About the Agency
Are you interested in helping to protect the integrity of America’s federal campaign process? Would you like the opportunity to work on unique and intellectually stimulating legal issues that intersect with the world of politics? Are you interested in practicing law within a dynamic work environment with a senior management team that respects the desire to maintain a healthy work-life balance and is committed to establishing itself as one of the best places to work in the federal government? The Federal Election Commission is looking for a bright, articulate, and enthusiastic individual with outstanding communication skills and superior analytical abilities to serve as an Special Counsel to the Associate General Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the Office of General Counsel. If you are ready to contribute to matters of importance that will challenge your mind and develop your career, please consider joining our dedicated team of public servants.
The Federal Election Commission is an independent federal regulatory agency established by the Federal Election Campaign Act (the FECA). It is governed by six Commissioners appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The FEC has exclusive jurisdiction for the administration, interpretation, and civil enforcement of the FECA, which requires disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures by candidates for federal office and committees supporting those candidates, and imposes limitations on the amount and sources of such contributions. The legal work at the Commission regularly involves important and complex issues implicating the First Amendment.
The FEC is located in Penn Quarter, an area of northwest Washington, DC offering access to government agencies, residential living, casual and fine dining, shopping, a major sports arena, and several theaters. The FEC is located near several METRO subway and bus stations.
This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) at the Federal Election Commission (FEC); FEC regulates the financial aspects of political campaigns for Federal office and administers the public financing of presidential campaigns. The FEC has exclusive jurisdiction over civil enforcement of the Act. The OGC's Enforcement Division supports this critical role by investigating alleged violations of the Act, recommending to the Commission appropriate action to take with respect to apparent violations, and directly negotiating conciliation agreements, which may include civil penalties and other remedies, with respondents or their counsel.
The incumbent serves as the Special Counsel (Attorney-Advisor) to the Associate General Counsel for Enforcement in OGC. The incumbent, under the direction and guidance of the Associate General Counsel, serves as personal and confidential advisor to the Associate General Counsel relating to the enforcement of the Federal Election Campaign Act (the "Act") and the conduct of investigations into alleged violations of the Act and the Commission's implementing regulations. The incumbent's work demands exceptional judgment, discretion, and broad knowledge of the law.
The incumbent provides guidance on OGC activities of the Enforcement Division that affect the work of the Commission and internal OGC operations, performing the following tasks to support Division-wide interests:
- Serves as legal advisor and consultant to the Associate General Counsel responsible for rendering formal advice, recommendations, and opinions on a range of issues.
- Advises the Associate General Counsel on matters pending before the Commission.
- Provides policy guidance on enforcement matters.
- Reviews legal documents for timeliness, accuracy, legal consistency, clarity, organization, and procedural correctness, and ensures that activities such as investigation, fact analysis, discovery, depositions, subpoenas for document production, and the like are thoughtfully planned and presented, and comply with Commission procedures, policies, and practices.
- At the Associate General Counsel's request or on the incumbent's initiative, conducts special studies of the law, regulations, policies, programs, and operating procedures; sets the parameters of the study, determines the issues involved; secures staff input, analyzes the data, and prepares proposals or conclusions for the Associate General Counsel's consideration.
- Prepares legal memoranda or other recommendations.
- Assists the Associate General Counsel in specific legal research and policy assignments.
- Drafts speeches and presentations.
- Provides legal advice to the Associate General Counsel on sensitive and confidential matters.
- Represents the Associate General Counsel on assigned matters as directed.
- Works with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel on various projects.
- Keeps the Associate General Counsel advised of matters pending before the Commission;
- Reviews and briefs the Associate General Counsel on agenda items and recommends positions on the issues to be represented;
- Maintains current knowledge of pending legislation and social and political developments which may affect the FEC’s mission;
- Assumes responsibility for special projects as the Associate General Counsel may assign.
- Attends Commission meetings, as required.
- Performs other related duties as required.