Import/Export Control Licensing and Compliance Manager

    • Laurel, MD

Do you have 8 plus years working experience in the field of international trade 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 defense and dual use 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 lead and manage a highly diversified import/export program in support of our military and associated national defense, space and commercial programs and to serve as a Deputy Technology Control Officer. 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 Departments of State and Commerce 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 DECCs and SNAP-R combined with OCR EASE. Position reports to the Office of Counsel's International Trade Compliance Office Section Supervisor and assists APL trade professionals with both enterprise wide and program/project specific trade licensing and compliance applications. 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 intimate familiarity and experience conducting jurisdictional determinations and classification management of both defense and commercial dual use goods and services. The trade professional liaises 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 as directed and necessary relative to license processing and international program compliance.

As aImport/Export Control Licensing and Compliance Manager...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to assist a large variety of defense-related programs in obtaining import and export licenses that are crucial in delivering defense and dual use 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 virtually every APL Department, Mission Area, and Sector's visions/goals.
  • You will advise, recommend, negotiate, and write Technical Assistance Agreements, Special Comprehensive Export Authorizations, Technical Data Licenses, Classified Licenses, Validated Commerce Licenses, Carnets, Import Certificates, and other import/export licenses and agreements as needed by projects and programs.
  • 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 conduct periodic self-assessments of both enterprise and program/project specific programs to ensure ITAR/EAR-wide regulations are being implemented as required.
  • You will conduct administrative inquiries as necessary and directed, 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 meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
  • Have a Juris Doctorate (JD) and/or Master's Degree in a field relevant to international trade licensing and compliance.
  • Have 4 years prior experience serving as an ITAR Empowered Official.
  • Have 8 years prior experience writing 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.
  • Are willing and able to travel 5% of the time.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain TS/SCI clearance. 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 and their roles relative to trade licensing and use of Carnets.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
  • Have a JD from and accredited ABA law school and admission to practice law in one or more jurisdictions.
  • Have prior experience managing a diverse group of import/export specialists and coordinators.
  • 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 atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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