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International Trade Licensing and Compliance Analyst
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted 07/05/2022
Admin-Assessment, Accreditation, and Compliance
Employment Type FULL TIME
Application Deadline 05/31/2023

Do you have expertise in the field of international trade compliance with a focus on writing defense and commerce-related import and export licenses and agreements?
Do you have the experience and skill set to recognize, negotiate, and recommend trade agreements, licenses, and exemptions for a variety of international dual use and defense-related programs?


If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.


We are seeking an experienced trade licensing and compliance professional to help administer a highly diversified import/export program in support of our civil and national space programs and associated national defense and commercial programs.


This trade professional extracts critical information from program Statements of Work (SOW), Tasking Assignments (TA), and technical description documents and incorporates necessary information into licenses, agreements, and Letters of transmittal for submission primarily to the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State to meet legal requirements specified under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), the Export Administration Act (EAA) and their implementing regulations (ITAR and EAR). Import/export licenses, agreements, and permits are occasionally obtained from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other Government agencies as needed. Knowledge and experience utilizing Government license databases including SNAP-R and DECCs combined with OCR EASE. Position reports to the Office of the General Counsel's International Trade Compliance Office Section Supervisor.


The trade professional must stay current relative to trade events and federal rule changes that impact the ITAR, EAR, Customs, ATF, and NRC regulations. The trade professional must have familiarity and experience conducting jurisdictional determinations and classification management of both defense and commercial dual use goods and services. The trade professional may be asked to occasionally liaise with licensing and management officials at the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA), Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs (SAFIA), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Navy International Programs Office (NIPO), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Intelligence Community relative to license processing and international program compliance.


As a Trade Licensing and Compliance Professional...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to assist a large variety of civil space and occasional defense-related programs in obtaining import and export licenses that are crucial in delivering dual use and defense product and services to many countries.
  • You will help grow, strengthen, and build upon a Trade Licensing and Compliance Program aligned to serve and support the visions/goals of virtually every APL Sector, Department, and Mission Area.
  • You will advise, recommend, negotiate, and write Validated Commerce Licenses, Carnets, Import Certificates, and other import/export licenses and agreements as needed by projects and programs. You may also be asked to write occasional Technical Assistance Agreements, Special Comprehensive Export Authorizations, Technical Data Licenses, and Classified Licenses.
  • You will assist programs and projects to identify and recognize how and when to use ITAR and EAR exemptions and exceptions under a large variety of export and import circumstances.
  • You will assist in conducting periodic self-assessments of both enterprise and program/project specific programs to ensure ITAR/EAR-wide regulations are being implemented as required.
  • You may assist in conducting administrative inquiries as necessary, and coordinate all findings and recommended action to management.
  • You will provide focused training to both enterprise and programs/projects relative to license application, submission, and implementation.
  • You will assist with the oversight and implementation of the Technology Control Plan.
  • You will approve foreign shipments and technical data exports via a variety of methods e.g., electronic, telephone, face-to-face briefings.
  • You will perform other duties as assigned.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 3 years of experience writing Department of Commerce SNAP-R export license applications, Technical Assistance Agreements (TAA), Manufacturing License Agreements (MLA), Classified Export Licenses (DSP-85), Technical Date Licenses (DSP-5), Temporary and permanent import/export licenses (DSP 61 and 73), Validated Commerce Export Licenses, Import Licenses and Certificates, and the ability to recognize and use ITAR and EAR exemptions and exceptions under a large variety of export and import circumstances or;
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a TS clearance. You should also be eligible for SCI. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Have a working knowledge of shipping and receiving, U.S. Customs, and freight forwarder/broker's import/export practices, Incoterms, HTS, ECCN, Munitions classification and their roles relative to trade licensing and use of Carnets.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date. 

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have a Master’s Degree from an accredited school.
  • Have prior experience managing diverse projects.
  • Have 3-plus years working with OCR EASE database software.


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.


At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.



About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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