Director Office of Unfair Import Investigations
U.S. International Trade Commission - Washington, DC

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This position is located in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII), U.S. International Trade Commission and is responsible for a wide array of legal and administrative matters related to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and Section 603 of the Trade Act of 1974, internal control processes, and executive management issues.

The USITC is an independent Federal agency that adjudicates intellectual property and import injury cases and provides the President and Congress with high quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues. Here, you will find a dynamic work environment, multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products, a dedication to develop your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and your personal life. Please also see the vacancy announcement for our General Counsel position (open until June 4, 2013). We encourage you to apply for both vacancies if you are qualified and interested in the position.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
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DUTIES: Under the supervision of the Director of Operations, is responsible for a range of duties, mainly related to Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and Section 603 of the Trade Act of 1974, including: investigating and assessing the suffi ciency of complaints filed under Section 337; participating as an independent party in Section 337 investigations; identifying relevant issues and developing relevant information in such investigations; responding to public inquiries regarding Section 337; conducting preliminary investigations under Section 603; engaging in outreach activities; and serving as a top-ranking legal officer responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the USITC and its staff. The incumbent will be responsible for representing the OUII, and at times the Commission, at various Commission and interagency meetings and negotiations, as well as at meetings with Congressional staff and the private sector. The incumbent must be an attorney in good standing and will be expected to direct and provide a full range of legal advice and services concerning administrative litigation of alleged unfair import practices under Section 337, preliminary investigations of possible violations of Section 337 pursuant to Section 603, intra-agency enforcement of outstanding Commission orders under Section 337, and other investigative activities assigned by the Commission or the Director of Operations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify for this position, candidates must demonstrate senior level leadership (supervisory/managerial) experience that clearly supports/exhibits that the candidate possesses the professional and technical qualifications, as well as program knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and the mandatory technical qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Experience is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS - Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must provide a supplemental statement to your Resume covering each of the five Executive Core Qualifications questions (ECQs) listed below. The response to the five ECQ's must NOT exceed 10 pages.

For detailed information on the ECQ's, refer to the OPM Guide to Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Core Qualifications at .

Provide a written narrative describing your experience that has equipped you with the following qualifications. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed,program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Follow the Challenge-Context-Action-Results Model when writing your ECQ responses. For assistance in preparing your write-ups,click on to view The Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications.

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) - The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-qualify results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human,financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments,nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

NOTE: Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font and must be in narrative form, addressing each ECQ individually. For more detailed information and samples, please see the OPM link Guide to SES Qualifications.

B. In addition to the Executive Core Qualifications listed above, ALL candidates must possess at the senior level in the following job-specific Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). The PTQs measure technical expertise required by this position. You must submit a narrative statement individually responding to each of the PTQs listed below. NOTE: It is recommended that you restrict your response to no more than two pages per PTQ.


PTQ 1 - Extensive legal experience dealing with highly complex issues in intellectual property such as those adjudicated under 19 U.S.C. ยง 1337, including legal analysis, litigation, and providing legal counsel and advice, preferably in a federal agency. Ability to interpret and apply statutes, administrative regulations, and other relevant authority and to advise management on legal implications of proposed actions. Demonstrated superior writing and communication skills with clear and concise analysis.

PTQ 2 -Experience in managing legal and administrative matters in an agency, law firm, or other organization. Demonstrated ability to manage legal professionals, including developing skills of the workforce and addressing performance shortfalls, directing work among subordinate groups and individuals , resolving conflicts and morale or organizational climate issues, and efficient use of available human and other resources.

PTQ 3 - Knowledge of and familiarity with general administrative requirements for management in a federal agency, including familiarity with regulatory requirements on performance management, internal process documentation, internal controls, budget and finance, and planning.

PT Q 4 - Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of organizations, both internal and external, to communicate and achieve goals. Ability to work with legal, policy, and other professionals to evaluate and develop agency objectives, authorities, and programs. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships.

Education: You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: An SES rating panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo a structured interview and a reference check.

If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications R eview Board (QRB), unless you are a cur rent SES executive, SES reinstatement eligible, or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to this position.

Appointees are required to provide verification of citizenship identity and employment eligibility under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-603).

BENEFITS: Working for the U.S. International Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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  • You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.
  • The materials you send with your application will not be returned.
  • Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. Please do not place your application in a notebook or binder.
  • Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period unless currently serving under a SES appointment.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Agency. The decision to grant reasonable accommodation will be on a case by case basis.
  • The U.S. International Trade Commission prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
  • USITC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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