Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office
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.
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Applicants must have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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 includes advanced knowledge of negotiation and mediation techniques; expert knowledge of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA); the ability to express complex ideas and issues orally and in writing; and the ability to manage all aspects of a program to meet its goals and objectives.
In addition to meeting the above qualifications, your resume and/or cover letter must provide evidence of your experience in the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):
- Experience in advanced negotiation techniques.
- Experience in non-adversarial means of resolving conflicts
- Experience n working under pressure to meet deadlines with multiple competing priorities.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
- Ability to analyze all facets of a policy issue, exercise judgment and frame feasible and creative options.
Education cannot be substituted for experience at this level.
Time in Grade: Current or prior Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Cover letter is required. Applicant must address ALL of the KSAs listed in the Qualifications sections.(No more than 2 pages please).
Failure to provide a cover letter addressing the above knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will deem you ineligible and you will not receive further consideration for this position.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
This position is located within the Office of Compliance. The FEC established the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office (ADRO) to provide parties in enforcement actions with an alternative method for resolving complaints that have been filed against them or for addressing issues identified in the course of a FEC audit or reporting issues referred from the Reports Analysis Division (RAD). The ADR program is designed to encourage and promote compliance with the federal campaign finance law (FECA) and commission regulations and to reduce the cost of resolving and processing cases by encouraging settlements outside the normal enforcement track of the Commission. The individual will serve as Director of the ADRO and will exercise sole responsibility of the program.
Typical duties may include:
- Promoting, managing, and monitoring the Commission's use of ADR with respect to enforcement matters, and is accountable for initiating, providing direction for, and carrying out broad and complex policy planning and review, and developing long and short term goals and objectives of the program.
- Provides leadership in overseeing the Commission's ADR program; formulating policy guidelines on the application of ADR techniques in civil enforcement and reporting matters; responsible for making greater use of ADR and in designing and executing program evaluation, recordkeeping, reporting functions and achieving set strategic goals. s.
- Ensures that all cases are properly handled through all phases of the ADR process from the initial review of cases for appropriateness, through bilateral negotiation, and if needed, mediation, to resolution.
- Collects and analyzes statistics regarding the ADR process and conducts continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of the Commission's ADR program measuring such factors as: case processing times; amount of cases processed; compliance with settlement terms; and satisfaction of ADR participants.