General Counsel

Trade and Development Agency
Arlington, VA
Sep 12, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
Accountant, IT
Full Time
SummaryThe General Counsel has overall responsibility for the Agency's legal program including: serving as legal and policy advisor to the Director, as member of the Agency's executive leadership team, managing the Office of General Counsel, providing professional direction to legal staff, acting as the final legal authority on Agency matters, and representing the Agency in various forums with other federal agencies, Congress, international organizations, foreign governments, and business community. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Provides expert advice and counsel to the USTDA Director and Deputy Director on legal and policy questions affecting the mission and conduct of the Agency. Provides advice on the legal implications of contemplated actions, frequently of an unprecedented or emergent nature, indicating the possible courses of action and consequences of such action. Participates in the overall formulation, program planning, and development of policies and procedures which affect all aspects of the Agency's mission and operations. Serves as the legal representative of the Director with authority to convey to US government and foreign officials, as well as to other external bodies, the policies or direction the USTDA is taking on important matters. Interprets agreements to which USTDA is a party, as well as all statutory laws, including the Foreign Assistance Act, as amended, and other legislation affecting the Agency. Manages the Office of the General Counsel and supervises a professional staff of subordinate attorneys. Serves as the Acting Agency Director in the absence of the Director and Deputy Director. Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory status Yes Promotion Potential 00 Job family (Series) 0905 Attorney Similar jobs Attorneys Help Requirements 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 Top Secret Clearance. Qualifications Mandatory Qualifications:In order to meet the minimum qualifications for the General Counsel position, individuals must:Have an LL. B or JD degree or higher from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).Have been admitted to the Bar and be authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Have had experience as a licensed practicing attorney; at least one year of such experience being the equivalent to practicing attorney work at the GS-15 level in the Federal government, and experience of a sufficient scope and quality to be able to effectively carry out the managerial and technical duties of this position listed below.To be considered, all applicants must address each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications listed below in a narrative statement.Technical Qualifications:Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of international transactions (ie, those associated with foreign assistance, international trade, project finance, and/or infrastructure development).Demonstrated ability to interpret US statutes, Executive Orders and regulations relating to US foreign assistance; knowledge of the legal aspects of financing transactions and relevant commercial practices; and knowledge of laws and regulations applicable to the operation of a Federal Agency.Demonstrated ability to serve effectively as a member of the Agency's executive leadership team in ensuring the Agency successfully fulfills its mission.Demonstrated ability to manage a full-service legal organization engaged in the broad range of legal practice (eg, drafting and negotiating contracts and other documents; dispute resolution; litigation; administrative law, including employment, procurement law; and providing legal advice to Agency executives and staff). Inherent in this qualification is the demonstrated ability to assess and prioritize client and organizational needs, and to develop a strategy to communicate, interpret, explain and advocate on complex legal matters which arise in the normal conduct of business.Current or former Senior Executive Service members must submit documentation of their SES status and a narrative statement addressing only the Mandatory Technical Qualifications. Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program, approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and been certified by OPM, you must also submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications.Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):ECQ 1 - Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to the ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.Related Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, VisionECQ 2 - Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.Related Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team BuildingECQ 3 - Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.Related Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical CredibilityECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.Related Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology ManagementECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.Related Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.Graduates of approved SES Candidate Development Programs must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility and a narrative statement addressing only the technical qualifications.Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of the programs managed, program accomplishments, including results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Each Technical Qualification and each ECQ, if required, must be addressed separately and include experience (paid and unpaid), education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities related to each. For assistance in preparing your narratives, refer to the Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications at Narrative statements may not exceed 2 pages for each individual Technical and each individual ECQ. If you exceed these limits, you will not be considered.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 (eg, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. EducationMust posses a law degree (JD or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be admitted to the Bar of a State or the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and be in good standing with a Bar of any of the 50 States, District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Additional informationTelework Suitability:The duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework on a situational or regular/recurring basis with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act as well as agency policy. Stipulations of Employment:Selection may require completion of a 1-year supervisory or managerial probationary period.If selected, you will be required to file, a Financial Disclosure Statement on Standard Form 278 (SF-278).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 is a full-time position.Miscellaneous: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 -verify.This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days. 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: Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.The Agency's Executive Resources Board (ERB) will evaluate your application to determine the degree to which you meet the qualification requirements for this position, based upon the quality and extent of your total experience, education, and accomplishments. The ERB will refer the top candidates to the Director, USTDA. If required, the selectee's ECQs will be submitted to the OPM Qualifications Review Board for review and certification prior to final selection.Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Top Secret Drug test required No Position sensitivity and risk Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk Trust determination process Suitability/Fitness, National security Help Required DocumentsYou must submit the following documents for this vacancy announcement. Failure to submit all required documents will result in loss of consideration for this position.ResumeTechnical Qualifications and ECQ narrative.Supporting Documentation.SF-50: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), and any other SF-50 that verifies status, reinstatement eligibility, tenure, and highest permanent Federal civilian grade held.Note: We do not accept hard copies of application materials. If you submit more than one application package for this vacancy, only the last one submitted will be considered. If you re-submit a package, all application package documents must be re-submitted in order to be considered for the position. If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the US 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 US 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. Help BenefitsA career with the US Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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