Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Jul 30

Position description

This position serves as the Director of the Non-Proliferation Disarmament Fund (NDF) in the International Security and Non-Proliferation (ISN) Bureau, assisting the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation programs in accomplishing matters related to operation of the NDF and its associated nonproliferation and disarmament projects.


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  • Provides strategic leadership for the NDF office including establishing goals, priorities, strategy, and resources needs. Coordinates implementation of nonproliferation programs, projects and issues, with other offices of the Bureau.
  • Serves as the Office Director for NDF projects and activities. Sets goals for projects, oversees development of projects, budgets and provides effective management controls and oversees solicitations of project proposals.
  • Provides direct policy advice to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation Programs on a broad range of issues relating to nonproliferation and threat reduction while participating in a wide range of inter-agency meetings in this field. 
  • Oversees the financial and budgetary issues associated with the Non-Proliferation Disarmament Fund (NDF), including, reporting of results and program expenditures, in conjunction with the financial management officer. 
  • Evaluates work performance of subordinates, gives advice, counsel, or instructions to employees on both work and administrative matters. 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional domestic and international travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • New supervisors must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.


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.


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. 


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.


Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.


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), PLUSappropriate relevant experience OR additional education.


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-14 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 setting goals for projects, overseeing development of projects and budgets, managing funds, and providing effective management controls
  • Experience providing leadership and management to an organization
  • Experience working on nonproliferation issues

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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