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International Economist (Direct Hire Authority)

Employer
U.S. International Trade Commission
Location
Mount Rainier, MD
Closing date
Apr 7, 2024

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Specialty
Other
Position Type
Other
Hours
Full-time
Employment Type
Permanent
Organization Type
Other
Summary

The position is located in the U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Industry and Competitiveness Analysis (ICA), Advanced Technology and Machinery Division. The ideal candidate possesses the skills to obtain and analyze a broad range of product-specific trade and related information specific to advanced technology, machinery, and transportation industries in order to carry out projects and studies on a range of issues related to international trade and industry competitiveness.

This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen. Direct Hiring Authority will be used to fill this position.

Duties

The selected individual will serve as an advisor providing authoritative, professional advice to senior Commission officials on matters of international trade. A high level of expertise is required concerning industries involved in advanced technology, machinery, transportation, or environmental products, particularly involving issues including international trade restrictions, global supply chains, competitive conditions, global business strategies, and sources of domestic and foreign data.

As an International Economist, you will perform the following major duties:
  • Conduct research and analysis for investigations and studies of international trade, trade regulations, measures that impede trade, and trade agreements;
  • Evaluate the global competitive position of U.S. advanced technology, machinery, and transportation industries relative to foreign industries, to enable the Commission to advise the President and Congress on various trade issues;
  • Provide information and assistance to the public and industry where necessary and appropriate;
  • Provide both written and oral communication; possesses a firm grasp of microeconomic, macroeconomic, and international trade and finance concepts; and
  • Provide quantitative analysis (i.e., statistical analysis, econometrics, or other economic modeling techniques) as needed.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Appointment subject to satisfactory completion of background investigation
  • You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59
Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENT:

You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume or supporting documents. This includes any basic, general and specialized experience, education and/or selective placement factors mentioned.

You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standard for the Economist 0110 can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/economist-series-0110/.

A. Degree: Economics, that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus.

OR

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

AND

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT:

To qualify at the GS11 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS09 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: performing analysis that requires a demonstrated ability to apply economic standards to the market, political and technical factors. Ability to interpretate, analyze, and evaluate of trade data as pertaining to the economics. It must have required an in-depth understanding of international trade principles and theories.

OR

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

To qualify at the GS12 level youmust have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS11 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: professional experience in international trade as it relates to chemicals, or related sectors, which included substantive analysis requiring a thorough understanding investigation; planning and execution of sequential work steps; and integration of research and analysis into an assigned study.

To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience would include the following: researching and analyzing issues in international trade as they relate to economic sector; recognizing and evaluating factors in domestic and foreign supply and demand to draw rational inferences based on applying econometric or other economic modeling techniques to support the technical validity of findings; and knowledge of economic, financial, and technical factors influencing trade policy, merchandise trade flows, and sector competitiveness.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

This occupation has a positive education and specialized experience requirement. Specifics are detailed above:

Basic Education requirement for all applicants:

A. Degree: Economics, that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus.

OR

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

Education May be Substituted for Experience as Follows:

At the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related.

At the GS-12 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

At the GS-13 level: There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

Education must have been completed in an accredited institution, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in order to be credited.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education. Another listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. The following link, lists accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm

Additional information

This announcement is issued under "direct-hire" authority. Consistent with 5 U.S.0 3304(a)(3) and OPM regulations (5 CFR 337 Subpart B) on direct-hire: All candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements may be referred for consideration. Competitive examining rules providing for rating and ranking and veterans' preference do not apply.

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.

Foreign Education Credential Interpretation: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

DD-214: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

SF-15 (veterans claiming 10 point preference): http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf

Severely disabled persons program information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/

Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

Assessment Question:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12370308

Vacancy ID number12370308:

Reasonable accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.
  • Benefits

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This is a Direct Hire position and not subject to category rating. Please update the how you will be evaluated section with the following and let me know when it is updated:

This position is announced under a government-wide Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for INFOSEC positions in the GS-2210 series. Under this Direct-Hire authority, applicants are required to meet minimum qualification requirements at the grade level(s) of interest. Veteran's Preference, Schedule A, Category Rating, and other methods of consideration DO NOT APPLY under Direct-Hire Authority regulations.

