Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Analysis

Washington, D.C
Jan 28, 2023
Feb 05, 2023
Full Time

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Analysis - advises on domestic and international trade and investment policies affecting the competitiveness of U.S. industry; carries on a program of economic research and analysis on manufacturing and service industries and based on this analysis and interaction with U.S. industry, develops strategies, policies and programs to strengthen the competitive position of U.S. industries in the United States and world markets.

The incumbent directs the work of four subordinate offices:(Office of Investment Security, Office of Standards and Intellectual Property, Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, and Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis). Serves as a senior member Industry and Analysis's management team, directs the strategic planning and resource allocation process within the Trade Policy and Analysis Unit.
  • Develop and maintain analytic tools and expertise to assess industry structures, trends in employment, productivity, and impact of globalization on U.S. industry, including trade policy and negotiations; and work withsector units to develop consistent methodologies and establish quality standards for industry analysis.
  • Analyze the impact of domestic and international policies and trade agreements on U.S. industryand identifies best prospects for commercial opportunities for U.S. firms and industries that flow from trade liberalization.
  • Collect, compile, and disseminate data on U.S. industry and trade to support analysis throughout ITA, U.S. Trade Representative, and other U.S. trade policy and promotion agencies; supports the data needs of state and local programs dedicated to enhancing industry competitiveness; keeps the public informed of trade and industry trends; and works with Census and other agencies to improve and expand data on U.S. exporters, trade, and industry.
  • Provide specialized expertise in standards, intellectual property and related areas to promote U.S competitiveness through effective policy development and leadership and by reducing standards- and IP-related trade barriers.
  • Represent ITA and the Department of Commerce in interagency and international fora on issues relating to competitiveness and trade issues that cut across industry sectors and on some sector-specific issues such as those relating to implementation of U.S. trade laws.
  • Conduct economic research and analysis on industry and trade to support the development and implementations of policies and programs to improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and service industries, the development and implementation of international trade and investment policies, and the development of programs to support U.S. exporters; and conduct analysis on the business environment for U.S. manufacturing and service industries and make recommendations for actions to improvethat environment.
  • Manage the Department of Commerce participation in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, conduct analysis of economic vulnerabilities, market trends, and business rationale, and work with the larger ITA CFIUS team to bring robust inputs to CFIUS national security reviews.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • All members of the SES are subject to geographic relocation.
  • A one-year probationary period is required for new SES members.
  • Subject to pre-employment and employment random drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).

OPM approval is required before appointing any current or former political appointee to a permanent position in the civil service. This includes anyone who has been a political appointee in the last five years. Applicants are advised that the Department of Commerce will request information regarding the vaccination status of applicants for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


All candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your resume should demonstrate that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ's), listed below.

It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet all executive and technical qualification factors will automatically exclude you from further consideration.

Executive Core Qualifications: The following are the five ECQs and their competencies. The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential, not to evaluate technical experience. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad experience needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

ECQ 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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision).

ECQ 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.(Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).

ECQ 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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility).

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN : This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.(Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management).

ECQ 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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating).

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at Example of ECQ statements are available at

Professional/Technical Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated broad and in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of international trade, including extensive knowledge and experience related to the development of U.S. trade policies and the mechanisms, laws, and regulations related to trade policy, as well as knowledge of analytical techniques used to perform quick turnaround high-level policy analysis work to support international trade negotiations, to balance the economic interests of various U.S. industrial sectors; and to determine the impact of trade policy initiatives on U.S. trade.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, prioritize and deconflict respective trade and economic security considerations with attendant national security considerations to formulate and advocate for policies that best support U.S. long-term interests.
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge in national security risk methodology and issues used to conduct national security reviews of investments and demonstrated knowledge of unique sectoral and analytical expertise that underpins U.S. Government objectives to protect national security, restore jobs, and protect industries.

  • IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program and your ECQs were certified by an OPM QRB, you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.


    This position does not have a positive education requirement.

    Additional information

    Background Investigation/Clearance: This position is designated as Top Secret/SCI

    Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

    Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

    Application materials: The materials you send with your application will not be returned.


    SSN: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

    False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer.