Supervisory ATTORNEY (Deputy Director)

Washington, D.C
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 05, 2022
Full Time

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects. As part of our goal, we are seeking highly skilled individuals to assist in carrying out the mission of this agency. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assists consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Division of Investigations, within the Office of Enforcement, is responsible for the enforcement of the Commission's statutes, orders, and rules governing the nation's wholesale natural gas and electric markets, including the Commission's Anti-Manipulation Rule, to ensure fair and competitive markets. We are seeking an experienced, highly qualified candidate to serve as Deputy Director. The Deputy Director will have responsibility for providing effective and creative leadership in assisting the Director with planning and managing the investigations program.

Qualified applicants must have either, or both, significant experience in energy law and the energy industry or significant investigative and litigation experience. Applicants must have substantial energy law experience and/or substantial litigation experience (either white collar crime or complex business litigation).

Major Duties:
  • The Deputy Director assists the Director with managing and leading a diverse team of professionals to initiate and execute investigations of possible violations of the statutes administered by the Commission.
  • The Deputy Director is responsible for assisting the Director with planning, directing, and coordinating the investigations and enforcement program to investigate and litigate possible violations of federal energy laws (the statutes administered by the Commission and the rules and regulations issued thereunder).
  • The Deputy Director advises Office of Enforcement senior management, the Chairman, and the Commission on matters relating to its investigations involving potential market manipulation and other violations.
  • The Deputy Director will recommend remedies to address violations and advise the Commission on whether to issue formal orders to show cause and orders assessing penalties.
  • The Deputy Director represents the Commission in administrative adjudicatory proceedings and in Federal District Court.
  • The Deputy Director works with the Director to liaison with other Federal agencies, market monitors, and other entities which aid in the enforcement and compliance process.
  • The Deputy Director must be an accomplished public speaker and be able to effectively represent the Commission at public seminars and industry events.
  • The Deputy Director also assists with providing briefings and testimony to Congressional committees and their staff.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Current, active bar membership required.
  • A two-year trial period may be required.
  • This is not a bargaining unit position.
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • This position has an education requirement; you must submit transcripts.
  • You may be required to divest certain energy-related securities.
  • A background investigation is required.
  • Supervisory Probationary Period may be required.

You must meet all eligibility and qualification (experience and/or education) requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


You must meet the following basic requirements, by the closing date of this announcement: (1) hold a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from an accredited college or university and (2) be a current, active bar member in good standing.

In addition, to the minimum requirements above, you must meet the following qualifications for each grade level by the closing date of this announcement:

To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate through your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and through interviews (if you are selected for an interview), that you possess the knowledge and experience necessary to fulfill the duties listed above.

You must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

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 any volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

FERC remains ranked #1 in Work/Life Balance, for the 7th year in a row, among the Best Places to Work through the Partnership for Public Service! As a leader in Work/Life Balance, we are proud to offer telework flexibilities in accordance with agency policy.

The duty location of this position is in Washington, DC. Based on our current operating status, FERC employees are teleworking as opposed to coming on-site. When it is determined that our agency will be moving to the reopening phase of our Reconstitution Plan, the expectation will be to physically return to the office in Washington, DC. Telework days and any waiting period for eligibility will be determined at that time.

When promotion potential is shown, future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Have your Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. FERC also participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). For more information about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit:
  • Attend a mandatory ethics training. We are governed by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Standards of Conduct, the criminal conflict of interest statutes, and FERC's supplemental ethics regulation, which specifically prohibits FERC employees from holding certain energy-related securities. To comply with these regulations and statutes, divestiture of these securities may be required after you begin employment. See 5 C.F.R. 2634-41; 18 U.S.C. 201-208; 5 C.F.R. 3401. If selected, you may also be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of appointment.
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.

Important note regarding Executive Order 14043 (Guidance on Enforcing COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Federal Employees): To ensure compliance with an applicable nationwide preliminary injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees .

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Any information regarding vaccination status will be maintained securely and confidentially.