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Job Title:  Deputy General Counsel for Litigation
Agency:  Federal Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  OGC-2014-0002

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
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 to Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Full Time - - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All qualified candidates.  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

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a bipartisan federal agency with a unique dual mission to protect consumers and promote competition. The Office of General Counsel (OGC) represents the FTC in court and provides legal counsel to the commissioners, operating bureaus, and other FTC offices. The FTC Act authorizes the agency to represent itself, through its own attorneys, in a variety of actions in federal court. Among its other responsibilities, OGC defends agency orders in the courts of appeals, handles the appellate phase of suits brought by the FTC in district court, assists the bureaus during the district court phase of those suits, and enforces civil investigative demands and other compulsory process. OGC also works with the Solicitor General in representing the Commission in the U.S. Supreme Court and with the litigating divisions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in defending actions to enjoin agency action.


  • You must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school.
  • 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 General Counsel for Litigation oversees OGC’s role in litigation activities, including the preparation of all necessary pleadings, briefing, and oral argument before the courts. He or she leads, trains, and directs a group of attorneys, and reviews their performance. He or she closely supervises the most important or difficult cases and personally argues some of them.

The incumbent develops close working relations with high-level officials within the agency, within other federal (and state) government agencies, and with other external contacts, including opposing counsel and courts. The FTC’s decisions affect business and industrial practices throughout the nation, and they often implicate complex legal issues. Opposing counsel often rank among the most skilled advocates in the nation, and the incumbent should be equally skilled. Proficiency in appellate litigation is particularly essential.

The incumbent also serves as the FTC liaison officer with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and establishes and implements procedures within the FTC that satisfy requirements mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (Act). The Act requires every recommendation or report on proposals for legislation and other major federal actions that significantly affect the quality of the human environment contain a detailed statement on: (1) the environmental impact of the proposed action, (2) any adverse environmental effects which cannot be avoided should the proposal be implemented, (3) alternatives to the proposed action, (4) the relationship between local short-term uses of the human environment and the maintenance and enhancement of long-term productivity, and (5) any irreversible and irretrievable commitments or resources which would be involved in the proposed action should it be implemented.

Provisions of the Act further bind the incumbent, under the direction of the General Counsel, to consult with and obtain comments of any federal or state agency that has jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to any environmental impact resulting from new legislative proposals or possible spin-off in cases under development. The Act also requires agencies to provide copies of such statements, comments, and views of the appropriate federal, state, and local jurisdictions to the public, which accompany the proposal through the existing agency processes. The FTC sends the special expertise, opinions, or statements together with the incumbent’s review of required statements of proposals to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance, with copies of the material furnished directly to the CEQ.

The Deputy General Counsel’s accountability for the success of assigned programs, projects, or cases encompasses responsibility for the full range of factors that affect program, project, or case success. This includes obtaining the resources necessary to accomplish the work and assuming responsibility for their effective use, and dealing with key officials from within and outside the agency to gain understanding and support for the program, project, or case. The incumbent monitors progress toward organizational goals and makes appropriate adjustments to such goals. The incumbent monitors work status through formal and informal means to evaluate progress toward objectives; assesses overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity; identifies, diagnoses, and consults on problem areas related to implementation and goal achievement; and makes decisions on alternative courses of action. The incumbent leads, directs, and oversees, through one or more subordinate supervisors, the work of approximately 10 attorneys plus support staff in accomplishing OGC’s 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 – Extensive experience in appellate litigation, with an emphasis on administrative law, competition law, or both.

2 – Demonstrated excellence in both written and oral advocacy, particularly in the federal courts of appeals.

3 – Knowledge and experience in legal areas relevant to the FTC’s work, including administrative law, competition law, and consumer protection law.

4 – Ability to analyze complex legal issues and questions of litigation strategy, to convey that analysis effectively to senior agency officials, and to work collegially with those officials regarding litigation-related options and their policy implications.


5 – Experience in district court litigation.

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.)

As a basic 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.  In addition, you must have attained a law degree from an accredited law school, and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or territory. 


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: OGC-2014-0002 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 

E-mail application materials to  Please include the announcement number OGC-2014-0002 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: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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