Foreign Affairs Specialist

National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 26

Position description


This position is located at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Department of Energy’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, Office of Nuclear Export Controls (ONEC).  Within NPAC, ONEC builds U.S. and global export control capacity to detect and prevent the illicit or inadvertent transfer of nuclear and dual-use materials, equipment, and technology. The incumbent will serve as the Program Director of  ONEC's Export Control Review and Compliance/Interdiction (ECRC/I) Program.



As a Foreign Affairs Specialist, you will: 

  • Oversee the implementation of  NNSA's statutory and policy responsibilities in the areas of: export license reviews primarily for nuclear and dual-use goods.
  • Represent the Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in the U.S. interagency and with multilateral organizations and foreign government agencies to justify, defend, negotiate and resolve novel and unprecedented issues related to nonproliferation and technology security issues.
  • Prepare decision memoranda, briefing materials, Congressional testimony, speeches and /or relevant correspondence in support of efforts in the areas of export controls, interdiction, information technology resources, licensing and strategic analyses.
  • Develop detailed plans, goals, and objectives for the processes, procedures, and program measurements of both short- and long-range implementation and administration of the ECRC/I program, as well as developing criteria for evaluating the program's effectiveness.
  • Manage activities and analyze complex nonproliferation and export control issues encountered by National Laboratories throughout the DOE/NNSA complex.
  • Carry out budget planning, development and execution for activities related to licensing, interdiction, sanctions, and compliance issues.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel of at least 15% or less may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to Random Drug Testing
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Favorable suitability determination required.
  • Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a "Q" level Security Clearance.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.




A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA Demonstration Project pay band or GS grade in the Federal Service, i.e., NQ-03 or GS-14. Specialized experience for this position demonstrates mastery of comprehensive knowledge and skill in the application of foreign affairs and policies to address export controls  for weapons of mass destruction-related materials, equipment and commodities and the resolution of proliferation-related  issues:

• Expert experience analyzing, developing and overseeing policies and procedures to ensure appropriate implementation of export controls and interdiction programs for dual-use nuclear, chemical and  biological missile technologies to strengthen national security 
•  Experience in managing and leading large technical teams and working with complex IT systems and technical projects. 
• Extensive experience in reviewing, developing, revising and negotiating policies and communicating multilateral export control arrangements with an emphasis on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons
• Ability to represent the agency in interagency meetings or international fora or with foreign governments.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.



This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This can include official or unofficial transcripts. For specific education requirements, please see the Education Requirements below. If selected, official transcripts maybe requested.  

Individual Occupational/Educational Requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S.  A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement.  Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website, and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

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