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Job Title:  Deputy Director for Research and Management
Agency:  Federal Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  BE-2014-0001

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$120,749.00 to $175,800.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 to Friday, February 14, 2014
Full Time - - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All groups of qualified individuals within the Civil Service.  Applications are not being accepted through the Apply Online button.  Please refer to the How to Apply Section for submission instructions.
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About the Agency

This position is located in the Bureau of Economics of the Federal Trade Commission. The Bureau provides economic analysis and support to antitrust and consumer protection investigations and rulemakings, advises the Commission and other government entities about the impact of government regulation on competition, and analyzes economic phenomena in the nation’s economy as they relate to antitrust and consumer protection. The Deputy Director for Research and Management provides executive leadership and oversight of the Bureau’s economic research and analysis functions, as well as its planning, human capital, operational, and strategic management functions. The incumbent stays abreast of developments in the economics of industrial organization, the economics of information, and other relevant areas of economics to provide the Commission access to current economic expertise as it relates to Commission issues.


TO February 14, 2014. 


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must file a financial disclosure report upon appointment to the SES.
  • Initial SES appointees are required to serve a 1 yr. probationary period.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Applications are not being accepted using the Apply Online button.


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The Deputy Director is a key member of the Bureau’s executive team and is delegated to act for the Bureau Director in determining the best ways to use economic expertise to enhance the Commission’s actions. Performs analyses and recommends new initiatives for economic study and evaluation to the Bureau Director and Assistant Directors and provides analytical support to legal investigations, as needed. Performing the analyses and making recommendations demand a high degree of skill, insight, and originality in developing economic studies, as well as a knowledge of the laws applicable to particular economic situations. Recommendations made are based on an extensive understanding of economic theory and evidence. May be responsible for setting up economic conferences covering a wide range of topics with potentially far-reaching impact.
Oversees Bureau research and studies on matters pertaining to the economic implications of various Commission programs and policies involving both competition and consumer protection issues. These analyses may be the source of advice and assistance to individual Commissioners, the entire Commission, or the broader economic policy community.
At the request of the Bureau Director, leads the evaluation, interpretation, and analysis of economic issues in legislative and policy recommendations. The incumbent is delegated complete responsibility for developing the economic analyses of the problems addressed, for applying Commission policies and laws to economic matters, and for leading the preparation of memoranda or reports setting forth the findings in clear and precise language.
Establishes and maintains contacts with academics and other experts in the field of economics, involving extensive contacts with academicians and leading economic experts throughout the country. Engages in frequent contacts with other agencies and private institutions, and occasionally has contacts with Congressional representatives and with representatives of industry.   In conferences with members of the public and other employees of the government, the incumbent acts with wide latitude and discretion, within the framework of Commission policy and general instructions of the Bureau Director. Stays abreast of recent publications in industrial organization, the economics of information, and other relevant areas of economics, and ensures that the Bureau staff has access to continuing economic educational opportunities in order to maintain and improve their professional skills. Engages in frequent personal contacts and conferences with senior personnel of other Bureaus and Offices of the Commission and maintains liaison with the staff of the General Counsel and legal advisors to the Commissioners to aid in the proper analysis of complex economic matters. Through these means, the incumbent provides the Commission access to current economic expertise needed for its missions.
Directs the overall management of the Bureau and is the key individual the Bureau Director relies upon for managerial advice and expertise. Develops, implements, and evaluates the Bureau's strategic and operational planning, resource allocation, infrastructure, human resource, and financial management systems. As required, the Deputy Director represents the Bureau Director at management and other meetings involving overall Bureau direction and guidance.
The Deputy Director’s accountability for the success of assigned programs or projects encompasses responsibility for the full range of factors that affect program and project accomplishment. This includes obtaining the resources necessary to accomplish the program or project and assuming responsibility for their effective use; and dealing with key officials from within and/or outside the agency to gain understanding and support for the program or project. The Deputy Director monitors progress toward organizational goals and makes appropriate adjustments to such goals, including: monitoring work status through formal and informal means to evaluate progress toward objectives; assessing overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity; and identifying, diagnosing, and consulting on problem areas related to implementation and goal achievement and making decisions on alternative courses of action. Administratively and professionally directs and oversees through subordinate supervisors the work of economists, financial analysts, research analysts, and an administrative support staff in accomplishing Bureau goals and objectives.


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All applicants must submit written statements describing accomplishments that would satisfy the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).  You must respond to all ECQs and address each one separately.  If you fail to do so, we will rate you 'ineligible' for the position.  You can find additional information on the ECQs in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.  A good competency-based qualifications statement should address the following elements for each ECQ:  (a) the goal, problem, or activity and its challenge, (b) the context or environment in which the activity took place, (c) specific actions you took to address the challenge, and (d) the results or impact of the activity.  Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs you managed, and the results of your actions. You are strongly encouraged to review the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.  The ECQ statement, addressing all five ECQs, is limited to a maximum of ten pages. 

ECQ 1 - Leading Change:  This ECQ 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 ECQ 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 ECQ involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. 

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

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions:  This ECQ 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. 


All applicants must submit written statements of accomplishments that would satisfy the Professional/Technical Qualifications.  You must address each Professional/Technical qualification separately.  Normally, your written statements should not exceed one page per Professional/Technical qualification.


1. Thorough knowledge of the theories and principles of economics, particularly those relating to competitive and monopolistic practices, industrial organization and control, consumer protection, and government regulation of business. 

2.  Advanced training or extensive practical experience in industrial organization, econometrics, and quantitative economics to analyze and explain economic issues dealing with the nation's largest corporations and broad industry-wide practices and policies and to justify the analysis on the basis of available information and data.

