Senior Policy Specialist, CG-1101-15

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


This position is located in the Division of Complex Institution Supervision and Resolution (CISR), Policy and Data Analytics Branch, of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and provides support in developing resolution strategies under Title II of the DFA, in the event failure under bankruptcy could threaten the financial stability of the United States.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

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  • Interprets and applies applicable FDIC rules and regulations and regulatory guidelines in the development and assessment of policy initiatives.
  • Advises senior management on policies and strategies for the development, review, analysis, and evaluation of resolutions plans associated with large complex financial institutions.
  • Performs a wide variety of analytical, evaluative activities in the development and assessment of FDIC policy related to Title I and Title II.
  • Develops and drafts rulemakings and other legal documents in consultation with the Legal Division pertaining to CISR activities.
  • Prepares materials and provides support in cooperation with the Legal Division for corporate legislative efforts and internal initiatives relating to Title I and Title II.
  • Prepares speeches, testimonies, briefing documents and other materials for the Deputy Director and other senior FDIC officials dealing with large complex financial institutions matters.
  • Responds to correspondence and inquiries from domestic and international regulatory and supervisory personnel, bankers, government officials and members of the public.
  • Maintains cooperative relationships with staff of other Divisions and Offices within the Corporation, officials of other supervisory and regulatory agencies including the OCC, Federal Reserve, CFTC, SEC and Treasury Department, foreign authorities, and representatives of financial institutions and private industry.
  • Leads multi-divisional teams that are cross-divisional and cross-CISR groups.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some overnight travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Registration with the Selective Service.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Employment Conditions.

Completion of Financial Disclosure may be required.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Additional qualifications information can be found here .

To qualify, applicants must have completed at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the CG/GS-14 grade level or above in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as leading or playing a principal role in evaluating policies and strategies affecting financial market utilities; developing or analyzing financial market utilities (e.g. central counterparties) regulatory policies and laws; and/or coordinating related public policy efforts regarding financial stability or resolution related issues for financial market utilities.

Applicants eligible for ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program) must achieve a score of 80 or higher in the online assessment to be determined "well qualified" for this position. For more information, click here .


There is no substitution of education for the experience for this position.

Additional information

There is one position to be filled in either of the three advertised locations.

Writing sample may be conducted at the time of interview.

If selected, you may be required to serve a probationary period.

To read about your rights and responsibilities as an applicant for Federal employment, click here .

The range of pay shown includes base pay plus supplemental locality adjustments. The locality rates for these duty locations range from a low of 21.93% to a high of 47.85%. Pay will vary by grade level and the locality rate for the geographic location where the position is located. For more on FDIC locality rates, click here.

Applicants with status or those eligible under special hiring authorities, should apply under FDIC merit promotion announcement . However, if you desire consideration also under this public non-status announcement, you must apply to both. Status applicants are current permanent Federal employees in the competitive service and former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility.

All United States Citizens.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and the online assessment questionnaire will be reviewed to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements outlined in this announcement. Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make the qualification. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

Your resume will also be evaluated to measure your responses to the assessment questions. If you rated yourself higher on the questionnaire than what is supported by your resume, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected.

If you are found qualified, you will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. These category assignments are a measure of the degree in which your background and responses to the assessment questions match the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed below. Within these categories, candidates eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

The competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) you will be assessed on are listed below:

1. Knowledge of the laws and regulations governing financial institution resolution and receivership or bankruptcy, which may include receivership law, bridge entities, resolution strategies and creditor claims.
2. Knowledge of financial derivatives, complex structured finance activities, and trading-book activities.
3. Skill developing policy related to complex banking supervision, crisis management and recovery/resolution-related matters applicable to banks and/or non-banks.
4. Ability to plan, coordinate, direct and review the work of a team of professionals, and to manage ongoing projects to ensure accuracy and timeliness of results.
5. Knowledge of the following: capital markets, global financial markets, and large complex financial institutions and their operations or laws and regulations governing them.
6. Ability to communicate/respond to complex, controversial and problematic issues.

You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs. Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Failure to provide all of the required documentation as stated in this vacancy announcement, may result in an ineligible determination or may affect your consideration status. Please review the following to determine your eligibility and which document(s) is required to complete your application.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, click here . (Note: Veterans must submit the Member 4 copy of the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - or other copy showing the type of discharge/character of service [e.g., Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions, etc.] along with any other required documents (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, SF-15, etc.) to demonstrate veterans' preference eligibility.)

INTERAGENCY TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the ICTAP, you must submit proof of eligibility. For more information, click here .

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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