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    The Assistant Director for Mergers IV participates in Bureau management by overseeing a law enforcement division responsible for trial of antitrust charges arising under Sections 2, 3, 7, and 8 of the Clayton Act and under Section 5 of the FTC Act. Specifically, the Mergers IV Division oversees antitrust investigations involving hospitals, consumer goods, supermarkets, retail, multi-channel video programming distribution, and media.

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    The Assistant Director (AD) is a member of the Bureau Director's senior management team and makes program and policy decisions. The AD exercises wide discretion in long-term planning, as well as directing investigative and litigation proceedings to enforce the statutory provisions discussed above.

    The AD provides counsel and guidance for staff members on policy questions and matters of legal strategy and reviews important legal documents prepared by the staff (e.g., proposed complaints, recommendations that cases be closed, trial briefs, motions, proposed findings and orders) for consistency with agency policy, soundness of judgement, and legal sufficiency.

    Additionally, the AD performs or supervises other functions as may be delegated in the light of the Bureau's overall workload requirements. The work performed under the incumbent's supervision generally involves coordinating the most complex and difficult antitrust investigations and proceedings in both unregulated and partially regulated industries. Occasionally, the incumbent is summoned before the Commission, congressional committees, industry regulators, industry representatives, and various forums to discuss the work in the Division, trends in the competitive economy, emerging problems of law violations, proposed legislation and regulation, and other matters. On behalf of the Bureau, the AD has contact with a wide range of public, private, and international groups with diverse interests in competition matters. The incumbent may represent the Commission or the Bureau in ongoing liaison and may give speeches and briefings before government agencies, as well as public, private, and international groups.

    The incumbent has frequent conferences with parties to proceedings, their counsel, parties who claim to be injured by the restraint of trade laws or acts or practices alleged to be in violation of the Commission's final orders, and with others interested in Commission proceedings either as amicus curiae or as businessmen seeking a better understanding of the laws administered by the Commission. The questions raised in such conferences are often controversial in nature, requiring the exercise of a high degree of tact, persuasiveness, and legal skill on the part of the incumbent. This position also involves the maintenance of continuing contacts with the heads of other operating units within the Commission on issues of mutual concern.

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    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
    • You must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school.
    • Background investigation (Public Trust) is required.
    • You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the Senior Executive Service (SES).
    • The individual selected will be required to file an Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.


    As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate technical and professional competence as described in the Mandatory Professional Credentials/Technical Qualifications section below and executive leadership capabilities as described in the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the SES listed below. Typically, experiences of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level or its equivalent in federal service, or with state or local government, private industry, or nongovernmental organizations.

    If you are a current career member of the SES, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and have been certified by the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), you can apply for competitive and/or noncompetitive consideration. For competitive consideration, you must submit a resume and written statements addressing the Mandatory Professional Credentials/Technical Qualifications, ECQs, and other applicable qualifications. For noncompetitive consideration, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the Mandatory Professional Credentials/Technical Qualifications, and other applicable qualifications. Written statements addressing the ECQs are not necessary for noncompetitive consideration. You must also provide documentation of QRB certification (i.e., SF-50 showing career SES status or OPM-issued SES qualification certificate).


    Mandatory Professional Credentials: Graduation from an accredited law school and current possession of a bar membership, which permits the practice of law in the United States, are required.

    Mandatory Technical Qualifications (should not exceed two pages per qualification):

    1. Knowledge and experience in legal areas relevant to the Commission's work, including antitrust law, merger, and competition matters. Thorough understanding of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, as well as how it influences the agency's operations.

    2. Experience in the management of complex legal issues. Experience includes analyzing complex legal issues and questions of litigation strategy, reviewing pleadings, briefs, and legal memoranda, and providing oral and written legal advice and recommendations.

    3. Ability to analyze economic evidence surrounding antitrust, merger, and competition matters.

    4. Experience in supervising and reviewing the work product of attorneys and other staff in a legal office with a focus on achieving high-quality organizational results.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must respond to all ECQs and address each one separately, as failure to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible' for the position. You can find additional information on the ECQs in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications. A good competency-based qualifications statement should address the following elements for each ECQ: (a) the goal, problem, or activity and its challenge, (b) the context or environment in which the activity took place, (c) specific actions you took to address the challenge, and (d) the results or impact of the activity. Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs you managed, and the results of your actions. You are strongly encouraged to review the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications. The ECQ statement, addressing all five ECQs, may be no longer than ten pages.

    ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This ECQ involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    ECQ 2 - Leading People: This ECQ involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports the constructive resolution of conflicts.

    ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This ECQ involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This ECQ involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


    Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.

    Additional information

    1. The agency may reimburse relocation expenses.

    2. If we select you for an initial career appointment to an SES position, the OPM QRB must approve your ECQs prior to appointment. A selection is tentative until we obtain a QRB certification.

    3. You must complete a Declaration for Federal Employment before we can hire you in order to certify the accuracy of your written application and provide the information necessary to determine your suitability for federal employment.

    4. If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 and we select you for this position, you must certify prior to appointment that you registered for the military selective service.

