Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Operations

Washington, D.C
Mar 29, 2023
Apr 04, 2023
Full Time

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Operations is responsible for managing the accomplishment of the following responsibilities in Global Markets (GM):
  • Develops guidance and provides oversight for Global Markets centralized operation, budget, and administrative services units supporting all of GM. Establishes operating procedures, internal controls, and systems to ensure compliance with management and other policies, including those issued by Global Markets, the International Trade Administration, the Commerce Department, and the Foreign Service.
  • Manages resources within delegated authorities encompassing broad financial planning, budget formulation and development, financial management and control strategies for all Global Markets operations, the use of ITA systems and controls to monitor utilization of fiscal resources, the modification of budget and spending plans in response to external decisions and events, and the proper completion of Global Markets reporting and accountability requirements.
  • Provides administrative management oversight, support, and review to GM's U.S. field operations (a.k.a., the U.S. Commercial Service), which is responsible for the administrative management of domestic field operations distributed among more than 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers and public/private partnership programs nationwide. These offices provide comprehensive export counseling, trade facilitation, trade finance, information, and other products and services to U.S. businesses and partners (associations, state, and local governments).
  • Provides administrative management oversight, support, and review to GM's overseas operations (a.k.a., the Foreign Commercial Service), responsible for the administrative management of regionally aligned international field operations units. Managed by regional DAS units within GM headquarters, these overseas offices, located in more than 120 U.S. Embassies and Consulates, provide support to U.S. small business exporters and multinationals through trade promotion and events, government to government advocacy, commercial diplomacy, market intelligence, and counseling. They also deliver inward investment outreach, programs, and services in conjunction with SelectUSA.
  • Represents the Foreign Commercial Service as a member of the State Department's centralized Interagency Cooperative Administrative Support System (ICASS) Council, and coordinates with the Department of State's Human Resources/Office of Overseas Employment regarding human capital programs and support for Foreign Service Officers and Locally Employed Staff, including workforce planning, recruitment and placement, performance management, employee development and training, classification, equal employment opportunity, employee and labor relations, promotions, career planning and separations.
  • Serves as a liaison with the Department of State regarding Foreign Service human resource issues and provides Foreign Service human capital services to other units of the Department through memoranda of understanding and inter-agency agreements.
  • Develops guidance and provides oversight to employee development training programs across GM, overseeing proposals and options for employee development programs that advance the agency's mission.
  • Leads GM's DEIA efforts and assures equity in all personnel matters and actions across the organization.


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 experience in managing operational functions in a geographically dispersed organization in U.S. government financial management and budget processes, personnel management and development, and other operations and administrative management functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with senior level USG officials, such as ambassadors; senior management officials of foreign and domestic industries; executive level representatives of trade associations; and other high-ranking individuals.
  • Demonstrated skill in leading diverse teams and individuals with cross-cultural environments, and in building and sustaining high levels of morale that lead to positive organizational efficiencies and health.

  • 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

    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.