Associate Administrator for International Affairs

Washington, D.C
Oct 10, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Full Time


The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is looking for an energetic, innovative executive to work for a dynamic and mission driven organization as Associate Administrator for International Affairs. The ideal candidate will have significant knowledge of the formulation and promotion of national telecommunications and information policies for presentation in multilateral and international organization settings.

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In this position, the Associate Administrator shall provide advice and assistance to both the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary and, as necessary, other NTIA senior officials on all activities related to the analysis, development, formulation, and execution of international telecommunication and information policies.

The Associate Administrator shall:
  • supervise a staff of highly-skilled, multidisciplinary professional and support personnel. The incumbent shall be responsible for directing staff in (1) the development and management of NTIA's international telecommunications and information policy program to meet long and short-term policy goals and objectives, (2) the direction and review of policy research studies and analyses which incorporate the legal, economic, technical and social aspects of international telecommunications and information policy, (3) the integration and coordination with other units of NTIA as well as the Department of Commerce of the results of these studies and analyses into policy options and recommendations for the Executive Branch, (4) strategic planning across all international and intergovernmental organizations related to telecommunications and information policies, (5) the recruitment, training and direction of expert staff, and (6) the preparation of programs plans, budget documents, and periodic progress reports.
  • represent NTIA and the Executive Branch in the development and execution of telecommunications and information policies within the Executive Branch of government, and in the coordination and presentation of such policies to the Congress, the White House, other federal departments and agencies, intergovernmental and international organizations, industry and civil society stakeholders, and elsewhere. The nature of the problems under review are at the highest levels of the Federal Government, without precedent, inherently difficult, and deal with a broad range of politically sensitive and complex issues. The analyses undertaken and the liaison duties inherent in this position requires the incumbent to have a high degree of policy sensitivity.
  • be responsible for all contacts with foreign officials and international and intergovernmental organizations and shall serve as the principle NTIA official representing the Assistant Secretary at international telecommunications and information meetings and in the preparatory activities to such meetings. The incumbent shall be responsible for developing an overall strategic vision for international information and telecommunications policy issues. The incumbent shall be responsible for NTIA's role as the executive secretariat for the Department's Internet Policy Taskforce. The incumbent shall be responsible for coordination of NTIA and interdepartmental international economic, technical and operational issues and reports for U.S. participation in international telecommunications conferences and negotiations, including those conducted under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union, the Internet Governance Forum and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The incumbent shall be responsible for attending such conferences and negotiations and presenting U.S. positions. The incumbent shall be responsible for coordinating overall U.S. positions related to the domain name system (DNS) and manage the U.S. government's relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The incumbent shall be responsible for international commercial data privacy activities as well as NTIA's involvement in international cybersecurity, intellectual property and trade efforts. In addition, the incumbent shall represent the Assistant Secretary as necessary in all other international fora and meetings.
  • serve as the principle official responsible liaison with government agencies and private organizations engaged in activities involving international telecommunications matters. He or she shall assist the Assistant Secretary in providing advice and assistance to the Secretary of State and the U.S. Trade Representative on international telecommunications policies. These policies are designed to strengthen the position and serve in the best interest of the United States when negotiations with foreign nations are conducted. The incumbent shall also assist the Assistant Secretary with responsibilities or other statutory obligations related to the Communications Act of 1962.
  • perform other policy research and development related duties as shall from time to time be delegated by the Assistant Secretary and/or Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Travel Required

50% or less - Position requires frequent travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Selectee must be able to obtain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Incumbent may be subject to geographical mobility.
  • This position is subject to pre-employment & random drug testing.

Applicants are required to submit only a resume which provides detailed evidence of how they meet the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) and mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Applicants currently serving on a career SES appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program with ECQs certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) 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 ECQs. The Department of Commerce will work with the selectee to develop the appropriate ECQ narrative for OPM QRB certification, as needed.



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)


PTQ 1 - Demonstrated thorough knowledge of international telecommunications technology and policy issues as well as the various institutions specifically the International Telecommunication Union, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, the Internet Governance Forum and the United Nations; as evidenced by training as well as research, work experience, and professional writings or publications.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in conducting high-level consultations and negotiations, and advocacy with international officials in the public and private sectors including effective interagency processes with senior management.

PTQ 3 - Demonstrated competence in developing strategic goals and approaches in international Internet policy, including successful implementation of these plans, and appropriate staff management.


Additional information

Background Investigation: This position requires a Secret security clearance and is designated as critical-sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

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.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

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.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

In addition to your online application, the following documents must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement:

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. In addition, it is recommended your resume include the following information:

a. Your full name, email address, mailing address (including zip code), and day and evening telephone numbers.

b. 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; and if a Federal position - title, series, and grade/pay band.
c. Education. Provide name, city and state of all schools attended; i.e., colleges and universities, vocational, trade, business, technical. Provide dates of attendance, major, and type and year of any degrees received. 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:

d. Other Job Related Qualifications Information: Provide training courses, special skills you possess, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, etc., applicable to the position.

Additional documents you may submit:

1. 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.

2. 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, grade level and pay.

3. For OPM QRB certified SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates: You are encouraged to submit your OPM certificate of QRB ECQ approval.

Documents not listed above including writing samples, recommendation letters, narrative ECQ and PTQ statements, and proof of veteran status will not be considered and will not be forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

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.

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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