Supervisory Foreign Affairs Specialist, GS-0130-15

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U.S. Coast Guard

Position description



As a Supervisory, Foreign Affairs Specialist within the International Affairs Office, you will coordinate policies and strategies for USCG participation in DoS and DoD grant assistance programs in areas such as non-proliferation, counter-narcotics, anti-terrorism and security cooperation.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

  • Serving as the principal advisor to CG-DC0-I senior management on USCG international training/technical assistance activities and related resource management issues.
  • Supervising approximately 15 personnel that consist of military, civilian and contractor personnel.
  • Developing and recommending international policy positions and responses to actions regarding international capacity building and national maritime security policy, strategy, program planning and budget.
  • Participating and assisting in the presentation of USCG international policies and budgets to counterpart offices in Department of State, Department of Defense, Congress, other USO agencies and the general public.
  • Representing International Affairs and the agency in delegations to international meetings and conferences.
  • Monitoring Congressional action on USCG authorizations with international implications.
  • Preparing written and oral communications for CG-DC0-I, USCG and DHS senior leadership to a wide variety of audiences on complex issues, both nationally and internationally.




Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Unofficial transcript must be submitted at the time of application.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.



In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Professional and Scientific Positions, Foreign Affairs Series 0130.

BASIC REQUIREMENT OR INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A Bachelor’s (or higher degree) or a degree with a 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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.


COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. Courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown above. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.


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. Evaluation of Experience : Qualifying experience may have been 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.


In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:


Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

GS-15 – You qualify if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal, State, or Local government or equivalent public or private sector experience. Your resume must demonstrate that you meet ALL the specialized experience below:

  • Providing leadership to others such as workgroups, teams, or special projects; AND
  • Develop international policy recommendations for leadership; AND
  • Drafting international policy positions, and written and oral correspondence; AND
  • Representing an organization at meetings, and/or lead working groups and/or conference; AND
  • Advising on strategic foreign policy, homeland- and national-security policy, program planning, and budget.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.



This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

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