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Job Title:Writer/Editor(DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Commerce, International Trade Administration

Job Announcement Number:ITA-IA-2013-0023

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 $67,114.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 to Wednesday, November 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1082-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Service - Permanent-Full-time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens. This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures & is open to all U.S. citizens. This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status candidates (those currently serving on a career/career-conditional appointment, reinstatement eligibles, or those eligible under special appointing authorities) under vacancy announcement# ITA-IA-2014-0003

JOB SUMMARY:

Interested in assisting U.S. businesses compete globally? The International Trade Administration is instrumental in assisting businesses compete in the global economy. Help create opportunities for U.S. workers and firms, by promoting trade, opening foreign markets to ensure compliance with trade laws and agreements.

This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement & Compliance (E&C), Office of E&C Communications, International Trade Administration (ITA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). The incumbent will facilitate the preparation, editing and substantive review of outgoing E&C complex written material, including controlled correspondence, manuals, briefing materials, newsletters, testimony, memoranda and reports for the signature or direct use by the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Enforcement & Compliance, as well as other senior Commerce leaders. In addition he or she is responsible for assigning, tracking and logging the preparation and clearance of said materials within assigned deadlines.  The incumbent will write, rewrite, and edit complex written material on various trade enforcement matters geared to the specialized interests of specific groups, including U.S. producers, importers, exporters, trade associations, legal counsel, Congressional representatives, other Executive Agencies, and the press. He or she will be required to consider the target audience and the use of each document or publication in assessing its organization and the manner of presentation, as well as ensure that the materials are an accurate reflection of E&C’s policy and position on trade enforcement issues. The incumbent will be required to edit material to ensure that it is consistent with the writing style of senior Commerce officials, and contains correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, format, and general organization to produce polished products.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a United States Citizen,
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment,
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized,
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov),
  • One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade,
  • One year probationary period may be required.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will write, rewrite, and edit complex written material on various trade enforcement matters geared to the specialized interests of specific groups, including U.S. producers, importers, exporters, trade associations, legal counsel, Congressional representatives, other Executive Agencies, and the press. He or she will be required to consider the target audience and the use of each publication in assessing its organization and the manner of presentation, as well as ensure that the materials are an accurate reflection of E&C’s policy and position on trade enforcement issues. The incumbent will be required to edit material to ensure that it is consistent with the writing style of senior Commerce officials, and contains correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, format, and general organization to produce polished products.
The incumbent must be an efficient multi-tasker who is able to coordinate the tasking, tracking and logging of numerous requests for information from the E&C Communications Office, including all written material, controlled correspondence, manuals, briefing materials, newsletters, testimony, memoranda and reports. He or she will be required to work closely with other staff members to determine exactly what information is being requested, who in the organization may best respond to the request, and how the requested information may be most effectively presented. The incumbent must be a team-oriented worker who works well with others and is able to track the progress of each aspect of preparation and production of required materials to ensure adherence to approved milestones and internal requirements.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized experience is defined as experience researching, analyzing, distilling and presenting information either in a variety of fields or, with a broad and nonspecialized approach. Experience communicating information for such purposes as articulating policy, making public reports on the activities and plans of agencies, explaining the laws agencies administer and reporting the results of research and investigations. Experience in refining important documents for public release, utilizing exceptional attention to detail. Experience with share point technology and other social media to share work products and provide guidance and updated information to internal and external sources.


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. 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.

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 the English language, grammar, punctuation, and composition.
2. Skill in writing and editing.
3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to develop and present Import Administration, International Trade Administration, and Commerce Department decisions and policies.
4. Ability to research, analyze and interpret data related to import statistics, anti dumping and countervailing duty margins, and other trade remedy proceedings in order to develop required briefing materials and announcement documents.
5. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, SharePoint and Lotus 1-2-3 software.

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BENEFITS:

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The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc.

OTHER INFORMATION:

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; 2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: 1. VRA - http://federaljobs.net/veterans.htm 2. VEOA - http://opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp 3. 30% or more disabled veteran - http://opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp 4. Persons with disabilities - http://www.opm.gov/DISABILITY/ 5. CTAP - http://www.opm.gov/ctap/ 6. ICTAP - http://www.opm.gov/ctap/

HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.
To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Christine Covington at 202.482.3041 or CCovington@doc.gov


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following: 1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 2. Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx 3. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see "Other Information"). 4. Education, if qualifying based on education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: ccovington@doc.gov
Agency Information:
INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
20230
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
4. Selected or Not Selected.
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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Job Announcement Number:

ITA-IA-2013-0023

Control Number:

354309300