Associate General Counsel for Enforcement

Washington, D.C
May 14, 2021
May 16, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Enforcement Division, Office of General Counsel (OGC) at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The Enforcement Division is responsible for overall enforcement of the FECA, with the exception of administrative fines, disclosure reports that are filed late or not at all and matters that are handled within the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office.

This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.

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As the Associate General Counsel for Enforcement in this position, you will:
  • Oversee the work of several enforcement teams, each headed by an Assistant General Counsel as well as the Deputy Associates and Special Counsel.
  • Accountable for monitoring and evaluating the progress of the division toward meeting goals, and for making adjustments in program operations to ensure effective coordination, legal analysis, decision-making, and office administration.
  • Oversee the development of enforcement policies and procedures, as well as evaluating the impact of these policies and procedures on improving operations.
  • Provide technical and managerial leadership to teams headed by Assistant General Counsels responsible for compliance and investigative activities involving civil enforcement.
  • Analyze complex legal issues having to do with federal campaign finance law, including regulatory and constitutional issues.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • 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 education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. A copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

Basic Requirements:

A. A law degree (J.D or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.


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


Minimum Qualifications:

Your resume must include evidence of the following experience, including dates.

You must have 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience working as a practicing attorney in any of the following duty areas: compliance, litigation, investigations, civil or criminal law enforcement, regulations/policy, or other similar areas. At least one year of this experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-15 level. This must include activities such as: (1) conducting extensive legal research of policies, regulations, and/or compliance questions, including researching precedent or opinions bearing on a legal issue; (2) managing, organizing, and planning work activities for a program or program area; (3) providing guidance in establishing the course and conduct of investigations; (4) testifying and presenting in proceedings and other hearings, trials, and depositions; and (5) analyzing complex legal issues having to do with campaign finance law, including regulatory and constitutional issues.

In addition, you must provide a cover letter describing your experience with the competencies identified below:

Compliance and Investigative Experience - Explain your compliance and investigative experience in civil or criminal law enforcement.

Leadership -- Ability to influence, motivate, and challenge others and to adapt your leadership style to a variety of situations. Ability to supervise staff and to perform the full range of human resources, as well as providing direction in the development of legal initiatives and related policies.

Legal Writing/Analysis -- Ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively, particularly when complex legal issues are involved, and to edit and review the written work of other attorneys. Ability to research, analyze, and explain complex legal issues involving constitutional, jurisdictional, and other relevant matters.

Communication -- Ability to communicate - both written and oral - including the ability to have productive relationships with colleagues and others within and outside the agency.

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.

Additional information

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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 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:

  • Communication
  • Compliance and Investigative Experience
  • Leadership
  • Legal Writing/Analysis

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume listing hours worked per week, dates of employment (month/year) and duties performed for each position held.
  • Cover Letter addressing the competencies in the Qualifications section above.
  • Unofficial law school transcripts to verify you meet the educational requirements of this position. All applicants are required to submit unofficial law school transcripts prior to the closing of this announcement. If selected for this position you will be required to submit official law school transcripts upon entry into duty.
  • Copy of Bar Membership
  • Veterans documents (if applicable): DD-214 including character of service, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days, and if applicable, SF-15 Form, VA letter, or other documentation required by that form.

  • 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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