Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Consulate General Sydney
Position Title:
Commercial Specialist (All Interested Applicants/All Sources)
Open Period:
10/30/2020 - 11/13/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1510 10
AUD $122,788
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time, 40 Hours Per Week
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Sydney, AS
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For applicants who are USEFMs, the final grade/step for this position will be determined by Washington DC. The proposed grade is FP-05 US53,065.

All Interested Applicants/All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period.
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees ( before you apply.


The U.S. Mission in Sydney is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Commercial Specialist.

The work schedule for this position is:-

• Fulltime 40 hours per week


Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional international or domestic travel.


The U.S. Commercial Service (CS) is the trade and investment promotion agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce and provides assistance to U.S. companies seeking to enter the Australian market, or to expand their sales and market share. The incumbent is a member of the CS Australia operation that consists of an American Officer and several locally engaged staff (LES). CS Sydney and the incumbent have countrywide responsibility for helping American companies in assigned industry sectors. The position also helps promote Australian investment into the United States. The position reports to the Senior Commercial Specialist in Sydney and the Senior Commercial Officer for Australia.

Qualifications and Evaluations



  • Five years of experience in business development, marketing, management, government relations, trade promotion or commercial banking is required. 

KNOWLEDGE: (These may be tested)

  • Experience in and thorough understanding of Australia's economy, industrial and commercial structure, business and industry customs and practice, and Australian laws, codes, regulations, and policies relating to business, trade and investment is required. 

  • Knowledge of the broad spectrum of Australia's markets generally, and specifically for those industries for which incumbent is responsible for is required.

  • A thorough understanding of US Commercial Service trade promotion goals, programs and procedures, including marketing strategies and reporting requirements and of US business practices and official policies as related to international trade and investment is required. 

Education Requirements:

  • A university degree in economics, political science, marketing, finance or business administration is required. 



  • Fluent in English, both speaking and reading. This may be tested.


SKILLS AND ABILITIES (These may be tested)

  • Ability to develop and maintain extensive range of mid to senior level contacts in government and private sector. 

  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally, demonstrate discretion, resourcefulness and sound judgement, establish rapport and persuade others, obtain and evaluate information, and organize own workflow to insure excellent client communication and service. 


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass Medical and a Security Certifications.


Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOUs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S Mission in Canberra/Sydney/Melbourne/Perth may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation and other benefits.

For Eligible Family Members (EFMs), benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the Conditional Offer Letter by the Human Resource Office.


  • Annual Leave: 160hours/4 weeks of annual leave are accrued per year.

  • Annual Leave Loading, which is 17.5% of four weeks’ pay, is paid at the end of the calendar year (December).

  • Sick Leave: 91hours are accrued per year (Accrual rate increases with years of service).

  • Long Service Leave: 65 workdays/520hours paid leave after 11 years of service. Employees separating after 8 years of service receive a pro-rata lump sum.

  • Maternity Leave: 42 days of parental leave is available for those employees who have completed 12 months of service.

  • Paternal Leave: 5 days of paternal leave is available for those employees who have completed 12 months of service.

  • Superannuation: The U.S. Government contributes 12%. Employees are required to contribute a minimum of 3%.

  • All Locally Employed (LE) employees have an obligation to pay taxes which can be withheld from their salary.

  • LE’s receive all U.S. and Local public holidays.

Other Information:

Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain 1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and 2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service Employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau. For more information (ie: what is a EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH etc) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link:


  • AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran


  • FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights

 * IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), equivalent documentation, or certification. A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Sensitive BUT Unclassified security clearance. All applicants must apply through the Mission Website.

Required Documents:

In order to qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested certificate/diploma/or transcripts as verification of educational requirements by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide the requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will not be considered for this position.

All Applicants – Documents Required 

  • Current resume (Please upload under 'Other Documents')

  • University degree and transcript (please provide a copy with your application) 

  • Residency and/or Work Permit 

  • Proof of Citizenship 

  • Passport

  • Other Documents to Support your application

FOR U.S EFM’s the following must also be provided with the above documents:-

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent) (if applicable)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Passport

  • DD-214 Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

Thank you for your application and your interest in working with the U.S Mission in Sydney. 
All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and you will be contacted only if you are selected for interview.
For Local Employed Candidates, all our vacancies will require you to undertake both a Pre-Employment Medical and Security Clearance. If you are selected (after interview) to continue to the final stage of the recruitment process, we will ask you to provide documentation to form part of your Security Clearance, please be prepared with the following types of documents.
Below are examples of documentation which will need to be certified as true copies:-

• Full Birth Certificate
• Change of Name Certificates
• Citizenship Certificate
• Visa Entitlement Verification (VEVO)
• Marriage Certificate Passport Information (both current and expired)
• Evidence of Previous and Current Employment
• Proof of previous and current addresses (last 3 years)
• One recent passport photograph
• Driving record for each state/territory where a license has been held
• Most recent academic record (or highest academic award achieved)

Thank you for your application and your interest in working with the U.S Mission in Sydney.
All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and you will be contacted only if you are selected for interview.
You will be required to undergo a Security Clearance through eQuip.