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Department of Commerce - Agency Wide Foreign Commercial Service Officer (Limited Appointment, Shenyang, China) (1101) in Shenyang, China

Foreign Commercial Service Officer (Limited Appointment, Shenyang, China) (1101)

Department of Commerce

Department of Commerce - Agency Wide

  • ##### Open & closing dates

05/14/2019 to 06/05/2019

  • ##### Service


  • ##### Pay scale & grade

FP 01

  • ##### Salary

$127,424 to $165,649 per year

  • ##### Appointment type

Temporary - Full-time - Temporary NTE 5 years

  • ##### Work schedule

Full-Time - Excepted Service


1 vacancy in the following location:


Shenyang, China

Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes Relocation to Shenyang, China and return to U.S. Continuing Service Agreement required

Telework eligible


- Duties

Principal Commercial Officers are found at Consulate General level posts. PCOs work under the general direction of an SCO or DSCO.

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  • Contributing to establishing vision and strategic direction for Department of Commerce programs in assigned geographic area, including implementation of GM National Export Strategy and Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee initiatives.
  • Contributing to developing country plans and priorities to achieve trade promotion, commercial diplomacy, inward investment, and other objectives.
  • Aligning programs with other posts to create a country/regional platform to support U.S. companies and commercial interests.
  • Serving as the Senior DOC official in assigned area and engaging accordingly with host country government officials in support of country programs.
  • Directing an integrated platform of export assistance services country-wide to assist U.S. firms, including counseling, trade events, business matchmaking for U.S. sellers and host country buyers and representatives, and market intelligence.
  • Recommending and implementing policies that advance commercial diplomacy, including promoting institutional/regulatory changes, policy and project advocacy, and addressing trade complaints and discriminatory practices.
  • Encouraging inward investment to the U.S., and providing support to identify and facilitate opportunities for investment into the United States.
  • Partnering with other agencies and organizations, including host country, U.S. Government, and U.S. Export Assistance Centers to leverage goals and resources.
  • Providing program and visitor support to U.S. government agencies and companies.
  • As assigned, managing post budget and human resources (Commercial Officers and LES), and applying change management, innovation and technology to increase program effectiveness.
  • Overseeing budget and administrative systems and establishing internal controls to ensure high levels of integrity and accountability and assure compliance with regulations.
  • Serving on the Consulate "Senior Staff" team, and managing relationships with other Consulate Sections.
Travel Required

50% or less - Frequency of Travel will vary

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • #### Job family (Series)

1101 General Business And Industry

- Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Pass thorough background and security investigation and maintain clearance
  • Receive a negative result on a drug test.
  • Meet rigorous medical clearance requirements, including dependents.
  • Must be registered for the Selective Service, if applicable (

Must be a U.S. citizen.

The selectee will be required to obtain and maintain a top secret clearance.

Meet rigorous medical clearance requirements, including dependents.

Drug Testing: Under the Department of Commerce's Drug Free Workplace Plan, all applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment, and if appointed the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures.


Applicants must meet the following criteria before the closing date of this announcement.

Have at least 3 years of specialized experience with at least one year at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of a GS-14 in the Federal Service.

Applicants must also be eligible to receive a top-secret clearance and a medical clearance for posting to Shenyang, China.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled as follows, etc.:

  • Work with a team of Foreign Commercial Service officers and foreign-national employees in assisting U.S. businesspeople export goods and services to China.
  • Help supervise locally-employed staff supporting the team in fulfilling its primary functions.
  • Briefing visiting businesspeople and visiting officials on assigned industry sectors in China.
  • Promote investment into the United States by Chinese businesses and individuals.
  • Participate in high-level meetings with host-country officials and visiting U.S. officials.
  • Submitting reports on commercial activities and related matters to post's senior management.
  • Speak to U.S. and Chinese business audiences on trade-related and other topics.

See position description for additional qualifications, duties, and responsibilities.

NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.


B.A. or B.S. preferably in International Business.

