Job Announcement # NESDIS-AA-2020-0013 (DE - U.S. Citizens/Nationals; and/or Federal Employees who meet the definition of a 'surplus' or 'displaced' employee):
Job Announcement # NESDIS-AA-2020-0012 [MAP - Current or former competitive service federal employees, individuals with disabilities, Federal Employees who meet the definition of a 'surplus' or 'displaced' employee, military spouses, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps Vista, Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed here but defined in the federal hiring authorities, Veterans)
JOB TITLE: International Relations Specialist
AGENCY: U.S. Department of Commerce/National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Service (NESDIS)
DIVISION: International & Interagency Affairs Division
LOCATION: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time
SALARY: $102,663 to $157,709 per year
FEDERAL GRADE: This position is a ZA-4 under the Commerce Alternative Pay System (CAPS), which is equivalent to a General Schedule (GS) 13/14
CONTACT FOR THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: firstname.lastname@example.org
DUTIES: As an International Relations Specialist, the successful candidate will perform the following duties:
- Develop international and inter-agency policies and plans to implement National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) key goals for effective partnerships in earth observing programs, and monitor and coordinate U.S. interagency activities involving environmental satellite and data policies.
- Design strategies and lead efforts to negotiate agreements between NOAA and national civil space organizations as well as international/intergovernmental and interagency organizations.
- Lead international science and technology cooperation for assigned regions/countries and international, interagency or intergovernmental organizations, overseeing the development and implementation of NESDIS cooperative activities including working with senior leadership to identify goals for cooperation, monitoring progress toward joint work programs, coordinating exchanges of data and information, and arranging visits and meetings.
- Apply knowledge of U.S. and foreign national space, earth observations, and science and technology policy to prepare reports, briefing memos, and position papers, as well as to provide policy and staffing support to senior managers for meetings with partners.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:To qualify for the 0131 series:
A. Degree: 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.
B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
C. 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 possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies; knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To qualify at the ZA-4 or GS-13 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
- Assisting in the development of policies and/or plans for use in implementing international agreements on science and technology partnerships;
- Participating in the development of strategies for use in negotiating international agreements; and
- Planning foreign visits relative to science and technology projects.
Mary Ann Kutny
International and Interagency Affairs Division
NOAA Satellite and Information Service