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Senior Level Foreign Policy Advisor

Posted by: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on June 27, 2017 at 00:04:01.

Contract / Temp to Direct / Direct Hire: Direct Hire
City: Rockville
State: Maryland
Country: United States
Zip or Postal Code: 20852


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry and research.


This Senior Level System (SLS) position is located in the Office of International Programs.
As the Senior Level Foreign Policy Advisor, you will serve as an agency expert and provide authoritative assistance, consultation and guidance to the Office of International Programs management, NRC Commissioners and their staffs, and the Executive Director for Operations and senior NRC management in the area of foreign affairs, international activities, and related policy issues. Duties and responsibilities include:

• Formulating, assessing and developing NRC policies, goals and objectives, and procedures consistent with United States Government (USG) foreign policy and complementary to international nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation activities.
• Maintaining an overview of the direction of USG foreign policy through ongoing contact with the National Security Council, the Department of State, the Department of Energy, and other Federal agencies involved in formulating and implementing U.S. foreign policy objectives.
• Providing policy guidance for development of NRC positions on interactions with counterpart foreign regulatory agencies and international organizations to support prioritization of NRC’s international strategy and activities.
• Developing and recommending policies to the Commission and senior agency managers for NRC’s international program.
• Providing authoritative consultation, guidance and recommendations on matters regarding foreign affairs, international nuclear safety, matters involving national security and intelligence, and non-proliferation activities and related policy issues.
• Providing policy guidance and determining policy implications for NRC’s bilateral and multilateral relationships and import and export license requirements by monitoring international developments and State Department policies and activities.


In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements below you must also have:

Specialized Experience: You must have at least seven to ten years of specialized experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience (e.g., graduate degree) that demonstrates extensive knowledge of, and stature as a recognized expert in, the area of foreign affairs, international activities, and related policy issues. At least one year of this experience should normally be comparable in complexity and responsibility to the kind of work normally assigned at the grade 15 level or higher in the Federal government or equivalent.

Candidates will be evaluated on the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. Your resume should include information that is clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, and/or issues involved; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions as they relate to the evaluation criteria.

1. Expert knowledge of, and extensive experience applying the principles, concepts, theories, and methods of United States Government (USG) foreign policy formulation and implementation in NRC and USG international activities.
2. Expert knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Department of State, the National Security Council, and other Federal agencies involved in formulating and carrying out USG foreign policy objectives. Expert knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of international agencies with which the USG interacts in the areas of nuclear safety, security, safeguards and non-proliferation.
3. Demonstrated experience analyzing, evaluating, and developing NRC policy alternatives related to, and bounded by, USG foreign policy considerations concerning complex, unprecedented, and sensitive foreign policy issues.
4. Demonstrated advanced oral and written communication skills, and experience effectively conveying and presenting complex and detailed information and issues of a policy nature to colleagues, peers, senior management officials, and representatives of other institutions, agencies, foreign regulatory counterpart or international organizations.
5. Demonstrated ability to function as an organizational representative and liaison on substantive foreign policy issues, and to deal effectively with officials of other Federal agencies, foreign governments, and international agencies, to achieve cooperation and consensus among parties engaged in joint or parallel efforts related to NRC and USG goals and objectives in nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation.
Basic Requirements, International Relations Series, 0103: 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 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.

How to Apply

Visit to learn more about NRC. Connect to the Federal Government's official employment site. Indicate Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the location Rockville, Maryland. Find the Senior Level Foreign Policy Advisor Announcement Number OIP-2017-0001 among the jobs listed on USAJobs for NRC. Follow the instructions in the How to Apply section of the Announcement to apply on-line by July 13, 2017. If you are viewing this opportunity after July 13th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.


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