Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (International)

Washington, D.C
Feb 23, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
Full Time


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As a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (International) you will:

Provide legal analysis and advice with respect to regulatory initiatives of United States financial regulatory authorities and international bodies and foreign regulatory agencies.

Participate in negotiations with high level officials at such U.S. and foreign financial regulatory agencies and international bodies and to represent the CFTC's Office of International Affairs (OIA) before the Commission, in contacts with members of the industry and with the general public.

International Financial Regulatory Initiatives of U.S. Agencies. Assist in maintaining regular contact with high-level officials at United States government financial regulatory agencies such as, among others, the U.S. Treasury and Securities and Exchange Commission, for the purpose of identifying and analyzing international initiatives and bi-lateral country dialogues that affect the financial and capital regulation of United States derivatives markets and intermediaries.

Foreign Financial Regulatory Initiatives. Identify, monitors and analyzes financial and capital regulatory initiatives or changes in basic legislation of foreign government agencies and organizations such as, but not limited to, the European Union, IOSCO, and the FSB.

Analyze and evaluating on behalf of OIA the impact and importance of such financial regulatory initiatives on the Commission's programs and regulations, such as analyzing the development of, and evaluating the effect of European Union financial legislation and implementing regulations and technical standards and on the cross-border activities of U.S. market participants markets and intermediaries, and recommending policies or other Commission responses to such initiatives or new legislation.

Other duties. Undertake special projects, such as representing the office within IOSCO and FSB standing committees or task forces, explaining Commission and OIA programs to foreign delegations, responding to public inquiries regarding international initiatives, commenting on Commission rule proposals, providing support upon request to other agency offices and divisions by reviewing proposed actions, consulting on foreign developments and accompany other CFTC staff on due diligence missions with respect to programs that require on-site meetings with foreign regulatory personnel.

In addition, provides guidance and direction to OIA staff who may be assigned to assist in carrying out these responsibilities in the areas of:
  • International Financial Regulatory Initiatives of U.S. Agencies
  • Foreign Financial Regulatory Initiatives.

As a Supervisor, you will need to review, revise and edit work product of staff under tight deadlines. Provide feedback on staff work product and develop programs to train staff. Work on matters pertaining to the management of OIA, including meeting reporting requirements to Division of Administration and the Chairman's Office and understanding and communicating internal Commission policies relevant to OIA.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Must complete one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
  • You may be subject to a two year trial period.

Bar Membership: Currently an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as JD and Bar membership information (institution name, state for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will result in an incomplete application .


CT-15: You must have at least 5 successful years of legal practice, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of a legal position. You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the CT-14 level in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience must include:

•Demonstrated skill in research and analysis of sophisticated legal issues, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills.

•Knowledge of commodities or related law and regulations, international law, financial markets, corporate law, and general administrative law.

• Knowledge of derivatives markets, including futures, options, and swap markets, and clearing for these markets.


Education: Successful completion of a full course of study (JD) in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Additional information

Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Trial Period. You will be subject to a two year trial period.

Supervisory/Managerial Trial Period. You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period, if applicable.

EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

*This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions.*

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This job is being filled under a Schedule A hiring authority 5 CFR 213.3102and is excepted from the competitive civil service. You will be evaluated and deemed either eligible or ineligible based on the relevance and quality of your experience and education, bar membership, and on the desired qualifications described above. All eligible applicants will be further evaluated by subject-matter experts.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

  • Resume citing relevant experience.
  • JD and Bar membership details.
  • Transcripts (may be unofficial).
  • Writing sample, illustrating relevant experience

Optional Documents
  • Cover letter

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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