Job Title
International Economist

Agency
U.S. International Trade Commission
Office of the Commissioners

Location
Washington, DC

Salary
GS 14 - 15
$114,590 to $164,200 per year

Service
Excepted

Appointment Type
Permanent – Excepted Service Permanent


Summary
The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is a great place to work, and we aren't the only ones who think so. We ranked 2nd overall in the 2018 Best Places to Work in the Federal government by the Partnership for Public Service. This position is located in the Office of Commissioner Rhonda K. Schmidtlein.

This is a time-limited, Schedule C appointment.


Responsibilities
The ideal candidate possesses advanced studies in International Economics, has knowledge or experience related to import injury trade remedy investigations, has a genuine interest in learning about new industries, is comfortable in an environment with multidisciplinary team members, and enjoys exploring a variety of business and trade subject matters in the conduct of their work.



The candidate would possess superior writing, communication, and organizational skills, and the ability to handle large volumes of information with careful attention to accuracy and detail, and with minimal supervision. Knowledge of relevant trade statutes and economic concepts commonly applied on agency investigations is required.



As an International Economist to the Commissioner, you will:

• Provide economic support, advice, and analysis in investigations under Title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, concerning antidumping and countervailing duty investigations; and studies requested by the Congress and the President under section 332 of the Tariff Act of 1930; administrative and procedural matters relating to Title VII; and other economic studies and analysis as assigned.
• Assess often complex factual records and legal arguments, advise and assist the Commissioner in preparation for hearings and votes, prepare memoranda, and reply to oral and written inquiries from the Commissioner.
• Assist in the Commissioner's Office's role of facilitating and coordinating the work of the Commission.
• Provide economic advice regarding Commissioner decisions.


Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.


REQUIREMENTS

Conditions of Employment
• You must be a U.S. citizen or national
• You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period
• You will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
• You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

Qualifications
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 general and specialized experience, education and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.



SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR 

This position requires a Selective Placement Factor for successful performance upon entering the job. Selective Placement Factors are knowledge, skills and/or abilities that are essential for satisfactory performance on the job. You will be ineligible for further consideration if you do not possess it.



BASIC REQUIREMENT

To be considered for an Economist position, you must have:



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.



Examples of qualifying experience include: individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.



IN ADDITION to meeting the selective placement factor above, you must have the specialized experience below. You may be able to substitute your education in certain instances. If you can, we mention it under the appropriate grade level.



Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps and AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student and 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.



To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience obtained in the private or public sector that is equivalent to the GS-13 level. Your experience must demonstrate the following: professional experience examining economic and/or industry analyses in support of trade-related programs to help guide the analytical efforts of a program; providing expert economic advice to senior officials on the economic facets of an assigned study; conducting economic research and/or assessment in support of various projects or an assigned study; and experience formulating and completing analysis on key economic, industry, and policy issues.



There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade 14 level. Your education must be combined with specialized experience as listed above.



To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience obtained in the private or public sector that is equivalent to the GS-14 level. Your experience must demonstrate the following: professional experience examining economic and/or industry analyses in support of trade-related programs to help guide the analytical efforts of a program; providing expert economic advice to senior officials on the economic facets of an assigned study; conducting economic research and/or assessment in support of various projects or an assigned study; and experience formulating and completing analysis on key economic, industry, and policy issues.


Education

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



Basic Education requirement for all applicants:

Possession of BA or higher degree in Economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus. You are required to submit a copy of your transcript to verify this requirement.



Education must have been completed in an accredited institution, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in order to be credited. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirement if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. The following link, lists accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials:
http://www.naces.org/members.htm

Additional information

NOTE: THIS POSITION WILL BE FILLED USING THE SCHEDULE C HIRING AUTHORITY. AGENCIES MAY SEPARATE SCHEDULE C APPOINTEES AT ANY TIME IF THE CONFIDENTIAL OR POLICY-DETERMINING RELATIONSHIP ENDS BETWEEN THE INCUMBENT AND THEIR SUPERVISOR.

SCHEDULE C APPOINTEES ARE NOT COVERED BY STATUTORY REMOVAL PROCEDURES AND GENERALLY HAVE NO RIGHTS TO APPEAL REMOVAL ACTIONS TO THE MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD.

THIS IS A TIME-LIMITED APPOINTMENT.



Excepted Service Appointments: This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer rights to permanent Civil Service status.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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:

1. Experience performing data analysis
2. Applying economic theory and industry information to perform empirical analysis
3. Written and oral communication skill and abilities
4. Performing work in a team environment

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.

 

Security clearance
Confidential


Required Documents

1. Resume: Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.



2. Transcripts: If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

3. Cover Letter: Optional.

 

To Apply: 

Those who are interested should email all required documents to HR@usitc.gov.