Foreign Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Sep-18-2018
  • Posted
    Sep 11

Position description

This position is located in the Defense Technology Security Administration, Policy Directorate. The position plays a major role in the study, review, and adjustment of the strategies, concepts, programs, and budgets required to support OSD policy and program planning guidance.

Responsibilities

Your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Initiates independent analyses of highly complex policy, strategy, concept, and program issues, force posture alternatives
  • Manages team projects, including actively encouraging communication, coordination, innovation, and high quality team products
  • Provides expert advice on key strategies, planning, programming and budgeting, and policy matters
  • Participates and assists in the presentation of OSD policies and budgets to the DoD, Congress, and the general public
  • Develops or contributes testimony or other presentations to the Congress

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

15

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/Home/Registration)
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • This position is subject to provisions of the WHS/OSD PPP Pilot Program
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment
  • Required to participate in the direct deposit program
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing
  • This position requires you to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance

Qualifications

Basic Requirements

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;OR

Combination of education and experience: 
courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.OR

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.

You may also qualify at the GS 12 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

Have one year of experience in the same or similar work equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11) requiring application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position being filled. Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their resume that they possess specialized experience in: evaluating and presenting divergent professional opinions, affecting significant public policy issues and defining feasible options, including consequences.

You may also qualify at the GS 13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
Have one year of experience in the same or similar work equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12) requiring application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position being filled. Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their resume that they possess specialized experience in: managing team projects; representing policy positions clearly and persuasively to senior-level and politically sensitive audiences.

You may also qualify at the GS 14 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
I have one year of experience in the same or similar work equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13) requiring application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position being filled. Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their resume that they possess specialized experience in: developing and evaluating one or more functional programs or geographical areas of the national security and international affairs portfolio; conduct probing, innovative studies and analyses involving complex variables which impact significantly on the effective development, interpretation of Agency, national security, and U.S. foreign policy.

You may also qualify at the GS 15 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
Have one year of experience in the same or similar work equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-14) requiring application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position being filled. Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their resume that they possess specialized experience in: developing and evaluating U.S. foreign policy and national security policy-making architecture and the coordination process; proposals or actions on Agency interest and relating Agency's concerns to the inter agency and international community.

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

All qualifications, education, and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.

Education

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study

Application instructions

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