Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Enforcement)

Expiring today

Washington, D.C
Jan 21, 2023
Jan 28, 2023
Full Time

As the Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Enforcement) in this position, you will serve as a legal advisor to the Associate General Counsel for matters relating to the enforcement of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), the conduct of investigations into alleged violations, and the Commission's implementing regulations. Specifically, you will exercise managerial responsibility for:
  • Implementing the FEC's enforcement programs, including the timely completion of enforcement case work;
  • Coordinating enforcement activities within OGC. As necessary, consults and receives FEC staff suggestions for the preparation and handling of cases before the Commission;
  • Staying current with all changes in the relevant law; and
  • Attending, supervising staff, and participating in Commission meetings.
Additionally, you will be responsible for:
  • Reviewing and editing work product for clarity, accuracy, and consistency with relevant law and precedent;
  • Supervising investigations as authorized by the Commission;
  • Supervising negotiations and making recommendations to the Commission regarding acceptance of conciliation agreements;
  • Assisting Division management with case staffing;
  • Planning and scheduling long-range work plan and deadlines;
  • Serving on OGC hiring panels or as rating official;
  • Overseeing the Performance Management program within the team, including evaluating staff against established performance standards;
  • Effectively managing and motivating staff;
  • Fostering staff's continuing professional development. This includes both filling skill gaps and building leadership qualities through mentoring and targeted training suggestions;
  • Recommending and taking appropriate corrective actions and disciplinary measures, consistent with the Labor Management Agreement, to promote the efficiency of the service;
  • Reviewing leave requests; supervising staff time and attendance; and
  • Assuming responsibility for special projects as the Deputy Associate General Counsel or General Counsel for Enforcement may assign.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Legal and regulatory guidance below).
  • You may be required to serve a 2 year probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • You must meet qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


In order to qualify, you must meet the Basic Requirements and the Experience Requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. A copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

Basic Requirements (applicable to both grade levels):

A. Education: Possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. (You must submit a copy of your unofficial or official transcripts.)


B. Bar Membership: Be an active member in good standing of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or territory of the United States. (You must submit a copy of your current Bar card, or letter of good standing).

In addition to meeting both of the Basic Requirements above, you must meet the experience requirement described below:

Experience Requirement:
At least 4 years of progressively responsible experience as a practicing attorney providing counsel on a variety of legal issues such as administrative and constitutional law, or other similar areas. At least one year of this experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-14 level providing legal advice, analysis and research on a range of complex issues. This must include activities such as: (1) conducting extensive legal research of policies, regulations, and/or compliance questions, including researching precedent or opinions bearing on a legal issue; (2) managing, organizing, and planning work activities for a program or program area; (3) providing guidance in establishing the course and conduct of investigations; (4) testifying and/or presenting in proceedings and other hearings, trials, and depositions; and (5) analyzing complex legal issues having to do with campaign finance law, including regulatory and constitutional issues.

In addition, you must provide a cover letter of at least two pages summarizing your evidence of the following competencies:
  • Compliance and Investigative Experience: Compliance and investigative experience in civil or criminal law enforcement, including the use of discovery tools such as written questions and depositions.
  • Leadership: Ability to influence, motivate, and coordinate the work of a team to meet organizational goals and timelines.
  • Legal Writing and Analysis: Ability to write clear, concise, and persuasive legal documents, and to review and edit the work of other attorneys. Ability to research, analyze, and explain complex legal issues.
  • Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; communicates complex legal principles succinctly and clearly.

  • We recommend your cover letter include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the functions, activities, or services you delivered; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed, and the results of your actions.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    If selected, you must submit a copy of your official transcripts, conferring a J.D., or LL.B., or higher degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

    All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Additional information

    FEC offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; or transportation subsidies. The FEC's current work posture is a temporary pilot program permitting up to seven days of telework per pay period and flexible work hour arrangements.

    If you receive a tentative offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Election Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. 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 by that form.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    Additional selections may be made from this announcement.