Closing Date: 13th July, 2022

Description:

Summary:
If you have experience in competition or consumer protection law, are interested in policy work, and want to play an integral role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the Office of Policy and Planning at the Federal Trade Commission! For more information visit, https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc.

Duties:
As an Attorney Advisor, candidates should have excellent legal research and writing abilities, strong organizational and analytical skills and excellent oral communications skills. Candidates should be able to work effectively with other people, exercise sound judgment, demonstrate creative thinking and initiative, and exhibit a strong interest in the work of the agency. More specifically, incumbents of this position will perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Provide policy and legal advice to the Director, the Chair, Commissioners and staff on matters of Commission direction and policies focused on both antitrust and consumer protection missions.
  • Analyze and evaluate policies, procedures, regulations, methods of operation, legislation, legal precedents, and controversial issues.
  • Draft and review Agency amicus briefs, advocacy comments, rules, and staff reports.
  • Draft and conduct market studies using the FTC's unique 6(b) authority. This work requires researching an industry or area of interest to the Commission, drafting and negotiating the production of documents, reviewing data production, and synthesizing that information into a report.
  • Review and analyze reports, cases, memoranda, public comments and statements presented to OPP for action.
  • Assist in performing policy analysis of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection activities.
  • Review and monitor legislative and regulatory activity at the federal, state, and local level to assess the possible impact of enactments on issues of competition and consumer protection.
  • Engage with public and expert commentary on market structures and business practices in order to determine what, if any, policy responses are recommended
  • Work may also include assignments to collaborate with other agencies, bureaus and offices where projects intersect with competition or consumer protection policy priorities, including engaging in investigations and enforcement actions.

A strong background in economics, social science research, data or financial analytics, and/or public policy is beneficial, as is a judicial clerkship.

Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • U.S. citizenship requirement must be met by the closing date of this vacancy.
  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must register with Selective Service.
  • Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory - US, PR, DC.
  • The position may be subject to completion of a two-year trial period.
  • Due to COVID-19, the FTC is currently in a maximum telework posture through August 31, 2022. In addition, the agency is currently exploring the possibility of having a remote workforce for current and future employees beyond August 2022.
  • If selected, you will be permitted to temporarily telework from a location outside the local commuting area.
  • Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 60 days. At that time, you will be eligible to request telework in accordance with the FTC's telework policy.
  • This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Qualifications:
Minimum Requirements:
  • Applicants must have attained the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or a U.S. territory. Applicants must demonstrate excellent writing skills and be able to work effectively with other people, exercise sound judgment, and exhibit a strong interest in the work of the agency.

Additional Requirements:
  • GS-12 Positions
  • For appointments to attorney positions: active member of the bar in good standing and 12 months of legal experience after graduation from law school.

To qualify for the GS-12 level: In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 12 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 12 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-11 level.

Qualifying experience at the GS-11 level include examples such as working on non-complex litigation matters and performing basic legal research, drafting, and legal analysis.

GS-13 Positions
For appointments to attorney positions: active member of the bar in good standing and 24 months of legal experience after graduation from law school.

To qualify for 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 24 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-12 level.

Qualifying experience at the GS-12 level include examples such as work on moderately complex, novel, or broadly significant matters. This work entails solid drafting skills, original research, strong legal analysis, and effective oral communications.

GS-14 Positions
For appointments to attorney positions: active member of the bar in good standing and 42 months of legal experience after graduation from law school.

To qualify for 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.

Qualifying experience at the GS-13 level include examples such as independently plan, organize and conduct analysis of the matters on which they are working, based on preliminary background and policy information provided by the supervisor. Their written work is expected to be technically correct and not require detailed review. At this level, attorneys are journeymen attorneys whose work entails demanding legal research and analysis; drafting and reviewing motions, subpoenas, complaints, orders, rule proposals, and memoranda; and, where appropriate to the office, participating in investigational hearings, negotiating settlements, and trials. They contribute to the tactical and policy decisions inherent in various matters and, where appropriate, they should be able to assist in the trial of these matters. Attorneys at this level take charge of basic matters, moderately complex and novel matters, and make substantial contributions to the most complex, novel, or significant matters.

GS-15 Positions
For attorney appointments: active member of the bar in good standing and 60 months of legal experience after graduation from law school.

To qualify for 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 to qualify for the GS-15 level. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-14 level.

Qualifying experience at the GS-15 level include examples such as conducting excellent legal research and writing abilities, strong organizational and analytical skills in presenting written arguments and excellent oral communication skills. They must also exercise sound judgment, supervise, work well with, and motivate others, and make decided contributions to the work of the office. They must function independently and their work should not require close supervision or substantive review. The supervisor must have complete confidence in their judgment. At this level, they should be recognized for their competence. They should be able to represent the agency before any group or in any setting, and to effectively manage the preparation and trial of virtually any major case, all stages in the appeal of such a case, or conduct evaluation and analysis of the most complex cases of major significance for which little if any precedent exists.

Note: Legal and nonlegal experience gained in the Federal Government before completing law school does not satisfy post law school experience.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience

Education:
This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION

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