Senior Director (Office VII)

Washington, D.C
Sep 18, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


The ITA is looking for an energetic, innovative executive who will work in a dynamic and mission driven organization as Senior Director (Office VII), in the Office of the DAS for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. The ideal candidate will have knowledge related to the administration of the antidumping and countervailing duty program and a sound understanding of the relative roles and mechanism of Federal agencies involved in trade remedy, and interacting with agency partners.

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The incumbent in this position serves as the Senior Director for Enforcement Office VII, reporting to the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. As Senior Director, the incumbent is responsible for conducting all aspects of AD and CVD investigations, administrative reviews and other proceedings under the U.S. trade remedy laws. The Senior Director also directs the Customs Liaison Unit, which serves all other Enforcement Offices across AD/CVD Operations as well as coordinates all interactions between other E&C units and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The primary duties of the position are:
  • Coordinates with the DAS on the analysis of AD and CVD petitions submitted by domestic manufacturers, producers, and trade associations alleging unfair trading practices. Conducts AD and CVD investigations resulting from such petitions during which the practices of foreign businesses and governments are queried and investigated; issues orders subjecting imports to offsetting duties when dumping or prohibited subsidies and injury are found. Conducts administrative reviews and sunset reviews of existing and new AD and CVD orders. Conducts new shipper reviews. Recommends revocation, termination or extension of existing AD and CVD orders; prepares instructions to the Customs and Border Protection regarding the collection of duties on outstanding orders.
  • Develops operating and program policies specifically applicable to the AD/CVD enforcement program and to initiatives and programs which assure compliance with management and policies issues set forth at higher levels.
  • Coordinates with the Assistant Secretary for E&C, the DAS for AD/CVD Operations, and E&C's DAS for Policy and Negotiations to support the negotiation of suspension agreements and other sector agreements negotiated.
  • In conjunction with other Senior Executives in AD/CVD Operations: coordinates AD/CVD enforcement efforts to ensure consistent application of laws, regulations and precedents across the DAS group and promote and ensure consistency in all aspects of the administration of the AD/CVD program; coordinates on cross-cutting functions such as scope determinations, U.S. Customs protests and training; and completes all ITA/E&C reporting and accountability requirements.
  • Directs the operations of the Customs Liaison Unit to the benefit of all Enforcement Offices within AD/CVD Operations and, as necessary, other units within E&C.
  • Oversees the acquisition, development and management of human resources optimal to the fulfillment of the AD/CVD enforcement responsibilities delineated in the E&C functional order, including participation in the selection of key team managers and supervisors. Directs unit efforts in EEO and Affirmative Action areas, and assures equity in all personnel matters and actions within subordinate units.
  • Serves on various executive/managerial working groups, committees, panels and the like 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.
  • Participates actively with the DAS and other ITA executives to formulate, develop, implement, and assure effectiveness of E&C's policies with respect to the AD/CVD enforcement program.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some domestic and/or foreign travel may be required occasionally.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • 1 year probationary period for new SES members
  • 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

Applicants are required to submit only a Resume which provides detailed evidence of how they meet the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to be evaluated on the ECQs. For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

If selected for the position as your initial career SES appointment, you will be required to submit a written narrative statement addressing all of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The Department of Commerce will work with the selectee to develop the appropriate ECQ narrative for QRB certification, as needed.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) 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 at: .

Executive Core Qualifications
The following are the five ECQs and their fundamental competencies which are selection criteria for SES positions. The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential, not to evaluate technical experience.

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)

Professional Technical Qualifications
1. Demonstrated knowledge of statutes, regulations, policies and procedures related to the administration of the 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 related to the relative roles and mechanism of Federal agencies involved in the trade remedy area.
3. Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with senior level officials of the U.S. and foreign governments, such as 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.


This position does not have an educational requirement.

Additional information

Background Investigation/Clearance: This position is designated as special-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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Key steps in the evaluation process are as follows:
1. Basic qualification determination
2. Executive core qualifications and professional technical qualifications determination
3. Rating panel assessment of your application
4. Structured interviews and further interviews as deemed necessary
5. Tentative selection by the hiring organization
6. OPM Qualification Review Board certification, if applicable

You are not required to submit responses to the ECQs and PTQs. If you submit narrative ECQs or PTQs reponses they will not be considered and will not be forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

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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. Your resume must show how you possess the ECQs and PTQs required for this position. It is recommended that your resume include the following information:
  • Your full name, mailing address (including zip code), email address, 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 are encouraged to 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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