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Job Title:General Attorney (Trade Regulation)

Agency:Federal Trade Commission

Hiring Organization:Federal Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:OIA-2012-0002

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $155,550.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 10, 2012 to Tuesday, January 24, 2012




Full-time - Permanent - Excepted Service




1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC


All Qualified Candidates.


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of Federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The FTC seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions.  The FTC also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating marketing acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive.  The FTC conducts economic analyses to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Agency, the Congress, the Executive Branch, and other organizations.

The Office of International Affairs ("OIA") builds cooperative relationships with counterpart agencies abroad, promotes convergence of international competition and consumer protection policies towards best practices, including through participation in multilateral fora, and serves as an internal resource for Commission staff on the international aspects of their work, including on case coordination with agencies internationally.

In support of the FTC's international competition mission, OIA is seeking an attorney with several years of relevant experience to serve as a Counsel for International Antitrust.

This position is not included in the bargaining unit.


  • Possess a J.D or LL.B. (or an LL.M) degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory - U.S, P.R, D.C.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This position requires U.S. Citizenship.


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Responsibilities for this position will depend on the person selected and the needs of the Office, but likely will include:

* Leading the FTC's participation in multilateral fora, focusing on the International Competition Network (ICN), including active participation in ICN working groups

* Assisting FTC case teams on international competition enforcement cooperation matters

* Fostering bilateral relations with foreign antitrust agency counterparts, including in Latin America

* Drafting policy papers and reports

* Advising FTC leadership on international matters


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You must have attained the first professional law degree (LL.B, J.D., or LL.M) and be a member of a state bar.  The applicant should have significant experience with international antitrust law and/or policy as well as expertise in US antitrust law.  The applicant also should possess excellent communication, analytic and legal writing skills, sound judgment, and the ability to work independently and effectively with other people.  Willingness to travel internationally is required and proficiency in a foreign language, particularly Spanish, is a plus.  You are required to have a minimum of two years (24 months) of substantive legal experience after graduation from law school to qualify for the GS-13 level, three and half years (42 months) of substantive experience after graduation from law school to qualify for the GS-14 level and five or more years (60 months or more) of substantive legal experience after graduation from law school to qualify for the GS-15 level.  

Please note that prior experience, legal and nonlegal experience gained before completing law school cannot be used to satisfy the post law school experience requirements.

Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application and all supporting documentation through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.


You will be evaluated based on the overall strength of your credentials as demonstrated by your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and experience.  The most qualified candidates will be selected for interviews, which will also be considered in making the final decision.

Application of Veterans' Preference:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Trade Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.  If you are eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to your submission.
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The Federal Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package.  For details please click the link below Benefits Offered.


Click here for Additional Information, information for Displaced Federal Employees, and information on Special Hiring Authorities.


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To apply to this position, you must complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us.  Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to 5:00 p.m. on the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.  

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account.  You can upload an existing resume from your computer (preferred) or your online resume can be built using the USAJOBS resume builder. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2:  After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions.  The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through  USAJOBS and the answers to the
FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions.  Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted.  If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.  Some of the items listed may not apply to you.


__Cover letter

__Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__Statement that you are a U.S. citizen

__Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).

__Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)

__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)

__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of Work experience include:

__Job title

__Series/grade (if Federal employment)

__Duties and accomplishments

__Employer's name and address

__Supervisor's name and contact information

__Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)

__Number of hours worked per week


__Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

__Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)

__Certificates/licenses (current).  

__Honors, awards, and special accomplishments

__Writing Sample

__A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)

__Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.


Alvina Brooks
Phone: 202-326-2323
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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