Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Education
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jul-23-2020
  • Posted
    Jul 16

Position description

The position is located in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Office of European Security and Political Affairs (EUR/RPM). The incumbent serves as the Senior Deterrence & Defense Officer supporting the senior Office and Bureau managers on strategic level policy planning, development, and analysis of wide ranging U.S. policy issues regarding NATO and European security.

 

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Responsibilities

  • Manages a team of five or six members focused on deterrence and defense related issues at NATO.
  • Produces inter-agency instructions to advance U.S. objectives for the U.S. Mission to NATO and other U.S. Embassies.
  • Prepares policies and briefing materials for NATO Ambassador, Secretary, President and other senior officials to succeed at regular Ambassadorial, Ministerial and Summit events at NATO.
  • Negotiates with mid and senior level U.S. and foreign government officials from the State Department, other USG agencies and relevant international institutions to develop and achieve U.S. objectives.
  • Serves as a U.S. expert, providing authoritative policy and technical advice to management officials throughout the EUR Bureau and Department of State on NATO deterrence and defense policy.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

14

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • New supervisors must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application. NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement. Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; OR Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with 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 Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods. OR Have a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUS appropriate relevant experience OR additional education. OR Have completed at least 4 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. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.) 

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience serving as an authoritative advisor negotiating with interagency and international stakeholders on U.S. and European security issues.
  • Experience with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) deterrence & defense policies and programs.
  • Experience developing U.S. policy with the interagency providing written and/or oral briefing for U.S. government officials.

In addition, applicant's experience must also demonstrate that the candidate possesses the following qualities:

  • Ability to assign, review, and supervise the work of others;
  • Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances;
  • Ability to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress;
  • Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and
  • Capacity to "see the job through."

Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

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