Assistant General Counsel (Litigation)

Washington D.C.
Nov 21, 2018
Nov 21, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • 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.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • You may be required to provide a law school transcript to verify that you meet the qualification requirements of this position.
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.

    A. Education: Possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.


    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.


    C. Experience: You must have at least 4 years of progressively responsible professional experience working as a practicing attorney, including at least one year comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-14 level which involved a mastery of complex litigation and thorough understanding of the Federal courts and their operations and procedures. This experience must include activities such as: (1) planning and conducting pre-trial activities such as investigations, fact analysis, drafting motions, discovery, depositions, etc.; (2) negotiating settlements; (3) developing strategies and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish projects or cases; (4) providing guidance and direction to other attorneys and/or administrative staff, and (5) making oral presentations of legal arguments or results of legal research/analysis.

    In addition, you must provide a cover letter summarizing your competencies in the following areas:
    1. Litigation: Experience with all aspects of district court and appellate litigation, including drafting of briefs and other filings; drafting written discovery and taking depositions; negotiating settlements; developing case and appellate strategy; and presenting oral arguments. (Progressive development and achievement should be reflected.)
    2. Legal Writing: Ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively, particularly when complex legal issues are involved, and to edit and review the written work of other attorneys.
    3. Communication - both written and oral - including the ability to have productive relationships with colleagues and others within and outside an organization.
    4. Organizing and Coordinating: Experience organizing projects or cases, working with teams, or directing other attorneys in litigation matters.
    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. Where relied on to meet the experience requirements, 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 relevant qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    FEC offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; defined-benefit 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; episodic telework; or transportation subsidies.

    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 formal veterans preference point system is not used, applicants eligible for a veterans' preference must submit the documentation applicable to the claimed preference category.

    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, if needed.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the announcement closes, we will conduct a review of your application package to verify your eligibility and qualifications. If you are found qualified, your application will move forward to additional phases of the review process which will determine the best qualified candidates. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

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