<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Office of Cargo and Commercial Sealift administers and implements a variety of programs related to the promotion of government-impelled cargo opportunities for U.S. flag ships, including special analyses and studies leading to program recommendations on government-impelled cargo procedures, legislative requirements and the administration of cargo preferred activities under the Cargo Preference Acts.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />As a <strong>Trade Specialist</strong>, you will:<br /> <ul> <li>Liaise with division or office level managers of government agencies and other shippers generating preference cargo to ensure that the laws and regulations as prescribed by the Cargo Preference Act being met.</li> <li>Assist in maintenance of a monitoring system to ensure that each shipper provides hard copy or electronically, copies of bills of lading, for each ocean shipment under its jurisdiction and, when required periodic reports detailing its ocean shipment plan and non-US flag offers.</li> <li>Develop a personal liaison with division or office level managers to ensure effective interface in programs involving utilization of US-flag vessels and to promote their use over and above the legal minimum.</li> <li>Work with others in the office, handle requests for statistical data from the bills of lading and cargo preference reports received from civilian government agencies or other sources.</li> <li>Assist in ensuring that all exports generated under the various programs are reported to MARAD and that cargo preference compliance is maintained.</li> </ul> <br />The <strong>ideal candidate</strong> for this position has knowledge of ocean shipping, logistics, and or commercial maritime industry experience, freight forwarding experience or legislative and legal experience. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Position requires occasional travel.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must meet specialized experience to qualify</li> <li>Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date</li> <li>Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date</li> <li>Announcement also advertised Open to All U.S Citizens: MARAD.HQ-2019-0087</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong> CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: </strong><br /> <ul> <li><strong>SELECTIVE SERVICE:</strong> Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.</li> <li><strong>GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD:</strong> This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.</li> <li><strong>TIME-IN-GRADE: </strong>Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.<br /><br /><strong> To qualify for the GS-09 on Experience, </strong> you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-07, it must include:<br /> <ul> <li><strong>Experience performing assignments that require the application of fundamental principles, concepts, techniques and guidelines relative to cargo preference programs. </strong></li> </ul> <br /><strong> To qualify for the GS-09 on Education alone, </strong> you must have: <br /> <ul> <li>At least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have been awarded a master's or equivalent graduate degree.</li> </ul> <br />You can also qualify based on a combination of graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application. <br /><br /><strong> To qualify on for the GS-11 on Experience, </strong>you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09, it must include: <br /> <ul> <li><strong>Experience performing assignments that require the interpretation and adaption of fundamental principles, concepts, techniques and guidelines relative to cargo preference programs.</strong></li> </ul> <br /><strong> To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, </strong> you must have:<br /> <ul> <li>3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.</li> </ul> <br />You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application. <br /><br /><strong> To qualify on for the GS-12 on Experience, </strong>you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:<br /> <ul> <li><strong>Experience handling complex assignments regarding the ocean shipping activities of domestic and military cargo shippers, as well as passenger vessel operations. </strong></li> </ul> <br />You cannot substitute education at the GS 12 level.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4<br /><br />Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.<br /><br />Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.</strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition .<br /><br /><strong>EEO STATEMENT:</strong> The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.<br /><br /><strong>This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.</strong> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. </strong>If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. <br /><br />If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position.<br /><br />Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. </strong><br /><br /><strong>The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying. </strong><br /><br /><strong>TRANSCRIPTS – Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience . The transcripts need not be officia</strong>l, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. <br /> <ul> <li>If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.</li> <li>If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. </li> </ul> <br /><strong>PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS:</strong> If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation dated within the last 18 months (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).<br /><br /><strong>VETERANS:</strong> Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. It need not be official.<br /> <ul> <li>If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.</li> <li>If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.</li> <li>If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) ( https: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa ), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>STATUS APPLICANTS:</strong> If seeking eligibility consideration as status/agency/DOT employee, you must provide proof of eligibility in the form of an SF-50. Your SF-50 must verify the highest grade held competitively, full performance level of position, and eligibility as a status applicant. Please do not submit an Award SF-50, as these are often incomplete and do not verify grade or status eligibility.<br /><br /><strong>NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS:</strong> If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.<br /><br /><strong>DISPLACED EMPLOYEES:</strong> If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents: <br /> <ul> <li>your most recent performance appraisal,</li> <li>the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and</li> <li>your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong> Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission. </strong><br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.