Supervisory International Relations Officer

U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Nov 20

Position description

This position is located In the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB). The Incumbent serves as a Division Chief in OTLA under the general supervision of the office Director or Deputy Director with primary responsibility for leading and managing one of OTLA's divisions.

Language Requirement- Ability to speak and read Spanish In all styles and forms of the language pertinent to the duties of the position.


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Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages, coordinates, and implements all technical and administrative functions related to their assigned division.
  • Assists the Director or Deputy Director in conducting short- and long-term strategic planning and organizational performance management activities.
  • Assists the Director or Deputy Director In determining the organization, structure, and work groups within the division and determining when organizational changes are needed.
  • Coordinates work within the division and with other entities outside the division, coordinates work between subordinate work groups, resolves differences, and makes decisions on divisional Issues.
  • Leads and manages the day-to-day business operations of the division in areas such as procurement, finance, administration, personnel and human resources, document clearances, travel, public outreach, and coordinating with the other divisions In OTLA and other offices in ILAB and the ILAB Administrative Officer on such matters.
  • Directly supervises a staff of several International Relations Officers who are primarily at the GS-11 through GS-15 levels.
  • Assists the Director or Deputy Director in ensuring that the office appropriately formulates, negotiates, and implements policies related to the impact of International trade, economic policy, development finance, international development, and/or livelihoods policies on U.S. workers, U.S. Government (USG) policy priorities, and DOL/ILAB policy interests.
  • Assists the Director or Deputy Director in ensuring that the office assesses countries' compliance with international labor standards set by the International Labor Organization (ILO) with respect to forced labor, freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, employment discrimination, and child labor and other international workers' rights (e.g., acceptable conditions of work).
  • Assists the Director or Deputy Director in ensuring that the office administers the labor provision of trade, investment, and development finance agreements and programs.
  • Assists the Director or Deputy Director in negotiating policies and agreements and other efforts to effect the adoption of DOL/ILAB/OTLA policy positions.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 10 percent of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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


Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.


Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states:

Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interests and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure 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-14 in the Federal Service or the private sector.

Specialized experience is experience leading a team in: 1) working with provisions of an international trade, investment, or development finance agreement; OR 2) monitoring countries’ or businesses’ working conditions and/or compliance with international labor rights, i.e., workers’ rights related to forced labor, freedom of association, right to collective bargaining, employment discrimination, child labor, occupational safety and health, minimum wage, and hours of work.



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 Educationfor more information.

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