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Job Title:  Assistant Director for Antitrust
Agency:  Federal Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  BE-2014-0005

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

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$120,749.00 to $175,800.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 31, 2014 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Full Time - - Senior Executive Service (SES)
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All groups of qualified individuals.  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

These positions are located in the Bureau of Economics (BE) of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Bureau of Economics provides economic analysis in support of antitrust and consumer protection investigations and rulemakings; advises the Commission and other government entities on the impact of government regulation on competition; and analyzes the impacts of various economic phenomena on competition, consumer protection, and consumer welfare. The Antitrust Divisions are generally responsible for formulating and implementing major antitrust policies within the Bureau, and serve as a primary Bureau focus for assigned antitrust and competition cases and services.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Infrequent


  • 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 Assistant Director is a key member of the Bureau’s management team, and is delegated to act for the Bureau’s Director and Deputy Director for Antitrust in interpreting and carrying out the Commission’s objectives across a broad spectrum of economic issues relevant to maintaining competition.  The Assistant Director devises and implements policies to advance the Commission’s maintaining competition objectives, and manages the economic component of the full range of antitrust and competition law enforcement activities, economic research, and (occasionally) consumer protection issues assigned to the Division. Many of the economic issues confronted by antitrust and competition policy have not been addressed by prior economic research. As a result, Bureau economists often must blaze a trail for others to follow. In carrying out his or her duties, the Assistant Director reviews policy recommendations that affect Division, Bureau, and Agency missions; considers political, social, economic, technical, and administrative factors that may potentially impact recommended policies; and formally recommends actions to the Commission.

The incumbent ensures that the Division provides high quality economic analysis to the Commission, Congress, and the public. The incumbent formulates goals and objectives for antitrust law enforcement investigations; determines the resources to be used in support of these investigations; reviews the staff analysis of antitrust investigations, especially those considered important or precedent-setting; assists the Bureau’s efforts to identify and analyze business practices that may lead to consumer harm; formulates appropriate remedies for such practices; and proposes changes to existing laws that would promote competition and consumer welfare.

The Assistant Director is a key provider of advice to the Commission on broad questions of antitrust policy, such as evaluation of potentially anticompetitive business practices and conduct, and evaluation of policies to remedy the effects of those practices. The incumbent leads, supervises, and occasionally conducts economic and econometric analyses in support of agency investigations and litigation. The incumbent also plays a leading role in selecting expert witnesses employed by the Commission in support of its litigation efforts, and in preparing those witnesses for trial, including the careful evaluation of the economic and statistical analyses offered by those witnesses in support of their testimony and conclusions. Additionally, the incumbent also plays a leading role in evaluating and critiquing the testimony, and supporting economic and statistical analysis, presented by respondents’ economic experts. The incumbent also is a leading contributor to the design and implementation of remedies imposed by the Commission to alleviate conduct and practices that harm competition and consumer welfare. This work has far-reaching implications for the preservation of the free enterprise system.

The incumbent evaluates proposed economic studies and competition advocacy projects, and ultimately is responsible for ensuring that the final economic analyses are economically sound, empirically based, and consistent with the Commission’s maintaining competition mission and policies. During the course of most assignments, the incumbent collaborates with the staff economists, research analysts, staff attorneys, and supervising attorneys assigned to the case. The incumbent has primary responsibility for developing or overseeing the development of the economic theories used to guide antitrust investigations, designing the investigative strategy to be followed, determining the type and quantity of economic evidence necessary for evaluating the candidate theories of competitive harm, and for selecting and evaluating various information sources.


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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. In-depth knowledge and thorough comprehension of the advanced statistical, econometric, and quantitative techniques used to identify, analyze and test hypotheses about economic relationships; knowledge of advanced applied microeconomic theory, with skills in one or more sub-fields (e.g., antitrust policy, industrial organization, analysis of economic regulation, game theory); and the research and communication skills necessary for effective written and oral contributions to the discussion of public policy issues.

2.  Comprehensive, professional knowledge of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws and regulations.

3.  Ability to plan, organize, direct, and control major studies, complex investigations, and research and advocacy agendas to achieve goals and objectives.

4.  Ability to analyze, explain, and justify to economists and non-economists the economic theories and evidence pertaining to issues affecting the nation's largest industries and corporations. 


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

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-2014-0005 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 

E-mail application materials to  Please include the announcement number BE-2014-0005 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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