USMCA Research Coordinator

Office of Labor Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President

About the organization

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), part of the Executive Office of the President, is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. The head of USTR is the U.S. Trade Representative, a Cabinet member who serves as the president’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.

The Office of Labor Affairs develops and implements U.S. trade policy related to labor, particularly the adoption and enforcement of internationally recognized labor rights, including freedom of association; the recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor; the abolition of child labor; the elimination of discrimination with respect to employment and occupation; and acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, hours of work, and occupational safety and health.


As a Trade Policy Research Coordinator (Labor), GS-0301-9/11/12, your typical work assignments may include the following:

Coordinates research and analysis projects on a variety of trade and labor issues relating to the mission of Office of Labor Affairs (OLA), including by reviewing source materials written in the foreign languages. Leads team research projects and conducts individual research projects.

Reviews, analyzes and summarizes domestic and foreign trade and labor policies and practices, laws, regulations and other measures, negotiating proposals, economic and trade data, and other information relating to the mission of OLA.

Supports the operation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Interagency Labor Committee on Monitoring and Enforcement, as well as related USMCA labor projects and initiatives. This includes coordinating and managing information sharing mechanisms for the Interagency Committee, and supporting USTR and Committee reporting requirements.

Assists OLA personnel in compiling information to be used in reports, briefing materials, Congressional testimony, responses to controlled correspondence, etc.

Uses a variety of software to prepare economic and labor reports, charts, graphs, tables, etc.

Serves on and participates in intra-agency and interagency research teams.

Performs other related duties as assigned, including administrative support to OLA.


Qualifying education or experience, the latter of which would include:

1) Knowledge and understanding of U.S. trade and labor policy including provisions of existing U.S. trade and labor legislation, and related administrative regulations 2) Ability to organize, coordinate, manage, and synthesize large volumes of information and shared files. 3) Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Writing skills sufficient to summarize trade and labor data and information clearly and concisely, and verbal communication skills enabling clear and effective exchange of information within and outside of government. 4) Knowledge of word processing, database and other software, e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, etc. 5) Knowledge and ability to navigate several research sites, the internet and other reference materials to research, gather, download, and extract information. Knowledge of or SharePoint styled information-sharing platforms.

Requires the ability to read, write, or speak the Spanish language for the purposes of researching documents and other information. Note: If you do not have this skillset and your resume does not reflect it, you will be deemed ineligible.



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