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Job Title:General Attorney (Trade Regulation)

Agency:Federal Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:BCP-FPD-2013-0010

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 14, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-13/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Excepted Service - - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies - District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All Qualified Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The Commission seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The Commission also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. Finally, the Commission undertakes economic analysis to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Congress, the Executive Branch, other independent agencies, and state and local governments when requested.

The position is located in the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Financial Practices, which protects consumers from unfair and deceptive acts and practices in the financial services industry, including debt collection, payday lending, auto lending, and debt assistance practices.  To protect consumers from these acts and practices, the Division conducts investigations and engages in federal court and administrative litigation, as well as playing a leading role in developing public policies to assist consumers of financial goods and services.  The Division is also home to the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Mobile Technology Unit, which provides technological expertise and support for the Bureau’s mobile investigations and conducts surveys of practices and trends in the mobile marketplace.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Possess a JD or LL.B. degree from an accredited Law School.
  • Member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory - US, PR, DC.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position, you will:

- Make initial determinations as to whether matters should be investigated; determine legal theories and plans for investigations and carry them out; review completed investigations or compliance reports for legal sufficiency;

- Recommend whether cases should be closed, resolved informally or through administrative or federal court settlements, or litigated administratively or in federal court; negotiate settlements as appropriate;

- Assist in investigating matters and preparing cases for trial by securing and preparing evidence, conferring with witnesses, participating in pretrial conferences, examining and cross-examining witnesses, and drafting legal documents needed during the various stages of litigation;

- Try cases before the Commission's Administrative Law Judges or before federal district courts;

- Present oral arguments in cases appealed to the Commission;

- Prepare and prosecute, or assist others in the preparation and prosecution of, the most difficult, complex, and important cases;

- Confer with government agencies, public authorities and attorneys, business people and other members of the public, providing them with information on matters of law, Commission procedure and policy;

- Assist in conducting other initiatives, including studies, reports, and workshops;

- Perform special assignments as directed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have attained the first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or a U.S. territory. 

Candidates should have excellent legal research and writing abilities, including strong organizational and analytical skills in presenting written arguments, and excellent oral communication skills.  Candidates also should be able to work effectively with other people, exercise sound judgment and exhibit a strong interest in the work of the agency. 

For the GS-13 level: In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 24 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-12 level.

For the GS-14 level: In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 42 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-13 level.

For the GS-15 level: In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 60 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-14 level.

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


This position is in the Excepted Service (Schedule A).

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.

Optional Documents:

- Cover Letter

- Writing Sample

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applications will be rated and screened for basic eligibility.  A second screening, for experience relevant to the position, will be conducted by the selecting office.  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, you are encouraged to include that information in your cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to your submission.


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BENEFITS:

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The Federal Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package. For details please click the link below. Benefits Offered

OTHER INFORMATION:

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

HOW TO APPLY:

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Individuals applying for this announcement are required to 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 the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

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. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. 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 www.usajobs.opm.gov and have at least one resume associated with your account.  Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.

APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST
__ 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
___Salary
___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
___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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dekebra Arrington
Phone: 202-326-2021
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-326-3422
Email: hrmoemployment@ftc.gov
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
20580
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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Job Announcement Number:

BCP-FPD-2013-0010

Control Number:

337851200