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International Trade Specialist MAP

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Employment and Training Administration

Washington, DC
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*This announcement is open to current Department of Commerce (DOC) employees who hold a competitive and permanent appointment and DOC CTAP eligibles. Those who meet may be eligible for this vacancy.

This position is located in the Information Technologies Team, Office of Health and Information Technologies, Industry and Analysis, International Trade Administration

The incumbent provides expert-level thought leadership in ITA for the U.S. Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) goods sector. The incumbent plans, manages and independently implements major trade program segments which address primary U.S. trade priorities impacting one or more ICT sub-sectors and trading partners.

A one-year probationary period may be required.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other International Trade Specialist, GS-1140-14 with full promotion potential to GS-14 positions within ITA in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and experience.


As an International Trade Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

Provide critical economic and policy analysis and information to promote U.S. business competitiveness and exports. This includes: monitoring and evaluating U.S. and foreign government policies and actions affecting the global competitiveness of the U.S. ICT sector; analyzing data to evaluate the impact of policy, regulation, and an evolving economic climate on U.S. ICT companies, and disseminating information to policymakers, industry and other stakeholders, in an actionable format.

Serve as an advisor to the Information Technologies Team Leader, providing operational guidance and counsel for creating and implementing policy regarding the ICT portfolio, which includes: communications and network equipment; semiconductors and related semiconductor manufacturing equipment; and computers and peripheral equipment- all of which are reshaping global commerce, investment, and economic development in every segment of the economy.

Prepare and deliver effective summaries of statistical and economic findings appropriate for both policy-level and public audiences. This requires identifying, selecting, analyzing and packaging data to advance policy discussions while distilling and translating technical information into formats geared to non-technical audiences and senior level officials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be required to travel 1 to 5 nights per month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to...

Internal employees with the Department of Commerce (DOC)*

Department of Commerce CTAP eligible

* See Summary for additional information.

Job family (Series)


Conditions of Employment

Must be a United States Citizen.

Suitable for Federal employment

Registered for Selective Service if applicable (,

Investigations and clearances must be completed prior to appointment.

Time-in-grade must be met by the closing date Eastern Time Zone (ETZ).


This position requires a NON-CRITICAL



. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

Time-in-grade/band requirements:

Must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.

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.


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. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the 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 the Office of Personnel Management's website located at .

This position has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR).

Undergraduate Education:

Major study -- global business management, global public policy, international finance, business administration, textile and apparel studies, political science, economics, marketing, international trade, international business, international affairs, international relations, international economics, or other related fields of study.

Graduate Education:

Major study -- 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.


Specialized Experience:

Experience that demonstrated the application of knowledge of international economic and political factors influencing the flow of goods and services between countries; the impact of government policies and regulations, business conditions, and market structures on international competitiveness; or of problems and techniques relating to the sales and marketing of goods and services in world markets.



, Applicants must also meet the specialized experience for the grade level applying to.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 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. For this position, specialized experience is experience:

Promoting U.S. business interests in foreign markets in the information and communication technologies (ICT) goods industry.

Researching and analyzing economic and trade data and regulatory information relating to the ICT goods sector.

Preparing international trade and economic briefing materials and advising senior officials on international trade and economic issues.


Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.

Additional information

CTAP 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 CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: .

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).

A copy of your SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;

A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity 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). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

Knowledge of the dynamics of international trade, specifically as it relates to the ICT goods industry.

Knowledge of export marketing and promotion, foreign trade practices, and government international programs and policies.

Skill in researching and analyzing economic and trade data and regulatory information relating to the ICT goods sector.

Ability to prepare international trade and economic background briefing materials for senior executive officials to use in policy development.

Ability to advise senior key international trade and economic issues.



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 (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.). Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

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 must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy - mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. 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.

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action:

If you are a current permanent Federal employee within the Department of Commerce, you must

provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career/career-conditional status, title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) documentation

if applicable (see other information).


This position may require proof of education or a combination of education, and 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 may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.

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 .

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.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR ATTACHMENT) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

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 .

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.


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. .

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

Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time zone (ETZ) 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 button and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. (After registering in your USAJOBS account and clicking Submit, you will automatically transition to the Department of Commerce's specific site where you will complete your application. You must click Submit at the end of the application process to send your application for consideration.)

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on Applications. Click on the position title, and then select Update Application.

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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online; however, if you are unable to apply online, please contact: Julia Schroeder

Agency contact information

Julia Schroeder







1401 Constitution Ave NW

Room 50030

Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Next steps

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 Applications.

The four points of notification are:

Application Received or Application Incomplete;

Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

Referred or Not Referred; and

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.).

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

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.

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