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Job Title:International Trade Specialist, GS-1140-09/11, DEU

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Commerce, International Trade Administration

Job Announcement Number:ITA-2014-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$52,146.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 to Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1140-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

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

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Confidential

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S Commercial Service, in the International Trade Administration (ITA), is looking for an energetic, innovative trade professional who will enjoy working in a dynamic and mission driven organization as an International Trade Specialist.  The ideal candidate will have trade promotion, investment support, and export experience applying forward-thinking leadership in promoting and implementing a vision that fosters organizational excellence. This position requires knowledge of international, economic and political factors influencing the flow of goods and services between countries. The incumbent will serve as a liaison with other ITA offices and Global Markets units, including management of a document tracking system, development and implementation of strategies that anticipate customer needs, and the execution of vital change initiatives.

This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S Commercial Service, in the International Trade Administration (ITA). The mission of Global Markets is to assist and advocate for U.S. businesses in international markets to foster U.S. economic prosperity.  Utilizing our network of trade promotion and policy professionals located in over 70 countries and 100 U.S. locations, Global Markets promotes U.S. exports, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises; advances and protects U.S. commercial interests overseas; and attracts inward investment into the United States.

Applicants under this vacancy announcement will be considered for external competitive procedures only.  This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as vacancy announcement no. ITA-2014-0004.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Applicant must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Applicant must complete a one year probation period.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Serve as a liaison with other ITA offices and Global Market (GM) units, working to achieve ITA and GM priorities and ensure communication among staff on important issues and tasks;
  • Assign tasks given to the Office of the Director General (ODG) by the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary or Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration to the GM units and ensure timely submission and adequate completion of GM responsibilities;
  • Coordinate with GM staff to determine what materials are needed for the Director General and Deputy Director General's participation in internal meetings, external events, and domestic and foreign travel, and work with/assign GM units to provide materials for these activities;
  • Coordinate with ODG Administrative staff to ensure materials are included in daily briefing books and trip books for the Director General and Deputy Director General;
  • Develop and maintain electronic tracking systems for all assignments and documents submitted to ODG for processing;
  • Serve as a liaison with the Office of the Chief Information Officer staff on necessary technical support for maintenance or upgrades to these systems; and
  • Manage weekly reporting responsibilities for organizational and senior officials' activities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GRADE 09
EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of an international trade specialist.

EXPERIENCE: To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is defined as having experience working on trade promotion programs with Global Markets or other U.S. Government trade agencies that demonstrated knowledge of:  (1) international economic and political factors that influence the flow of goods and services between countries; (2) the impact of government policies and regulations, business conditions, and market structures on international competitiveness; and (3)  problems and techniques relating to the sales and marketing of goods and services in world markets.   In addition, specialized experience is defined as experience maintaining electronic tracking systems, and editing documents within established guidelines.

GRADE 11
EDUCATION: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of an international trade specialist. Graduate Education: Major of study must be in international policy, international commerce, international management, intercultural relations, international development, global economy, government and foreign affairs, international business, international trade, international economics, international affairs, international relations, or other related fields of study.

EXPERIENCE:  To qualify for the GS-11 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as having experience working on trade promotion programs with Global Markets or other U.S. Government trade agencies that demonstrated knowledge of: (1) international economic and political factors that influence the flow of goods and services between countries; (2) the impact of government policies and regulations, business conditions, and market structures on international competitiveness; and (3)  problems and techniques relating to the sales and marketing of goods and services in world markets.  In addition, specialized experience is defined as experience analyzing information, maintaining electronic tracking systems, and working with multiple staff members editing documents within established guidelines


Education, or a combination of education and experience, may be substituted for experience at the GS-09 and GS-11 level.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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 dynamics, concepts, and practices of international trade.
2. Ability to coordinate assignments and prepare materials for use by senior officials.
3. Ability to maintain tracking systems or databases for coordinating tasks.
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple responsibilities and firm deadlines.
5. Ability to prioritize work and delegate tasks to ensure successful and timely completion of assignments. 

For more information on category rating, please go to:
http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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 RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, 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.
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:
*Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)
*Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
*30% or more disabled veterans
*Persons with disabilities
*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
*Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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:

  • 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 scored occupational questionnaire.
  • 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.
  • 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.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

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: 202-482-1903
Email: ccovington@doc.gov
Agency Information:
INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7412
Washington, DC
20230
US
Fax: 202-482-1903

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-2014-0003

Control Number:

362125800