Website U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB)

Location: Washington, DC

Overview: 

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) works to reduce child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking worldwide and to safeguard dignity at work by helping to ensure that other countries meet international labor standards. The Director, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) actively participates as a member of the executive staff and contributes to major policy decisions in the operation and management of ILAB. The incumbent is responsible for deploying, as workload and priorities dictate, the office resources and for implementing decisions of the Deputy Undersecretary, ILAB. The Director is responsible for coordinating the work with other offices in ILAB, DOL, and the Administration.

Roles/Responsibilities:

  • Provide recommendations on how resources are to be used for particular projects, and the control measures needed to ensure project completion and management.
  • Develop policy recommendations for the Deputy Undersecretary and Secretary, which form the basis of departmental positions regarding international child labor and forced labor.
  • Represent the department at high-level meetings with executive policy-making officials of governmental bodies.
  • Serve as principal department liaison with numerous international and national organizations active in international child labor and forced labor issues.
  • Represent the Deputy Undersecretary or the Secretary when they are unavailable to participate in international and national conferences dealing with international child labor and forced labor issues.
  • Travel abroad to represent the Department in high-level consultations to plan reduction and elimination of international child labor and forced labor.
  • Review legislation and determines impact on international child labor and forced labor policies and programs; oversees the development of policies and procedures to effectively reduce or eliminate international child labor and forced labor.
  • Manage resources necessary to support OCFT operational and policy implementation, including financial and human resources operations and functions.
  • Manage the OCFT’s financial resources effectively and efficiently through program planning and evaluation, ensures proper use of funds, and seeks opportunities to reduce program and administrative costs.

Qualifications: 

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must meet Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.
  • Must complete one year SES probationary period if not previously covered.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • If selected, the candidate must receive approval from OPM’s Qualifications Review Board in order to be appointed to the SES.

Candidates must possess technical and management experience and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of the position. Candidates must have had experience at a major management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the federal service).

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the Required Documents section for additional requirements.

Candidates must possess technical and management experience and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of the position. Candidates must have had experience at a major management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the federal service).

To qualify for this position, all applicants must write a narrative in the spaces provided detailing accomplishments that would satisfy each of the ECQs and MTQs. You must address each ECQ and MTQ separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible.

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): In writing your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Each ECQ should contain at least two examples describing your experiences and accomplishments/results. NARRATIVE RESPONSES TO ECQS MUST NOT EXCEED 10 SINGLE-SPACED PAGES. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office of Personnel Management’s Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. APPLICANTS SHOULD LIMIT THEIR NARRATIVE RESPONSES TO ONE (1) SINGLE-SPACED PAGE PER EACH MTQ WITH A FONT SIZE NO SMALLER THAN POINT 12.

1. Demonstrated proficiency with running large, multi-faceted organizations, preferably as a lead policy and operations manager or similar role.

2. Experience engaging key stakeholders (government, labor unions, and private sector) to improve outcomes related to child labor, forced labor, and/or human trafficking.

3. Ability to design, oversee, and implement technical assistance and research in order to deliver concrete outcomes for workers in the global economy.

Basic Requirements – Education

Degree: 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.

or Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

or 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.

If you are basing your qualifications on education (or a combination of education and experience), you must submit a copy of your transcripts with the application to be considered. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

Please use this link to further explore components necessary for the application.

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