Who May Apply (Eligibilities):
Applicants will only be considered for the Eligibilities for which they claim (and provide supporting documentation) based on the responses provided in the job questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10200194
Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Affairs, Asian Operations, located in Washington, DC.
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Joining Customs and Border Protection will allow you to use your expertise as International Relations Specialist on a wide range of international activities which will impact the total Customs Agency. This position starts at a salary of $81,548 (GS-12, Step 1) to $106,012 (GS-12, Step 10) with promotion potential to $126,062.00 (GS-13, Step 10).
Typical work assignments include:
In the Office of International Affairs you will be responsible for working the below duties:
-Providing support to overseas personnel and senior leadership on a wide range of administrative and policy issues.
-Writing and producing background and briefing materials for senior leadership in advance of international engagements and foreign travel.
-Coordinating responses to requests for information and taskers from partner offices and the interagency
-Participating in the development of long-term economics, diplomatic, and border security policies and various international border security programs for a foreign country.
-Promoting outreach activities and programs within a foreign country in order to strengthen diplomatic ties with the U.S.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling 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 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Experience: four 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
You qualify for the GS-12 level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level or equivalent performing duties such as:
-Providing definitive interpretation of regulations, on U.S. international relations, to foreign country counterparts and inform officials of controversial issues or problems with widespread implications for the foreign country and the U.S.
-Participating and planning international and interagency conferences where U.S. and foreign country views are presented and discussed.
Transcripts are required. Failure to provide transcripts will result in loss of consideration.
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.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.
Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found here. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. This will be measured by a score of 85 or higher. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.
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