Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Apply by
    May-31-2021
  • Posted
    May 26

Position description

The position is located in the Bureau of Administration, Systematic Review Program Division (A/GIS/IPS/SRP/CR/CDP/AO/RRT) in the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and is responsible in performing the final authoritative review of official records of Department of State to determine whether they may be released to the public and declassified if currently classified.

 

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Responsibilities

  • Provides administrative assistance and makes final decision as to whether sensitive information may be released to the public, and determines whether information currently classified may be declassified for public release. 
  • Represents Department in discussions at high-level interagency meetings convened to resolve significant issues typically involving information subject to declassification and release. 
  • Develops guidelines on classification/declassification policy issues and determinations related to the specific areas of information for which the position is responsible. 
  • Serves as geographical or functional expert on past and present foreign policies in area of specialization. 
  • Provides policy advice and guidance to management in such representative areas as treaties, other agreements, and business practices.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

15

Qualifications

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.

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-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 providing policy advice and guidance concerning U.S. treaties and/or other agreements.

Experience making decisions whether information currently classified may be declassified for public release.

Experience developing guidelines on classification/declassification policy issues.

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.

Education

 

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

 

 

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