Supervisory International Relations Officer (Division Chief)

Washington, D.C
Dec 03, 2021
Dec 07, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The Bureau for International Labor Affairs (ILAB) carries out the Secretary of Labor's international responsibilities. The Division Chief of the Monitoring and Enforcement of Trade Agreements (META) Division leads the work of OTLA in ensuring compliance with the labor provisions of trade agreements through regular monitoring and enforcement actions. Leads a dynamic team of specialists, leading the evaluation of complaints or allegations that labor rights commitments have been violated under relevant trade or investment agreements. Oversees the investigation of complaints, and directs the preparation of remediation plans to bring countries into compliance.

The META Division Chief works closely with the Director or Deputy Director in executing technical assistance, engagement, or remediation strategies and plans designed to advance workers' rights, working conditions, or livelihoods for workers.

Plays a leadership role in:
- Maintaining an up-to-date understanding of relevant operational policies and processes to implement technical assistance, engagement, and/or remediation strategies and plans.
- Reviewing and approving documents, engagement plans, remediation plans, action plans, project documents, workplans, and other documents that lay out such strategies and plans.
- Ensuring that all designated funds are obligated in a timely manner. Reviewing and approving procurement documents and financial reports to ensure compliance with appropriate rules and regulations and good stewardship of financial resources.
- Monitoring achievement of milestones, performance indicators, and workplans to ensure successful completion of deliverables and achievement of intended objectives.
- Providing constructive, timely feedback and working with stakeholders and implementers to ensure completion of intended objectives.
- Systematically evaluating the performance of DOL/ILAB/OTLA technical assistance, engagement, remediation, negotiating, and other strategies and plans and using evaluation findings and recommendations to make appropriate adjustments to plans to ensure achievement of the office's intended objectives.

The META Division Chief will advise the Director or Deputy Director on the organization, structure, and work groups within the division. Coordinates work within and outside the division and with other entities outside the division, promoting cooperation and effective teamwork. Fully responsible for managing all technical and administrative functions related to his/her division, including: development of policies and programs, maintenance of good public relations, and making independent decisions within broad agency and office policy. Leads and manages the day-to-day business operations of the division in areas such as procurement, finance, administration, personnel and human resources, document clearances, travel, public outreach, and coordinating with the other divisions in OTLA and other offices in ILAB.

Primarily responsible for division personnel matters such as the recruitment and selection of staff, performance and conduct issues. Is directly responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality technical outputs of the Division.


Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

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  • Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.

  • Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

  • In addition to the meeting the basic requirements of this position, applicants must also possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, in the Federal Service.


    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service.

    Specialized experience is experience leading a team in working with any of the following: provisions of an international trade, investment, or development finance agreement, OR in promoting or monitoring compliance with international labor rights, to include any of the following: workers' rights related to freedom of association, the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, forced labor, employment discrimination, child labor, occupational safety and health, minimum wage, and hours of work.


    You may not use education to substitute for specialized experience.

    Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

    If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

    Additional information

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


    Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

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