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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor (Litigation)

Agency:Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Job Announcement Number:13-CFPB-184X

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$121,023.00 to $224,983.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 21, 2012 to Thursday, January 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

CN-0905-71

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

71

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DCView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you want to be a leader in your field at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - a groundbreaking organization solely devoted to the economic strength and vitality of American Families? Do you want to play an important role in making consumer financial markets work for all American families? Do you want to challenge yourself and others? If you answer "Yes", then we have a career for you! CFPB professionals have unparalleled opportunities to expand horizons for themselves and for the nation. Be one of the founding members of an agency that will make a difference in the lives of everyday American families!

This position is located in the Litigation Group of the Legal Division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB is seeking one or more experienced litigation attorneys.  The position will handle trial, appellate and/or administrative litigation on matters pertaining to administrative law, Federal financial consumer protection law, the Bureau's supervision, investigation and enforcement activities, administrative adjudications, and rulemakings, and/or Bureau compliance with the full range of applicable federal laws.  In addition, this position will entail counseling Bureau clients and legal analysis related to all aspects of policy and/or compliance at the CFPB.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Background investigation
  • U.S. citizenship
  • May be required to serve a trial period.

DUTIES:

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The major duties performed by this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provides legal representation for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in all phases of complex litigation in trial, appellate and/or administrative fora. 
  • Evaluates and analyzes litigation risk in diverse areas including supervision, investigation and enforcement activities, administrative adjudications, and rulemakings.
  • Counsels clients, including senior Bureau staff, with respect to litigation risk and other issues.
  • Drafts and responds to motions, pleadings and other legal filings, handles all aspects of discovery, and conducts negotiations.  Represents the agency at evidentiary and/or appellate proceedings.
  • Plans, researches and analyzes complex legal issues arising from litigation, CFPB policy options, and CFPB procedures.  Develops tactical and strategic plans for litigation to which CFPB is a party or may have an interest in the issues presented.
  • Works on some of the largest, most complex cases involving the CFPB with little supervision; assists in training and supervising more junior personnel.
  • Provides analysis on all aspects of Bureau activities, including policy and compliance matters.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B., J.D. or equivalent.

Bar Membership: Applicants must be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Minimum Qualifications:  In order for you application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

  • First professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) plus seven and a half (7.5) years of legal experience, OR;
  • Second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus six and a half (6.5) years of legal experience, OR;
  • First professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) with superior law student work (high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, significant work or achievement on the school's official law review, significant clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus six and a half (6.5) years of legal experience,

AND

Specialized Experience:  To qualify at the CN-71 level, you must have twenty-four (24) months of specialized experience at the CN-60 level (equivalent to the GS-14 level), or equivalent, that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. This position requires demonstrated experience with trial, appellate and/or administrative practice and all aspects of litigation, and in particular federal agency litigation, including:

Demonstrated ability to independently manage workload;

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and/or supervise teams of people in litigation or related legal projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with and counsel clients, including senior executives, with respect to litigation risk and other issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal research and present the results in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner, orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing, to present information and arguments in a logical, cogent, and persuasive manner with sensitivity to an appropriate language and tone for the intended recipient or audience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal civil procedure, administrative law and related laws, regulations, policies and procedures

Experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.

In addition to meeting the above Qualification Requirements, all applicants MUST PROVIDE evidence of active membership in good standing in the bar of a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Acceptable evidence may be a copy of your bar card, letter from the bar, or a written statement self-certifying your membership status.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements.  The following questions are for information gathering purposes only.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Our comprehensive benefits are among the most generous in the federal government. They include:

  • Challenging and rewarding work benefiting American consumers
  • Opportunities for development and advancement
  • Extremely competitive salaries
  • Access to comprehensive Federal health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs
  • Additional access to CFPB-specific vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and insurance programs while you work at CFPB   
  • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13-26 days of vacation time each year
  • Public Transit Incentive Program (PTIP) 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Emergency Child Care Access (Contracted Service)   
  • Alternative Work Schedule and Telework access
  • The CFPB offers its own FSA Program.  As a result CFPB employees are not eligible to participate in FSAFEDS. If you are currently participating in FSAFEDS and you accept a position with CFPB, in order to continue participation in a FSA for the year you must enroll in the CFPB FSA program.  You are eligible to incur expenses against your FSAFEDS account(s), up to your separation date from your current agency.  In addition you will have until April 30th of the year following your separation from your current agency to get the expenses that were incurred, reimbursed through FSAFEDS. Any balance that remains in your FSAFEDS account after all eligible expenses have been incurred and reimbursed will be forfeited.  Due to IRS regulations, you are not able to transfer your FSAFEDS contributions into a CFPB FSA Account.  If you have questions please contact FSAFEDS at 1-877-FSAFEDS. 


  • OTHER INFORMATION:

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
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    Ethics:  CFPB employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at www.oge.gov.  In addition, CFPB employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee’s spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by CFPB.   CFPB’s regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys.  Applicants may review the CFPB ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at www.consumerfinance.gov.   Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the CFPB Ethics Office at EthicsHelp@cfpb.gov.



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.com) We suggest you go to the end of the "Qualifications & Evaluations" section of the job announcement to preview the online questions. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Resume Tips  

    Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link on this page. You will then be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. After selecting a resume, click on the "Apply for this position now!" link, and follow the prompts to register (if you have not already done so). You will then be required to answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

    Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application If this is your first time on CFPB's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions (if applicable). Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions (if applicable). You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button (if applicable).

    Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents. (See Step 5 for details.) Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted. You may also track your application status from your USAJOBS account.

    Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required or optional documents (described below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your social security number from anything you submit.

    Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways: 1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement (if applicable), you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you have already loaded on USAJOBS. OR 2. You may upload a document to an existing application by logging in to your USAJOBS account. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on it and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application until you reach the "Documents" page and select "Upload" to add a document to your application. Be sure to review your complete application to confirm that the document(s) uploaded properly. In the "Application Review" section, you should see your uploaded documents listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Once you see them, click "Finished;" you will then be returned to USAJOBS. Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number is on the cover-sheet.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS Your resume, which must identify the law school from which you graduated and include your bar membership information. Your resume must also demonstrate how you meet at least the minimum qualifications for this position, as well as the specialized experience requirements of the position.  

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Compensably disabled preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at the OPM Forms Page. For more information on veteran's preference, click here.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to the Database of Accreditation of Post-Secondary Institutions and Programs. If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at Acceptability of Higher Education for Meeting Minimum Qualification Requirements. We recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected. A transcript will be required if you are tentatively selected.

    RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTS A short letter explaining your interest in this position and providing any other information you wish to be considered in the selection process.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Applicant Call Center
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Email: CFPBINQUIRIES@BPD.TREAS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Please see "How to Apply" section.
    Parkersburg, WV
    26106
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at www.usajobs.gov. We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBs. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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    Job Announcement Number:

    13-CFPB-184X

    Control Number:

    334359700