Job Title: General Attorney (Trade Regulation)Job Announcement Number: BC-HC-2014-0001
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Monday, May 05, 2014 to
Monday, May 19, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full-Time, Excepted Service, -
Few vacancies in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
All Qualified Candidates
Public Trust - Background Investigation
About the Agency
This position is located in the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Health Care Division. The division is charged with investigating and litigating potential antitrust violations involving health care. The staff also responds to numerous requests for guidance from health care industry participants, through, among other things, the advisory opinion letter process, and through the issuance of statements on enforcement policy. This position is not included in the bargaining unit.
- Possess a JD or LL.B degree from an accredited law school.
- Member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory - US, PR, DC.
- Must be a U.S. citizenship.
- Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- May be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.
DUTIES:Back to top
As an attorney in the Health Care Division you will perform a variety of legal duties relating to cases or legal issues of extreme difficulty. Often the work of the division staff includes advisory functions related to antitrust enforcement policy under the various statutes enforced by the Commission. A successful staff member has interest in and the ability to deal with both legal analysis and economic and practical business issues arising from the matters under investigation. More specifically you will:
Make initial determinations as to whether matters should be investigated;
Plan and conduct investigations of potentially anticompetitive conduct in the health care field, often working as a member of a team;
Based on evidence collected during investigation, and on applicable legal precedents, determine whether a matter should be pursued or closed;
Prepare for trial and litigate or negotiate settlement of those matters; and
Perform special assignments as directed.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Applicants must have attained the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from an accredited law school and be an active member AND in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or a U.S. territory.
Candidates should have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to work effectively with other people, as well as exercise sound judgment. Antitrust experience is stronly desired.
At the GS-13 level: In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 24 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-12 level.
At the GS-14 level: In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 42 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-13 level.
At the GS-15 level: In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 60 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-14 level.
Please note that prior experience, legal and non-legal experience, gained before completing law school cannot be used to satisfy the post law school experience requirements.
In addition to the required documents, you may submit the following:
- Cover letter
- Writing sample
This position is in the Excepted Service (Schedule A).
Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application and all supporting documentation through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the overall strength of your credentials as demonstrated by your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and experience. The most qualified candidates will be selected for interviews, which will also be considered in making the final decision.
Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Trade Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are eligible for veterans' preference, you are encouraged to include that information in your cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to your submission.
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HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.
If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.
There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.
You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at www.usajobs.opm.gov and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.
STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application.
STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.
STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.
NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you.
APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST
__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position
__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
__ Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
__Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)
__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)
__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position. For each period of Work experience include:
___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
___Duties and accomplishments
___Employer's name and address
___Supervisor's name and contact information
___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
___Number of hours worked per week
___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)
___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.