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.
NOTE: THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN AMENDED TO EXTEND THE CLOSING DATE
TO February 14, 2014.
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.