International Relations Officer (Senior Advisor)

U.S. Department of Labor
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Jun 22

Position description

This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA), Washington, DC.

-Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


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  • Develops and evaluates an authoritative analysis of Office issues and initiatives.
  • Develops and prepares an in-depth analysis of assigned issues at national, regional, and global levels to provide inputs for reports and other research projects as well as for the development of policies and programs.
  • Develops and makes recommendations for analysis to be performed under contract with private organizations or independent consultants and oversees the work of private consultants hired to conduct research and analysis.
  • Coordinates strategic communications and outreach activities, including the development of OTLA's overarching external communication and outreach strategy, stakeholder outreach, and event planning.
  • Formulates policy and program recommendations including coordinating and developing official positions on assigned programs, developing budget requirements, preparing papers and briefing materials, and collaborating with other agencies, foreign counterparts, and others to ensure policies and programs respond to DOL and U.S. priorities and interests.
  • Prepares relevant reports, papers, talking points, briefing books, memos, letters, proposals, and background papers, including Congressionally-mandated reports for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, and others as directed.
  • Engages with officials of trade unions and business organizations, either orally or in writing, on policy and key developments regarding Office issues and programs.
  • Assigns work, in coordination with the Director, Deputy Directors, and USMCA Division Chief to OTLA staff and oversees regular taskers and major USMCA programmatic, research, and policy initiatives (including internal communications and external outreach efforts).


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

14 - This position is at the Full-Performance Level (FPL).


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.




Basic 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, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, 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.

In addition to the basic requirements of this position, applicants must also possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13 in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is experience conducting research on worker rights; conducting monitoring and/or analysis of specific company or country's policies or practices for compliance with international labor standards in relation to a Free Trade Agreement; making policy recommendations for the implementation of a Free Trade Agreement; and providing in-depth analysis and policy advice on labor and trade issues related to Free Trade Agreements in the Western Hemisphere.



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.

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