General Counsel
U.S. International Trade Commission - Washington, DC

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The position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), U.S. International Trade Commission. The incumbent of this position serves as the top-ranking legal officer and is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the USITC and its staff.

The USITC is an independent Federal agency that adjudicates import injury and intellectual property cases and provides the President and Congress with high quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues. Here, you will find a dynamic work environment, multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products, a dedication to develop your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and your personal life. In this position, you will have the opportunity to lead and manage an office of over 40 experienced lawyers and to ensure that they help achieve agency objectives in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.

Please also see the vacancy announcement for our Director, Office of Unfair Import Investigations position (open until May 28, 2013). We encourage you to apply for both vacancies if you are qualified and interested in the position.
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Submission of SF-278, Financial Diclosure Public Report
  • This position is subject to post employment restrictions

DUTIES: The incumbent of this position will be expected to manage the agency's General Counsel's Office and to achieve the management objectives set for it. Incumbent will be expected to direct and provide a full range of legal advice and services concerning international trade and administrative law matters for the Commission. Provide written and oral advice to Commission senior leadership on all legal issues. Review Commission actions for compliance with related statutes, Executive Orders, and regulations. Ensure that actions are consistent with Commission policies and procedures. Represent the Commission in Federal Court proceedings, including preparing and filing written submissions and making oral presentations. Acts as the Commission's chief legal representative in briefings and negotiations with other Federal agencies in regard to international trade affairs. Ensure that legal issues are considered in Commission planning.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Candidates must demonstrate a combination of senior level managerial and supervisory leadership traits, referred to as Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), as well as specific occupational qualifications, referred to as Professional and Technical Qualifcations (PTQs). In addition, this position requires active Bar Membership and graduation from a law school accrediated by the American Bar Association. The qualification requirements are detailed below:

A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ) - The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions, and consist of the following elements:

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves 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.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-qualify results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves 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.

PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQS) : The PTQs measure technical occupational expertise required by this position. Your experience must be at the senior level and your resume and supplemental statement must demonstrate possession of the following:

PTQ 1 - Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex issues, particularly in international trade, including legal analysis, litigation, and providing legal counsel and advice, preferably in a federal agency. Ability to interpret and apply statutes, administrative regulations, and other relevant authority and to advise management on legal implications of proposed actions. Demonstrated superior writing and oral communication skills with clear and concise analysis.

PTQ 2 - Experience in managing legal and administrative matters in an agency, law firm, or other organization. Ability, and preferably experience, with respect to managing legal professionals, including developing skills of the workforce and addressing performance shortfalls, directing work among subordinate groups and individuals, resolving conflicts and morale or organizational climate issues, and efficient use of available human and other resources.

PTQ 3 - Knowledge of federal agency administrative requirements, such as regulatory requirements on labor relation issues, performance management, internal process documentation, internal controls, budget, finance, and procurement.

PTQ 4 - Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of organizations, both internal and external, to communicate and achieve goals. Ability to work with legal, policy, and other professionals to evaluate and develop agency objectives, authorities, and programs. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships.

Education: You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. You are required to provide proof of the same as part of your application materials.


HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: A rating panel, composed of Senior Executive Service members, will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may participate in a structured interview process conducted by the rating panel, and reference checks may be performed. The USITC's Executive Resources Board will make a final recommendation to the selecting official identifying the best qualified candidates. Personal interviews will be conducted by the selecting official, and you will be contacted for that step in the process. Lastly, if selected, and in order to be appointed to this position, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB). If you are a current SES member, an SES reinstatement eligible, or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program, you are exempt from that process.

BENEFITS: As a member of the Senior Excutive Service, you will participate in a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, the opportunity to earn performance bonuses, paid vacation and expanded opportunities to carry over vacation time, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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OTHER INFORMATION: Notice on Veteran's Preference:

There is no formal rating system or preference given to veterans in the Senior Executive Service; however, the USITC considers veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for all of our hiring. If you are a veteran, please submit the normal documentation to support your claim.

Application Materials:

Please send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.

Reasonable Accommodations:

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant reasonable accommodation will be on a case by case basis.

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