Assistant Chief Counsel

Washington, D.C
Nov 29, 2022
Dec 02, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

As a Assistant Chief Counsel, you will:
  • Provide expert legal advice and assistance on all aspects of the Agency's regulatory and legislative development and oversight program.
  • Provide advice and counsel to the Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel, Associate Administrators and other senior Agency managers and Leadership.
  • Provide legal policy expert on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Federal Motor Carrier Commercial Regulations, as well as the underlying statutory authorities, and provides legal policy direction related to the Agency's regulatory and legislative program and the FMCSA mission as a whole.
  • Execute responsibilities, provides advisory services, renders legal decision in assigned area in accordance with established policies and procedures and statutory requirements, and supervises other Regulatory Affairs Division staff and provide legal sufficiency review of their draft work products prior to submission to the Chief Counsel for concurrence.

The Ideal candidate will have extensive experience researching, drafting and reviewing Federal rulemaking notices and analyzing complex legal issues under the Administrative Procedure Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and related Federal authorities. Ideal candidate also will have demonstrated creativity in legal problem solving, worked directly with clients, and have strong emotional intelligence and people skills, and outstanding verbal and writing skills. Should be an effective communicator and advocate in formal and informal settings, in both large organizations and small groups. We are seeking a well organized, highly intelligent, persuasive leader.

Note: that while the position is remote work-eligible, and while applications from outside the Washington, D.C. area will be considered, the IDEAL candidate will reside within commuting distance of US DOT Headquarters.


Conditions of Employment

  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a two-year trial period.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
  • REMOTE WORK: This position may be eligible for Remote Work. Remote work is an arrangement in which an employee works at an alternative worksite (e.g., from home) and is not expected to report to the office to work. Remote work location will be determined upon/after selection and may affect locality pay. If selected as a remote work position, must have access to high speed internet and cell phone service meeting current Agency standards from the approved work location within the Contiguous United State and sign a remote work agreement. The difference in salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. If the position is offered to you remotely (approved to work from home), your home address becomes your duty station for pay setting purposes. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at:
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORM: This position requires completion of OGE-450, Financial Disclosure Form
  • WRITING SAMPLE: If selected for an interview, a writing sample may be requested and there may be an editing exercise.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the Grade 15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:
  • Experience providing expert legal advice and assistance on regulatory and legislative development and oversight program.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence - Knowledge of authorities relating to development and modification of Federal regulations, procedures, practices, Executive orders, agency rules, Government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.

Leadership - Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

Interpersonal Skills (‡) - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

Writing (*) - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.

For all types of consideration, 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.

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All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.