  
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:


You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.


NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  • To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 877673.
  • Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 10, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  • Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  • Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


1.  Resume - Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.


2.  Occupational Questionnairea completed job-specific occupational questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account or FAX'd via the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.


3.  Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.


4.  Veterans' Preference - If claiming veterans' preference, you must indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.

For 5-point veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received OR other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.


For 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit an SF-15 and any documentation required by this form to support your claim.  If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met.To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: 

5.  Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles - you must submit the following documents:

  • a copy of your agency notice; and
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
  • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


Johnetta Young
Phone: (202)205-2651
Agency Information:
United States International Trade Commission
500 E Street SW
Washington , DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.


You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1.    Upon receipt of your application.

2.    Upon minimum qualification determinations.

3.    After candidates have been referred to the hiring official.

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