Additional information
  • Tour of duty is two years. Extension(s) up to a maximum of 5 years is possible, however, extensions are not guaranteed and no promise of an extension is implied.
  • Starting Foreign Service Officer salary is commensurate with experience.
  • An employee of any agency who accepts, with the consent of the head of that agency, a limited appointment in the Foreign Service under Section 309 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 is entitled, upon the expiration of that appointment, to be reemployed in that employee's former position or in a corresponding position in that agency. Upon reemployment under this section, an employee shall be entitled to any within-grade increases in pay which the employee would have received if the employee had remained in the former position in the agency. Current Department of Commerce employees will be converted at their current grade level. Upon conversion to the Foreign Service, there are no promotion opportunities. Employees will be converted in accordance with Subchapter 200-1 of DAO 202-900 at the foreign service salary that equals or exceeds employee's current pay.
  • Must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • APPLICANTS WITH A DISABILITY: The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Foreign Service Human Capital contact identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) EMPLOYER.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Must be available for frequent overnight travel.
How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

  1. We will review your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for the position as described in this vacancy announcement.

  2. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to your responses to the vacancy questions.

  3. Your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the vacancy questions or your score may be lowered.

  4. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from further consideration and/or best qualified status.

  5. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your resume, supporting documentation and scored occupational questionnaire for required competencies and specialized experience.

  6. Only the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

To preview questions please click here.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

Drug test required


- Required Documents

Complete application consists of the following:

  1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.

  2. SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" if you are a current or former Federal employee (SF-50 must indicate current position occupied, grade, step, and tenure). You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

  3. Education: Proof of higher education, you must submit a transcript. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies or unofficial transcripts are sufficient.

  4. Veteran's preference documentation: Qualified veterans will be considered consistent with the requirements of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information on eligibility requirements, please go to or

IMPORTANT: FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any of the following methods: 1. Upload your file(s); 2. Download from your USAJOBS account.

Note: Please ensure that all documents are legible.

If you have any issues uploading supporting documents or if you wish to fax in your documents, please contact or call 866-656-6831. Documentation Receipt Confirmation: If you fax in your documentation, you will receive an email notification from If you do not receive this confirmation emial within 24 to 48 hours, please call the help desk at 866-656-6831. These documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems faxing your supporting documents or you want to confirm receipt of all your documents, please contact the Help Desk at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM E.T.

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.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

- How to Apply

Your complete application, including required documents, must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement for alternate methods of application.

Applicants applying under this announcement are required to complete and submit an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS at website The information you provide and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of Commerce's application system when you apply on-line. Information you provide is general information that must be completed by all applicants.

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation: (i). Your on-line resume, (ii). Your responses to the vacancy questions, (iii). Your supporting documentation.

Your resume MUST include the following information. Failure to do so may disqualify you from consideration for the position for which you are applying.

  • Full name, mailing address (including zip code), and day and evening telephone numbers.
  • Citizenship.
  • If you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
  • Work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Include paid and Non-paid job-related work experience. For each job listed you are to provide: a. Job title b. Duties and accomplishments c. Employer's name and address d. Supervisor's name and phone number e. Starting and ending dates (mm/dd/yy) f. Salary g. If Federal; Title, Series, and grade/pay band.
  • Education. Provide name, city and state of all schools attended; i.e., high school, colleges and universities, vocational, trade, business, technical. Provide dates of attendance, major, and type and year of any degrees received.
  • Other Job Related Qualifications Information: Provide training courses, special skills you possess, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, etc. applicable to the position.
Agency contact information
Shanita Blake






DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 1401 Constitution Ave NW Room 1844 Washington, District of Columbia 20230 United States

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Next steps

You will receive notice that your application has been received. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at - Click on the MY USAJOBS, which brings you to the login screen. - Login to your account. - You can check your status by either clicking on Track your online job Applications or on the APPLICATIONS tab.


Note: USAJOBS accounts are deactivated after 18 months of inactivity. If your account has been deactivated, you should create an entirely new resume. It is to your advantage to update your resume at least twice a year to maintain your marketability and to avoid deactivation.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

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