Executive Director, Trade Policy and Programs

Washington, D.C
Sep 24, 2021
Oct 01, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


Our Mission is Clear
Protect the American people, safeguard our borders, and enhance the nation's economic prosperity.

Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals (All Sources). U.S. citizenship is required.

Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade

The salary range for this position is $132,552 to $199,300.00 per annum.

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Note: This amends vacancy announcement EXSER/21-11226114-CBP to change the closing
date from 09-20-21 to 10-04-21.

As Executive Director, Trade Policy and Programs, you will provide national strategic direction to facilitate legitimate trade. You will be responsible for directing key programs related to Textiles/Apparel and Quota Merchandise, Intellectual Property Rights and Prohibited Merchandise, Revenue and Antidumping/Countervailing Duty, Emerging Trade Risks, Other Government Agency Requirements, National Account Managers, and Import Self-Assessment.

You will provide leadership and direction for the development, coordination, and implementation of trade initiatives in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) mission. You will serve as a senior advisor to the Executive Assistant Commissioner, Trade, on trade issues and strategies. You will advise and consult with Executive Assistant Commissioners to identify program goals and priorities and translate them into long and short-range strategic objectives that will ensure effective support of the CBP mission.

You will direct and manage resources and systems to fully implement a comprehensive multi-year plan to develop the national strategic plan for trade facilitation and compliance policy. You will direct and oversee free trade and other international trade negotiations that promote free trade and facilitation, as well as international cooperation to address policy matters related to mutual enforcement concerns. You will direct and manage resources and activities dedicated to the development and implementation of the National Trade Strategy, Free Trade, and other International Trade negotiations; cooperation with other U.S. Government agencies; and Partnerships for Trade Compliance.

For an overview of the diverse responsibilities CBP carries out with the Government, visit our website at www.cbp.gov .

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Probationary Period: You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

Selective Service: If you are a male and are hired, and if you were 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 Selective Service law.

Position Designation: This position is designated as Career Reserved.


Executive Core and Technical Qualification Requirements:

You must show in your résumé that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) that apply to the SES, and the Technical Qualification listed below.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/

We recommend that your résumé emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE : 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.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE : 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.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN : 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.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN : The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS : 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.

Technical Qualifications - Mandatory

Expert knowledge of Federal laws, rules, regulations, policies, and programs related to trade compliance and facilitation.


Additional information

Relocation Bonus: CBP may authorize a relocation bonus (not to exceed 25% of basic pay) for an eligible selectee. A service agreement is required.

Relocation Expenses: We may choose to pay your relocation expenses in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.

Travel: Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis.

Leave: You will earn 26 vacation days and 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.

Background Investigation: This position is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/ retention in the position. A security clearance will be required upon appointment.

Note: The Federal Government does not deny employment to individuals who are currently or who have been unemployed, nor does it deny employment to individuals who have had financial difficulties through no fault of their own.

Drug Testing: This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Drug-Free Workplace Program. Satisfactory completion of the drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and the incumbent(s) of this position is thereafter subject to Random Drug Testing.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your résumé will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
  • is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences.
  • provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you will have to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days after appointment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: seeks to preserve jobs for those who are legally entitled to them: American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in our country. This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility.

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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