Supervisory International Trade Specialist (Privacy Shield Program Director)

U.S. International Trade Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
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  • Posted
    Mar 08

Position description

This position is located in the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA). The incumbent will serve as the Privacy Shield Program Director. This position reports to the Director of the Office of Digital Services Industries and is the principal adviser on Privacy Shield issues for the European Union, Switzerland and any other relevant countries, including administration and management of the Privacy Shield program and policy issues related to the program.



  • Leads a diverse team of experts and economic professionals in pursuit of organizational objectives.
  • Provides a critical economic analysis and information with regard to facilitating cross border data flows to support international trade, and to define and institute new methods to develop results-oriented strategies. Act as a Bureau spokesperson in front of domestic and foreign trade government agencies, senior business representatives, and foreign government officials to disseminate and collect information in an actionable format.
  • Analyzes data to evaluate the impact of policy, regulation, and an evolving economic climate on global privacy policy and cross border data flows to include market access, standards, issues as well as impact on limited U.S. Government resources.

    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Supervisory International Trade Specialist (Privacy Shield Program Director), GS-1140-15 positions within International Trade Administration in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

This position is also being announced concurrently under Merit Promotion vacancy number: ITA-ITA-2019-0004. Applicants who wish to be considered under MAP and DE must apply to both vacancies separately.


Travel Required

50% or less - 40% Travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (


  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • A one- year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.



Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement 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 OPM's website located at:

To qualify for the GS-15, You must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent or comparable in difficulty to the next lower grade level of the GS-14 (or equivalent) in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume. Education or a combination of education and experience may be qualifying (See Education Section). 

For this position, specialized experience must include all of the following:

  • Demonstrated experience working as a Team Lead and mentoring staff; working with cross-border data flows in support of international trade; communicating orally and in writing to stakeholders, management and/or appropriate agency officials, information and results related to legislation and policies that directly impact an organization; researching and analyzing economic trade data and regulatory information related to international policies and regulations.

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.



INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS (IOR): This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience in order to be found minimally qualified. You MUST meet one of the following requirements:

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.

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