International Trade Specialist (Team Lead)

U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 04

Position description

The International Trade Administration is the largest Federal agency helping U.S. firms compete in the global economy. Join our team to promote U.S. commercial interests and competitiveness of American industry at home and abroad. You can help us create opportunities for U.S. workers and firms by promoting international trade and providing consistent value-added results and creative solutions to clients.


This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other International Trade Specialist (Team Leader) GS-1140-14 positions within ITA with the same qualifications and experience.

THIS IS A TEMPORARY PROMOTION NOT TO EXCEED ONE YEAR. This temporary promotion may extended up to 3 years based on management's needs.

Incumbent will serve as a Global Team Leader for one of the following Industry Teams: Healthcare and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Incumbent will be responsible for the Team Leader duties: 

  • Plan, develop, and implement export programs and strategies for US export companies.
  • Provide information on US Department of Commerce and other US government programs to support expanding trade, and otherwise assist US companies in identifying and exploring export opportunities in overseas markets.
  • Respond to requests for information on market conditions, trade opportunities, and problems affecting trade in the region.
  • Analyze trade statistics and contribute to market research efforts. Prepare summaries, articles, or short reports on current trade issues.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate contacts with US industry, US government agencies, and international organizations involved in international trade.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required. Position requires travel to domestic and international trade events.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Time in grade must be met by closing date of the announcement.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.


  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This position will require completion of a moderate risk background investigation upon selection (Standard Form 86).

*Salary is based on Rest of U.S. General Schedule Pay Rate. Pay rates vary depending on location. See the OPM website at for additional information on pay rates.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:


Degree: Undergraduate Education: Major study - global business management, global public policy, international finance, business administration, textile and apparel studies, political science, economics, marketing, international trade, international business, international affairs, international relations, international economics, or other related fields of study.

Graduate Education: Major study - international policy, international commerce, international management, intercultural relations, international development, global economy, government and foreign affairs, international business, international trade, international economics, international affairs, international relations, or other related fields of study.


Substitution of Experience: Experience that demonstrated the application of knowledge of international economic and political factors influencing the flow of goods and services between countries; the impact of government policies and regulations, business conditions, and market structures on international competitiveness; or of problems and techniques relating to the sales and marketing of goods and services in world markets.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. 

This experience need not have been in the federal government. 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.

To qualify at the GS-14 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:  

  • Independently developing, planning, implementing and managing major trade programs and events
  • Leading teams and delegating work assignments
  • Advising US Exporters/partners and developing market entry or development strategies 



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