Supervisory International Economist

U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
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  • Posted
    Nov 15

Position description

The selectee will serve as the Chief International Economist and directs the work of the Economic Research team within the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) under the direction of the Office of International Relations and Economic Research (OIRER) leadership, managing ILAB’s international economic research program and providing expert analysis and timely advice to senior Department officials to inform evidence driven approach to policy and programmatic development priorities of the Bureau and Department.

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

  • Serves as the Chief International Economist advising the Deputy Under Secretary, Associate Deputy Under Secretaries, Director, and other senior officials on a variety of issues and assignments that relate to ILAB’s responsibilities for international labor and employment policies, activities, and programs.
  • Serves as the focal point for economic policy-related research and analysis for the Bureau and advances labor diplomacy efforts and ILAB’s learning agenda by supporting data-driven analyses of current and emerging issues; bringing cutting-edge researchers in to share their insights with Department policy experts; monitoring and explaining current economic, trade, labor and/or employment trends in key countries and regions; and engaging in deeper research into the longer term, thematic global trends with economic underpinnings.
  • Formulates policy and program recommendations including coordinating and developing official positions on the most complex problems, issues, and programs including developing budget requirements, preparing papers and briefing materials, and collaborating with other agencies, foreign counterparts, and others to ensure policies and programs respond to DOL and U.S. priorities and interests.
  • Serves as an authoritative consultant and advisor to the Director, Deputy Director, Deputy Undersecretary, and other DOL professional staff, ambassadors and labor attachés or others with related responsibility, on policy and key developments regarding Office issues and programs. Builds networks and works closely with international organizations, academics, NGOs, labor unions, industry groups, and governments, as necessary, to further Office policies and objectives and to negotiate resolutions to areas of disagreement.
  • Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates; makes assignments based on capability and expertise; evaluates the work performance of subordinates; develops performance standards; gives advice or instruction to subordinates on work and administrative matters; and identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development or training.
  • Responsible for programming and annual budgeting submissions and ensuring program accomplishments are within budget allocations. Makes recommendations for budget adjustments.
  • Carries out supervisory duties in accordance with regulatory requirements in areas such as Diversity and EEO; internal management controls; Merit Systems Principles; Safety and Occupational Health obligations; performance management; management of ethics, conduct, and discipline; and hiring reform.



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 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.

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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:

  • Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


  • Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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 in the Federal service or private sector.

To qualify for the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-14.

Specialized experience includes ALL of the following:

  • Independently planning and conducting economic research and analysis to contribute to advances in international labor and/or economic policy.
  • Developing recommendations for senior officials that impact policy or program strategies.
  • Communicating information, both orally and written, regarding relevant economic issues or legislation to senior or high ranking officials inside and/or outside the government.


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 Education for more information.

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