3.  Experience or demonstrated knowledge of the application of advanced statistical and econometric techniques to determine the empirical stability of economic relationships.

4.  Thorough education or extensive experience in directing, preparing, and evaluating comprehensive economic reports. 


5.  Advanced post-graduate degree in the field of economics.

6.  Comprehensive understanding of Commission policy and objectives in order to formulate plans and recommendations for future initiatives.

7.  Familiarity with various laws enforced by the Commission and the ability to determine their applicability to various economic situations.

If you are a current career member of the SES, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board certification, you can apply for competitive and/or noncompetitive consideration.  If you wish competitive consideration, you must submit a resume and written statements addressing the ECQs, Professional/Technical qualifications, and other applicable qualifications.  If you wish noncompetitive consideration, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the Professional/Technical qualifications, and other applicable qualifications; you need not submit written statements addressing the ECQs.  You must also provide documentation of QRB certification (i.e., SF-50 showing career SES status, or OPM-issued SES qualification certificate.)

Basic Requirements: A degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus OR a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in economics (as shown above), plus appropriate experience or additional education.  (Must submit college transcripts to verify that you have met this requirement)

Applicants must demonstrate executive leadership capabilities in terms of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the Senior Executive Service and professional and technical competence.  Typically, you will have gained experience of this nature at or above the GS-15 grade level or its equivalent in the federal service, or with state or local government, a federally chartered corporation, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. 


Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications.  This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified.  Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.  This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the executive core and professional/technical qualifications described above.

Application material is not being accepted using the Apply Online button for this announcement.  There are NO questions to be previewed or answered.  Please refer to the How to Apply section for submission instructions. 
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  1. The agency will not pay moving expenses.
  2. If we select you for an initial career appointment to an SES position, the Office of Personnel Management’s Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must approve your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) prior to appointment.  A selection is tentative until we obtain a QRB certification.
  3. You must complete a Declaration for Federal Employment before we can hire you in order to certify the accuracy of your written application and provide information necessary to determine your suitability for federal employment.
  4. If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, and we select you for this position, you must certify prior to appointment that you registered for the military selective service.
  5. If we select you for this position, you must complete personnel suitability documents.  Appointment is contingent upon successful completion of an appropriate background investigation.
  6. Veterans’ preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
  7. The Federal Trade Commission provides reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to applicants with disabilities.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Federal Trade Commission.  The agency will make determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.  Questions about the Federal Trade Commission’s accommodation policy may be directed to Michelle Adamchak at (202) 326-3696.
  8. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually while employed, and upon termination of employment.  You may also be subject to post-employment restrictions.
  9. Your application includes information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a); collection is authorized under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, '3302 and 3361. We use the information to determine qualifications for employment.
  10. The FTC is required to solicit applicant cooperation in assessing the applicant pools we are reaching with our vacancy announcements.  We ask that you complete and return a “Demographic Information” form.  Please note that an applications intake clerk will remove this document from your application package upon its arrival in the office and will immediately direct it to the EEO office.  The form and the information it provides is not associated with your application in any part of the examining process and is not available to the human resources staff or selecting officials in any way during the hiring process.  After we fill the position, such information is available to the Human Capital Management Office only as part of an aggregate statistical number.  We appreciate your cooperation and invite you to call us at the contact number listed below if you have any questions or concerns about using this form.  We ask that you access and complete the form, write the vacancy announcement number at the top of the first page, and send us the completed form along with your application package. 
  11. We will not accept applications received in government postage-paid envelopes.


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We must receive your application on or before the closing date specified on this announcement.  You must submit (1) a written resume and (2) a qualifications narrative describing your specific experiences, accomplishments, training, education, and awards that demonstrate your present ability and/or potential to perform duties associated with each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above. 
Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement.  Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating.  It is recommended that you include the following information:
Full name, mailing address, e-mail address and day and evening telephone numbers;
Educational information including the name, city and state of colleges and universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received;
Information about your paid and non-paid work experiences related to this position including:
  • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job);
  • Duties and accomplishments;
  • Employer’s name and address;
  • Supervisor’s name and phone number;
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year);
  • Salary;
  • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor; and
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishment.

Send or deliver application materials to: Federal Trade Commission Human Capital Management Office 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Rm. H-723, Attn: BE-2013-0002 Washington, DC 20580

To deliver your application materials in person, enter the FTC headquarters building at the above address through the 6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW, entrance between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. and a security officer will assist you. OR 

You may send application materials via facsimile to (202) 326-2543.  Be sure to include the announcement number on your transmittal sheet and identify all of the documents you are transmitting.  Please include a telephone number at which we may contact you in the event your materials do not transmit OR

E-mail application materials to  Please include the announcement number BE-2013-0002 in the subject line of your e-mail. 

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We will not consider extraneous materials such as award and training certificates. 

Contact Information:

Contact Name:  Michelle Adamchak                                 

Phone: 202-326-3696                           



You must submit (1) a written resume and (2) a qualifications narrative describing your specific experiences, accomplishments, training, education, and awards that demonstrate your present ability and/or potential to perform duties associated with each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above.  You must supply documentation of civil service status (i.e, SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action.)


Michelle Adamchak
Phone: 202-326-3696
Fax: 202-326-2543
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-326-2543


We will notify you by email that we received your application and whether or not we referred your application to the selecting official for consideration.  If we referred you for consideration, we will notify you when we have made a selection.  We base our evaluation of your qualifications on the information you supply.  We will verify performance, suitability, and security information and consider that information in making employment offers.



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