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Deputy General Counsel for Litigation

District of Columbia, D.C
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

The Deputy General Counsel for Litigation oversees OGC's role in litigation activities, such as the preparation of all necessary pleadings, briefings, and oral arguments in the federal courts, including appeals to the Circuit Court of Appeals; amicus participations; matters in the Supreme Court; and contempt proceedings and enforcement of compulsory process in Federal District courts. The incumbent also argues cases in federal court, advises Commissioners on litigation matters, advises Commission staff on litigation strategy, briefs congressional staff, appears before Congressional committees to present the Commission's views, coordinates with the Office of the Solicitor General on matters before the Supreme Court, and works with other offices in the Department of Justice to coordinate the defense of litigation.

The Deputy General Counsel for Litigation is a key member of the General Counsel's senior
management team. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation is responsible, with the other senior management team members, for strategic planning regarding OGC's role in agency missions, and serves as a primary link between OGC, bureau and office heads, and FTC commissioners. In exercising important policy functions, the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation devises and implements OGC policy; reviews policy recommendations that affect agency missions; considers political, social, economic, technical, and administrative factors that potentially affect recommended policies; and formally recommends actions to the General Counsel or other approving official. The incumbent is one of the agency's key sources for advice on broad questions of law and policy.

The incumbent directs, oversees, supervises, coordinates, and reviews (including through a subordinate supervisor) the work of OGC Litigation attorneys in accomplishing OGC's goals and objectives; ensures the training, development, and effective use of Litigation staff; evaluates work product; conducts formal performance reviews; takes action to correct performance of conduct deficiencies; and recommends promotions, awards, and other personnel actions. The incumbent also assesses policy, program, and project feasibility; determines project goals and objectives; develops plans to achieve goals and objectives; identifies, and diagnoses, consults on problem areas related to assignments and goal achievement; and makes decisions on alternative courses of action.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school.
  • Background investigation (Public Trust) is required.
  • You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the Senior Executive Service (SES).
  • The individual selected will be required to file an Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • The agency is currently exploring the possibility of increasing the use of remote work for current and future employees.
  • If selected, you may be permitted to temporarily telework from a location outside the local commuting area.
  • However, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 60 days. At that time, you will be eligible to request telework in accordance with the FTC?s policy.


As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate technical and professional competence as described in the Mandatory Professional Credentials/Technical Qualifications section below and executive leadership capabilities as described in the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the SES listed below. Typically, experiences of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level or its equivalent in federal service, or with state or local government, private industry, or nongovernmental organizations.

If you are a current career member of the SES, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and have been certified by the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), you can apply for competitive and/or noncompetitive consideration. For competitive consideration, you must submit a resume and written statements addressing the Mandatory Professional Credentials/Technical Qualifications, ECQs, and other applicable qualifications. For noncompetitive consideration, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the Mandatory Professional Credentials/Technical Qualifications, and other applicable qualifications. Written statements addressing the ECQs are not necessary for noncompetitive consideration. You must also provide documentation of QRB certification (i.e., SF-50 showing career SES status or OPM-issued SES qualification certificate).


Mandatory Technical Qualifications (should not exceed two pages per qualification):
MTQ 1: Extensive experience in appellate litigation, with an emphasis on administrative law, competition law and consumer protection law.

MTQ 2: Demonstrated excellence in both written and oral advocacy, particularly in the Circuit Courts of Appeals, including drafting and editing the work of others under time pressure.

MTQ 3: Demonstrated experience managing and analyzing complex legal issues and questions in areas relevant to the broad range of the work performed in the areas of competition law, consumer protection law, administrative law, and economics.

MTQ 4: Demonstrated experience advising the highest levels of an organization, including senior executives and members of a private governmental board or commission on highly sensitive matters of law and policy and risk balancing.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must respond to all ECQs and address each one separately, as failure to do so will result in a rating of 'ineligible' for the position. You can find additional information on the ECQs in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications. A good competency-based qualifications statement should address the following elements for each ECQ: (a) the goal, problem, or activity and its challenge, (b) the context or environment in which the activity took place, (c) specific actions you took to address the challenge, and (d) the results or impact of the activity. Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs you managed, and the results of your actions. You are strongly encouraged to review the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications. The ECQ statement, addressing all five ECQs, may be no longer than ten pages.

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This ECQ 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.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This ECQ 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 the constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This ECQ 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.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen : This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This ECQ 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.


Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.

Additional information

1. The agency may reimburse relocation expenses.

2. If we select you for an initial career appointment to an SES position, the OPM QRB must approve your ECQs prior to appointment. A selection is tentative until we obtain a QRB certification.

3. You must complete a Declaration for Federal Employment before we can hire you in order to certify the accuracy of your written application and provide the information necessary to determine your suitability for federal employment.

4. If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 and we select you for this position, you must certify prior to appointment that you registered for the military selective service.

5. If we select you for this position, you must complete personnel suitability documents. Your appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of an appropriate background investigation.

6. Veterans' preference does not apply to SES positions.

7. The FTC provides reasonable accommodations, where appropriate, to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the FTC. The agency considers requests for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Questions about the FTC's accommodation policy can be directed to Adam Mahan at

8. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually while employed, and upon termination of employment. You may also be subject to post employment restrictions.

9. Your application includes information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a). This information is necessary to determine qualifications for employment, and collection is authorized under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, 3302 and 3361.

10. We will not accept applications received in government postage-paid envelopes.
11. USAJOBS expires all jobs at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the published closing date.

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