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Job Title:Supervisory International Trade Specialist, GS-1140-15

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Commerce, International Trade Administration

Job Announcement Number:ITA-TPFCS-2014-0028

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 25, 2014 to Friday, May 09, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1140-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

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

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States Citizens.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Global Markets Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa is looking for an energetic, innovative supervisor who will enjoy working in a dynamic and mission driven organization as a Director for the Middle East and North Africa.  The ideal candidate will have managerial experience applying forward-thinking leadership in promoting and implementing a vision that fosters organizational excellence.  This position requires supervising a Headquarters staff working on trade promotion and policy as well as identifying and eliminating market access barriers facing U.S. companies.  The incumbent will lead and manage, including management of a staff who will research and analyze trade and investment issues as well as trade promotion affecting U.S. industry, 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 Middle East and North Africa, an organization within the ITA and is located at ITA’s headquarters in Washington D.C. Global Markets is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, and has trade professionals in over 85 U.S. locations and in more than 70 countries who help U.S. companies expand their international sales. The Global Markets staff assists companies through in-depth trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, trade advocacy and commercial diplomacy, and a suite of trade promotion programs (e.g. trade shows, events).  The position reports to the Executive Director for the Middle East and Africa.

A one year probationary period may be required.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

If you are found to be qualified and your name is forwarded to the hiring manager, you may be contacted for an interview and you should be prepared and available for an interview within 3-4 weeks from the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

This is a supervisory position.  If not already completed, the selectee will need to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.

This position is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures under job announcement number ITA-TPFCS-2014-0027.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will have job duties that include:  

1) producing concise, precisely articulated briefing materials and persuasive recommendations for senior Department officials regarding issues and policies bearing on U.S. market access and trade/economic relations with countries in the Middle East and North Africa region;

2) developing and advocating Office recommendations for Bureau and Departmental positions on U.S. policies regarding the region;

3) maintaining office familiarity with trade, investment and other economic policies in the Middle East and North Africa region;

4) planning and carrying out meetings, official visits and other contacts involving U.S. and foreign government and private sector contacts to advance U.S. market access and other commercial policy interests in the region; and

5) representing and advising the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and other higher-level ITA and Department of Commerce officials on matters pertaining to market access and expansion of trade, trade promotion, export and investment opportunities for U.S. companies in the region.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade GS-14 level in the federal service.  Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience managing people and budget(s); and demonstrated practical experience with Middle East and North Africa trade, economic, investment or political policies and practices.



Education may not be substituted for experience for this grade level.  The individual occupational requirements for this position are:

Undergraduate Education: Major study -- global business management, global public policy, international finance, business administration, textile and apparel studies, political science, economics, marketing, international trade, international business, international affairs, international relations, international economics, or other related fields of study.

Graduate Education: Major study -- 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.

or

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience that demonstrated the application of knowledge of international economic and political factors influencing the flow of goods and services between countries; the impact of government policies and regulations, business conditions, and market structures on international competitiveness; or of problems and techniques relating to the sales and marketing of goods and services in world markets.

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 80 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.

  1. 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.
  2. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  3. Any documentation from your agency that shoes your current promotion potential.
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

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. Practical experience with the political systems, economies, trade, and investment policies of the countries within the Middle East and North Africa region.
  2. Knowledge of the roles played by the U.S/Government, the Congress, and the business community in the formulation and implementation of U.S. trade and economic policy and foreign policy.
  3. Knowledge of U.S. embassy operations.
  4. Knowledge of market development programs and the ability to execute trade promotion programs.
  5. Skill and experience in managing and prioritizing office goals.
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 shoes your current promotion potential. 
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:


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 e-mail 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.

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.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6.
  • 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.

 

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:

Fred Person
Phone: 202-482-5243
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: FPerson1@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-TPFCS-2014-0028

Control Number:

368274800