Job Overview


About the Agency

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) is responsible for carrying out the Secretary of Labor's international responsibilities, contributing to the Department's strategic goals, developing Departmental policy, programs and research relating to international labor activities and coordinating Departmental international activities involving other U.S. Government agencies, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations.

This position is located in the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA). OTLA's mission is to monitor, facilitate the implementation of, and/or enforce the labor provisions of U.S. free trade agreements and the labor eligibility criteria of U.S. trade preference programs; contribute to and participate in the development, negotiation, and implementation of U.S. trade and international economic policies on labor-related matters; coordinate international technical cooperation in support of the labor provisions in free trade agreements; and fund and oversee technical assistance projects addressing worker rights issues in key trading partners.


The incumbent serves as the Director of OTLA. Directs and coordinates the activities of the three program groups within the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs: the Division of Trade Policy and Negotiations, the Division of Monitoring and Enforcement of Trade Agreements, and the Division of Technical Assistance and Cooperation.

Collaborates in initiating and formulating plans for the Department's participation in international and interagency programs which are of specific concern to the Department and are of interest and significance to American workers.

Determines, plans and coordinates the participation of various Bureaus, Agencies and Offices of the Department on the basis of their subject-matter specialists and fields of activity.

Initiates, develops and carries out policies and programs designed to secure the most effective participation of the Department in economic and trade programs of certain international organizations, particularly the WTO, the ILO, the OECD and other international organizations concerned with international economic and trade policy matters. Recommends revision of such policies, as necessary, to accomplish this end in the light or experience with these programs.

Participates in conferences and meetings with the Secretary of Labor, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary, Assistant Secretaries and other top officials of the Department, with officials of other Federal agencies, particularly the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the State Department, with officials of foreign countries and with representatives of labor organizations and industry regarding international economic and trade matters.

Labor Department member of the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) which is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the trade agreements and trade preference program; obtains and reviews information and advice concerning trade and tariff matters; and, as necessary, recommends appropriate action to the Assistant Secretary-level Trade Policy Review Group (TPRG).

Represents the Department's views at a number of international organizations on many broad, important international economic and trade policy issues, including but not limited to questions pertaining to economic development of less-developed countries and the labor and employment aspects of economic development; and serves, as assigned, as a member of the U.S. delegations in the negotiation of the reduction or elimination of tariffs and other barriers to trade, to the extent that such barriers can be lessened or removed through multilateral action in international forums such as WTO or through free trade agreements with specific countries.

Principal adviser on international economic and trade matters to the Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs and the Associate Deputy Undersecretary in their capacity as the Department's representatives on the TPRG and other formal interagency groups.

Confers with top officials of labor unions and industry associations for the purpose of obtaining their opinions and official positions on various issues related to economic and trade policy and the negotiation, monitoring and implementation of international trade agreements.

Gives presentations on the work of the Department of Labor on international economic and trade issues before groups of foreign visitors, Foreign Service personnel, or public groups.

Serves as the Department's representative on international economic and trade policy matters in public hearings held by the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) and staff briefings with Congressional committees.

Oversees the Department's responsibilities with respect to the Labor Advisory Committee, which provides a consultative mechanism to facilitate communication between the Department and the American labor sector on international trade and related matters.

Oversees, manages and directs a staff to include economists, lawyers and program analysts; determines which international economic and trade policy issues should be initiated, dropped, curtailed, expanded or emphasized; and decides how many staff and how much resources to devote to the various issues.

Conducts short and long-range planning activities and defines broad goals and objectives for the Office.

Manages the Office's financial resources effectively and efficiently through program planning and evaluation, ensures the proper use of funds and determines means to reduce costs, especially with the use of information technology within the Office.

Selects or approves the selection of all OTLA staff, provides career development opportunities, provides performance standards, evaluates employees and recommends other personnel actions, coordinates work between subordinate work groups and resolves differences, coordinates work within the Office and performs related supervisory and managerial duties.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to 20%

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized.