Associate General Counsel (Policy)

Washington D.C.
May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019
Full Time

Not required

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 eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the Basic Requirements and the Experience Requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. Please provide a copy of your unofficial transcripts with your application.

    Basic Requirements:

    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 the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or territory of the United States.

    In addition to meeting both of the Basic Requirements above, you must meet the experience requirement:

    At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience as a practicing attorney. At least one year of this experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-15 level (or equivalent) supervising staff, programs, and the policy area of an office. This must include activities such as: (1) participating in formulating and implementing policies and programs for an office's overall responsibilities such as personnel and budget; (2) supervising the preparation of all memoranda, advisory opinions, notices of rulemaking, draft regulations and other matters requiring interpretation of law; (3) supervising administrative staff, staff attorneys, and paralegals; (4) conducting extensive research and analyzing complex legal issues where no guiding precedent may exist; and (5) advising senior leadership on a wide range of policy issues that may impact new or revised statutes, advisory opinions or rules and regulations.

    In addition, you must provide a cover letter (up to 2 pages) describing your experience/accomplishments with the specific leadership competencies identified below.
    • Manage and Direct Work: Supervises staff; performs the full range of human resources management functions; provides executive and managerial direction in the development of legal initiatives and related policies.
    • Legal Writing: Writes clear, concise, and persuasive legal documents.
    We recommend your cover letter include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the functions, activities, or services you managed; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed, and the results of your actions. We also recommend using the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) model to describe your accomplishments.
    • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
    • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
    • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
    • Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization.
    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website.

    Part-time or unpaid experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    Volunteer or unpaid 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 qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Are you using your education to qualify? You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Foreign education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here. You must provide translated transcripts.

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

    If you receive a tentative offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    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.

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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.

    You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    • Policy
    • Legal Writing
    • Manage and Direct Work
    • Legal Analysis
    • Oral Communication

    Read more Security clearance Not Required

    Drug test required No

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