Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Deputy Director)

Washington, D.C
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Full Time

If selected for this position, you will serve as the Deputy Director in the Office of International Affairs and assist the Director in establishing policies and procedures for the implementation of OIA responsibilities which include:

Supporting agency international coordination and cooperation efforts. Provides support for the agency's international coordination and cooperation initiatives. Provides support as requested by the Chairman or Commission, which may include the development and implementation of international initiatives resulting in multilateral arrangements (e.g., MOUs, agreements on international regulatory standards) and in this regard, drafts supporting documents and papers, comments on drafts and coordinates with foreign authorities.

Overseeing research of foreign regulatory and exchange/intermediary developments. Oversees staff responsible for researching foreign regulatory and exchange/intermediary developments that could affect or otherwise be of interest to the agency; summarizing findings and preparing summary memoranda for distribution to the Commission; maintaining ongoing investigation of such developments by regular review of original source materials, periodicals, law reviews and interest sites, and by communicating with relevant foreign sources.

Assisting other Commission offices in international matters. Provides support upon request to other agency offices and divisions by reviewing proposed actions, consulting on foreign developments, and obtaining information from foreign sources.

Supporting agency representation within international bodies and meetings. Supports the agency's representation in international organizations such as the International Organization of Securities Commissions ("IOSCO") and in international meetings and analyzes relevant working papers, drafts responses as required and prepares briefing material, talking points and speeches and communicates with foreign authorities. Also assists in preparations for the annual International Regulator's Meeting.

Managerial Responsibilities

Leads, manages, and provides oversight to the Office of International Affairs' programs in direct support of the Division and Commission. In accordance with the Office's goals and objectives, develops short- and long-range plans, makes binding decisions in any area of the Office's activities, and carries out the administrative functions. Ensures Office and Commission polices are applied consistently within the Office and coordinates actions taken by the Office with other Commission divisions and offices.

Ensures that resources are used in the most efficient and effective manner consistent with resources and budget determinations and is accountable for the success of the Office's programs, including the full range of factors that affect program and project accomplishment. This includes obtaining the resources necessary or shifting resources as needed to accomplish the program or projects and assuming responsibility for their effective use, and dealing with key officials from within and outside the agency to gain understanding and support for the program or projects.

Assists the Director of the OIA in establishing and evaluating OIA-wide goals, and the progress made toward achieving them, and recommends and implements policies and procedures directed toward improving the efficiency and effectiveness of OIA. Delegates authority to subordinates to direct and manage operations under their immediate control. Establishes, tracks, and evaluates project goals and deadlines and ensures deadlines are being met. Keeps the Director of OIA actively apprised of progress towards meeting deadlines and any potential issues in this regard.

Manages assigned human, financial and material resources of the Division. Encourages and fosters an environment that supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and equal opportunities. Consistent with applicable Commission policy and processes, and in accordance with the Master Collective Bargaining Agreement, hears and resolves complaints from employees, and responds to grievances, referring grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher-level supervisor or manager.

The Deputy Director demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development and modeling inclusive behaviors. The Deputy Director supports CFTC leadership promoting a culture of inclusivity and belonging that embraces the contributions of all team members.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • One Year Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period May Be Required
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications section)

Bar Membership: Currently an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as JD and Bar membership information (institution name, state for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will result in an incomplete application.

Your resume must include information that emphasizes progressive leadership responsibilities for positions held to include the scope and complexity, program accomplishments, and results of executive actions taken. Additionally, the resume must include information that addresses how your qualifications relate to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and the Executive Competencies.

NOTE: EACH MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION and EXECUTIVE COMPETENCY must be addressed separately in a supplemental narrative statement. Narrative statements should not exceed one page per qualification/competency (7 pages maximum).


CT-16: In addition to the Executive Competencies and Mandatory Technical Qualifications, applicants must have demonstrated a high level of relevant professional experience in the field of law, which would allow the incumbent to perform as a peer with partners in major law firms and their equivalent. Relevant experience is defined as significant legal experience as a licensed attorney.

Must demonstrate the ability to perform at an Executive Level - see competencies below.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, 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.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research and analysis and write (or manage the writing of) complex legal policy documents; significant experience developing strategies for engagement on cross-border legal and policy issues; and significant attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of the Commodity Exchange Act and the Commission's regulations and policies relating to the derivatives market, as well as, and the operations and practices of Commission registrants and knowledge of derivatives market structure. Experience evaluating the possible impact of foreign market developments on the U.S. markets, U.S. market participants, the CEA and the Commission's regulations.
  • Ability to formulate international policy and experience providing authoritative technical and policy advice on cross-border or multilateral regulatory developments concerning the derivatives market. Experience analyzing foreign regulatory developments and providing information to an organization concerning foreign regulatory systems. Experience engaging with foreign counterparts to support an organization's representation in international organizations, in particular, the International Organization of Securities Commissions ("IOSCO") and the Financial Stability Board ("FSB"). Experience serving on working groups and committees of IOSCO and/or FSB in order to advance an organization's priorities and foster cooperation with foreign regulators.

  • Executive Competencies:
  • Leading the Organization - Develops and implements an organizational vision that integrates program goals, priorities, and values. Assesses and adjusts to changing situations and implements innovative solutions to make organizational improvements. Strategically formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the organization mission.
  • Leading Others - Provides clear direction and ensures accountability; inspires others; provides constructive feedback; encourages and fosters an environment that supports diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities. Demonstrates collaborative and cooperative approach. Develops and manages workforce based on staffing needs and budget.
  • Leading Self - Understands personal strengths and weaknesses and objectively views their behavior. Seeks and accepts constructive feedback and adapts personal leadership style/strategies as needed to most effectively build trust and lead their division.
  • Business Results - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Makes decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Forms and communicates a vision and priorities. Develops and executes plans that achieve outcomes for the organization.

  • Education

    Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation and be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state or territory of the United States.

    Additional information

    Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    Probationary Period. One year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required.

    Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must indicate their preference in response to the appropriate question in their assessment questionnaire (it is also recommended that information is included in their cover letter or resume) and they must submit supporting documentation (e.g., DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) which verifies their eligibility for preference. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

    The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.