Washington, D.C
Jul 20, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), U.S. Trade Representative. The incumbent serves as the Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative (DAUSTR) for assigned area and advisor to the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for assigned unit/office.

Only current USTR Permanent Federal Employees and ICTAP/CTAP eligible are eligible to apply.

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As a DEPUTY ASSISTANT US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE (DAUSTR), GS-0301-15, your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • As the AUSTR's principal expert and senior advisor on all trade negotiations and initiatives involving assigned commodity, the incumbent coordinates U.S. trade policy on assigned area. Leads or participates in U.S. delegations to international trade negotiations and conferences on issues affecting assigned area.
  • Prepares positions and strategies for consultations and negotiations with foreign governments on trade issues in assigned area. Assists in these consultations when required.
  • Plans and conducts economic analytical studies and develops reports and recommendations for U.S. policy positions on issues related to negotiation, administration of trade agreements with foreign governments and enforcement relating to assigned area.
  • Chairs or serves as USTR representative on interagency advisory groups and task forces to analyze specific problems or issues arising from trade issues regarding assigned area.
  • Serves as liaison with the USTR and professionals in the agency and other agencies in preparing work for submission to higher level interagency committees such as the National Economic Council.
  • Represents the AUSTR for assigned area at interagency meetings and briefs the AUSTR on specific issues, as appropriate.
  • Prepares Congressional testimony, responds to controlled correspondence, briefing materials, summary statements and speeches for the U.S. Trade Representative and both Deputy U.S. Trade Representatives on trade issues related to assigned area.
  • Represents the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative at seminars and conferences. Prepares and delivers speeches on U.S. trade policy and negotiations on assigned area. Briefs U.S. private sector, civil society and labor advisory groups on trade issues related to assigned area.
  • Explains and defends the Administration's trade policies to foreign governments, the public, the press and the Congress. Represents USTR in contact with foreign government officials regarding assigned area.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.

You may qualify at the GS-15 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
One year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience must demonstrate requires expert knowledge of U.S. trade policy including provisions of existing U.S. trade legislation and related administrative regulations as well as trade and tariff policies related to assigned area. Specialized experience must demonstrate all of the following: 1) Demonstrate expert knowledge of international trade laws, regulations, and policies; 2) Development of U.S. policy positions on international trade issues; 3) Perform expert negotiation of trade agreements to include the development, implementation, and oversight of strategies and tactics for negotiations; 4) Expert skill in preparing written economic studies and policy option papers and in making oral presentations of technical information; and 5) Superior oral and written communication skills for international negotiations, analyses, and justifications with high level officials. OR

I currently hold the GS-15 grade level in the federal service performing the duties describe above in A as an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (AUSTR).

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

**Notice: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.**

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs & Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: . For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link:

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). Please do not submit an Award SF-50 as it does not identify all the required information needed for eligibility verification.
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistant Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
A COMPLETE RESUME IS REQUIRED. Your resume must show relevant experience (cover letter optional) where you worked, job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week & salary. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, please ensure you provide the pay plan, series and grade level i.e. GS-0201-09.
Note: If you upload more than one resume, the last resume received will be the one utilized for consideration.

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DOCUMENT IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATION CLAIMS. You are strongly encouraged to upload any applicable documents with your application package.

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