Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance

Washington, D.C
Oct 15, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the International Trade Administration (ITA), Enforcement and Compliance (E&C). E&C's mission is to take prompt and aggressive action against unfair foreign trade practices and foreign government-imposed trade barriers by enforcing the U.S. trade laws, monitoring compliance with existing trade agreements, and helping to negotiate new trade agreements to address trade-impeding and trade-distorting practices.

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The Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) is the Principal Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) and is responsible for the executive direction and daily oversight of E&C programs and offices. The DAS performs specific managerial, executive coordination, and oversight responsibilities in support of the Assistant Secretary's administration of the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) enforcement program, the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program and other trade policy and compliance programs. Responsibilities include:

--Coordinates the formulation and implementation of U.S. AD/CVD policies and programs, including the development of Departmental positions regarding specific cases and general AD/CVD issues.

--Ensures the proper administration of AD/CVD laws, including the expeditious conduct of investigations and reviews, the administration of AD/CVD findings and orders, the issuance of instructions directing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect duties under those findings and orders.

--Administers AD/CVD suspension agreements and other related bilateral and multilateral trade agreements; and conducts negotiations with foreign manufacturers or governments to suspend AD/CVD investigations.

--Negotiates, monitors and enforces multilateral, regional and bilateral trade agreements and arrangements with foreign governments.

--Oversees industry analysis, participates in activities to support industry competitiveness; and develops new programmatic strategies to expand U.S. exports and investment and improve U.S. global competitiveness.

--Administers the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program.

--Engages in cross-cutting coordination of policy and operational issues among all E&C offices and staffs as well as with other ITA business units. Provides oversight of E&C program planning and the resource allocation process; directs development, implementation, and management of internal controls intended to promote quality improvement and general accountability in E&C program activities and ensures that E&C offices and staffs strive to meet performance targets, support Departmental strategic planning goals and objectives and advance trade policy objectives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel required.

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 Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Applicants currently serving on a career SES appointment, eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM are not required to be evaluated on the ECQs. If tentatively selected for the position as an initial career SES appointment, you will be required to submit a written narrative statement addressing all of the ECQs.

Agencies must request OPM approval to appoint current or former (within five-years) Executive Branch political appointees in the following types of appointments: PAS; PA; Political appointees, as defined under 5 U.S.C. sections 5312 through 5316 (relating to the Executive Schedule); Political Schedule A; Appointments made by the President without confirmation by the Senate; Assistants to top-level Federal officials if the position is being filled by a person designated by the President as a White House Fellow; Schedule C; Noncareer SES; Limited Term SES [5 U.S.C. § 3132(a)(5); and 5 CFR § 317, subpart F]; Limited Emergency SES [5 U.S.C. § 3132(a)(6); and 5 CFR § 317, subpart F]; Appointees serving in a political capacity under agency-specific authority; and Provisional Political Appointments.


To qualify, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive level leadership experience and office management directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications(ECQs) and Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed.

Executive Core Qualifications: The following are the five ECQs and their fundamental competencies. 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)
For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Professional/Technical Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience in the interpretation and application of the U.S. AD/CVD and other critical trade laws in the context of WTO and international obligations.
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the policy formulation process in the U.S. government.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the development of the comprehensive program or initiative to advance AD/CVD policy in bilateral or multilateral settings.

  • Education

    This position does not have an educational requirement.

    Additional information

    Background Investigation/Clearance: This position is designated 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.
    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.

    U.S. Citizenship is required.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application will be reviewed as noted below.
    1. Application completeness
    2. Basic qualification determination
    3. Rating panel assessment of your executive core qualifications and professional technical qualifications
    5. Structured interview and possible further interviews
    6. Tentative selection by the hiring organization
    7. OPM Qualification Review Board certification (as needed)

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness , National security

    Required Documents

    Resume - You must submit a resume to be eligible for this position. It must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Please limit to five pages. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. 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.

    Additional documents you may submit:

    1. For current Senior Executive 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 OPM QRB certified SES Candidate Development Program graduates - You are encouraged to submit your OPM certificate of QRB ECQ approval.

    3. 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 pay.

    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.

    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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