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Trade Specialist

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This position is located in the Civilians Agencies Unit, Office of Cargo and Commercial Sealift, Office of the Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Sealift, Office of the Associate Administrator for Strategic Sealift, Maritime Administration(MARAD).
The Office of Cargo and Commercial Sealift administers and implements a variety of programs related to the promotion of government-impelled cargo opportunities for U.S.-flag vessels, including special analyses and studies leading to program recommendations on government-impelled cargo procedures, legislative requirements and the administration of cargo preferred activities under the Cargo Preference Acts, Public Resolution17, PublicLaw 664, and any other pertinent cargo preference laws. The Office also manages Jones Act and domestic trade issues.
This position is established to monitor and record the ocean shipping activities of civilian government agencies, contactors, and recipients of federal funding, federal loans, and loan guarantees, as assigned, to ensure that rules issued under Public Law 664(CargoPreferenceActof1954(Act) and the Cargo Preference Act of 1904 are met.
The ideal candidate
for this position has commercial maritime industry experience, ocean shipping or freight forwarding experience, as well as knowledge of cargo preference laws and regulations.
This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.
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Responsibilities
As a Trade Specialist
, you will:
Liaise with division or office level managers of government agencies and other shippers generating preference cargo to ensure that the laws and regulations as prescribed by the Act being met.
Assist in maintenance of a monitoring system to ensure that each shipper provides hard copy or electronically, copies of bills of lading, for each ocean shipment under its jurisdiction and, when required periodic reports detailing its ocean shipment plan and non-US flag offers.
Develop a personal liaison with division or office level managers to ensure effective interface in programs involving utilization of US-flag vessels and to promote their use over and above the legal minimum.
Work with others in the office, handle requests for statistical data from the bills of lading and cargo preference reports received from civilian government agencies or other sources.
Assist in ensuring that all exports generated under the various programs are reported to MARAD and that cargo preference compliance is maintained.
Supervisory status
No
Promotion Potential
12
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Current INTERNAL AGENCY employees
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
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1140 Trade Specialist
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Conditions of Employment
Must be status eligible and meet specialized experience or education
Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
Position is telework eligible
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Selective Service:
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
TIME-IN-GRADE:
Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD:
This position involves travel
*. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
Qualifications
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
To qualify for the GS-09 on Experience,
you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-07, it must include:
Experience performing assignments that requires the application of fundamental principles, concepts, techniques and guidelines relative to the cargo preference programs.
To qualify for the GS-09 on Education alone,
you must have:
to the
At least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have been awarded a master's or equivalent graduate degree.
You can also qualify based on a combination of graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.
*To qualify on for the GS-11 on Experience, *
you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09, it must include:
Experience handling assignments that are intermediate in difficulty requiring interpretation and adaptation of guidelines to secure results.
To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone,
you must have:
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.
*To qualify on for the GS-12 on Experience, *
you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:
On Experience
, you must have at least one full year
of specialized equal or equivalent experience. It must include:
Experience handling complex assignments regarding the ocean shipping activities of domestic and military cargo shippers, as well as passenger vessel operations.
You cannot substitute education at the GS 12 level.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
**For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: ****Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.
Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.**
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Additional information
Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE
. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be scored based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position.
Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.
The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
No
Required Documents
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Required Documents
*ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. *
*The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying. *
TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience. The transcripts need not be officia
l, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements.
If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.
PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS:
If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation dated within the last 18 months (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).
VETERANS:
Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. It need not be official.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.
If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) (****you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
STATUS APPLICANTS:
If seeking eligibility consideration as status/agency/DOT employee, you must provide proof of eligibility in the form of an SF-50. Your SF-50 must verify the highest grade held competitively, full performance level of position, and eligibility as a status applicant. Please do not submit an Award SF-50, as these are often incomplete and do not verify grade or status eligibility.
NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS:
If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.
DISPLACED EMPLOYEES:
If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:
your most recent performance appraisal,
the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Benefits
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Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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How to Apply
You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
You may review your saved application(s) at ****If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email us at
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DOT, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, District of Columbia 20590
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Next steps
You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. The most highly qualified candidates in the top group will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.
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Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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Financial suitability
Social security number request
Privacy Act
Signature and false statements
Selective Service
New employee probationary period
This job originated on ****For the full announcement and to apply, visit ****Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at ****will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
08/09/2018 to 08/15/2018
Salary:
$56,233 to $106,012 per year
Pay scale & grade:
GS 09 - 12
Work schedule:
Full-Time - Full Time
Appointment type:
Permanent
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