The Federal Election Commission is an independent agency with exclusive jurisdiction over the administration, interpretation, and civil enforcement of the Federal Election Campaign Act, which requires disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures by candidates for Federal office and committees supporting those candidates, and imposes limitations on the amount and sources of such contributions. The FEC also administers the federal programs that provide public funding to qualified candidates for President and Vice President. By ensuring that the campaign finance process is fully disclosed and the rules are effectively and fairly enforced, the Commission seeks to foster the electorate's confidence in the integrity of the nation's political process. Legal work regularly involves important and complex issues implicating the First Amendment. The FEC is headed by six Commissioners, no more than three of whom may represent the same political party, who are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) has approximately 120 personnel including over 70 attorneys, as well as investigators, paralegal specialists, docket technicians, administrative assistants, and secretaries. OGC supports the FEC's role of regulating the financial aspects of political campaigns for Federal office by directing FEC enforcement activities, representing the Commission in litigation, interpreting the FECA, and advising the Commission on legal matters brought before it. The position is located in OGC's Enforcement Division.
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All qualification requirements, including time-in-grade, must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.(Note: proof of bar membership will be required before entry on duty).
Applicant must possess a J.D. Degree
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.
GS-13: Applicants must have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal government. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is the applicant must have two years of experience as a practicing attorney with knowledge of election law, constitutional law, or administrative law is desirable, but not required, and should be highlighted in the cover letter or resume.
GS-14: Applicants must have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal government. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is the applicant must have three years of experience as a practicing attorney with knowledge of election law, constitutional law, or administrative law is desirable, but not required, and should be highlighted in the cover letter or resume.
NOTE: After appointment to FEC at the GS-13 level, the employee must serve 18 months at the GS-13 level in order to be eligible for promotion to the GS-14.
Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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.
Applicant must possess a J.D. Degree and be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association.
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.
Please provide a cover letter of at least two pages summarizing the evidence of the below statements in your resume.
Applicants that do not provide a cover letter addressing the below statements will not receive consideration and will be deemed ineligible for this position.
1. Describe your ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively, with particular emphasis on the ability to analyze and explain complex legal issues. (this ability is an essential requirement of the position and will be heavily weighed when making final selection for the position).
2.Give at least two examples reflecting your skill at orally communicating complex legal principles succinctly and clearly.
3. Describe your ability to conduct investigations, particularly taking depositions, drafting formal and informal written discovery, conducting witness interviews, and develop investigative plans.
4. Describe your ability to draft and negotiate settlement agreements and developing negotiation strategy.
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The incumbent serves as an Attorney in the Enforcement Division in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) at the Federal Election Commission. Attorneys assigned to the Enforcement Division shoulder substantial responsibility for the prosecution of cases assigned to them.
Typical duties may include:
- Write reports and briefs and make oral presentations to the Commission in support of recommended actions.
- Conduct investigations that include interviews, depositions, and preparation of subpoenas for document production.
- Negotiate the resolution of their cases directly with counsel for respondents.