International Trade Specialist (Pathways Recent Grad)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 19, 2019
Closes
Jul 23, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This is a Recent Graduation position.

This position is located in the International Trade Administration. This is an entry level developmental position. Over time, the incumbent will assume increasing responsibilities as part of a team for analytical work addressing critical international trade issues, U.S. business exports, reverse investment facilitation, and/or new trade development initiatives in key industries and world regions.

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Responsibilities

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other International Trade Specialist GS-1140-07/09 FPL 13 positions within International Trade Administrationin the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

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

As an International Trade Specialist, the person selected for this position will:
  • Assist senior personnel in coordination of trade programs and events.
  • Locate and assemble trade data and information in support of analytical work.
  • Participate in meetings or conferences for developmental purposes.
  • Participate with senior specialists in making recommendations on trade issues, policy positions, or negotiation strategies.
  • Assist senior specialists with coordination and partnering, analysis and evaluation, marketing facilitation and promotion, negotiation and representation, data collection, tracking and reporting.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

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

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Must sign a Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

  • 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.

This is an Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) covered series at the GS-07 grade level with a two-grade interval promotion which will require an additional evaluation task after the closing date of this announcement. If minimum qualifications are met for this announcement, applicants will then receive an email invitation with a link that will require the applicant to complete an online questionnaire and pass the ACWA assessment test in the stated timeframe on the email invitation. Applicants must complete and pass the ACWA assessment test in order to be considered and referred to the hiring manager.

Qualifications

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: https://www.opm.gov/policy .

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: Applicants must possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-05) in federal service. Specialized experience is defined as providing guidance and assistance to businesses involved in, or seeking involvement in, export of goods and services to foreign countries.Specialized experience is defined as conducting research and analysis on international trade issues such as trade barriers, exports, and/or trade policy.

EDUCATION:

A. One year of graduate-level education in a field such as international policy, international commerce, international management, intercultural relations, international development, global economy, government and foreign affairs, international business, international trade, international economics, international affairs, international relations, or other related fields of study.

OR

B. Superior Academic Achievement as demonstrated by a bachelor's degree in a related field (such as global business management, global public policy, international finance, business administration, textile and apparel studies, political science, economics, marketing, international trade, international business, international affairs, international relations, international economics, or other related fields of study) from an accredited college or university with one of the following. NOTE It is your responsibility to ensure your application clearly states how you meet one of the provisions below:
a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher based on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 full years of undergraduate study;
a GPA of 3.5 or higher based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study, or those courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study;
class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college;
membership in a national Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies.

OR

COMBINATION: A combination of related graduate level education and specialized experience.

To qualify for the GS-09:

EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-07) in federal service. Specialized experience is defined as analysis and interpretation of international trade issues, conditions, or events in support of decision-making, policy formulation, or program development activities of government or industry executives concerned with the U.S. position in world trade.

OR

EDUCATION: Two (2) years of progressively higher graduate level education leading to a Master's degree, a Master's Degree or equivalent graduate degree in a field such as international policy, international commerce, international management, intercultural relations, international development, global economy, government and foreign affairs, international business, international trade, international economics, international affairs, international relations, or other related fields of study.

OR

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

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

Education

Additional information

Salary ranges for each location:

Washington, District of Columbia - GS-7: $47,016.00 - $61,122.00 GS-9: $57.510.00 - $74,759.00
Atlanta, Georgia - GS-7: $44,223.00 - $57,492.00 GS-9: $54,095.00 - $70,319.00
New Orleans, Louisiana - GS-7: $42,053.00 - $54,670.00 GS-9: $51,440.00 - $66,868.00
Kansas City, Missouri - GS-7: $42,391.00 - $55,110.00 GS-9: $51,853.00 - $67,405.00
New York County, New York - GS-7: $48,375.00 - $62,889.00 GS-9: $59,173.00 - $76,921.00
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - $45,554.00 - $59,222.00 GS-9: $55,722.00 - $72,435.00
Fort Worth, Texas - $45,158.00 - $58,707.00 GS-9: $55,237.00 - $71,805.00
Salt Lake City, Utah - GS-7: $42,053.00 - $54,670.00 GS-9: $51,440.00 - $66,868.00
Chicago, Illinois - GS-7: $46,554.00 -$60,522.00 GS-9: $56,945.00 - $74,024.00

Additional Pathways Programs information can be found at:

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=Overview

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 basic principles and factors which influence trade and trade positions of various industries.
  • Ability to research, analyze and interpret empirical trade and economic data and information.
  • Skill in verbal communication to enable clear and effective exchange of information within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to sufficiently summarize trade data and information clearly and concisely in writing.
  • Basic knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, and programs of exporters, reverse trade missions, trade-related government agencies, and international organizations

  • To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    No

    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 http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp#VeteransEmploymentAct1998
    • 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 https://www.archives.gov/veteran ttp://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records


    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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