Supervisory International Trade Specialist (DHA)

Washington, D.C
Sep 15, 2023
Sep 22, 2023
Full Time

As a Supervisory International Trade Specialist, you will perform the following duties:
  • Engages in periodic and comprehensive evaluation of program goals and objectives and adjusts or redefines goals and objectives as necessary; and assesses the impact of foreign government actions on the competitiveness of U.S. industries.
  • Provides supervision, leadership and guidance on the full range of administrative functions and programs; evaluates staff performance; serves as a first or second line rating official; develops and implements office activities in accordance with ITA EEO objectives and programs.
  • Develops and carries out programs and engagements to strengthen U.S. industry international competitiveness and improve the competitive position of U.S. industry in foreign markets.
  • Formulates and implements USG positions related to industry positions on international trade policies, and, when appointed, serves as head of the U.S. delegation to international fora and negotiations.
This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Supervisory International Trade Specialist (DHA) GS-1140-15 level positions within the International Trade Administration in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use of possession of drugs.
  • A probationary period may be required.
  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Drug Test: No
  • License required: No
  • Pre-employment physical required: No
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE form 450): No
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expense: Not be paid


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:

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level 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.

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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as:
  • Served as a leading technical advisor in performing trade analysis, trade negotiation, and trade promotion.
  • Developed and implemented trade strategies to make policy recommendations; and
  • Represented an agency/organization authoritatively to key sector stakeholder groups in major bilateral, regional and/or international trade fora.
To receive consideration, applicants must submit complete applications prior to the established cut-off date(s). The first cut-off will take place on June 19, 2023, to begin initial applicant consideration. Applications received after the first cut-off date will be considered upon request by the organization, as well as on the following cut-off dates specified below, as needed:

July 19, 2023
August 19, 2023
September 19, 2023
October 19, 2023
November 19, 2023

Applicants found eligible and referred on a cut-off date, or the date requested by the organization, will continue to be referred on subsequent cut-off dates, as needed.

Cutoff dates and the closing date of this announcement may be adjusted as needed, and any updates will be reflected on this announcement.


There is no positive education requirement for this position.

See Qualifications Above.

Additional information

ICTAP and CTAP Eligibles: CTAP and ICTAP 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 ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your specific RIF 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.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.