Attorney-Adviser (Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy)

Washington, D.C
Apr 15, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Enforcement. The incumbent serves as Senior Counsel providing expert legal advice regarding CFPB's oversight and enforcement of Federal laws.

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As an Attorney-Adviser (Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy), you will:
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the CFPB and the Office of Enforcement's strategic plan and priorities;
  • Identify and evaluate emerging business trends and their potential risks and benefits to consumers and businesses to aid in the establishment of enforcement and Bureau priorities; identify, recommend and implement opportunities for investigation and enforcement activity, including joint activity with states and other regulatory agencies;
  • Serve as a key point of contact for consumer advocacy groups, industry stakeholders, consumer protection, and law enforcement officials regarding CFPB's enforcement efforts;
  • Prepare reports and other documents for both internal use and public release regarding the status, progress and future of CFPB enforcement activities and objectives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 days per month

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • Public Trust Background investigation will be required.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

PLEASE NOTE: Experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.


Minimum Qualifications per CFPB Attorney Policy:

1. Law Degree: Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with a Professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.)

2. Bar Membership: Applicants must be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Specialized Experience: For the CN-71 you must have:
  • Seven (7) years of legal experience. Such experience must include experience as a licensed attorney in order to be creditable. At least one (1) year of this experience must be at or equivalent to the band CN-60 (GS-14). (Law Clerk experience may not be qualifying for the experience requirements -To be qualifying experience, Law Clerkships must be post law school.) OR;
  • You must have thirty six (36) months of specialized experience at the CN-60 level (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.


Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Bureau.
- All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
- Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- This position is eligible for bargaining unit representation.

- Subject to a trial period is required (unless already completed).
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

Ethics: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at . In addition, Bureau employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee's spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by the Bureau. BCFP's regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys. Applicants may review the Bureau's ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at . Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Bureau Ethics Office at .

- We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements. The following questions are for information gathering purposes only.

- Veterans preference is not applied but considered a positive factor.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements. The following questions are for information gathering purposes only.

Veterans preference is not applied but considered a positive factor.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). Please ensure all required documents, including your resume, cover letter, and Veteran's preference documentation (if applicable) as stated in this announcement, are attached to your application package.

1. Your resume must identify the law school from which you graduated and include your bar membership information. Your resume must also demonstrate how you meet at least the minimum qualifications for this position, as well as the specialized experience requirements of the position.

2. VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Compensably disabled preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at the OPM Forms Page. For more information on veteran's preference, click here .

3. 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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