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Job Title:  USITC Pathways Recent Graduate Opportunity
Agency:  U.S. International Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  EX-13-034-JY

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,075.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Thursday, May 09, 2013
Full Time - Recent Graduates NTE 1 year
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


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.


Recent Graduate Students may expect to be assigned positions which offer both valuable experience and substantial individual responsibility.  Successful candidates are hired to work in an office within the U.S. International Trade Commission located in Washington, D.C. on a temporary appointment not-to-exceed twelve (12) months, with the possibility of extension for an additional year.

NOTE: This announcement is open from April 30, 2013, to May 9, 2013, and will be used to fill multiple positions in various offices across the organization. We will accept applications for this announcement on an ongoing basis during the opening period or until the positions are filled. The cut-off dates for review are 11:59 EST on the first day 50 applications are received, then May 4, 2013, and finally May 9, 2013. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to satisfactory completion of background investigation
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date
  • You may be required to serve a one year trial period
  • You will be required to sign the Pathway Program Participant Agreement


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This position is located within an office in the U.S. International Trade Commission.  This is a developmental position. You will work with higher graded staff in support of office programs and activities to gain practical work experience that augments your academic course of study.  You will typically performs duties such as: identifying data required for use in the management and  direction of programs; identifying various resources (e.g. staffing, equipment) required to support program operations; writing draft reports of study findings; and researching and investigating new or improved business and management practices for application to agency programs or operations. 


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To be eligible for this program, you MUST meet the definition of a RECENT GRADUATE as follows:

Graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. 


Applicants who possess a Bachelor's degree or higher, meet all of the qualification requirements for this position.  If your education is below the Bachelor's degree level,  in addition to your education, you must  have at least three years of general experience, one of which is at least equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service.   General experience includes performing day-to-day administrative support assignments such as preparation and review of correspondence, records and file functions; office management, mail management, supply and furniture management, maintaining calendars for an organization, etc.


NOTE:   Preference eligible veterans who are precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty.  Eligibility period in this case cannot exceed six (6) years from the date on which the veteran completed his or her degree (or certification).   

Submit a copy of your transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials:


Unofficial transcripts will be accepted when applying to the position. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected. 



Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

  • administrative support/office management  




Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education, 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.  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 requirements against the 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.


Those who apply after the cut-off dates may not receive consideration.


Applications will be accepted from applicants that qualify as late filers until a certificate is issued. 


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As a Recent Graduate Student, with a full time appointment expected to last at least one year, you are eligible for health benefits, life insurance coverage, and retirement benefits.  You are also eligible to earn annual and sick leave.   

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


1.  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.


2.  After program completion, you MAY be converted to a permanent or term position, provided you: a) successfully complete at least 1 year of continuous service in addition to meeting all requirements of the program, b) demonstrate successful job performance, and c) meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.  Noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position is not guaranteed.  To learn more, please visit


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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 the cut off dates 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 878638.
  • 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 the cut off dates, 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, in any any 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 -You MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s), or completion of education from a vocational, technical or certificate from a qualifying educational institution 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: 



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.

4.    After a selection is made.

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