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Job Title:  Lead International Trade Specialist (DEU)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Commerce, International Trade Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ITA-TPFCS-2014-0063

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Competitive Service: Career or Career-Conditional - Full-Time, Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All qualified United States Citizens.


About the Agency

The mission of the U.S. Department of Commerce is to help American businesses thrive, creating jobs here at home while being competitive abroad.  Our programs touch the daily lives of the American people in many ways, with a wide range of responsibilities in the areas of trade, economic development, technology, entrepreneurship and business development, environmental stewardship, and statistical research and analysis.

The Office of Europe, the Middle East & Africa in the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Global Markets unit is looking for an energetic, innovative team-oriented trade professional who will enjoy working in a dynamic and mission driven organization as a member of our staff. The ideal candidate will have professional experience in international economic relations, trade and investment policy issues, as well as in practical business considerations facing United States companies operating in foreign markets. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with United States international relations with countries of Western and Northern Europe and European Union institutions and regulations. The successful applicant will support efforts to improve the global business environment and help U.S. companies and industries compete at home and abroad. These challenges will reward an applicant who can apply creative thinking, exercise personal initiative and leadership, and demonstrate a commitment to personal and organizational excellence, in the service of United States Government policies, the competitive position of United States industry and the strength of the United States economy. The incumbent will serve as the Team Lead for the Western and Northern Europe unit comprised of a staff of 4 international trade specialists.

This position is located in the Office of European Country Affairs within the Office Europe, the Middle East & Africa within the Global Markets Unit of the International Trade Administration. Global Markets assists and advocates 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. 


  • Occasional Travel
  • Must be available for domestic and foreign travel.


  • No


  • Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Investigations and clearances must be completed prior to appointment.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.
  • You must apply to this announcement on-line:


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This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures under vacancy announcement# ITA-TPFCS-2014-0064.

The individual selected for this position will:

1) Produce concise, precisely articulated background and briefing materials as well as persuasive recommendations for senior Department officials regarding issues and policies bearing on U.S. market access and trade/economic relations with countries in the Western and Northern Europe region;

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

3) Maintain office familiarity with trade, investment and other economic/commercial policies and developments in the Western and Northern Europe region;

4) Plan and carry 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) Represent and advise the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Assistant Secretary and other higher-level ITA and Department of Commerce officials on matters pertaining to market access, trade promotion, business development and export and investment opportunities for U.S. companies in the region.


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Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-13 or equivalent pay band) in the Federal Service. Specialized experience includes 1) experience with the political systems, economies, trade, and investment policies of the countries within the Western and Northern Europe region and the European Union; 2) experience with the formulation and implementation of U.S. trade and economic policy and foreign policy; 3) experience with market-development programs; 4) Experience in managing and prioritizing office goals; and 5) experience communicating with European business officials.

Selective Placement Factor:  Must be able to proficiently speak and read in a European language (such as French, German, Italian, Spanish, etc.) other than English.

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.

Probationary Period: One year probationary period may be required depending on your government status and requirement of this position.

Security Clearance: This position may require a security clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

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. If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" OF-306, prior to being appointed.


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:

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of the roles played by the U.S. Government, Congress, and the business community in the formulation and implementation of U.S. trade and economic policy and foreign policy.
  • Knowledge of market-development programs.
  • Knowledge of economic, market access and other commerical policy issues in Western and Northern Europe and the European Union.
  • Skill in managing teams and projects.
For more information on category rating, please go to:

To preview questions please click here.


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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:
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.


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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 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 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 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


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:
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation.  If applicable, see Other Information.
  • You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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 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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