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Job opening: Supervisory Foreign Affairs Officer - Direct Hire Authority

Salary: $163 964 - 191 900 per year
Published at: Jan 03 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located in the Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence and Stability, Regional Security Cooperation (ADS/RSC). ADS is responsible for increasing US security and prosperity by enhancing strategic stability using the development, negotiation and implementation of bilateral and multilateral arms control treaties or agreements, transparency and confidence-building measures, and enhancing cooperation among allies and partners with regard to weapons of mass destruction. 


As Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, initiates the formulation of policy initiatives and alternatives and oversees implementation of national level policy decisions in the area of conventional arms control and regional risk reduction Provides leadership and management of the RSC office when called upon by the Director, or in the absence of the Director, to meet Office and Bureau objectives. Advises internal and external stakeholders on conventional arms control and confidence- and security-building measures policies, and negotiates development of conventional arms control policy and risk reduction initiatives.


  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit: www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application. Applicants must have the required experience or education as described below and meet any selective factors, when specified. BASIC REQUIREMENTS:Have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in international law, international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; ORHave a bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited college or university that included a combination of courses, with 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; ORHave 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics / quantitative methods.ORHave a combination of education and experience where your coursework was equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, (as shown above), PLUS appropriate relevant experience OR additional education.ORHave completed at least 4 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. (NOTE: qualifying work experience may have been gained 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.) Note:  If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position. IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following: Experience drafting policy options to further U.S. foreign policy objectives related to arms control.   Experience negotiating with foreign governments and/or international organizations in support of arms control treaties and U.S. foreign Policy. Experience mentoring, motivating, and/or coaching others. In addition, applicant's experience must also demonstrate that the candidate possesses the following qualities: Ability to assign, review, and supervise the work of others; Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances; Ability to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress; Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and Capacity to "see the job through.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials, visit: www.naces.org/members.php.


  • Address U.S. Department of State 1999 Dyess Ave. Charleston Reg. Ctr., E119B Charleston, South Carolina 29405 United States
  • Name: Amanda Lalla
  • Phone: 000-000-0000
  • Email: [email protected]


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