Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    Sep-09-2020
  • Posted
    Sep 02

Position description

This position is located in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (EB/CBA). EB/CBA is responsible for managing commercial and business affairs programs, developing strategic advocacy assistance for U.S. businesses, and integrating business perspectives into our nation’s foreign policy. The Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer provides policy analysis, development, coordination, and implementation in both functional and geographic areas.

 

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Responsibilities

  • Supervises, manages, and provides day-to-day administration and technical guidance to the Commercial Diplomacy unit.
  • Responsible for a variety of commercial diplomacy issues and directs the work of commercial diplomacy unit, providing day-to-day management of the unit, and has lead responsibility for recruitment of new personnel.
  • Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work, and assigns work to subordinates based on priorities. 
  • Serves as the Department's subject matter authority providing expertise and overseeing the handling of a variety of economic and commercial issues.
  • Prepares papers and briefs Bureau and Department Principals on complex commercial affairs issues and developments concerning specific sectors, countries, or regions, and their impact on U.S. commercial, economic, and foreign policy objectives.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

15

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

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

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.

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 advising senior officials on a wide variety of commercial and business affairs policy issues. 
  • Experience preparing written documents such as policy memorandum, position papers, briefing materials, talking points, speeches for senior 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."

Education

 

See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Application instructions

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