The selected individual will serve as an advisor providing authoritative, professional advice to senior Commission officials on matters of international trade. A high level of expertise is required concerning industries involved in advanced technology, machinery, transportation, or environmental products, particularly involving issues including international trade restrictions, global supply chains, competitive conditions, global business strategies, and sources of domestic and foreign data.
As an International Economist, you will perform the following major duties:
- Conduct research and analysis for investigations and studies of international trade, trade regulations, measures that impede trade, and trade agreements;
- Evaluate the global competitive position of U.S. advanced technology, machinery, and transportation industries relative to foreign industries, to enable the Commission to advise the President and Congress on various trade issues;
- Provide information and assistance to the public and industry where necessary and appropriate;
- Provide both written and oral communication; possesses a firm grasp of microeconomic, macroeconomic, and international trade and finance concepts; and
- Provide quantitative analysis (i.e., statistical analysis, econometrics, or other economic modeling techniques) as needed.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. RequirementsConditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship
- Appointment subject to satisfactory completion of background investigation
- You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
- You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
- You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59
You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume or supporting documents. This includes any basic, general and specialized experience, education and/or selective placement factors mentioned.
You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standard for the Economist 0110 can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/economist-series-0110/. A. Degree:
Economics , that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus.ORB
. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major in economics or agricultural economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.ANDMINIMUM REQUIREMENT:To qualify at the GS11 level
you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS09
level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: performing analysis that requires a demonstrated ability to apply economic standards to the market, political and technical factors. Ability to interpretate, analyze, and evaluate of trade data as pertaining to the economics. It must have required an in-depth understanding of international trade principles and theories.OR
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.To qualify at the GS12 level
youmust have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS11
level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience in international trade as it relates to chemicals, or related sectors, which included substantive analysis requiring a thorough understanding investigation; planning and execution of sequential work steps; and integration of research and analysis into an assigned study.To qualify at the GS-13 level
, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS12
level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: researching and analyzing issues in international trade as they relate to economic sector; recognizing and evaluating factors in domestic and foreign supply and demand to draw rational inferences based on applying econometric or other economic modeling techniques to support the technical validity of findings; and knowledge of economic, financial, and technical factors influencing trade policy, merchandise trade flows, and sector competitiveness.
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. Education
This occupation has a positive education and specialized experience requirement. Specifics are detailed above:Basic Education requirement for all applicants:A. Degree:
Economics , that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus.ORB.
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major in economics or agricultural economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.Education May be Substituted for Experience as Follows:At the GS-11 level
: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related.At the GS-12 level
: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.At the GS-13 level
: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.
You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.
Education must have been completed in an accredited institution, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in order to be credited.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education. Another listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. The following link, lists accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm Additional informationThis announcement is issued under "direct-hire" authority. Consistent with 5 U.S.0 3304(a)(3) and OPM regulations (5 CFR 337 Subpart B) on direct-hire: All candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements may be referred for consideration. Competitive examining rules providing for rating and ranking and veterans' preference do not apply.
Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees:
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .Selective Service:
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/ .Foreign Education Credential Interpretation:
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ SF-15 (veterans claiming 10 point preference):
http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf Severely disabled persons program information:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/ Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx:
Assessment Questions: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12122763 Vacancy ID number:
Reasonable accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.