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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:International Economist (DE)

Agency:U.S. International Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-047-JY

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Thursday, May 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 2-Years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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. 

 

The position is located in the U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Economics, Country and Regional Analysis Division. The incumbent of this position serves as an International Economist (Research Assistant) assigned to the Office of Economics, and is responsible for collecting economic data from primary sources, analyzing statistical data, preparing quantitative analysis, preparing analytical reports, and working closely with more senior economists. The context of these assignments may be anti-dumping, countervailing or trade related investigations; strategic, budget or administrative reports; or independent research and analysis.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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The Office of Economics (EC) is charged with the responsibility for conducting international research and analysis on U.S. international trade conditions. Its mission also includes studies into the economic variability and comparative strengths and weaknesses of all major segments of U.S. industry to assess competitiveness. The major objective of EC is to put the Commission in a position to provide advice to Congress and the President on international trade matters. The incumbent performs economic analysis and/or research relevant on USITC programs. Assists leadership in the development of policies and programs. Plans and carries out projects for collecting detailed economic data. Provides advice; prepares reports; maintains and applies econometric methods and models; creates and maintains data bases; and monitors and evaluates economic issues for impact on agency programs and policies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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:

A. Degree: economics, that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

For the GS-9, in addition to meeting the basic qualifications, you must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-7 or equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled. Assignments require a demonstrated ability to apply economic knowledge to the collection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation of data; OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

For the GS-11, in addition to meeting the basic qualifications, you must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-9 or equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the position duties and is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled. Assignments require a thorough understanding of the basic economic issue under investigation, integration of research into an assigned study, and planning and execution of sequential work steps; OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

 

Combining Experience and Education:

To combine your experience and education, you must convert the figures to a percentage and add them together.  The combined total percentages of your education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify. 

 

To calculate your percentage of undergraduate education, divide the number of undergraduate hours you've completed by 120.  To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours you've completed by 18.  If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3.  To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. 

 

Finally, add your experience and education percentages.  The two percentages must total at least 100% to be considered qualified.  


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: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

 

A. Degree: economics, that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Education may be substituted for experience as follows: For the GS-9, two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

For the GS-11, three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

To qualify based on education, you MUST submit copy of transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Application materials will not be returned. Submit proof of your education with a transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. We will be unable to return these to you. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above 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.

 

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:

 

  • Micro/Macro/Trade expertise
  • Research, data collection and analysis
  • Analytic writting and communication
  • Technical expertise
  • Teamwork 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, 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.


BENEFITS:

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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:  http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 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:  http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

 

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.

 

3.  This is a term appointment not to exceed two years.  However, at management's discretion, this appointment can be extended up to four years. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Thursday, May 09, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 884380.
  • 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 Thursday, May 09, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
  • 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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:  http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. 

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Johnetta Young
Phone: (202)205-2651
Email: JOHNETTA.YOUNG@USITC.GOV
Agency Information:
United States International Trade Commission
500 E Street SW
Washington , DC
20436

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

DE-13-047-JY

Control Number:

342699600