Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for AD/CVD Operations

Washington, D.C
Aug 21, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time


The Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) reports directly to the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Anti-Dumping (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) Operations in the Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) business unit within the International Trade Administration. The ADAS is responsible for providing expert counsel and oversight on methodological and policy issues pertaining to all AD/CVD proceedings. The ADAS is the DAS' primary advisor for all AD/CVD proceedings.

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The ADAS for AD/CVD Operations participates in the development of the organization's operating policies, program initiatives, and objectives. The incumbent also advises and recommends adoption of specific actions as they relate to the ongoing AD/CVD cases and litigation. The ADAS serves as Acting DAS for AD/CVD Operations in his/her absence. Through multiple offices, including two SES Directors, the ADAS assists the DAS in managing the accomplishment of the following:
  • Directs work related to: the analysis of AD/CVD petitions submitted by domestic manufacturers, producers and trade associations alleging unfair trading practices and recommends appropriate courses of action; conduct of AD/CVD investigations resulting from such petitions during which the practices of foreign businesses and governments are queried and investigated; issuance of orders subjecting imports to offsetting duties when dumping and injury is found; conduct of reviews (including administrative, sunset, and new shipper reviews,) and existing AD/CVD orders; recommendation of revocation, termination or extension of existing AD/CVD orders; and preparation of instructions to the U.S. Customs Service regarding the collection of duties on outstanding orders.
  • Provides support to the DAS for AD/CVD Operations, the DAS for Policy and Negotiations, and the Chief Counsel for Trade E&C to support the negotiations of AD/CVD suspension agreements and other sector agreements.
  • Manages and coordinates AD/CVD enforcement efforts to ensure consistent application of laws, regulations and precedents across the DAS group of offices and promote and ensure consistency in all aspects of the administration of the AD/CVD program; coordinates cross-cutting functions such as scope determinations, U.S. Customs protests, and training; and completes all E&C reporting and accountability requirements.
  • Serves on various executive/managerial working groups, committees, and panels as a senior ITA official, and may also assume special program responsibility for or other major initiatives critical to E&C and/or ITA advancement.
  • Responsible for strategic planning and the development of operating and program policies specifically applicable to the subordinate organizations.
  • Accountable for assisting in managing an organization with at least two subordinate SES positions and over 170 positions; all budget and fiscal management responsibilities within delegated authorities, encompassing broad financial planning, budget formulation and development, financial management and control strategies, use of ITA systems and controls to monitor utilization of fiscal resources, modifying budgets and spending plans in response to external decisions or events, and properly completing all relevant reporting and accountability requirements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required on a limited basis.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • 1 year probationary period for new SES members
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug testing
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days of hire)
  • All members of the SES are subject to geographic relocation

Professional Technical Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience in interpreting complex statutes, regulations, policies and procedures related to the administration of the antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) program, as set forth in the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended; demonstrated ability to interpret complex statutory and regulatory guidance related to import programs, policies, issues and problems; and demonstrated ability to collaborate and provide input on major policy initiatives.

    2. Demonstrated experience in the relative roles, responsibilities, and operations of Federal agencies involved in the trade remedy area.

    3. Demonstrated experience communicating and collaborating with senior level officials of the U.S. and foreign governments, including ambassadors; senior management officials of domestic and foreign industries; executive level representatives of trade associations; and other high-ranking individuals on sensitive issues associated with AD/CVD proceedings.

  • Qualifications

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQ) listed. These qualifications typically would be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and executive potential. Applicants do not need to submit any separate narrative responses to address the ECQs or PTQs. Please remember that if experience is not stated in your resume, it will not be presumed that you possess it.

    Sample resumes that incorporate the ECQs and PTQs are available on page 29 of this document:

    Executive Core Qualifications
    The following are the five ECQs and their fundamental competencies which are the primary selection criteria for SES positions. The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential, not to evaluate technical experience. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad experience needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

    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. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
    (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)
    ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
    (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)
    ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
    (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)
    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
    (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)
    ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves 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.
    (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)


    This position does not have an educational requirement.

    Additional information

    Background Investigation/Clearance: This position is designated as critical-sensitive and requires a Top Secret clearance.
    Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.
    Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
    Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.
    Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random pre-employment and employment urinalysis. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment and/or removed from employment with the Department of Commerce.
    Application materials: The materials you send with your application will not be returned.
    Veterans' preference: Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
    SSN: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
    Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.
    False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in 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 factor. The Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants are required to submit only a resume.

    Your resume will be reviewed as follows:
    1. Application completeness
    2. Basic qualification determination
    3. Rating panel assessment of your application
    4. Structured interviews
    5. Tentative selection by the hiring organization
    6. OPM Qualification Review Board certification (for competitive applicants)
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume - You must submit a resume to be eligible for this position. As described above, your resume must show how you possess the ECQs and PTQs required for this position. In addition, it is recommended that your resume includes the following information:
    • Your full name, mailing address (including zip code), and day and evening telephone numbers.
    • Paid and Non-paid job-related work experience. For each job listed you are to provide: job title; duties and accomplishments; employers' name and address; supervisor's name and phone number; starting and ending dates (month and year); hours per week; salary; if a federal position, list the title, series and grade/pay band.
    • Education. Provide name, city and state of all schools attended; i.e., high school, colleges and universities, vocational, trade, business, technical. Provide dates of attendance, major, and type and year of any degrees received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following website:
    • Other Job Related Qualifications Information. Provide training courses, special skills you possess, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, etc., applicable to the position.

    2. For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility - You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES.

    3. For OPM-certified Candidate Development Program graduates - you should also submit your proof of eligibility (i.e., OPM certificate of ECQ approval as part of CDP program)

    4. For current Federal employees - You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

    Any documents that are not listed above including writing samples, recommendation letters, narrative ECQ or PTQs, and proof of veterans' preference will not be considered and will not be forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

    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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