Employment Opportunity

Job Title: Deputy Chief, International Affairs

Department: Department Of Justice

Agency: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives

Sub Agency: Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Job Announcement Number: 11-DEU-170-DAF

SALARY RANGE: $123,758.00 – $155,500.00 /year
OPEN PERIOD: Monday, July 11, 2011 to Friday, July 15, 2011
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0301-15/15
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington, DC
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Applications will be accepted from all U.S. citizens.


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is looking for energetic, innovative, solution-oriented professionals to help the ATF team succeed in our responsibilities to reduce violent crime and protect the public.

This position is located in the Office of Field Operations, International Affairs Office (IAO).

The incumbent serves as the Deputy Chief, International Affairs Office (IAO). Serves as an advisor to the Assistant Director, Deputy Assistant Director-Field Operations, and Chief, IAO on broad international issues affecting the Directorate and its relationship with other law enforcement agencies and the regulated industries.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • A Top Secret clearance is required.


Additional Duty Location Info:

Washington, DC

Exercises full supervisory responsibility and authority over the International Affairs Office personnel under the authority of the Division Chief.   Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjust short-term priorities.  Evaluates work performance of subordinates and provides advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.   

Conducts and reviews a wide variety of special policy and legislative matters concerning international operations, continuity of government and Bureau’s operations as well as for other law enforcement areas relating to the Bureau.  Coordinate legal issues affecting IAO’s programs with the Chief Counsel’s office.  Provides input and clarifies issues pertaining to law enforcement and regulatory matters to ensure that policy issues are resolved and to facilitate the accomplishment of the Bureau.

Develops and implement policies, practices, and procedures relating to international affairs.  Plans, directs, and oversees International Affairs Office and to ensure consistency with other ATF and Field Operations programs.  Directs the development of program studies and surveys, appropriates measurement techniques and methodologies of program operations to ensure efficiency and economy of operations.

Represents the Bureau in interagency meetings, conferences, and ad hoc committees on issues and program initiatives with policy officials at the Department of Justice and at the US State Department.  Serves as a spokesperson for the Directorate on international law enforcement, and regulatory issues and matters.

Travels to other countries on behalf of the Bureau to make presentations to high-level international police and foreign government officials pertaining to the Bureau’s programs, policies or operations.

Prepares briefing papers; makes oral briefings and presentation for high-level officials of the Department of Justice, foreign dignitaries, representative of other international, Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.


To qualify for the GS-15:  You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 Federal grade level.  

Specialized experience is defined as experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Specialized experience is experience overseeing and managing International Affairs programs and initiatives; advising senior leadership and serving as technical expert regarding program matters within the international affairs arena; representing an agency in collaborations with federal, state, local, and foreign governments in efforts to meet shared objectives such as sharing intelligence, training, technology, and best practices; and assessing implications and making recommendations on possible strategies and measures in order to support international initiatives.

Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military designated campaigns are entitled to preference over non-veterans in hiring from competitive lists of eligibles.  Preference does not have as its goal the placement of a veteran in every vacant Federal job, however; preference does provide a uniform method by which special consideration is given to qualified veterans seeking Federal employment.  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume.

To be entitled to preference, a veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions.  Discharge status is documented on Member Copy 4 of the DD-214.  If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, the candidate will not receive credit for their claimed veterans preference.

If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position.  Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position.  To be well-qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria.  The determination of whether or not the applicant meets the well-qualified definition will be made prior to veteran preference points being added.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof for the special selection priority:  a separation notice; a “Notice of Personnel Action” (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

To qualify, you must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.


You will be rated on your qualifications as evidened by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required.  Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.  An automated score will be calculated based on your responses to the vacancy specific questions which correlate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

1. Leadership skills in order to manage a large, diverse workforce, including subordinate supervisory personnel.

2.  Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives in order to conduct and review international affairs operations and programs.

3. Knowledge of international affairs in order to oversee and manage international programs and initiatives.  

4. Ability to communicate orally in order to make presentations to high level foreign government officials and representatives of other Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies.

5. Ability to communicate in writing in order to prepare briefing papers to high level foreign government officials and representatives of other Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies.

Your self-determined rating, narrative responses, and supporting documentation will be reviewed in the on-line process and substantiated by your resume.  Failure to support your response choices may have a direct impact on your ability to be referred for consideration.
To preview questions please click here.

Benefits and Other Info


The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc.


Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See www.sss.gov.

Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

EEO Statement

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization or personal favoritism.

The Department of Justic welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities.  The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


This job is filled through a 3-step on-line application process.

STEP ONE – (Online Resume- USAJOBS)

You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS.  Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants.  The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to CareerConnector when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement.

STEP TWO – (Vacancy Specific Questions CareerConnector)

In CareerConnector, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying.  When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the CareerConnector questions will become your application package.  

STEP THREE – (Supporting Documentation)

You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways:

(l) Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you’ve already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement.  The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.

(2)  You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile.  Click on “My Applications” and search for the vacancy.  Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select  “Apply Online”.  Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select “Upload” in order to add a document to your application.  Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on “Finished” to be returned to USAJOBS.

Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. DD-214) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.  It is also your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are readable.

If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement.  Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.


(1) Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional)
(2) Veterans’ preference documentation, if applicable.
(3) CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
(4) Unofficial college transcript(s), if applicable. Official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.

If claiming 5 points, applicants must submit Member Copy 4 of their DD-214.  If claiming 10 points, applicants must submit Member Copy 4 of their DD-214 and an SF-15 along with the documentation specified on the reverse side of the form.  If the SF-15 is not submitted, the documentation required by the form verifying the service connected disability (e.g. letter from the VA confirming the disability) must be submitted in order to receive 10-point preference consideration.  If you are claiming derived preference (relative of the veteran), you must submit Member Copy 4 of the DD-214, the SF-15 and the supporting documentation specified on the reverse side of the form.  All candidates must submit all other required application materials as specified in this vacancy announcement.

Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility.

All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.


Dalerie Franklin
Phone: 202-648-9116
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-648-9915
Email: Dalerie.Franklin@atf.gov
Agency Information:
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Please apply online
Washington, DC 20226
Fax: 000-000-0000


After the vacancy closes, the Human Resources Office will use the application package to automatically rate, rank and certify candidates.

You can check the status of your application anytime by accessing the USAJOBS online application system at http://www.usajobs.gov.
You will need to provide your USAJOBS User ID and Password to access the Track your Online Job Application feature. You may also click on the link provided to access additional information on Career Connector.

All applicants will be notified at four (4) stages in the hiring process:  (1) upon receipt of your application; (2) after your qualifications have been assessed; (3) whether or not you’ve been referred to the Selecting Official; and (4) whether or not you’ve been selected for the position.

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