Appointments made under this authority will be processed as new appointments to the Civil Service. Current Civil Service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the Civil Service. Current Federal employees may be required to serve a new probationary period (5 CFR 315.802(b).

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

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Experience performing data analysis
  • Applying economic theory and industry information to perform empirical analysis
  • Written and oral communication skill and abilities
  • Performing work in a team environment
  • Problem solving skills
  • Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.

    We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications and/or education on the information provided and evaluate your relevant education and/or work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above.

    If you are selected for an interview, you can expect a structured panel interview process, which will include between 2 and 4 members.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12370308
    • Benefits

      A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

      Review our benefits

      Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
    • Required Documents

      As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

      To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11:59 PM ET04/12/2024 .

      1. Resume.
      Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the following information:
      • paid and non-paid experience, including job titles, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary;
      • knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position;
      • specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and
      • names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).
      Your resume should contain enough information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic, general, or specialized experience requirements for each grade level you are applying. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. If you do not provide enough information for us to determine your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible.

      2. Occupational Questionnaire.
      A complete job-specific occupational questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account or faxed using the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.

      3. Transcripts. If you are using education to qualify OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) with your application. Your education must be accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.Your transcript must contain:
      • name of academic institution;
      • list of courses;
      • credit hours;
      • major(s); and
      • grade-point average or class ranking
      Foreign Education: You can use education you completed in a foreign college or university if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. You must provide an official statement certifying that your education is equivalent with your application package. The link contains a list of accredited organizations that specialize in interpreting of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.If you are selected for a position, you must submit an official/sealed college transcript(s) prior to employment.

      4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles. You must submit the following documents:
      • a copy of your agency notice;
      • a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
      • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
      6. Cover Letter. This is optional.

      If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

      Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
      schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
    • How to Apply

      To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

      The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/12/2024 to receive consideration.

      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

      2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

      3. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

      4. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

      The Vacancy ID is 12370308.

      Agency contact information

      Jodelle Miller

      Phone

      202-400-0000

      Email

      jodelle.miller@usitc.gov

      Address

      Office of Industry and Competitiveness Analysis

      500 E St SW

      Washington, DC 20436

      US

      Next steps

      Once the occupational questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

      To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

      You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:
    • Upon receipt of your application
    • Upon minimum qualifications determination
    • After candidates have been referred to the hiring official
    • Once a selection has been made
    • Fair and Transparent

      The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
      • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
      • Reasonable accommodation policy
      • Financial suitability
      • Selective Service
      • New employee probationary period
      • Signature and false statements
      • Privacy Act
      • Social security number request
    Required Documents

    To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11:59 PM ET04/12/2024 .

    1. Resume.
    Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the following information:
    • paid and non-paid experience, including job titles, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary;
    • knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position;
    • specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and
    • names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).
    Your resume should contain enough information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic, general, or specialized experience requirements for each grade level you are applying. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. If you do not provide enough information for us to determine your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible.

    2. Occupational Questionnaire.
    A complete job-specific occupational questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account or faxed using the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.

    3. Transcripts. If you are using education to qualify OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) with your application. Your education must be accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.Your transcript must contain:
    • name of academic institution;
    • list of courses;
    • credit hours;
    • major(s); and
    • grade-point average or class ranking
    Foreign Education: You can use education you completed in a foreign college or university if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. You must provide an official statement certifying that your education is equivalent with your application package. The link contains a list of accredited organizations that specialize in interpreting of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.If you are selected for a position, you must submit an official/sealed college transcript(s) prior to employment.

    4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles. You must submit the following documents:
    • a copy of your agency notice;
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
    6. Cover Letter. This is optional.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
    schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/12/2024 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

    3. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    4. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    The Vacancy ID is 12370308.

    Agency contact information

    Jodelle Miller

    Phone

    202-400-0000

    Email

    jodelle.miller@usitc.gov

    Address

    Office of Industry and Competitiveness Analysis

    500 E St SW

    Washington, DC 20436

    US

    Next steps

    Once the occupational questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

    To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

    You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:
  • Upon receipt of your application
  • Upon minimum qualifications determination
  • After candidates have been referred to the hiring official
  • Once a selection has been made


  • Fair & Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

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