Attorney-Advisor (General)

Washington, D.C
Jun 13, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Full Time


This position is in the Office of the Director, Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB), in the Office of the Chief of Staff. The incumbent provides legal advice and guidance in consultation with the General Law & Ethics office of the Legal Division in the strategic area of managing Bureau documents for use by the Director and for external publication, and takes a leading role in managing relationships with Bureau staff regarding issues of mutual concern.

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As an Attorney-Adviser and Assistant Executive Secretary, you will:
  • Provide legal expertise as assistant to the Executive Secretary in managing interagency coordination of issues that directly affect the Director. Coordinate with CFPB subject-matter experts and internal representatives to research legal and other issues in which there are significant areas of disagreement. Assign actions to CFPB offices and maintain close follow-up to ensure completion;
  • Play a key role in managing the clearance processes for publication of external documents, including speeches, web content, testimony before Congress, press releases, and documents for publication in the Federal Register . Provide guidance, research, and legal reviews of documents for conformance with stated strategic objectives and policies, anticipating and resolving potential problems or inconsistencies;
  • Under the supervision of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent is responsible for the Petition to Modify or Set Aside Confidential Investigative Demands process, including accepting the electronically filed petitions, making the initial determination whether or not the petition seeks relief on available grounds pursuant to 12 CFR 1080.6(d), assigning a docket number and docketing the petition, notifying the petitioner of any Decisions and Orders, and coordinating with the Legal Division and other stakeholders as necessary.
  • As approved by the Executive Secretary, develop written legal work products and prepare final drafts of letters, memoranda, white papers, etc., on sensitive critical matters that communicate the Bureau's and the Director's views, philosophies, or position to external parties. Prepare briefing materials in advance of the Director's or Chief of Staff's participation in meetings or appointments with outside groups. Based on knowledge of the Director's priorities and interests, assess available information, determine adequacy, and gather pertinent background information. Conduct independent research to collect, compile, analyze and present information or work with staff members to develop material, and ensure these materials meet standards for clarity, conciseness, and are consistent with established strategic objectives.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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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.
Key Requirements:
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • A Public Trust background investigation will be required

  • Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
    1. Law Degree: Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B., J.D. or equivalent.

    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.

    3. For the CN-53:
    • Three (3) years of related legal experience. Such experience must include experience as a licensed attorney in order to be creditable, (Law Clerk experience is not qualifying for the experience requirements); OR
    • Twelve (12) months of specialized experience at the CN-52 level (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.
    Specialized Experience for the CN-53: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, or equivalent, that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.
      Research and analytical experience, public policy experience, experience writing legal findings and/or legal policy, and experience communicating with senior management.
    • Experience in the areas specified in the Job Summary section of this announcement is strongly desired.


    Education Requirements:

    Law Degree:
    Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B., J.D. or equivalent.

    The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

    You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent.

    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 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • We offer opportunities for telework.
    • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
    • 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, employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (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. Regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys. Applicants may review the Bureau ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Bureau Ethics Office at .
    • A trial period may be required.
    • Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau determines the salary offer for each selectee based primarily on three key factors:
    • The selectee's directly related experience at the same level as the position
    • The selectee's overall experience in a particular industry or area
    • The salaries of other Bureau employees in similar positions and with similar levels of experience.

    We also take the selectee's skill set into account. Applicants should note that salary offers seldom fall near the upper end of the salary range as listed in this vacancy announcement. Salary may be set from the minimum of the salary range to the midpoint of the salary range. In some instances, based on a selectee's extensive experience directly related to the position, salary may be set at or above the mid-point up to the maximum salary for that band level. See information on our base pay ranges and salary structure.

    Our comprehensive benefits are among the most generous in the federal government. They include:- Challenging and rewarding work benefiting American consumers - Opportunities for development and advancement- Comprehensive Federal health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs- Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:

    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.

    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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses (if applicable), 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). Please ensure all required documents, as stated in this announcement, are attached to your application package.

    All applicants are required to submit a résumé 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 résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .
    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. 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. 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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