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Job Title:  Assistant Director, Mergers IV, Bureau of Competition
Agency:  Federal Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  BC-M4-2014-0001

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 30, 2014 to Friday, May 30, 2014
This position is in the Senior Executive Service. - Full Time - This is a permanent appointment.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Applications will be accepted from 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

This position is located in the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Mergers IV Division. The Mergers IV Division consists of lawyers and investigators who work exclusively on antitrust matters. The Mergers IV Division reviews mergers across a broad array of industries, with recent emphasis on mergers in the following industries: retail, consumer goods and hospitals.


  • 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 Bureau of Competition of the FTC is looking to fill the Assistant Director position in the Mergers IV Division, which is one of six litigation divisions responsible for antitrust investigations in a variety of industries. The Bureau champions the rights of the American consumer by promoting and protecting free and vigorous competition; reviews mergers and acquisitions, and challenges those that would likely lead to high prices, fewer choices, or less innovation; seeks out and challenges anticompetitive conduct in the marketplace, including monopolization and agreements between competitors; promotes competition in industries where consumer impact is high, such as health care, real estate, oil and gas, technology, and consumer goods; and provides information, and holds conferences and workshops for consumers, businesses, and policy makers on competition issues and market analysis.  As Assistant Director of the Mergers IV Division, the incumbent will oversee antitrust investigations in industries ranging from hospitals and physicians to consumer goods and retail.


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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 - Knowledge and experience in legal areas relevant to the Commission’s work, including antitrust law, merger, and competition matters.    

2 - Experience in managing complex legal issues and questions of litigation strategy; reviewing pleadings, briefs, and legal memoranda; and providing oral and written legal advice and recommendations.   

3 - Ability to analyze economic evidence surrounding antitrust, merger, and competition matters. 

4 – Experience in supervising and reviewing the work products of attorneys and other staff in a legal office with a focus on achieving high quality organizational results. 

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: BC-M4-2014-0001 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 BC-M4-2014-0001 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: 202-326-3639
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 000-000-0000
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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