Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Jun-28-2018
  • Posted
    Jun 22

Position description

This position is located in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, Legislative Reference Unit (H/LRU). LRU oversees the coordination and clearance functions of the Bureau of Legislative Affairs with respect to all Department programs and activities. This office monitors all significant legislation involving the Department and serves as the liaison in the legislative clearance process, coordinating views between OMB, National Security Council, and other executive agencies.  

The incumbent of this position serves as the Legislative Director. He/she oversees and ensures the coordinated review of pending or proposed legislation, enrolled bills, Statements of Administrative Policy, Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders. He/she also oversees the tasking, tracking, and submission of the Department's Congressionally-mandated reports to Congress, and the timely submission of Questions for the Record (QFRs) and official transcripts stemming from Congressional hearings.

This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

Responsibilities

  • Serves as point of contact for Capitol Hill inquiries, and organizes efforts to develop position papers, briefing materials, testimony, and other documentation in coordination with Department bureaus and other Executive Branch agencies.
  • Coordinates and facilitates effective communication between the diplomatic professionals of the Department and Members of Congress, their personal staffs and the staffs on Department oversight committees and subcommittees.
  • Closely tracks legislative developments related to the assigned portfolio and keeps senior leadership team apprised of legislative developments through written and oral communications.
  • Provides analysis of any concern raised by Members of Congress or his/her representatives, ensuring that its full significance and possible consequences are ascertained. Briefs Members of Congress and their staff members on specific issues as well as on issues of general interest.
  • Develops and maintains a broad range of Congressional committee and personal staff contacts.

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • New supervisors must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; OR

Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with 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

Have 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods. OR

Have a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUSappropriate relevant experience OR additional education. OR

Have completed at least 4 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. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries.)

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.  

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  1. Experience applying theories and principles of US foreign policy as it relates to the legislative process;
  2. Experience preparing and presenting analyses in order to provide guidance, defend proposals and negotiate agreements; and 
  3. Experience coordinating and presenting testimony, briefing materials, and written and/or oral communications relating to the development of legislative initiatives to Congress.

Note: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

In addition, applicant's experience must also demonstrate that the candidate possesses the following qualities:

  • Ability to assign, review, and supervise the work of others;
  • Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances;
  • Ability to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress;
  • Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and
  • Capacity to "see the job through."

Education

See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Application instructions

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