Chief Counsel for Economic Development Administration (Excepted Service)

Washington D.C.
Mar 20, 2019
Mar 20, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Financial Disclosure OGE-450 filing within 30 days is required.
  • Must possess a J.D or LL.B degree from an accredited law school.
  • Must be registered for selective service, if applicable (
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship if selected for this position. Dual citizens must be prepared to relinquish foreign citizenship in order to receive a clearance. Applicants must meet requirements by 11:59pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement.  Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

    Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance and/or moderate risk background investigation.

    General Requirements:

    Applicants must also meet these minimum qualifications:

    For GS-15: J.D. degree, bar membership in good standing, and five years of professional attorney experience.

    Applicants must meet the General Professional Experience requirements set forth above and the below grade-specific specialized experience by the closing date of the announcement. Specialized experience equips applicants with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. These standards also will be used to determine whether an employee has met the criteria needed for future promotions.

    SPECIALIZED SKILLS For GS-15 Applicant must demonstrate advanced expert experience:

    Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government. For this position, specialized experience is experience:Serving as lead legal officer supervising a legal team within an agency or sub-agency or leading a program office responsible for administering grants or cooperative agreements;Independently devising legal and regulatory policies for grants;Independently operate at a senior policy making level providing legal and business context to senior leadership.

    Applicants may be hired at any of the grades shown in this announcement.

    MANDATORY: Applicants must possess a professional law degree, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an ABA-accredited school and provide proof of an active bar membership in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.

    This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.

    Veterans' Preference Information:  No formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Commerce considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include the information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documents to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documents required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit OPM website,  for a copy of SF 15,which lists the types of 10-point preference and required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documents associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

    The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: 1) 30% or more disabled veteran - Veterans Services, Vet Guide  2) Persons with disabilities - Individuals with Disabilities

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

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

    Please be advised that Office of the Secretary Attorney positions are in the Excepted Service. As such, these positions are not covered by the usual civil service hiring procedures. There are no numerical rating systems through which to apply veterans preference; however, the Office of the Secretary favorably considers veterans preference eligibility in hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume, and to attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD Form-214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

    Basis for evaluation: If eligible and meeting basic qualifications, your application package will be evaluated in conjunction with your résumé and supporting documents for the required knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of this position:

    • Knowledge of international trade and investment agreements and relevant federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures in research, analysis, and effectively advising regarding complex areas of Federal law, including relating to negotiation and implementation of such agreements, specifically as related to international intellectual property rights.
    • Knowledge of administrative law.
    • Ability to conduct and direct complex legal research on domestic and international legal issues, including analyze problems, documents and proposed courses of action.
    • Ability to identify client objectives and legal issues involved.
    • Skill in researching and interpreting pertinent laws, regulations, and precedents and formulating well-researched and well-reasoned advice that is responsive to client needs.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse clients on varied and complex topics in writing clearly, concisely and persuasively, 
    • Ability to analyze and explain complex legal issues.
    • Ability to organize work effectively to meet established deadlines and priorities.

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    Drug test required No

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