Foreign Affairs Specialist

Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP)
  • Location
    Scott AFB, Illinois
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Oct 12

Position description

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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Foreign Disclosure Program Officer (FDO) and to plan, direct and develop goals and objectives that integrate organization planning, programming, and acquisition for assigned international programs.

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  • Plans, develops, and implements foreign disclosure procedures and provides direction and guidance on assigned international programs.
  • Reviews visits and redelegates visits originating from the Foreign Visit System (FVS).
  • Directs and approves all aspects of the Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP).
  • Reviews and approves classified and unclassified export controlled documents and information for release and transmission to foreign governments, agencies, and nationals.
  • Reviews and evaluates request for exemption to ITAR Licenses.
  • Reviews and interprets disclosure guidance, identifies shortfalls in the guidance, and recommends modifications when necessary.
  • Represents the Command in MPEP and foreign disclosure-related administrative and technical meetings at local, major command, and DOD levels.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • May require significant travel by military or commercial air to conferences, meetings, or other functions away from the duty site.
  • The employee is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent must be comfortable in dealing with high-ranking foreign representatives and able to utilize tact and diplomacy on all occasions.
  • A Master's Degree in International Affairs or Strategic Studies is highly desired.
  • Employee must meet the mandatory standards of experience and training, and the desired standards of education for an International Affairs level III certification within six years accepting position.
  • Employees must maintain current Foreign Disclosure Officer certification.
  • Exceptionally strong ability to write clear, concise and logically sequences reports and other correspondence.


In order to qualify, you must meet the general / specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Professional and Scientific Positions, to include the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for the GS-0130, Foreign Affairs Series. Please refer to the OPM website.

Basic Requirements:
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, 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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes implementation of foreign disclosure policy, procedures, techniques, methods and standards; implementation of existing policy that preserves and protects U.S. national interests while concurrently forwarding program goals; providing guidance on disclosure policies and procedures to other foreign disclosure officers; Coordinating and tracking all visits of international military personnel and other official parties involving international visitors to include orientation tours, regional military contact programs, and special events; directing and approving all aspects of a military personnel exchange program; reviewing and approving classified and unclassified export controlled documents and information for release and transmission to foreign governments, agencies, and nationals; assisting subordinate foreign disclosure officers and program managers with development of recommended exemptions to licensing requirements; developing delegation of disclosure authority letters (DDLs), revising DDLs, and writing exceptions to National Disclosure Policy. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the GS-12 grade/level or equivalent in the federal service. NOTE: You must submit a copy of official transcripts.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in­-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (Includes current Air Force employees): You are required to submit legible copy/copies of your last or most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, (block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"). Additionally, if you are applying for a higher grade (GS) and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Expert knowledge of National Disclosure Policy (NDP-1) principles and how they are applied to issues relating to Foreign Military Sales and commercial exports of defense equipment, technology, information, and assistance.
2. Experience planning, administering, and monitoring conference, visits, travel teams, and other multiple tasks associated a high-ranking international audience. Ability to lead, review complex technical material and approve the disclosure and/or export to foreign entities.
3. Expert/mastery level knowledge of general Air Force and specific foreign disclosure operations, politico-military affairs, Air Force operations, technologies used in military Command and Control systems, technologies used in military weapons systems, information and industrial security processes for classified material handling, MPEP procedures and guidance, and general management practices.
4. Expert/mastery level knowledge to plan and implement an Air Force foreign disclosure program, and to understand and work effectively with an industry export compliance program.
5. Ability to effectively write and orally communicate foreign disclosure, export information, and MPEP to various audiences, to include U.S. and foreign staff, management, senior executives, and corporate officers.
6. Ability to perform work requiring a professional knowledge of the formulation and direction of foreign affairs of the Government or in the study and disposition of information bearing on international relations.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Click here for specific program requirements. To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the follow documents:
-Statement requesting MSP; and
-Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders

"This position is Centrally Managed by the International Affairs Career Field Team".

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