Department of State - Agency Wide Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, District Of Columbia
Summary The Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) leads the U.S. Government's development and implementation of robust verification and compliance policies related to arms control, nonproliferation, disarmament agreements and commitments. The incumbent of this position serves as the Chief of Staff and as a senior policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary (AVC) and the Deputy Assistant Secretaries, and reports to the Assistant Secretary. Responsibilities Manages and coordinates development and implementation of key bureau strategic priorities and special projects. Provides policy guidance and direction to staff on taskings which often involves short -term staffing and frequent coordination at the Assistant Secretary level with the Secretary of State or White House staff. Analyzes the tasking and preparation of policy documents within the Bureau in order to determine if the degree of detail, format, and presentation are adequate in terms of clarity, completeness, and focus for the highest level of decision makers. Provides administrative direction for the staff supervised providing advice and counsel to staff , and providing advice and counsel to staff on work performance. Troubleshoots various problem issues which arise in the Bureau. Requirements Conditions of Employment 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. 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. Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F. 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), PLUS appropriate 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.) 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 to meeting one of the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, the applicant MUST have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and meet any selective factors, when specified. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following: Experience in establishing and/or revising paper flow management procedures to streamline operations and accommodate the application of automation techniques and capabilities. Experience in managing and coordinating the preparation and processing of high priority policy documents and memoranda for the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary. Experience in investigating the circumstances and recommends solutions to improve methods and approaches to accomplishing tasks. 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." Note: All applicants 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. Education 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 organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials. Additional Information For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov. If eligible, telework and remote work agreements may be permitted with supervisory approval. Please note that any approved remote work arrangement is subject to the locality pay area of the alternative telework worksite. If eligible, applicants to this announcement may be referred to other positions in other Bureaus/Offices in the Department that may require a higher security clearance.