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

Job Title:International Trade Specialist GS-1140-09/11/12/13, (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Department of Commerce - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:ITA-Field-2014-0066

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$49,107.00 to $110,088.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 13, 2014 to Monday, June 23, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1140-09/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Career-Career Conditional Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Buffalo, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located in the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) US and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) Global Markets, U.S. Field office in Buffalo, New York.

USFCS and Global Markets assists companies through in-depth trade counseling and consulting, market intelligence, business matchmaking, trade advocacy, commercial diplomacy, and a variety of other trade promotion programs.

We are looking for a highly motivated trade specialist who will enjoy working in an exciting, mission-driven organization.  This candidate will serve as a trade specialist in the Buffalo U. S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC), which covers the eight counties of Western NY. The trade specialist will be responsible for outreach and developing a local client base; managing all ITA programs and functions within the Western NY area; and working with companies and world-class public and private sector partners to enhance and further the goals and objectives of the agency. The ideal candidate will have experience in international trade and strong communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. 

This position is currently located in Buffalo, NY, but the territory includes the rural areas of Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties.  The Buffalo USEAC collaborates with the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Small Business Administration, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo World Trade Association, and local Economic Development Organizations, Small Business Development Centers, and Chambers of Commerce.

The position reports to the Buffalo USEAC Director and works closely with our other Upstate NY USEAC in Rochester, NY and our Syracuse Associate Office, all of which are part of the regional NortheEast Network.

This position is also being advertised  under announcement number ITA-Field-2014-0066 (Open to status candidates).  You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • This position will require completion of a moderate risk background investigation upon selection (Standard Form 86).
NOTES: This vacancy may be used to fill other International Trade Specialist, GS-1140-9/13 positions throughout ITA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel is required. This position requires attendance at meetings and events; and client, partner, and congressional outreach in Western New York.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Mobility agreement required.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Qualification requirement must be met by closing date of announcement.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Plan, develop, and implement export programs and strategies for US companies
  • Provide information on US Department of Commerce and other US government programs to support expanding trade,
  • Assist US companies in identifying and exploring export opportunities in overseas markets.
  • Respond to requests for information on market conditions, trade opportunities, and problems affecting trade in the region.
  • Analyze trade statistics and contribute to market research efforts.
  • Prepare summaries, articles, or short reports on current trade issues.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate contacts with US industry, US Government agencies, and international organizations involved in international trade.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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*Ability and technical skills in the areas of email, internet, client management systems (i.e. the use of MS Outlook, Office Suite and clients management systems).
For more information on category rating, please go to: Category Rating
Qualification requirements in 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 OPM's website at: Qual


There is no positive education requirement for the 1140 series.
Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
To qualify at the GS-09 level: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the Federal service. Specialized experience at this grade level is defined as:  experience working with or advising on the export of goods and services to foreign countries; and experience researching trade and economic data.
OR
Education
:  Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree 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.
OR
Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.
To qualify at the GS-11 level:  You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next to lower grade level (GS-09) in the Federal service. Specialized experience at this grade level is defined as: experience providing guidance on or assisting in the export of goods and services to foreign countries; Experience researching, interpreting and analyzing trade and economic data; and Experience working with trade statutes and regulations.
OR

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., 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.
OR
Combination of graduate level education beyond the Master's level and specialized experience.
To qualify at the GS-12 level:  You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next to lower grade level (GS-11) in the Federal service. Specialized experience at this grade level is defined as: experience providing counseling and crafting customized solutions involving the export of goods and services to foreign countries;  Experience researching, interpreting and analyzing trade and economic data;  Experience organizing export related initiatives and/or programs;  Experience building international trade-related partnerships; and Experience working with trade statutes and regulations.
To qualify at the GS-13 level:  You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next to lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience at this grade level is defined as: experience counseling and crafting customized solutions involving the export of goods and services to foreign countries;  Experience in creating and leading export-related initiatives and/or programs; and Experience in establishing and building partnerships in the international business community.  

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

NOTE: Your resume must clearly document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.  IF YOU ARE USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
* You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts.
* If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.
* Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: opm.gov
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 self-assessment questions, 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 eligible 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 assessment tool will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
* Knowledge of export marketing and promotion, foreign trade practices and Government international programs and policies.
* Ability to counsel U.S. exporters or promote U.S. goods or services overseas.
* Ability to coordinate public and private sector organizations or government agencies.
* Ability to conduct international business research and analyze foreign market data for the benefit of U.S. companies.
* Ability to organize seminars, meetings, conferences and other events that involve a broad variety of participants.
* Ability to work with a team to share information, collaborate on joint assignments and participate in project implementation.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.
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: 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, certification from the National Guard Bureau of 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 last 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:
30 percent DisabledDisabilityVRA,  VeteransCTAP
NOAA participates in e-Verify.  E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

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 USAJOBS. 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 USAJOBS 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 am, to 7:00 p.m. ET.  For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the HR Personnel listed in this announcement.

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 education 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.
  • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 to show type of discharge or other valid proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference seehttp://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998.
  • Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) 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 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.  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 by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Marci Troyer
Phone: 816-426-2038
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: marci.d.troyer@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
WFMO/Staffing Division
601 East 12th Street
Room 1713
Kansas City , MO
64106
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

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: USAJOBS 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 Ineligible (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-Field-2014-0066

Control Number:

372677300