The Sanctions Regulations Advisor serves under the direction of the Assistant Director, Regulatory Affairs (AD RA), in the Office of the Associate Director, Sanctions Policy and Implementation (AD SPI); a component of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
– Work closely with policy advisors and coordinates OFAC's activities in development of new regulatory programs and regulations to carry out new sanctions issued by the President or imposed by Congress or to reflect amendments in U.S. foreign policy with respect to existing sanctions programs.
– Identify issues relating to regulatory control, such as policy, licensing, compliance, enforcement, and legal issues, and coordinates with policy advisors and other OFAC offices responsible for these issues to improve success of regulatory objectives and to resolve problems, including making appropriate recommendations for regulatory modifications to the AD RA.
– Participate in defining regulatory options in the development of new sanctions programs.
– Assist the AD RA in representing OFAC on interagency task forces in areas relating to sanctions programs, such as trade, banking and finance, travel, commodities, and foreign policy and political objectives. This includes contacts with the State Department, U.S. Customs Service, Commerce Department, Defense Department, intelligence community and representatives of foreign governments.
– Conduct frequent contacts with representatives of corporations, financial institutions, trade organizations and members of the public regarding regulatory implementation of OFAC sanctions.
Conditions of Employment
- Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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- Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals
If you do not meet any of the categories listed above, you may wish to apply under announcement 21-DO-54-P,which is open for any U.S. citizen to apply. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.
The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.
You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
Specialized experience for the GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes ALL of the following:
– Experience with respect to U.S. economic sanctions programs. Examples of this could include but are not limited to: ensuring a financial institution's or corporation's compliance with economic sanctions; advising clients on sanctions compliance; analyzing economic sanctions regulations; assisting a team in developing sanctions policy or regulations; enforcing sanctions or advising on sanctions enforcement-related matters; reviewing license applications and issuing licenses for sanctioned transactions or drafting or advising on the submission of sanctions-related license requests; researching individuals or entities to assess their sanctions compliance; or advising financial institutions or the public regarding regulatory implementation of sanctions. AND
– Experience with respect to legal or regulatory writing, including writing for a professional audience. Examples of this could include but are not limited to: assisting a team in creating written analysis of regulations, statutes or case law; drafting legal briefs or pleadings; preparing policy papers; or drafting regulations. AND
– Experience with effective oral communication of substantive and technical issues. Example of this could include but are not limited to: providing training or presentations explaining sanctions, regulations, or statutes; oral argument before a court.
Specialized experience for the GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes ALL of the following:
– Experience with respect to U.S. economic sanctions. Examples of this could include but are not limited to assisting a team in ensuring a financial institution's or corporation's compliance with economic sanctions; providing advice to clients on sanctions compliance; researching individuals to assess their sanctions compliance; or advising financial institutions or the public regarding the regulatory implementation of sanctions. AND
– Experience with effective oral communication. An example of this could include but is not limited to: providing training on sanctions, regulations, or similar material.
Specialized experience for the GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes ALL of the following:
– Experience with concepts and principles of U.S. economic sanctions. Examples of this could include but are not limited to: Assisting in research or training on economic sanctions, working in a compliance role in the private sector; assisting in advising clients, financial institutions, or the public on sanctions compliance; or assisting in researching individuals or entities to make recommendations on whether or not they meet compliance with sanctions regulations.
In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following time-in-grade requirement, if applicable:
For the GS-14, you must have been at the GS-13 level for 52 weeks.
For the GS-13, you must have been at the GS-12 level for 52 weeks.
For the GS-12, you must have been at the GS-11 level for 52 weeks.
– We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
– Relocation expenses will not be paid.
– This is a non-bargaining unit position.
– We offer opportunities for telework.
– We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
– A one year probationary period may be required.
– Must successfully complete a background investigation.
– Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
– If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
– Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
– Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.
Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical and Analytical. Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application
Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)) you must receive a score of 85 or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.
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A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .
CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES — Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:
– You must submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
– If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment ( VRA ), you must submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that. Also, you must submit a copy of your DD214 or other documentation showing dates of service and type of discharge ( Member 4 ) and any other applicable documents such as SF-15, VA letters, etc.
– Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, you must submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
Land Management Eligibles must provide all required documentation to verify eligibility, prior performance, and qualifications for the target position. You can find information on the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act and eligibility HERE . Land Management Eligibles must compete under competitive merit promotion procedures and meet all applicable requirements as such (time-in-grade restrictions do not apply).
CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents you must submit in order to be eligible.
If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement, VEOA , Schedule A Disability, etc.), please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be eligible under one of these authorities, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.