Job Overview

Summary

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history that dates back to the founding of our nation.  The Department of the Treasury, as the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. The Chief Counsel is part of the Treasury’s Legal Division, and reports to the Assistant General Counsel (Enforcement and Intelligence). 

The Department of the Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. This position is in Treasury's headquarters (Departmental Offices), in the Office of The General Counsel (OGC).
The Deputy Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs provides leadership for the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs), one of four Assistant General Counsel offices in the Office of the General Counsel.  The Office of the General Counsel (International Affairs) is responsible for providing legal advice and support to the Secretary of the Treasury and the Under Secretary for International Affairs on a broad range of international economic and financial matters.  These matters include legal issues involving the international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the G-20 process, international banking and securities regulation, international trade and investment, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, international debt and development, and a wide range of regional matters such as those relating to China, Europe, and the Middle East.  See http://www.treasury.gov/about/organizational-structure/offices/Pages/Office-Of-International-Affairs.aspx
The incumbent works closely with senior officials at the Treasury Department, other federal departments and agencies, members of Congress, foreign counterparts, and the public on international economic and financial matters, including assisting the Department of Justice in litigation matters involving the Treasury Department. 
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs) and is under the general direction of the Principal Deputy General Counsel and the General Counsel.  The incumbent manages eight attorneys and one administrative staff member in a dynamic, collaborative, and supportive environment.

Duties

While assignments are flexible and may change from time to time, the major duties of the Deputy Assistant General Counsel presently include

  • Supervision and direction of legal activities in the following areas, among others: legal issues involving the international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the G-20 process, international banking and securities regulation, international trade and investment, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), sovereign debt restructuring, energy and environment including climate change matters, international debt and development, a wide range of regional matters such as those relating to China, Europe, and the Middle East, litigation-related matters involving the Treasury Department, and a range of administrative law issues.
  • Supervision of attorneys performing legal research and providing legal and practical conclusions in the form of oral advice, briefings, presentations, and legal decision memoranda on extremely complex and difficult factual, legal, and policy issues. 
  • Overseeing the preparation or review of legal briefs and other litigation-relation matters as well as proposed legislation, regulations, Executive Orders, and policy issuances to ensure they conform to the substantive laws that they are intended to implement or interpret. 
  • Representing the Office of General Counsel, the Department, and the Office of International Affairs in discussions, conferences, and meetings with U.S. and international policy and regulatory authorities, in particular with other federal  authorities including the Departments of State, Commerce, and Justice and the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the international financial institutions, non-government organizations and civil society, regulatory and supervisory organizations, financial industry representatives,  congressional staff, and representatives of professional associations.

The incumbent establishes and maintains frequent contact with the Under Secretary for International Affairs, Assistant Secretaries for International Markets and Development and for International Finance, and over 15 deputates and offices within the Office of International Affairs.  He or she also consults with the officials and attorneys in other departments, agencies, and institutions on matters relating to the responsibilities of the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs).
The incumbent plans, directs, and executes professional and technical programs of exceptional difficulty, responsibility, and national significance. A considerable part of the duties involves complex problems for which there are few guides, and the incumbent must rely upon his or her judgment, initiative, and experience. Original thinking and initiative is required, not only in matters of law, but also in those fields where recommendations are made in connection with formulation of policy and in managerial and administrative responsibilities.  In addition, oral and written presentation skills and the ability to summarize complicated legal problems, identify available options, and present them to a non-legal audience are fundamental to the position.The incumbent performs the duties of this position with broad authority, which carries with it wide latitude for the exercise of judgment in the day-to-day planning, direction, and management of the professional legal work of the office.  He or she is selected by the General Counsel upon the basis of extended experience and demonstration of exceptional leadership and excellence in professional practice and activities.