Supervisory International Relations Officer (Deputy Director)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 October 2020

Job Description

This position is located in the in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA). The mission of the OTLA is to work to ensure that U.S. trade agreements are fair for American workers and workers around the world. We’re looking for someone who will:

  • Share responsibility for and participate in a coordinating capacity for all technical and administrative functions, management of all activities in the office, development of policies and programs, maintenance of good public relations, and making independent decisions within broad agency policy.

  • Assist the Director in conducting short- and long-term strategic planning and organizational performance management activities.

  • Play a leadership role in defining the office’s broad objectives, strategies for achieving those objectives, allocating resources to the achievement of those objectives, and measuring organizational performance.

  • Assist the Director in determining the organization, structure, and work groups within the office and determining when organizational changes are needed.

  • Lead and manage the day-to-day business operations of the office in areas such as procurement, finance, office administration, personnel and human resources, document clearances, travel, public outreach, and coordinating with the other offices in ILAB and the ILAB Administrative Officer on such matters.

  • Assist the Director in overseeing, managing, and directing a staff of about 70 International Relations Officers who are primarily at the GS 12 through 14 levels.

  • Assist and collaborate with the Director, Deputy Director and Division Chiefs in ensuring that the office appropriately formulates, negotiates, and implements policies related to the impact of international trade, economic policy, development finance, international development, and/or livelihoods policies on U.S. workers, U.S. Government (USG) policy priorities, and DOL/ILAB policy interests.

  • Assist and collaborate with the Director, Deputy Director and Division Chiefs in ensuring that the office administers the labor provisions of trade, investment, and development finance agreements and programs.

  • Develop and provide policy advice on labor issues in countries of importance to U.S.

  • Develop and prepare in-depth analysis of assigned issues at national, regional, and global levels to provide inputs for reports and other research projects as well as for the development of policies and programs.

  • Assist and collaborate with the Director, Deputy Director and Division Chiefs in negotiating policies and agreements and other efforts to effect the adoption of DOL/ILAB/OTLA policy positions.

  • Assist and collaborate with the Director, Deputy Director and Division Chiefs in executing technical assistance, engagement, and/or remediation strategies and plans designed to advance workers’ rights, working conditions, and/or livelihoods for workers.

About the Organization

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab

The Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) is located in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) at the US Department of Labor. ILAB's mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers in the United States and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards, and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

The mission of OTLA is to work to ensure that U.S. trade agreements are fair for American workers and workers around the world. We use all available tools – including negotiating strong labor provisions in our trade agreements and preference programs, monitoring for compliance, enforcing trade agreement and preference program commitments, and sharing technical expertise – to make sure that U.S. trade partners fulfill their promises and play by the rules, and that American workers are able to compete on a level playing field.

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