Case Manager (Attorney)

Washington, D.C
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 29, 2020
Full Time


The Office of the Secretary compiles and maintains the Commission's official records, including petitions, briefs and other legal documents. Under the direction of the Secretary, the office issues Commission notices, reports and orders, and it schedules and participates in all Commission meetings and hearings.
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  • Serves as a central point of contact for guidance on 19 U.S.C. §1337 and Commission Rules and Regulations as they pertain to matters of legal procedure and the official record of the Commission.
  • Maintains assigned case information in a publicly accessible investigation database and an electronic docketing system by researching, reviewing, and analyzing legal documents to ensure accurate and accessible information for Commission, private parties, and the general public.
  • Works with supervisors to develop reports and perform analysis using the information contained in the Commission's 337 investigation database and electronic docket.
  • Consults with and advises senior legal and technical staff in identifying and resolving a variety of technical and legal issues in complex filing scenarios.
  • Drafts memoranda for senior legal staff detailing complex filing or confidential breach scenarios.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
  • You must provide proof of your Bar membership
  • You may be required to serve a two-year probationary period
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service


You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has not issued qualification standards for attorney positions. However, USITC sets minimum qualifications for attorney positions and sets forth these qualifications in each vacancy announcement.

Minimum Qualifications - All Applicants:

(1) Possession of the first professional law degree: J.D. or LL.B from an American Bar Association law school, or equivalent training. Equivalent training is training permitted in some states in lieu of attendance at a law school. To be acceptable, this training must be of the kind and nature required by the state in which the bar exam is taken. To prove possession of the same, you are required to submit a copy of your transcript as part of your application package.

(2) Admission to the Bar to practice law in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Grade 9 Qualification Requirements:

Satisfaction of the above minimum requirements meets all requirements to qualify at the grade 9 level.

Grade 11 Qualification Requirements:

In addition to the GS-9 requirements above, you must have one of the following to qualify at the GS-11 level:
  • Superior achievement in legal education as evidenced by: (a) Academic standing in the upper third of law school graduating class; (b) work or significant involvement on law review or international journal; (c) election to the Order of the COIF or equivalent honors for academic excellence; (d) significant involvement in advanced moot court competition; (e) judicial clerkship; (f) a graduate legal degree (LLM); or, (g) other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement; OR
  • At least one year of significant experience in international trade, customs or intellectual property work (legal or non-legal), such as work for a government agency involved in trade, international organizations involved in trade, or patent development; OR
  • At least one year of significant business experience relevant to the work of this position which includes areas such as: independently analyzing legal documents and identifying non-compliant filings to ensure compliance with all regulations and achieving resolution for the record; serving as a central point of contact for supervisors and other internal offices to provide proper guidance in complex filing scenarios; drafting legal memoranda for purposes of detailing discreet incidents or making recommendations to senior officials; extensive legal document analysis skills used to maintain investigation data for office use and for distribution to the public via online docketing system and publicly accessible database; independently interfacing with internal and external customers to resolve technical filing issues; OR
  • Undergraduate or post-graduate study in an area relevant to the Commission's work, such as international trade, economics, engineering, physical sciences, finance or business.
  • You will be required to submit proof of your Bar membership as part of your application package to show that you meet this requirement. Any offer is contingent on receipt of a letter or certificate of good standing for each bar of which the applicant is an active member dated within 30 days of any offer.

    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.


    Education Requirement:
    All applicants must possess a first professional law degree: J.D. or LL.B from an American Bar Association Law School, or equivalent training. Equivalent training is training permitted in some states in lieu of attendance at a law school. To be acceptable, this training must be of the kind and nature required by the state in which the bar exam is taken. A copy of your transcript(s) is required to show proof that you meet this requirement. Please see the Required Documents section of the announcement for more specific information.

    Additional information

    Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit:

    Excepted service appointments: This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer rights to permanent Civil Service status.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

    Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx:

    Assessment Question:

    Vacancy ID number: EX-21-004-PSS

    Reasonable accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    The self-assessment questions are related to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies (KSA's). You do not have to respond to the KSA's.
    • Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and policies pertaining to the processing of documents.
    • Knowledge of basic legal research techniques in order to research legal issues of moderate complexity.
    • Skill in the use of electronic file management and demonstrated ability to implement, operate and document data automation system(s).
    • Skill in tactfully dealing with others, including senior officials, and in the application of mature judgment to recognize, evaluate and analyze problems and implement solutions.
    • Oral and written communication skills sufficient to organize, prepare and communicate legal guidance, training materials and related correspondence to a wide audience, including the legal community.
    Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions.

    Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    f referred all relevant documents submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

    Your experience is also evaluated using an assessment questionnaire, which is available at the following link:

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11/30/2020

    1. Resume: Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.

    2. Occupational questionnaire: A completed job-specific occupational questionnaire should be submitted through your Application Manager account.

    3. Proof of Bar Membership: Documentation must show that you are a member of the Bar of a state, territory or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. If you are made an offer, you must submit a Certificate of Good Standing dated within 30 days of the offer.

    4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles.
    You must submit the following documents:
    a copy of your agency notice;
    a copy of your most recent performance rating; and
    a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location

    5. Cover Letter. This is optional.

    6. SF-50. current and former federal employees must submit a copy of an SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," which documents your highest permanent grade/step/salary held. Award SF-50s typically don't contain your grade/step/salary.

    7. Performance Appraisal. if you're a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months. If you do not have one, you must submit a statement.

    8. Veterans' Preference. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney positions, which are in the excepted service; however, the Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor in the hiring of all positions. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include such information in their cover letter, or resume, and submit supporting documents (e.g. DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) as part of their application package. Although the point preference system is not used as in the competitive service, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15), and documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed, as listed on the SF-15. Specific information is available on the Office of Personnel Management website at:

    9. Transcripts. (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or Substitution of Education for specialized experience): You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education . Another listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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