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Job Title:  General Counsel
Agency:  U.S. International Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  SES-13-032-EM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 to Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), U.S. International Trade Commission.  The incumbent of this position serves as the top-ranking legal officer and is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the USITC and its staff.

The USITC is an independent Federal agency that adjudicates import injury and intellectual property cases and provides the President and Congress with high quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues.  Here, you will find a dynamic work environment, multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products, a dedication to develop your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and your personal life.  In this position, you will have the opportunity to lead and manage an office of over 40 experienced lawyers and to ensure that they help achieve agency objectives in a challenging and rapidly changing environment. 


Please also see the vacancy announcement for our Director, Office of Unfair Import Investigations position (open until May 28, 2013).  We encourage you to apply for both vacancies if you are qualified and interested in the position. 


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Submission of SF-278, Financial Diclosure Public Report
  • This position is subject to post employment restrictions


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The incumbent of this position will be expected to manage the agency's General Counsel's Office and to achieve the management objectives set for it.  Incumbent will be expected to direct and provide a full range of legal advice and services concerning international trade and administrative law matters for the Commission.  Provide written and oral advice to Commission senior leadership on all legal issues.  Review Commission actions for compliance with related statutes, Executive Orders, and regulations. Ensure that actions are consistent with Commission policies and procedures. Represent the Commission in Federal Court proceedings, including preparing and filing written submissions and making oral presentations. Acts as the Commission's chief legal representative in briefings and negotiations with other Federal agencies in regard to international trade affairs.  Ensure that legal issues are considered in Commission planning.


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Candidates must demonstrate a combination of senior level managerial and supervisory leadership traits, referred to as Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), as well as specific occupational qualifications, referred to as Professional and Technical Qualifcations (PTQs).  In addition, this position requires active Bar Membership and graduation from a law school accrediated by the American Bar Association.  The qualification requirements are detailed below:

A.  EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ) - The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise.  They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions, and consist of the following elements:

ECQ 1 - Leading Change:  This core qualification 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 core qualification 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 constructive resolution of conflicts.

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

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

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions:  This core qualification 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. 

PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQS): The PTQs measure technical occupational expertise required by this position.  Your experience must be at the senior level and your resume and supplemental statement must demonstrate possession of the following:

PTQ 1 -  Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex issues, particularly in international trade, including legal analysis, litigation, and providing legal counsel and advice, preferably in a federal agency.  Ability to interpret and apply statutes, administrative regulations, and other relevant authority and to advise management on legal implications of proposed actions.  Demonstrated superior writing and oral communication skills with clear and concise analysis.

PTQ 2 -  Experience in managing legal and administrative matters in an agency, law firm, or other organization. Ability, and preferably experience, with respect to managing legal professionals, including developing skills of the workforce and addressing performance shortfalls, directing work among subordinate groups and individuals, resolving conflicts and morale or organizational climate issues, and efficient use of available human and other resources.

PTQ 3 -  Knowledge of federal agency administrative requirements, such as regulatory requirements on labor relation issues, performance management, internal process documentation, internal controls, budget, finance, and procurement.

PTQ 4 - Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of organizations, both internal and external, to communicate and achieve goals. Ability to work with legal, policy, and other professionals to evaluate and develop agency objectives, authorities, and programs. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships.

Education:  You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.  You are required to provide proof of the same as part of your application materials.



A rating panel, composed of Senior Executive Service members, will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education.  Applicants determined to be highly qualified  may participate in a structured interview process conducted by the rating panel, and reference checks may be performed.  The USITC's Executive Resources Board will make a final recommendation to the selecting official identifying the best qualified candidates.  Personal interviews will be conducted by the selecting official, and you will be contacted for that step in the process. Lastly, if selected, and in order to be appointed to this position,  you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB). If you are  a current SES member, an SES reinstatement eligible, or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program, you are exempt from that process.


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As a member of the Senior Excutive Service, you will participate in a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, the opportunity to earn performance bonuses, paid vacation and expanded opportunities to carry over vacation time, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  

The following Web address is provided for use in obtaining more detailed information:


Notice on Veteran's Preference:

There is no formal rating system or preference given to veterans in the Senior Executive Service; however, the USITC considers veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for all of our hiring.  If you are a veteran, please submit the normal documentation to support your claim. 

