The Assistant Director for Mergers IV participates in Bureau management by overseeing a law enforcement division responsible for trial of antitrust charges arising under Sections 2, 3, 7, and 8 of the Clayton Act and under Section 5 of the FTC Act. Specifically, the Mergers IV Division oversees antitrust investigations involving hospitals, consumer goods, supermarkets, retail, multi-channel video programming distribution, and media.Learn more about this agency
The Assistant Director (AD) is a member of the Bureau Director's senior management team and makes program and policy decisions. The AD exercises wide discretion in long-term planning, as well as directing investigative and litigation proceedings to enforce the statutory provisions discussed above.
The AD provides counsel and guidance for staff members on policy questions and matters of legal strategy and reviews important legal documents prepared by the staff (e.g., proposed complaints, recommendations that cases be closed, trial briefs, motions, proposed findings and orders) for consistency with agency policy, soundness of judgement, and legal sufficiency.
Additionally, the AD performs or supervises other functions as may be delegated in the light of the Bureau's overall workload requirements. The work performed under the incumbent's supervision generally involves coordinating the most complex and difficult antitrust investigations and proceedings in both unregulated and partially regulated industries. Occasionally, the incumbent is summoned before the Commission, congressional committees, industry regulators, industry representatives, and various forums to discuss the work in the Division, trends in the competitive economy, emerging problems of law violations, proposed legislation and regulation, and other matters. On behalf of the Bureau, the AD has contact with a wide range of public, private, and international groups with diverse interests in competition matters. The incumbent may represent the Commission or the Bureau in ongoing liaison and may give speeches and briefings before government agencies, as well as public, private, and international groups.
The incumbent has frequent conferences with parties to proceedings, their counsel, parties who claim to be injured by the restraint of trade laws or acts or practices alleged to be in violation of the Commission's final orders, and with others interested in Commission proceedings either as amicus curiae or as businessmen seeking a better understanding of the laws administered by the Commission. The questions raised in such conferences are often controversial in nature, requiring the exercise of a high degree of tact, persuasiveness, and legal skill on the part of the incumbent. This position also involves the maintenance of continuing contacts with the heads of other operating units within the Commission on issues of mutual concern.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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