Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (General) (Assistant Chief Counsel Foreign Assets Control)

Washington, D.C
May 02, 2021
May 06, 2021
Full Time


This position is assigned to the Office of the Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control) (OCC), which is located within the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence (E&I). Under the direction of the Chief Counsel, the Assistant Chief Counsel serves primarily as a manager of professional staff attorneys of OCC and a legal advisor to the Director and staff of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

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As a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (General), you will:
- Serve as the front-line supervisor of a number of OCC's professional staff attorneys (and, if and as directed by the Chief Counsel, non-attorney staff members) in support of OFAC;
- Help to lead the planning, oversight, and execution of OCC's programs and operations, in furtherance of achieving its goals in support of OFAC;
- Handle a wide range of complex and cutting-edge factual, legal, and policy matters of national significance arising from Treasury's efforts to counter existing and emerging threats to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. Perform legal research and provide legal conclusions and counsel through briefings, presentations, and legal decision memoranda. Prepare or review proposed legislation, regulations, Executive orders, and policy documents impacting Treasury's national security and enforcement authorities. Coordinate with partners in other Treasury components, the interagency, and when appropriate, the private sector on national security and enforcement matters of mutual interest;
- Provide legal advice and assistance in support of Treasury's critical and far-reaching mission to enhance national security by implementing economic sanctions against foreign threats to the U.S., identifying and targeting the financial support networks of national security threats, and improving the safeguards of our financial systems. Analyze, interpret, and apply a wide range of legal authorities related to Treasury's national security and enforcement missions, including but not limited to: the International Emergency Economic Powers Act; the Trading with the Enemy Act; the National Emergencies Act; the United Nations Participation Act; the Administrative Procedure Act and administrative law; the Freedom of Information Act; the Privacy Act; and separation-of-powers and other constitutional law doctrines; and
- With the Assistant General Counsel for E&I, the Chief Counsel, and other Legal Division leadership, provide counsel to policymakers in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and to other officials on the broad range of issues that arise in marshalling Treasury's intelligence and enforcement functions to safeguard the financial system against illicit use and combat rogue nations, terrorist facilitators, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferators, money launderers, drug kingpins, and other national security threats. Perform legal review of documents and briefing material for senior policymakers, and accurately identify potential issues for senior Treasury Office of General Counsel leadership.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel - Sporadic domestic and international travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience for the GS-15: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal service. The expectation for selection for grade GS-15 will be at least the following: 12 months of pertinent legal experience at the GS-14 (or equivalent). For this position, specialized experience is described as experience at the next lower grade (or equivalent) in the following areas of responsibility:
- Providing legal advice on economic sanctions, litigation, Constitutional and administrative law, law related to international finance and commercial transactions, laws and ethical requirements governing federal agencies and employees, or matters of similar scope and complexity.

This experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a pro-rated basis.


Applicants must:

(1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with a LL.B., J.D. or equivalent;
(2) be an active member in good standing of the bar in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia; and
(3) have at least 12 months of pertinent legal experience, which may include, for example, the private practice of law, practice in a government legal office, or a judicial clerkship.

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • We may offer opportunities for telework.
  • We may offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

- A one-year supervisory or managerial probationary period may be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation and maintain the requisite eligibility for access to classified information.
- Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information level clearance.
- 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.
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
- Undergo an income tax verification.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

: You will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. All candidates who meet the basic requirements listed above will be considered best qualified applicants and may be sent forward to the selecting official. All application materials and interviews, if conducted, will be used in the final evaluation and selection process.

Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service, but the Office of General Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. 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 the dates of service and type of discharge.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any 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). Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

All applicants
are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans' preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: You are not required to submit transcripts for this initial phase of the application process. Candidates will be referred for consideration based on their self-certification. If you are selected for a position which has a positive education requirement (as described in the vacancy announcement) and/or you are qualifying solely on your education, you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency, if you are selected. Refer to the OPM instructions .

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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