Chief Counsel for Economic Development Administration

Washington, D.C
Jun 30, 2022
Jul 07, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

  • Provides legal advice and consultation to the Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary and EDA senior staff regarding the powers, duties, and legal responsibilities of EDA and its relationship with other governmental departments, agencies, and regional offices as well as business, industry, public, and private organizations.
  • Advises the Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary, and other senior EDA officials on all legal and interrelated legal and policy aspects of matters arising out of their respective areas of operation.
  • Provides advice on and legal interpretations of existing or proposed legal authorities and directives, including statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, proclamations, and Departmental authorities that affect the authorities, operations, and programs of EDA, and prepares appropriate comments, briefs, or petitions, relating to current or proposed legal authorities or directives of other Federal agencies.
  • As directed by the Assistant Secretary or Deputy Assistant Secretary, prepares legislative proposals, including but not limited to laws and regulations, as well as policy directive, to advance EDA's mission and goal and achieve Administration priorities; such proposals should account for other existing Federal 2nd State laws and regulations to ensure harmonious goals and efficient operations.
  • Conducts continuing reviews of the legal precedents, policies and programs affecting public and private economic development programs. At the request of the Assistant Secretary or Deputy Assistant Secretary or other authorized senior staff, provides or directs the provision of legal services in the development and coordination of testimony for EDA officials at Congressional hearings and may accompany EDA officials to such hearings in an advisory role.
  • Prepares or reviews for legal sufficiency all orders, notice, rules, and regulations for publication including notices in the Federal Register and announcements posted on, to be issued by EDA in connection with its programmatic and legal authorities.
  • Advises EDA officials on, and as necessary or as directed by the Assistant Secretary or Deputy Assistant Secretary, examines reports from the Inspector General affecting EDA activities and operations, including investigations and audit of investments, and will coordinate with the agency audit liaison on agency responses, and advises the Assistant Secretary as to disposition of audit appeal determinations.
  • Acts as the initial point of contact for alt EDA legal matters. The Chief Counsel is the primary contact with the Department's OGC and all OGC offices and serves as EDA's liaison with other legal offices within the Federal Government.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • All members of the SES are subject to geographic relocation.
  • A one-year probationary period is required for new SES members.
  • Subject to pre-employment and employment random drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).

OPM approval is required before appointing any current or former political appointee to a permanent position in the civil service. This includes anyone who has been a political appointee in the last five years.Applicants are advised that the Department of Commerce will request information regarding the vaccination status of applicants for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


All candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your resume should demonstrate that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ's), listed below.

It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet all executive and technical qualification factors will automatically exclude you from further consideration.

Executive Core Qualifications: The following are the five ECQs and their competencies. The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential, not to evaluate technical experience. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad experience needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE : This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision).

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE : This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.(Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN : This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility).

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN : This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.(Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management).

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS : This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating).

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Example of ECQ statements are available at

Professional/Technical Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing the work of a legal office and providing sound and timely legal counsel.
  • Ability to formulate and implement enterprise-wide legal policies on all matters pertaining to either of these areas: minority business development; civil rights law; Federal fiscal law; Federal assistance law; or administrative law (including FOIA, Privacy Act and Federal Records Act).
  • Demonstrated ability to provide legal interpretations of existing or proposed statutes, regulations, or other legal authorities that may affect the authorities, policies, and operations of a public-sector organization.

  • IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program and your ECQs were certified by an OPM QRB, you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.


    This position does not have a positive education requirement.

    Additional information

    Background Investigation/Clearance: This position is designated as Non-Critical Sensitive/Moderate Risk.

    Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

    Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

    Application materials: The materials you send with your application will not be returned.


    SSN: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

    False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    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.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer.