Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
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  • Posted
    Aug 13

Position description

This position is located in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC), Office of Multilateral and Nuclear Affairs (MNA).  The Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) is responsible within the Department of State for increasing American security and prosperity by enhancing strategic stability around the world using tools such as the negotiation and implementation of arms control treaties.  The incumbent serves as the Deputy Office Director. 


  • Serves as a policy advisor on U.S. delegations to international arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament meetings & conferences, with a particular focus on the verification & compliance aspects of multilateral nuclear & other security issues.
  • Responsible for analyzing issues associated with these fora of considerable magnitude and complexity, with profound national security implications; developing policies in response to those issues; and evaluating or preparing policy recommendations.
  • Formulate and prepare formal proposals, statements, and assessments; influence and persuade partner nation representatives or approving officials of the value of recommendations; and assist in the development of negotiating strategies and tactics.
  • Plans and coordinates work to be accomplished in accordance with staff capability, work requirements; establishes priorities; develops schedules for completion of work; approves resource allocation and prepares schedules for completion of work.
  • Directs, coordinates, and oversees work through subordinate supervisors; provides supervisory oversight of staff and their activities, and issues policy guidance when needed. 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some domestic and overseas travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • New supervisors must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

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.


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;  


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;


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


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), PLUS appropriate relevant experience OR additional education. 


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-14 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:

  • Experience developing and implementing policies related to arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament.
  • Experience exchanging information with foreign governments and international organizations in support of arms control treaties and confidence-building agreements. 
  • Experience determining and establishing short and long term priorities, developing schedules for completing work assignments.

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."



See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.  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 organizationsrecognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

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