The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of Federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The FTC seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The FTC also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating marketing acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. The FTC conducts economic analyses to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Agency, the Congress, the Executive Branch, and other organizations.
This position is located in the Office of International Affairs. The Office of International Affairs builds cooperative relationships with counterpart agencies abroad, promotes best practices in policy and enforcement in multilateral organizations and serves as an internal resource for Commission staff on the international aspects of their work. The FTC is seeking a Counsel for International Consumer Protection to work to further the FTC’s international consumer protection and privacy mission.
Possess a J.D or LL.B. (or an LL.M) degree from an accredited law school.
Member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory - U.S, P.R, D.C.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
This position requires U.S. Citizenship.
This position is not located in the bargaining unit.
Responsibilities for this position will depend on the person selected and the needs of the Office, and may include international consumer protection and privacy-related work as well as other duties in the litigation enforcement and technical assistance areas:
- Develop international consumer protection and privacy policies in multilateral organizations such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), and the Organization of American States (OAS). Prepare position papers, speeches, and briefing notes on these issues, as well as draft comments on international policy proposals and documents. This may require participating in the U.S. government interagency process, international meetings, and meetings with private sector participants.
- Develop and maintain international cooperative relationships with foreign officials by, for example, conducting meetings and conference calls with foreign agency counterparts, negotiating international agreements and memoranda of understanding, and when appropriate sharing information on cases and investigations. This may include working with organizations and intergovernmental groups such as the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), London Action Plan (LAP) anti-span network, and the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC).
- Work with the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection investigators and litigators on law enforcement investigations and cases with international components. This may include working with staff attorneys investigating cross-border matters to obtain information and evidence from foreign counterparts (including under the U.S. SAFE WEB Act of 2006), evaluating and planning potential litigation and engaging in research and legal writing on international law issues.
- Assist in organizing and conducting technical assistance sessions in the U.S. for foreign visitors as well as participate in international technical assistance programs located in foreign countries to assist developing countries in building consumer protection and privacy frameworks.
You must have attained the first professional law degree (LL.B, J.D., or LL.M) and be a member of a state bar. The applicant should possess excellent communication, analytic and legal writing skills, sound judgment, and the ability to work independently and effectively with other people. Knowledge of privacy and data protection issues is helpful but not required. Willingness to travel internationally is required and proficiency in a foreign language is a plus. You are required to have a minimum of three and half years (42 months) of substantive experience after graduation from law school to qualify for the GS-14 level and five or more years (60 months or more) of substantive legal experience after graduation from law school to qualify for the GS-15 level. Please note that prior experience, legal and nonlegal experience gained before completing law school cannot be used to satisfy the post law school experience requirements.
Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application and all supporting documentation through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.
- Applicants will be required to provide a writing sample later in the evaluation process.
- Optional Documents:
- Cover letter
- Writing sample
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated based on the overall strength of your credentials as demonstrated by your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and experience. The most qualified candidates will be selected for interviews, which will also be considered in making the final decision. Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Trade Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to your submission.
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