The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is a great place to work, and we aren't the only ones who think so. We were rated "Most Improved Small Agency" in 2013 by the Partnership for Public Service and ranked 7th overall in the 2015 Best Places to Work Index.
An independent Federal agency, the Commission provides the President and Congress with high-quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff and competitiveness issues; hears and decides import injury cases and publishes the United States' tariff schedule. You will find a working environment throughout the Commission that is dedicated to the development of your technical skills and a commitment to provide balance between your work and personal life.
The Office of the Secretary compiles and maintains the Commission's official records, including petitions, briefs and other legal documents. Under the direction of the Secretary, the office issues Commission notices, reports and orders, and it schedules and participates in all Commission meetings and hearings. The office makes determinations on requests for confidential treatment of information, requests for information to be released under protective order, and requests under the Freedom of Information Act. As a case manager in the Docket Services Division, you will play a key role in the accomplishment of the mission, with responsibility for managing and monitoring a variety of actions associated with document processing procedures, ensuring compliance with applicable regulations, and meeting mandated deadlines.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.
Upon closing of this announcement, we will first review your application to ensure that it is complete. If you fail to submit all the required documentation, you will be ineligible for further review or consideration. Completed applications are then evaluated for basic qualifications requirements, and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in the vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official for the position.
Minimum Qualifications - All Applicants:
(1) Possession of the first professional law degree: J.D. or LL.B from an American Bar Association law school, or equivalent training. Equivalent training is training permitted in some states in lieu of attendance at a law school. To be acceptable, this training must be of the kind and nature required by the state in which the bar exam is taken. To prove possession of the same, you are required to submit a copy of your transcript as part of your application package.
(2) Admission to the Bar to practice law in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
Grade 9 Qualification Requirements:
Satisfaction of the above minimum requirements meets all requirements to qualify at the grade 9 level.
Grade 11 Qualification Requirements:
In addition to the GS-9 requirements above, you must have one of the following to qualify at the GS-11 level:
- Superior achievement in legal education as evidenced by: (a) Academic standing in the upper third of law school graduating class; (b) work or significant involvement on law review or international journal; (c) election to the Order of the COIF or equivalent honors for academic excellence; (d) significant involvement in advanced moot court competition; (e) judicial clerkship; (f) a graduate legal degree (LLM); or, (g) other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement; OR
- At least one year of significant experience in international trade, customs or intellectual property work (legal or non-legal), such as work for a government agency involved in trade, international organizations involved in trade, or patent development; OR
- At least one year of significant business experience relevant to the work of this position which includes areas such as: independently analyzing legal documents and identifying non-compliant filings to ensure compliance with Commission Regulations and achieving resolution for the record; serving as a central point of contact for supervisors and other internal offices to provide proper guidance in complex filing scenarios; drafting legal memoranda for purposes of detailing discreet incidents or making recommendations to senior officials; extensive legal document analysis skills used to maintain investigation data for office use and for distribution to the public via online docketing system and publicly accessible database; independently interfacing with internal and external customers to resolve technical filing issues; OR
- Undergraduate or post-graduate study in an area relevant to the Commission's work, such as international trade, economics, engineering, physical sciences, finance or business.
All applicants must possess a first professional law degree: J.D. or LL.B from an American Bar Association Law School, or equivalent training. Equivalent training is training permitted in some states in lieu of attendance at a law school. To be acceptable, this training must be of the kind and nature required by the state in which the bar exam is taken. A copy of your transcript(s) is required to show proof that you meet this requirement. Please see the Required Documents section of the announcement for more specific information.
1. If you are a male applicant who was born after December 31, 1959, you are required to 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 www.sss.gov.
2. Time period to meet qualifications: All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
3. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials and employment history will be verified as part of the security clearance process.
4. Excepted service appointments: This position is in the Excepted Service and therefore, does not confer rights to permanent Civil Service status.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
- Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and policies pertaining to the processing of documents critical to the conduct of USITC proceedings
- Knowledge of basic legal research techniques in order to research legal issues of moderate complexity
- Skill in analyzing, interpreting and applying applicable filing rules, policies and guidelines
- Skill in the use of electronic file management and demonstrated ability to implement, operate and document data automation system(s)
- Skill in tactfully dealing with others, including senior officials, and in the application of mature judgment to recognize, evaluate and analyze problems and implement solutions
- Oral and written communication skills sufficient to organize, prepare and communicate legal guidance, training materials and related correspondence to a wide audience, including the legal community
Best: Placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).
Better: Placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.
Good: Placement in this category, indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
Candidates in the Best category will be the first ones sent to the hiring manager for interview consideration.
Your resume, and supporting documentation for education, should contain sufficient information for us to make a valid determination that you fully meet the qualification requirements for this vacancy. We do not make inferences and can only consider the information you provide to us. Insufficient resumes and application packages will result in loss of consideration. Your experience and education is also evaluated using an assessment questionnaire, which is available at the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10052887 Read more Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation