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    The Bureau of Economics (BE or Bureau) provides economic analysis and support to antitrust and consumer protection investigations and rulemakings, advises the Commission and other government entities about the impact of government regulation on competition, and analyzes economic phenomena in the nation's economy as related to antitrust and consumer protection. The incumbent serves as the Deputy Director for Consumer Protection of BE within the FTC.

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    The Deputy Director for Consumer Protection provides executive leadership and oversight of Bureau components that prepare economic analyses of consumer protection cases at the evaluation, Commission review, and compliance stages of matters, as well as provides economic support for the Commission's consumer protection rule-making process. This support entails statistical and analytical efforts to ascertain facts, provide a sound economic basis for actions, and dispel incorrect economic arguments. The incumbent also examines selected policy issues to provide evidence and analysis that will inform Commission policy on significant consumer protection questions.

    Bureau staff consists of economists, research analysts, financial analysts, and administrative personnel. BE provides economic analysis in support of antitrust and consumer protection investigations and rulemakings, advises the Commission and other government entities on the impact of government regulation on competition, and analyzes the impacts of various economic phenomena on competition, consumer protection, and consumer welfare.

    The Deputy Director is a key member of the Bureau's executive team and is delegated to act for the Bureau Director in interpreting and carrying out the Commission's objectives in a wide area of economics. In fulfilling these duties, the incumbent is responsible for strategic planning regarding the Bureau's role in the consumer protection mission. The incumbent, along with assistant directors and supervisors, serves as the primary link on consumer protection matters between the division, other bureau leaders, and the Bureau Director. Delegated responsibility in this regard involves content review and comprehensive quality control over professional work products, as well as consistency with Commission goals and objectives.

    The Deputy Director is the principal source of the Commission's economic advice on broad questions of consumer protection policy, such as evaluation of questionable business practices, business relationships, and proposed remedies. Upon request, the incumbent oversees economic and statistical investigations preparatory to the investigation and trial of cases, provides economic analyses in the investigation and expert witnesses in trial of such cases, analyzes economic and statistical evidence submitted by respondents, and makes recommendations as to the economic aspects of proposed orders. This work has far-reaching implications for the welfare of American consumers.

    The Deputy Director evaluates the ideas of those who propose studies and advocacy projects on consumer issues and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that final economic analyses provided are economically sound, empirically based, and informative regarding the Commission's mission. During the course of most assignments, the incumbent collaborates with senior attorneys, managers, and other professionals and staff assigned to the case. The incumbent has ultimate responsibility for overseeing the development of the economic theory of a case, research strategy to be followed, decisions regarding the type and quantity of economic evidence necessary, and selection and evaluation of information sources.

    The Deputy Director serves as an advisor to the Commission and may be called on as an expert witness at trial, as a representative of the Commission on interdepartmental committees, or to represent the Commission before federal, state, or local regulatory bodies. The incumbent may perform independent research related to the economic effects of consumer protection or other government regulations on consumers and competition.

    The Deputy Director monitors the Bureau's progress toward organizational goals and makes appropriate adjustments in the Consumer Protection Division. This includes monitoring work status through formal and informal means to evaluate progress toward objectives, assessing the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of the Bureau, identifying, diagnosing, and consulting on problem areas related to implementation and goal achievement, and making decisions on alternative courses of action. In directing the work of the Consumer Protection Division, the incumbent assesses policy, program, and project feasibility, determines program goals, develops implementation plans, structures the deliverables of the organization to promote effective task accomplishment, sets effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity performance requirements, implements management and/or internal control standards, and administratively and professionally directs and oversees-through one or more supervisors-the work of 30-35 economists, research analysts, financial analysts, and administrative personnel.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
    • 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.


    Applicants must possess the Basic Education requirement and demonstrate competence in terms of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below, as well as executive leadership capabilities in terms of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the SES. Typically, experiences of this nature are 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), please submit your resume, proof of education requirement, written statements addressing the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications, and other applicable qualifications. You must also provide documentation of QRB certification (i.e., SF-50 showing career SES status or OPM-issued SES qualification certificate).

    MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (should not exceed two pages per qualification. Six pages maximum):

    1. In-depth knowledge and thorough comprehension of econometric, applied microeconomic, and quantitative economic theory with skill in one or more sub-fields (e.g., economics of information, regulatory economics, law and economics, or industrial organization) and the research skills necessary for effective written and oral contribution on public policy issues.

    2. Ability to plan, organize, direct, and control major studies, complex case and rulemaking projects, and research agendas to achieve goals and objectives.

    3. Ability to analyze, explain, and justify to economists and non-economists the economic theories and evidence pertaining to issues affecting the nation's largest industries and corporations.

    Highly Desirable Professional QualificationS:

    1. Advanced post-graduate degree in the field of economics.

    2. Comprehensive, professional knowledge of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws and regulations.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (should not exceed two pages per qualification. Ten pages maximum):

    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 or at the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-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.


    A. Degree: economics, that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


    B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    An advanced post-graduate degree in the field of economics is Highly Desirable.

    Additional information

    1. An advanced post-graduate degree in the field of economics is Highly Desirable.

    2. Comprehensive, professional knowledge of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws and regulations is Highly Desirable.

    3. The agency may reimburse relocation expenses.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

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

    9. 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 accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Questions about the FTC's accommodation policy can be directed to Liz Kraszewski at ekraszewski@ftc.gov.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. The FTC is required to solicit applicant cooperation in assessing the applicant pools that 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.

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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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 and will be based on how well you meet the Basic Education requirements, Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications, and ECQs, as stated in this vacancy announcement.

    The following are examples of qualifying experience for this position:

    1. Individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions, and report preparation.

    2. Supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information.

    3. Teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following: (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

    Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for this position.

    A Human Resources Specialist and/or Rating and Ranking Panel consisting of SES members will evaluate your application package. This evaluation will determine which applicants are Not Qualified, Qualified, and Highly/Best Qualified. Highly/Best Qualified candidates will be referred to the Selecting Official and 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)

    Trust determination process


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    Required Documents

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

    • Vacancy Announcement number: EXEC-210507-60541-BE-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's 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; and
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
    2. Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications: A narrative statement specifically addressing each Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification. Statement should not exceed two pages per qualification. Six pages maximum.

    3. Mandatory ECQs: Narrative statements specifically addressing each individual ECQ. Narrative statements should not exceed two pages per qualification. Ten 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 #4.

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

    5. Education Credentials: Certification of graduation from an accredited university with a degree in economics that includes at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; or courses equivalent to a major in economics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
    An advanced post-graduate degree in the field of economics is Highly Desirable.

    *DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION* Extraneous materials such as award certificates 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.

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    How to Apply

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

    Carefully read the Required Documents section of this announcement to verify the information required, as well as how to submit the information.

    Your online resume is not considered a complete application.

    In order to expedite the review of your application, you mustsubmit a complete online application package to include a RESUME, MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS, ECQs, and EDUCATION CREDENTIALS.

    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 award certificates will not be considered.

    Agency contact information

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    Next steps

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. An executive evaluation panel will evaluate each applicant based on the information provided and will generate a certificate of "Highly/Best Qualified" candidates for the Selecting Official. The Selecting Official may interview the "Highly/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.

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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/600892200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.