Senior Policy Advisor to the Director

U.S. Treasury, Departmental Offices
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
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  • Posted
    May 09

Position description


  • Participate with all OTA Associate Directors, the Director of OTA, and the Deputy Assistance Secretary for Technical Assistance Policy in planning and formulating Treasury policy with respect to providing economic and financial technical assistance to recipient countries.
  • In coordination with the OTA Associate Directors, plan, oversee, and evaluate the development, implementation, and operation of technical assistance programs worldwide.

Participate with the OTA Associate Directors in negotiations for the implementation of technical assistance projects with host country counterparts, who are generally ministers of finance, governors of central banks, or other ministerial-level officials, and their principal deputies. Help coordinate these efforts with Treasury's regional and functional offices, other USG agencies, international financial institutions, and foreign governments. 

  • In participation with the OTA Associate Directors, has responsibility for coordinating technical assistance engagements that entail a significant OTA multi-discipline level of program engagement. Help develop country-specific programs comprised of multiple OTA technical disciplines to formulate economic and financial reform policies that support Treasury objectives.
  • Direct and coordinate the preparation of in-depth technical and policy analyses and evaluations of financial sectors in emerging and transitional market economies. Use these analyses and evaluations to design Treasury technical assistance strategies in countries where the Department has a capacity to advance U.S. economic and financial policy interests.
  • Assist with the preparation of testimony and briefing materials for use by senior Treasury officials; coordinates the preparation of annual appropriation requests and all legislation pertaining to the technical assistance program; reviews operations to identify requirements for legislation; prepares or directs the preparation of reports to Congress for its committees; and, if requested, briefs Members of Congress and their staff on the Treasury technical assistance program.
  • Provide authoritative guidance to the Director and staff of OTA on current foreign and international economic policy issues, and reviews technical assistance activities for consistency with Treasury economic and financial policy guidelines
  • Coordinate the preparation of the OTA mission statement, goals and objectives, strategic plan and performance measures. Reviews mission statement and other management documents prepared by OTA programmatic teams, or other units of OTA, to assure consistency with OTA's mission. Ensures compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. Prepares reports on program performance for use by the OTA Director, Associate Directors, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technical Assistance Policy. 


Conditions of Employment


This opportunity is also open to Status Candidates under Announcement 22-DO-549. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

Key Requirements:

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National

All new hires will be required to comply with federal ethics laws. A review of financial or other interests may be conducted to determine if they create any real or apparent conflict of interests with official Treasury duties. 



You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 

Specialized experience For the GS-15, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service . Specialized experience for this position is defined as demonstrated, working experience and MUST include: 

  • Public sector financial management (experience can be in the following areas: budgeting and financial accountability, banking and financial services, combatting economic crimes, debt management/ infrastructure finance, revenue policy/administration, including experience providing international technical assistance* to foreign counterparts in these subject areas),


  • Preparing briefing memoranda, talking points, policy or procedural recommendations, and other written products for senior executive-level officials,


  • Managing or leading teams and/or key business processes.

Additional information


  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a non bargaining unit position.
  • A recruitment incentive may be offered.
  • Student loan repayment may be offered.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.


  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • A one year supervisory or managerial probationary period may be required.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on, if required.
  • Undergo an income tax verification, if required
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. Our benefits package includes:

  • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
  • Eleven paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
  • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
  • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
  • A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.
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  • Benefits

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical, Communication and Project Management. 

Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, A (highest quality category), B (middle quality category), or C (minimally qualified category) depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Your application may be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category. 

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. 

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority. 


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