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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Senior Economist (MAP)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Commerce, International Trade Administration

Job Announcement Number:ITA-MAS-2014-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 31, 2013 to Thursday, November 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full Time, Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; Applicants eligible under special hiring authorities; Veterans who are preference eligible, or separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service, may apply under the Veterans Employment Opporutnity Act(VEOA).

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 & firms by promoting trade, opening foreign markets, and ensuring compliance with trade laws and agreements.

This position is located in the Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis (OTNA), Trade Policy &Analysis (TP&A), Industry & Analysis (I&A), International Trade Administration (ITA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).

The Trade Policy & Analysis division combines ITA’s experts in data-driven analysis with its experts in rules-driven analysis to improve competitiveness for U.S. companies. This unit focuses on the creation of objective cross-sectoral trade and industry information and analysis to facilitate well-informed policy and promotion decisions.

The Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis develops U.S. strategies and positions for cross-sectoral trade negotiations (industrial tariffs, Rules of Origin, Government Procurement), and further provides outreach concerning negotiation outcomes through vehicles such as the FTA Tariff Tool. OTNA also represents the Department on issues relating to the implementation of U.S. trade laws (retaliations, tariff bills).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report is required.
  • Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Time-in-grade must be met by the closing date.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.

DUTIES:

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The selectee for this position will perform the following duties:

  • Manage the formulation, programming and guidance of projects or continuing programs involving economic issues of great importance and significance related to trade policy;
  • Conduct policy oriented research in development of innovative approaches to existing and new problems in an economic field;
  • Lead interagency or intra-agency work groups;
  • Analyze complex trade policy questions and develops innovative solutions;
  • Train others in trade policy analysis, and;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENT, YOU MUST ALSO HAVE THE FOLLOWING: You must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 level that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. At the GS-14 level, specialized experience include: expertise as a technical expert on inter-agency trade negotiations and analysis teams; tackling complex trade policy analysis issues; leading intra-agency policy initiatives or projects; training others on trade policy analysis.


BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR ALL GRADES

Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

OR

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

Examples of qualifying experience include:

  1. individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation.
  2. supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
  3. teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions.

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. Urinalysis Screening: This position may require that you submit to a urinalysis screening for illegal drug use, prior to appointment.

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). However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of economic theory.
  • Knowledge of statistical theory/methodologies.
  • Skill in data analysis and report writing.
  • Ability to make presentations of controversial finding to a wide range of audiences.

Your answers to the questions in the online application process serve as the basis for your initial rating and will determine who is best qualified for this position; only the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. To be considered a well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP applicant, you must attain a score of at least 85. Your responses will be validated by a human resource specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information you provide in your online resume and/or by reference checks. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The International Trade Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc.

OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP and 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 CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap.
 
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", 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.
 
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.
  3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.


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 the bottom 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.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 email at mgshelp@monster.com or by 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, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-3041 or email at ccovington@doc.gov.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following:
  • 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. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, supporting your eligibility.
  • Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. For more information, please go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
  • Education: If this position requires proof of higher 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.
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.).
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: 202-482-4031
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://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-MAS-2014-0002

Control Number:

354421900