As a Deputy Executive Director reporting directly to the Executive Director, the incumbent assists in determining the agency's direction in pursuing broad program goals and objectives as defined by the Commission. The Deputy Executive Director assists in the general management oversight of all phases of the work for the Commission. This includes consulting with, and providing advice to, bureau directors, office heads, and regional directors in making substantive decisions impacting the content and character of the organization's management work.
The Deputy Executive Director conducts periodic assessments of administrative and managerial effectiveness throughout the agency by reviewing and analyzing organizational accomplishments in terms of initial program goals and resource commitments (both financial and human). In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for undertaking, in collaboration with operating managers and supervisors, measures designed to improve cost-effectiveness and efficiency to enhance the FTC's ability to meet it objectives within budgetary constraints.
The Deputy Executive Director speaks on behalf of the Executive Director to the Chairman, the Commissioners, Bureau and Office heads, and other staff of the agency. The Deputy also speaks on behalf of the Executive Director to high level external contacts, including with Members of Congress, official government agencies (i.e., the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management, the General Services Administration) leaders of business and the bar, member of the press, and representatives of interest groups. The contacts often involve controversial questions of agency direction and matters of legal, managerial, or administrative policy, requiring an exceptional degree of tact, discretion, and persuasiveness.
The Deputy Executive Director assumes responsibility for a wide variety of special projects involving the Commission as a whole. Projects involve legal, technical, or economic issues that affect U.S. industry and consumers. Other projects involve analysis of mission needs to further the efficient use of Commission resources.
The Deputy Executive Director is charged with providing executive leadership and oversight to ensure the wide range of new goals and initiatives emerging from the implementation of the GPRA Modernization Act can be achieved in support of the Accountable Government Initiative. Additionally, the Deputy Executive Director is charged with developing and executing policy; developing and creating new ideas and initiatives in management operations and representing the Commission at the interagency level. The Deputy Executive Director must consider trends in legislative, judicial, and administrative areas.