Arlington, Virginia
Jul 22, 2021
Jul 30, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the US Trade and Development Agency. The incumbent serves as an Assistant General Counsel, with responsibility for providing guidance in support of USTDA's administration and operations as it implements its statutory mandate to provide U.S. private sector participation in economic development projects throughout the world.
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  • Provides legal advice and counsel to senior leadership on administrative and regulatory matters affecting the Agency's operation and provides legal counsel to ensure Agency compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.
  • Monitors and advises on legislation and issues affecting the Agency's appropriations and authorization legislation, dealing with both operations and foreign assistance funding.
  • Manages the public and confidential financial disclosure reporting requirements, reviews the financial disclosure reports for conflicts of interest and compliance with government ethics rules, and provides guidance to resolve any conflicts.
  • Supports the Designated Agency Ethics Official in all aspects of the Agency ethics program.
  • Represents the Agency in the negotiation and litigation of contract disputes, to include bid protests before the General Accounting Office (GAO).
  • Prepares and presents the Agency's case in administrative actions, providing technical guidance to Agency officials before, during, and after the proceedings.
  • Conducts legal research and provides counsel on appropriation and fiscal law questions as they pertain to contracts, grants, and other legal instruments executed by the Agency.
  • Provides legal counsel and guidance on the use of appropriated funds, consistent with Appropriations Law, Comptroller General's opinions, and other applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Manages the FOIA program for the Agency and provides legal counsel to the Chief FOIA Officer and other Agency officials on the FOIA matters. Reviews and responds to requests under the FOIA.
  • Provides legal advice on the Privacy Act.
  • Interprets federal statutes and regulations and provides legal counsel on a wide-range of administrative matters. Prepares legal documents, written guidance and advisory opinions for personnel of the Agency.
  • Drafts and/or reviews proposed Agency policies, procedures, reports, and other documents for legal soundness and accuracy.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Background and security investigation for Secret or Top Secret Clearance.


The following qualifications are required:

1. Your resume must demonstrate that you possess:
  • A minimum of three years post J.D./LL.B (or an LL.M.) legal experience in one or more of the following areas: administrative law, including, but limited to, government ethics, appropriation and fiscal law, government contracts and acquisitions under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, employment law, and financial and information technology management, are essential to the position.
  • Skill in research and analysis of complex legal issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience drafting agreements for transactions, memoranda of law, regulatory documents, or corporate legal documents.
  • Possession and application of strong negotiating, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience addressing legal and factual issues for which there are limited precedents and that require balancing of conflicting or competing interests.
  • Experience performing routine legal assignments independently.
  • Experience independently managing caseloads and completing activities within established schedules.
2. You must be an active member in good standing of the Bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

3. You must be a U.S. citizen in order to qualify for this position.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Foreign Legal Education: Education completed in a foreign college or university may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof that the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to those gained in an ABA Accredited U.S. legal education program. U.S. citizenship is required for this position.


If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or 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.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

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, visit:

Additional information

Telework Suitability:
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

Stipulations of Employment:
Selection for this position may require serving a 1 or 2 year trial period.

If selected, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).

Applicants must be eligible to obtain and keep a security clearance. Appointment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Work Schedule:
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

Veterans Preference:
USTDA is not required to apply Veterans Preference in filling this Excepted Service position. However, the agency will follow the principles of Veterans Preference to the extent administratively feasible. Applicants eligible for Veterans Preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume, and attach supporting documentation to their submissions (e.g., DD-214 Form, SF-15, or other substantiating documents).

TDA uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

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:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once this announcement closes, applications will be reviewed to ensure all required documentation has been received. Applicants who "self-certify" that they meet the minimum qualification standards, selective placement factors (if applicable) and other eligibility requirements as well as providing the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will be referred to the selecting official who may conduct their own assessment for further consideration and interviews. NOTE: Veterans' Preference does not apply to this position.

The selectee's eligibility will be verified prior to extending a tentative job offer. After making a tentative job offer, all preemployment and suitability requirements will be conducted prior to a final job offer.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following:
  • Resume, which include work experience, training, education, and any awards relevant to the qualifications and requirements of the position.
  • Cover letter (desired, but not required).
  • Law School transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or if this position has a basic education requirement.
  • List of references who may be contacted with your permission.
  • Certification of Bar membership: proof that you are a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If applicable, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. Failure to provide this documentation may result in a non preference determination. For more information on veterans' preference (see ). It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP and ICTAP visit:

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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