Business Industry Assistant / Import Policy Analyst (Pathways - Recent Grad)

Washington, D.C
Jul 19, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
Analyst, Business
Full Time


This is a Pathways/Recent Graduation position.

This position is located in the International Trade Administration. The incumbent is responsible for assisting senior personnel with continuing business/industry programs and functions and/or handling routine work of the organization independently.

Upon successful completion of the Pathways Program, candidates may be converted to a permanent or term position.

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The Recent Graduate program duration is one year. Selectee's will be given a Term appointment not to exceed 1 (one) year. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a Career-Conditional position in the competitive service.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Business and Industry Assistant/Import Policy Analyst, GS-1101-7/9 FLP 13 positions within International Trade Administrationin the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

As an Business and Industry Assistant/Import Policy Analyst, the person selected for this position will:
  • Provide technical support to unit business and industry programs, operations and activities.
  • Provide technical support essential to delivery of government business/industry products and services.
  • Assist senior specialists on exercising regulatory or oversight authorities by reviewing data and reports.
  • Research and assembles information requiring understanding of the program/functional area involved.
  • Provide operational management assistance by preparing, distributing and tracking progress of documents and actions items.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendation to the next grade


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Must sign a Pathways Program Participant Agreement.

  • A trial period may be required.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

Security Clearance: You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.

You must be a recent graduate who has completed (or will have completed within the next 9 months), within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualify educational institution such as an accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum.


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: .

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 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.

To qualify for the GS-07:

EXPERIENCE: (Business and Industry Assistant): Applicants must possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-6) in federal service. Specialized experience is defined as assisting with preparing, distributing and tracking the progress of documents and action items.

To qualify for the GS-09:

EXPERIENCE: (Import Policy Analyst): Applicants must possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-7) in federal service. Specialized experience is defined as preparing, distributing and tracking the progress of documents and action items; assisting senior specialists with review data and reports involving business and industry programs.


EDUCATION: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.


COMBINATION: A combination of education and experience as described above.

Note: Only graduate education in excess of one year is qualifying for combination.


Additional information

The intent of this position is to grow into a career as an Import Policy Analyst, however at the GS-7 level, this position will perform the duties of a Business and Industry Assistant until eligible for promotion to the GS-9.

Upon completion of the 1-year career development program, Program participants may, at agency discretion, be non-competitively converted without a break in service, to a career or career conditional appointment. There is no guarantee for conversion.

To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:
  • Complete one continuous year of work experience acquired through a Recent Graduate Program
  • Complete 40 hours of formal interactive training
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted
  • Meet any agency-specific requirements specified in the Participant's Agreement, and
  • Demonstrate successful job performance that results in a rating of record of at least Fully Successful and a recommendation for conversion by the first level supervisor.

More information on the Pathways Programs for students and recent graduates can be found at:

Applicants will be on a trial period for the duration of the appointment.

Relocation/Moving expenses will not be authorized.

Student Loan Repayment will not be authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Use if applicable: We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. The categories are "gold", "silver" and "bronze". However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

Use if applicable: How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. For more information on Category Rating, please go to Category Rating .

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
  • Knowledge of the program(s) and/or functions to which assigned sufficient to allow independent performance of continuing business/industry program support functions.
  • Knowledge of recurring or continuing business and industry program activities assigned to higher level professionals in the organization.
  • Ability to perform data gathering, assembly, interpretation and associated work.
  • Communication skills to enable preparation of routine reports or data summaries and to allow clear and concise expression of program information to other organizational units.
  • Writing ability sufficient to summarize business/industry information clearly and concisely; communication skills enabling effective exchange of information within and outside of the unit.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are REQUIRED and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy - mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
  • Education-Please see the following:
  • To verify Pathways Recent Graduate eligibility requirements: Applicants MUST submit a copy of unofficial transcripts or proof that degree is conferred. (Transcripts must show date degree was conferred, name of the student/applicant and the name of the school. The absence of this information will result in an ineligible rating. You will be required to submit a copy of your official college transcript if you are selected.
  • To verify minimum qualification requirements: At the time of application, applicants MUST submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities 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. 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 by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

  • NOTE: You are REQUIRED to submit transcripts or proof of enrollment with your application to verify eligibility requirements for this appointment.

    Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)
    • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). 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
    • Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit ttp://

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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