Application Materials:

Please send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. 

Reasonable Accommodations:

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement.  The decision to grant reasonable accommodation will be on a case by case basis. 




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Your complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date

A description of the online process is provided below:

  1. Log onto the USAJOBS website to create an account or to log into your existing one.  Select the Apply Online button.
  2. From your account, you have the option of creating a new resume, or selecting an existing one that you want to submit.  You also have the option of attaching any other saved documents from your USAJOBS account, as well as uploading documents required by this announcement.  Click "Apply for this Position Now".
  3. You will be prompted to respond to vacancy specific questions regarding your qualifications.
  4. At the end of the process, please ensure you click "Submit My Answers" button.

You can verify that uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab in the Document area of your Application Manager account for this vacancy at  Please wait one hour after submission to ensure that your documents have cleared the virus scan. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete the cover page available at: using the following vacancy ID 869954.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1.  Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire

View Occupational Questionnairethis 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire available at, and 

3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form, which serves as your cover page, along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:

You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions.  You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.  Be sure to double check our application before submission.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  If you do not submit all the required documents detailed in the following section of the announcement, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be considered.


All applicants are required to submit the following information, as appropriate, for your individual circumstances. You are considered solely on the basis of this package, so please pay particular attention to the instructions below. The Office of Personnel Management has prepared a handbook, "The Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications" to assist in the preparation of SES applications. We highly recommend that you utilize this resource which is linked at:

If you do not submit a complete application package, you will not be considered. The following documents are required and must be received by closing date of this announcement:  

Item 1 - Required of All applicants - Resume

Your resume may be in any format, and should contain the following information:

  • Vacancy Announcement Number - EX-13-032-EM
  • Your full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers
  • Country of citizenship
  • Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including:  job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and number, dates of employment, salary and hours per week
  • Formal education acquired, including: name, city and state of colleges and/or universities attended, major field of study and degree received.
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
Item 2 - Required of All applicants - Supplemental Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) Statement

You must have a response for each PTQ which are listed under the qualification section of this announcement. Your statement is restricted to no more than 2 pages per PTQ. Please provide your examples of your accomplishments using the four C-C-A-R elements below:

  • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal
  • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale, etc.).
  • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address the challenge
  • Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills

Item 3 - Required of All applicants - Bar Membership

Proof of current Bar Membership which may include a copy of the Bar Membership card or registration for the Bar Membership.   You will lose consideration if not submitted.

Item 4 - Required of Most applicants, with some exempt - Executive Core Qualification Statement

You must have a response for each ECQ which are listed under the qualification section of this announcement. Your statement is restricted to no more than 10 pages total.   Please provide your examples of your accomplishments using the four C-C-A-R elements listed under item 2 above. 

Are you exempt from submitting the ECQ statement?

If you have previously served in a permanent capacity in an SES position or, if you have graduated from an SES candidate development program, you are not required to submit the statement. If you claim exemption, you will need to submit proof of the same, i.e, a copy of a Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 that shows you held a permanent SES position, or a copy of your OPM certification verifying successful completion of the SES candidate development program. These documents should be submitted under the "other" category in your submission.;

Item 5 - Required of All applicants- Supervisory Performance Appraisal

If you have received a supervisory appraisal of performance in the last 15 months, submit it as part of your application package.  This is required of candidates who are current Federal employees and all others who could reasonably be expected to receive such an appraisal on a periodic basis.  Please provide no more than one appraisal.  If an appraisal is not available, please provide a statement of explanation.


Eric Mozie
Phone: (202)205-2651
Agency Information:
United States International Trade Commission
500 E Street SW
Washington , DC


You will receive an auto generated email from USA Staffing informing you of the receipt of your application.  Your application package will be reviewed by the Human Resource Management office for completeness and satisfaction of basic qualifications for the position.  Qualified applicants will be reviewed by an Executive Resources rating panel, who will make recommendations on your overall qualifications for the position.  Applicants who are determined to be highly qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview, at which time you may be contacted.  You will be notified via email of the outcome of the above as the processes are completed.  Depending on the volume of applications, we typically refer the most highly qualified applicants to the selecting official within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. 


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