This position has a selective placement factor (SPF) requiring applicants to speak, read and write fluently in the Mandarin Chinese language. Applicants who do not meet the SPF are determined ineligible and will not receive further consideration. In addition to meeting the SPF, applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience. If you are invited for an interview, you may be required to demonstrate your ability to read and explain information in the Mandarin Chinese language.
Substitution of Education for 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 the GS-11 level: You may qualify for this position with either (A) 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 if related. If you wish to substitute education for specialized experience, you must fax in a copy of your college transcript (official or unofficial) from an accredited education institution for verification.
This position is being advertised at the GS-9/11/12/13 levels. You must possess 1 year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level as follows:
For the GS-9, one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 or equivalent pay band. Specialized experience is defined as experience in researching laws, regulations, policies, news articles, scholarly journals and websites written in the Mandarin Chinese language; experience in researching and analyzing empirical trade and economic data and information; experience summarizing trade data and information clearly and concisely; experience navigating research sites (e.g. Lexis/Nexis), the internet and other reference materials to research, gather, download, and extract information.
For the GS-11, one year of specialized experience at the GS-9 or equivalent pay band. Specialized experience for the GS-11 includes all experience listed above, as well as, experience or education accurately summarizing outcomes of meetings.
For the GS-12, one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 or equivalent pay band. Specialize experience for the GS 12 includes all experience listed above, as well as, experience researching, analyzing and interpreting empirical trade and economic data and information, as well as international trade policy and international trade law, experience summarizing trade data and information clearly and concisely, experience providing support for negotiation, implementation or enforcement of U.S. trade agreements.
For the GS-13, one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent pay band. Specialized experience for the GS-13 includes all experience listed above, as well as experience analyzing U.S trade policy including provisions of existing trade agreements, experience using information on economic, market, political and other factors which influence U.S. trade objectives to develop recommendations for U.S. policy positions on technical trade issues, experience representing a client or government office in the interagency process within the U.S. Government and briefing senior officials.
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements 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.
U.S. Citizenship: You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship. Selective Service System: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an exemption. If selected, confirmation of registration status is required. Position Requirements: Applicants must meet requirements by MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement. Security Clearance: This position requires a secret security clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.
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 scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “gold” category 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 U.S. trade policy including provision of existing trade agreements.
2. Knowledge of the economic, market, political and other factors which influence U.S. trade objectives and positions.
3. Ability to research, analyze and interpret documents and other information written in the Mandarin Chinese language.
4. Ability to research, analyze and interpret empirical trade and economic data and information, as well as international trade policy and international trade law.
5. Ability to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing.
6. Ability to navigate several research sites, the internet and other reference materials. To preview questions please click here.