    5. If we select you for this position, you must complete personnel suitability documents. Your appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of an appropriate background investigation.

    6. Veterans' preference does not apply to SES positions.

    7. The FTC provides reasonable accommodations, where appropriate, to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the FTC. The agency considers requests for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Questions about the FTC's accommodation policy can be directed to Liz Kraszewski at ekraszewski@ftc.gov.

    8. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually while employed, and upon termination of employment. You may also be subject to post employment restrictions.

    9. Your application includes information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a). This information is necessary to determine qualifications for employment, and collection is authorized under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, 3302 and 3361.

    10. The FTC is required to solicit applicant cooperation in assessing the applicant pools we are reaching with our vacancy announcements. We ask that you complete and return a "Demographic Information" form. Please note that an applications intake clerk will remove this document from your application package upon its arrival in the office and will immediately direct it to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office. The form, including the information it provides, is not associated with your application in any part of the examining process and is not available to human resources management or selecting officials in any way during the hiring process. After we fill the position, such information is available to the Human Capital Management Office only as part of an aggregate statistical number. We appreciate your cooperation and invite you to call us at the contact number listed below if you have any questions or concerns about using this form. We ask that you access and complete the form, write the vacancy announcement number at the top of the first page, and send us the completed form along with your application package.

    11. We will not accept applications received in government postage-paid envelopes.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the Mandatory Professional Credentials/Technical Qualifications and ECQs stated in this vacancy announcement.

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the Mandatory Professional Credentials/Technical Qualifications and ECQs described in this vacancy announcement.

    Your application package will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel consisting of SES members. This evaluation will determine which applicants are Best Qualified. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.

    The selecting official will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the Appointing Authority. Unless the OPM QRB has already certified you, your ECQs must be forwarded to the OPM QRB for certification before your appointment can occur.

    Note: Veterans' preference does not apply to SES positions. This is in accordance with 5 USC 2108(3), which defines the term "preference eligible" and provides that this term does not include applicants for, or members of, the SES.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

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    Required Documents

    *DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION* Extraneous materials such as a cover letter, letters of recommendation, past evaluations, award certificates, etc., will not be considered.

    1. Resume - In addition to your written statements addressing the Mandatory Professional Credentials, Technical Qualifications, and ECQs, submit a resume (not to exceed 5 pages) to describe your qualifications. Your resume should provide the following information:

    • Vacancy Announcement number: EXEC-200330-14486-BC-LA
    • Full name, email and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the U.S. Department of Education website: https://www.ed.gov/accreditation
    • Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

    2. Mandatory Professional Credentials: Certification of graduation from an accredited law school and current possession of a bar membership, which permits the practice of law in the United States.

    3. Mandatory Technical Qualifications: A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statement should not exceed two pages per qualification.

    4. Mandatory ECQs: Narrative statements specifically addressing each individual ECQ. Narrative statements should not exceed two pages per qualification (10 pages maximum). In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #5.

    5. Copy of the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50): Current and former federal employees, to include career SES members, must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

    *DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION* Extraneous materials such as a cover letter, letters of recommendation, past evaluations, award certificates, etc., will not be considered.

    *EFFECTIVE MARCH 18, 2016* OPM must authorize any employment offers made to individuals who are currently serving in or have previously served in political positions within the last 5 years. These positions include Presidential appointees with or without Senate confirmation, Schedule A or Schedule C political appointees, appointees serving in a political capacity under an agency-specific authority, and Noncareer SES employees in the Executive Branch. If you are currently a political appointee or have been within the last 5 years, please indicate this in your resume. Serving in a political position WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION: Please select the "APPLY" button at the top of this announcement.

    Your online resume is not considered a complete application. In order to expedite the review of your application, you must submit a complete online application package to include a Resume, Mandatory Professional Credentials, Technical Qualifications, and ECQs.

    Carefully read the "Required Documents" section of this announcement to verify whether any additional information is required, as well as how it should be submitted.

    If you are unable to apply online, please see the Reasonable Accommodation Policy at the bottom of this vacancy announcement.

    *DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION* Extraneous materials such as a cover letter, letters of recommendation, past evaluations, award certificates, etc., will not be considered.

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    Lawrence Austin


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    600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Suite H-723
    Washington, DC 20580
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    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to ensure that the nation's markets are vigorous, efficient, and free of restrictions that harm consumers. To ensure the smooth operation of our free market system, the FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices. The FTC also enforces federal antitrust laws that prohibit anti-competitive mergers and other business practices that restrict competition and harm consumers. The FTC's primary mission is to protect consumers.

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    Next steps

    After all application packages are received, a preliminary review of applications by a human resources specialist will be completed to ensure your application meets the basic qualification requirements. An executive Rating and Ranking panel will evaluate qualified applicants based on the information provided, and will generate a certificate of "Best Qualified" candidates for the selecting official. The selecting official may interview the "Best Qualified" candidates before making a selection recommendation to the Appointing Authority. We will verify performance, suitability, and security information and consider this information in making employment offers. You should expect a response on the outcome of your application within 90 workdays of the closing date of the announcement, excluding weekends and holidays.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/564655100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.