DutiesPlease Note: Employees will be required to report to their assigned office location at least 2 day per week for non-supervisory positions and 3 days per week for supervisory/managerial positions unless the position advertised is designated as a remote-only position.
This position is an excepted service position and is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). The Deputy General Counsel of EXIM, under the direction of the General Counsel, shares with the General Counsel the full range of her/his responsibilities when s/he is present and acts totally on her/his behalf when s/he is absent.Duties include, but are not limited to:
RequirementsConditions of Employment
- Supervising all Assistant General Counsels as well as the management of all attorneys and support staffing for the Office of General Counsel;
- Advising Bank management and the Board of Directors on difficult institutional legal problems, which affect the Bank as a whole, including development of Bank strategy and policies;
- Advising Bank management on substantial legal issues arising in loans, loan guarantees, and credit Insurance for international financial transactions considered by the Bank;
- Ensuring the timeliness and legal propriety of all documents and agreements associated with the wide variety of International loans, guarantees, insurance and all other legal matters entered into by the Bank;
- Providing counsel to Bank management and the Board of Directors on a broad range of legal issues related to international trade and trade finance, the internal governance of the Bank, litigation by and against the Bank, the Bank's status as a government agency and compliance with Federal law;
- Overseeing legal supervision of the implementation of studies, reports, policies and procedures arising from legislation, executive orders and judicial proceedings;
- Serving as the chief administrative officer of the Office of General Counsel, responsible for implementing the policies and strategies of the Bank within the Office of the General Counsel;
- Personnel planning and work projections, including the hiring process, setting performance goals, issuing performance reviews, and approving all requests for travel, leave and training;
- Advising on the most difficult, complex and unusual transactions such as large asset-based financing for aircraft or other capital equipment, recoveries involving many creditors with different priorities of rights, private placements or capital market transactions, revolving facilities, major project financing, and transactions involving special Institutional legal issues which may set a precedent or policy for the Bank;
- Undertaking special assignments of importance to the Bank involving formulating policy options, legal interpretations, or precedent-setting resolutions relating to the Bank's financing programs, providing consultative and advisory services to management and staff, and participating in program planning and evaluation;
- Handling confidential and secret information from other U.S. Government agencies; and
- Performing other duties as assigned.
QualificationsQUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: Applicants will be assessed against the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs).
- U.S. Citizenship
- Background and Security/Suitability Investigation
- You may be required to serve a one year probationary period
- Specialized experience MUST be documented on your resume
- Must complete the required ECQs and/or MTQs
- Current or Former Political Appointees: If you are, or have been employed in the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action with including from Federal Service.
- Possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school.
- Must be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility and OPM certified graduates of a SES CDP, who meet the professional/technical qualifications requirements will be considered for this position on a noncompetitive basis. Applicants for noncompetitive consideration are NOT REQUIRED to submit a supplemental statement addressing their ECQs. However, they must submit a Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, to establish proof of eligibility for noncompetitive appointment and submit their most recent performance appraisal, resume, address the professional/technical qualifications and complete the online questionnaire. Applicants must submit written statements (narrative format ) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp . Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your written statements to two (2) pages per ECQ. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in Senior Level (SL) positions and are in addition to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications listed below.ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE
: This core qualification 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 core qualification 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 constructive resolution of conflicts.ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN
: This core qualification 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 core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS
: This core qualification 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.MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs):
All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. Please limit your written statements to one page per technical qualification. Failure to meet any one of the technical qualifications requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.MTQ 1 -
Legal Advisor Experience: Demonstrated experience serving as a supervisory legal expert on international financing transactions, legislative analysis, litigation, and/or policy development.MTQ 2 -
Relationship Expertise: Ability to represent and defend positions pertaining to agency policy, statutes and regulations to a variety of stakeholders both inside and outside of government, in negotiation, litigation, briefings, public presentations, and/or other settings.MTQ 3 -
Negotiation and Documentation Experience: Demonstrated experience as a lead attorney in the negotiation and documentation of complex international financing transactions such as loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance, and trade financing.MTQ 4 -
Statutes and Regulation Experience: Demonstrated experience in interpretation of statutes and regulations (including administrative law) and international and intergovernmental agreements.MTQ 5 -
Communication: Ability to communicate advice on novel or complex legal issues to executive level decision-makers and other stakeholders, on interpreting and applying fact, law and policy. Decision-maker and stakeholders include groups such as members of Congress and their staff; high-level officials within Federal agencies and foreign officials; various technical and professional organizations.For qualification determinations, your resume must contain the following for each work experience listed:
If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
- Organization/Agency's Name
- Salary (series and grade, if applicable)
- Start and end dates (including the month and year)
- Number of hours you worked per week
- Relevant experience that supports your response to the specialized experience that is stated in the job announcement
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.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.Foreign Education:
If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. Please visit the following links for more information:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined here .
Time-in-grade requirements must be met by 11/30/2023, the closing date of the announcement. EducationBasic Requirements
A. Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association leading to a professional law degree - LLB or JD, and a member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
To receive full consideration you MUST provide proof of bar membership. Applications submitted without proof of bar membership will not receive consideration
B. At least 15 years of substantive legal experience. Such experience should include working on matters concerning federal agency operations and major financial transactions. Your resume must reflect evidence of experience in leadership, organizational management, analytics, writing, and interpersonal skills that is indicative of senior level management capability; and that are directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the MTQs.Additional informationCurrent or Former Political Appointees:
Pursuant to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) oversight authority under section 1104(b)(2) of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) and section 5.2 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, OPM requires agencies to seek their approval prior to appointing any current or former political appointee to a permanent position (without time limits) in the civil service. A former or recent political appointee is someone who held a political appointment covered by OPM's policy within the previous 5-year period. OPM's oversight in this area safeguards merit system principles as well as fair and open competition free from political influence. If you are currently employed, or have been employed within the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
Please visit the following link for the types of political appointments:Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities:
The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
- Career Transition (ICTAP/CTAP)
- Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments
- Hiring Authorities for Veterans
- People with Disabilities
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.Ethical Standards/Financial Disclosure:
EXIM is committed to the highest ethical standards. As an employee, you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. You will be required to complete new employee ethics training within 3 months of your appointment.
If this position is subject to financial disclosure requirements (either public or confidential depending upon your position), you will be required to complete a new entrant financial disclosure report within 30 days of your appointment.Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:
These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80
or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information, please click here .