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Job Title:  Director, Office of Trade and Labor Affairs
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of Labor
Job Announcement Number:  DOL-SES-ILAB-14-25

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

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$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 11, 2014 to Thursday, September 11, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - District of Columbia, DC   View Map
Open to all groups of qualified candidates. SES Candidate Development Program graduates with noncompetitive eligibility may apply for noncompetitive consideration for this position.
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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.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to 20%


  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized.


  • Must meet Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications.
  • Subject to Federal financial disclosure requirements
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period if not previously completed
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Subject to drug test prior to and during appointment
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance


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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.


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To qualify for this position, all applicants must write a narrative in the spaces provided detailing accomplishments that would satisfy each of the ECQs and MTQs. You must address each ECQ and MTQ separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible.

In writing your responses to the ECQs, your narrative must address each ECQ separately in the spaces provided. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. Responses to ECQ's must not exceed 10 pages. It is recommended that applicants draft their ECQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each ECQ to ensure length requirements. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. APPLICANTS SHOULD LIMIT THEIR RESPONSES TO ONE (1) SINGLE SPACED PAGE PER EACH MTQ WITH THE FONT SIZE NO SMALLER THAN POINT 12. It is recommended that applicants draft their MTQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each MTQ to ensure length requirements.

(1) Demonstrated leadership and management experience in international trade and labor issues, including related to the development and/or negotiation of labor provisions of free trade agreements (FTAs); the review and/or preparation of submissions alleging violation of FTA labor obligations; and the development and/or implementation of action plans, enforcement plans, or other strategies to facilitate compliance with FTA or preference program labor provisions.

(2) Knowledge of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and internationally recognized worker rights, including the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at work and the core ILO conventions, and experience assessing compliance of domestic labor legislation with such international standards.

(3) Familiarity with the principles and management of effective international labor rights program procurement, design, and oversight, in particular related to building foreign labor ministries' labor law enforcement capacity.

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular subject-matter knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically, we would find this experience in work within the field or a field that is closely related. You must demonstrate possession of specialized experience in the described duties.


You will be evaluated based on your experience and your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, your application will be rated ineligible.

Current/Former Career SES or SES Candidate Development graduates who have been certified by OPM must provide a narrative response to address each of the MTQ's, but need not address the ECQs. In order to successfully complete the online application process you must input the term, "noncompetitive eligible" in the text boxes for each of the ECQs. You must submit a Standard Form 50 that documents your SES Career appointment or a copy of your OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program certificate.
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Follow the 6 steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered or your application WILL BE INCOMPLETE AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section. You must SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, your application will be rated ineligible.

STEP 2 - Apply Online
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, and select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will then be redirected to DOLs DOORS website to complete the application process.

STEP 3 - Answer Vacancy Questions
Answer all the online questions including writing your narrative answer to the ECQs and MTQs in the space provided following each ECQ and MTQ.

STEP 4 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy by the close date. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document.

STEP 5 - Review Application and click Finish . Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 6 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date.


  • SF-50 documentation of career SES appointment or other Federal appointment (if applicable)
  • Certificate of completion of OPM certified SES candidate program (if applicable)
  • Copy of most recent performance appraisal (optional)


Lisa Savage
Phone: 202-693-7690
Fax: 202-693-7705
Agency Information:
Labor, Office of Secretary of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Room N2453
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-693-7705


The Office of Executive Resources will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the mandatory technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members for rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" candidates. The panel will make a recommendation to the selecting official about the top candidates that s/he should interview. Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless the selectee is a current/former SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approval SES Candidate Development Program.

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