ATTORNEY ADVISOR

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 27, 2022
Closes
Jun 01, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Please Note: Employees will be required to report to their assigned office location at least 1 day per week for non-supervisory positions and 2 days per week for supervisory/managerial positions unless the position advertised is designated as a remote-only position.

As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before onboarding with EXIM. We will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). The incumbent serves as an Assistant General Counsel (AGC) for the Litigation, Fraud, and Compliance Unit providing leadership and management support to those teams of attorneys in the Division designated by the General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel. The incumbent, together with the other Assistant General Counsels and all other Lead Attorney-Advisors, will be part of the "senior staff" of the Division and will assist in the formulation and implementation of legal, policy and personnel practices and procedures for the attorneys and support staff of the Division.

At the full performance level, duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Works with the Office of the Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and other U.S. Government agencies on referral of matters related to fraud and financial crime compliance, including bribery, sanctions violations, and money-laundering
  • Prosecutes allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, corruption, and related mattersin specific transactions;
  • Provides legal advice on a broad range of matters involving suspected criminal activity and/or suspected fraud arising out of Bank transactions, which will have a significant impact on Bank assets;
  • Provides legal advice on a broad range of questions relating to EXIM's internal governance and risk exposure, including governance for management of fraud, financial crimes, bribery, money sanctions violations, and enterprise risk generally.
  • Oversees Administrative Procedures Act, breach of contract, tort, Freedom of Information Act and other litigation against EXIM (other than personnel-related litigation), including managing outside counsel in foreign litigation, and acting as agency counsel in coordination with DOJ in domestic litigation, at both trial and appeal levels.
  • Advises EXIM's officers, directors, and other senior Bank management officials on a broad range of legal issues relating to litigation, fraud risk, financial crimes risk and related due diligence and compliance;
  • Reviews and assesses complex documentation and procedures for existing EXIM programs, products and initiatives, coordinating with EXIM staff who use and implement such documentation and procedures, to improve protections against fraud risk and financial crimes risk, and enhance compliance and customer due diligence processes;
  • Develops EXIM policies on the most complex financial crimes compliance, customer due diligence, fraud risk and related matters. Policy development includes responding to congressional legislation and EXIM's authorizing legislation;
  • Oversees the handling of all referrals for suspension and/or debarment of participants or potential participants in Bank programs to EXIM's Suspension andDebarment Official (the SDO), and the implementation of all SDO decisions and orders;
  • Oversees the legal counseling related to the recovery of most impaired assets for which EXIM has paid claims and/or as to which direct loan debtors have defaulted, including the management of outside counsel and contractors for both litigation and pre-litigation collections efforts.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background and Security/Suitability Investigation
  • You may be required to serve a one year probationary period
  • Specialized experience MUST be documented on your resume
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: If you are, or have been employed in the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
  • Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation.
  • Must be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • COVID-19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required.
  • To ensure compliance with this mandate, please review the Federal civilian vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/


Qualifications

Basic Requirements:
  • A graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In addition to the Basic Requirements noted above, applicants must also meet and demonstrate the specialized experience listed below:

*It is highly preferred for applicants to have at least twelve (12) years or more experience as a practicing attorney for this position.*

Specialized Experience (Credit for Specialized Experience on resume must reflect 40 hours/Full-time per week for each period of work):

GS-15: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience includes:
  • Experience utilizing a broad knowledge of U.S. sanctions, laws, and regulations in order to interpret and apply them to existing and prospective transactions.;
  • Experience in illicit finance risk management, including customer or party due diligence, in cross-border transactions; AND
  • Experience independently rendering oral and written legal advice and opinions on a wide range of complex and difficult legal and policy issues to include litigation, fraud risk, and financial crimes risk.
Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-15 grade level.

For qualification determinations, your resume must contain the following for each work experience listed:
  • Organization/Agency's Name
  • Title
  • Salary (series and grade, if applicable)
  • Start and end dates (including the month and year)
  • Number of hours you worked per week
  • Relevant experience that supports your response to the specialized experience that is stated in the job announcement
If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

NOTE: Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications and your application may be marked as incomplete/ineligible and you will not receive consideration for this position.

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.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. Please visit the following links for more information:
  • http://www.naces.org
  • http://www.fceatlanta.com
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined here .

All requirements must be met by 06/06/2022, the closing date of the announcement.

Education

Additional information

Current or Former Political Appointees: Pursuant to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) oversight authority under section 1104(b)(2) of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) and section 5.2 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, OPM requires agencies to seek their approval prior to appointing any current or former political appointee to a permanent position (without time limits) in the civil service. A former or recent political appointee is someone who held a political appointment covered by OPM's policy within the previous 5-year period. OPM's oversight in this area safeguards merit system principles as well as fair and open competition free from political influence. If you are currently employed, or have been employed within the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

Please visit the following link for the types of political appointments.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information, please click here .

Veterans: All veterans must meet the qualification requirements of the position for further consideration. For more information on veterans' preference, please click here .

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Ethical Standards/Financial Disclosure:

EXIM is committed to the highest ethical standards. As an employee, you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. You will be required to complete new employee ethics training within 3 months of your appointment.

If this position is subject to financial disclosure requirements (either public or confidential depending upon your position), you will be required to complete a new entrant financial disclosure report within 30 days of your appointment.