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Director, Office of Industry and Competitiveness Analysis

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

The Director of the Office of Industry and Competitiveness Analysis provides executive leadership to the OICA, which is responsible for analyzing and producing pertinent qualitative and quantitative data and analysis on industry, economic, and technical matters relating to the competitive posture of the United States in agriculture, mining, services, and manufacturing in domestic and world markets. The incumbent of this position will also serve as a key member of the executive leadership of the Commission, actively participating in activities that drive the strategic direction of the Commission and optimize resource usage to further the Commission's mission.

The Director of OCIA will provide executive leadership to a staff that: 1) Ensures the collection and maintenance of information and comparative data on current and future manufacturing processing techniques, costs, quality, productive capacity, productivity, transportation, sources of materials, consumption, demand, marketing, and other factors having a bearing on the relative capabilities of domestic and foreign enterprises; 2) Develops and maintains a continuing and close working relationship with domestic producers, importers, and distributors, for the purposes of maintaining sources of information necessary for the fulfillment of the Commission's and Office's missions; and 3) Provides expert advice to the agency, the Commissioners, the public, Congress or the President. The expert advice will be used to analyze industries in investigations or agency programs, to undertake studies or research of particular industries; to produce papers and articles of interest to the international trade community; and contribute to strategic direction of the Commission.

As a Senior Executive, the incumbent will have direct responsibility for managing OICA, including determining strategic and annual goals and objectives, establishing performance plans and objectives, assigning work, evaluating performance, supporting agency human resource management, equal employment opportunity and labor relations policies and objectives, managing fiscal resources, and ensuring adherence to security, privacy and internal control requirements within your organization. Along with other agency Senior Executives, the incumbent will take an active role in agency-wide management activities.

As the Director of OCIA, you will:
  • Serve as a key advisor to the Director of Operations, Commissioners, and other Commission offices in the planning, management, and directional support related to OICA programmatic and operational decisions;
  • Facilitate communications and provide authoritative information, analyses, and policy and program recommendations;
  • Conduct negotiations and devise solutions to provide senior management with a basis for decisions which affect major agency programs and operations;
  • Develop and maintain expertise on international trade and on current and future factors impacting the relative competitive capabilities of domestic and foreign industries, including manufacturing and processing techniques, service offerings and delivery models, labor, costs, quality, productive capacity, productivity, transportation, material sources, consumption, demand, and marketing, as well as the impact of tariff and other trade and trade-related issues on firms and workers in an industry;
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with relevant stakeholders, including industry representatives and associations, other government agencies, non-governmental and public interest groups, and research institutions for the purpose of maintaining sources of information necessary for the fulfillment of the Commission's and office's missions;
  • Provide expert advice on industry and competitiveness issues for fact-finding and import injury investigations, and other agency publications, programs, and work product;
  • Oversee the project-management, research, analysis, and drafting of fact-finding reports and technical assistance projects;
  • Develop and maintain research programs and initiatives that are aligned with agency performance goals and relevant to current U.S. trade policy issues;
  • With other Commission Senior Executive Service members, lead efforts for budget formulation and execution, human capital management, and performance and strategic planning; and
  • Represent the agency in conferences, briefings, presentations, and/or hearings.
In addition to international trade and competitiveness expertise, the ideal candidate will have extensive experience leading teams of highly-technical skilled professionals and supervisors, and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with external and internal customers and staff to achieve strategic and statutory goals


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • You will be required to submit Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278
  • This positon is subject to post-employment restrictions
  • You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59


All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

Generally, current federal employees or reinstatement eligibles must have served at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade.

Candidates must demonstrate a combination of senior level managerial and supervisory leadership traits, referred to as Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), as well as specific occupational qualifications, referred to as Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Applicants must also possess substantial subject matter knowledge and senior level experience to perform the duties of this position. To perform the duties described above is normally demonstrated with years of experience at the federal government GS-15 grade level or equivalent that clearly exhibits the ability to manage people and resources.


The ECQs and PTQs qualification requirement are detailed below:

A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) - The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential, not technical expertise. They measure broad executive skills needed to succeed in any SES position, and consist of the following elements:

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. This ECQ requires the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. This ECQ requires the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. This ECQ requires the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification requires the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification requires 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.

B. PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs) - The PTQs measure technical occupational expertise required by this position. To be creditable, experience must be at the senior level. Resumes and supplemental statements must demonstrate possession of the following:
PTQ 1 - Demonstrated knowledge of economic analysis, trade policy, and industry competitiveness to provide leadership to supervisors and knowledge workers that conduct highly complex research programs; and the ability to provide highly effective written and oral contributions to public policy issues involving trade, industry competitiveness, or technical issues related to these areas.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated ability to serve effectively on an executive management team and experience serving as an advisor to Senior Officials on a diverse range of organizational management issues, including the analysis and evaluation of strategic plans, programs and budget considerations in relation to policy objectives, missions and projected activities.

PTQ 3 - Experience managing professionals in a variety of technical occupations, including developing and maintaining skills of the workforce, addressing performance shortfalls, organizing and directing work, resolving conflicts and poor morale or other organizational issues, and creative and efficient use of available human capital and other resources.
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.


While there is no education requirement for this position, the ideal and most successful candidate should possess a professional body of knowledge related to this position. This would typically be obtained by possession of a Bachelor's degree or higher in the fields of international trade/relations, economics, business or international law, business administration, or other fields which are directly related to the production of goods and services in international trade. Such theoretical knowledge ideally would include an understanding of the technical and economic factors influencing international trade and competitiveness, trade data collection methods and analytical techniques, and U.S. trade laws, agreements, and policies regulating international commerce. A copy of your transcript(s) is appreciated to maximize your evaluation in this area.

Additional information

This announcement was previously posted under announcement SES-23-028-JY. If you applied to the previous posting, we strongly encourage you to reapply.

Note on Veteran's Preference: Although the Commission considers Veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for all of our hiring, Veteran's preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

Note on Reasonable Accommodations: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for nay part pf the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Note on Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate on 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 factors.

Note on preparing application materials: All applicants are required to submit documents as appropriate, for your individual circumstances. You are considered solely on the basis of this package, so please pay particular attention to the instructions in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. The Office of Personnel Management has prepared a handbook, "The Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications" to assist in the preparation of SES applications. We highly recommend that you utilize this resource which can be found at:

If you do not submit a complete application package, you will not be considered. Please send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. All application materials must be received by closing date of this announcement.

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Vacancy ID number: SES-23-060-LD

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