Trade Policy Research Assistant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 23, 2018
Closes
Jul 23, 2018
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Must be a US Citizen or National
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • At least 18 years old
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a TOP Secret security clearance
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug test
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • This position may be terminated at any time before the established not-to-exceed date.
  • This position does not give status as a Current Permanent Federal Employee under Competitive Service. This is a 2 Year Not-To-Exceed Term Appointment under the Excepted Service.
  • The position may be extended to a total of 4 years appointed. There is no guarantee of extension.
  • If selected below the full performance level, you may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

    For the GS-05: GENERAL EXPERIENCE
    At least three years of progressively responsible general experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 level or comparable pay band in the federal government or equivalent experience in the private sector performing work that provided: 1) Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions 2) Plan and organize work; and 3) Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
    OR
    Bachelor's degree in a related field.
    OR
    Combination of the experience as above and the graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.

    For the GS-07:
    At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to or exceeding in levels of independence, responsibility, scale and variety of assignments to at least the GS-05 level or comparable pay band in the federal government or equivalent experience in the private sector performing work that provided: 1) Assists higher level staff to research and review a variety of trade information such as: economic data; provisions under existing trade legislation; administrative and other regulations related to trade policy; and the positions, objectives, and goals for implementing trade policy of other offices, agencies, and departments in the trade policy interagency process; 2) Assists higher level staff to extract, summarize and produce reports on pertinent trade data, legal language, and negotiating text.
    OR
    1 full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement. Please see the Education Text below for additional information regarding Superior Academic Achievement.
    OR
    Combination of the experience as described above and the graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.

    For the GS-09:
    At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to or exceeding in levels of independence, responsibility, scale and variety of assignments to at least the GS-07 level or comparable pay band in the federal government or equivalent experience in the private sector performing work that provided: 1) Researches and reviews a variety of trade information such as: economic data; provisions under existing trade legislation; administrative and other regulations related to trade policy; and the positions, objectives, and goals for implementing trade policy of other offices, agencies, and departments in the trade policy interagency process; 2) Extracts and summarizes and produces reports on pertinent trade data, legal language, and negotiating text.
    OR
    A Master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education; OR a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), which has provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of a Trade Policy Research Assistant.
    OR
    A combination of the experience as described above and the graduate education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.

    EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE: Education must demonstrate the applicant obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time [insert degree type] education is considered 18 semester hours.

    If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Superior Academic Achievement:
    In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. Superior Academic Achievement is based on: - (1) Class Standing - You must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision; OR - (2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - You must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR - (3) Honor Society Membership - You may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/). (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts and/or verification of class standing for further verification.)

    Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 member copy 4 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference (see https://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans).

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).
    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 87 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

    Best Qualified (BQ) - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates exceptional experience in most of the requirements of the position.
    Well Qualified (WQ) - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates strong experience in most of the requirements of the position.
    Qualified (Q) - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets the requirements of the position either through experience or education

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Research
    Problem Solving
    Oral Communication
    Written Communication
    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

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