Attorney-Advisor
Export-Import Bank of the United States - Washington, DC

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Be part of a dynamic, self-supporting Federal agency with an 80-year record of supporting U.S. export-related jobs and generating over $1 billion in revenue for U.S. taxpayers in 2013. We are located in the heart of Washington, DC two blocks from the White House across from the McPherson Square metro station.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies, large and small, to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, which is responsible for providing legal guidance to all offices of Ex-Im Bank in implementing the Bank's statutory mandate to provide financing in support of the export of U.S. goods and services throughout the world. The incumbent renders the services of an attorney and is responsible for providing legal advice, both orally and in writing, and for drafting such documentation as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the Bank.

TRAVEL REQUIRED
  • Occasional Travel
  • 25% or Less

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background and Security/Suitability Investigation
  • Random Drug Testing
  • You will be required to serve a two year trial period

DUTIES: Back to top This position is located in the Office of General Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) in the Small Business, Trade Finance & Insurance Division. The incumbent will report directly to the Assistant General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing legal representation of Ex-Im Bank in international financing and trade finance transactions, including trade credit insurance and loans and to be made and/or guaranteed by Ex-Im Bank (such financing transactions may range in amount from less than $1 million to more than $100 million);
  • Providing legal support for the development of new financing tools for small business customers in the export market as well as legal counsel to employees throughout Ex-Im Bank with respect to financing transactions ;
  • Negotiating and preparing, and/or supervises outside counsel in the preparation of, documentation required in assigned transactions, including drafting credit agreements, guarantee agreements and security documentation;
  • Providing legal support to Ex-Im Bank loan officers and specialists in bilateral and multilateral negotiations to evaluate, agree, document and close international financings of U.S. exports. Such negotiations may include U.S. manufacturers, international commercial banks, and foreign buyers;
  • Providing legal support to Ex-Im Bank loan officers in monitoring transactions, including negotiating and drafting amendments and loan restructuring;
  • Working with other members of Ex-Im Bank to produce memoranda upon which the Board of Directors or an authorized officer of Ex-Im Bank can evaluate and approve or deny proposed transactions, including evaluation of legal, commercial and political risk, and compliance with law and policy, and;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top Minimum Qualifications:

A. A graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation. Be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Specialized Experience:

GS-14: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience includes:
  • Substantial, demonstrated experience in exercising independent responsibility for negotiating and documenting financing transactions, including loans, working capital financing and/or trade finance.
  • Experience in providing financing solutions for small business.
  • Experience addressing complex and difficult legal and factual issues for which there are limited precedents and requiring balancing of conflicting or competing interests.
  • Experience preforming routine legal assignments independently, subject only to general review commensurate with the nature of the assignment by a higher-level attorney.
  • Experience acquiring and applying legal expertise to new financial products and programs.
  • Experience independently managing case load and completing activities within established schedules, analyzing requirements and making adjustments needed to address organizational needs.

Education cannot be substituted for experience at these grade levels.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in OPM's General Schedule Qualifications Standards .

All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of Specialized Experience related to the position, and a structured interview.

To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions .

BENEFITS: Back to top We offer an attractive benefits package to include health, life insurance, retirement, 401(k) like plan, and metro subsidy. Additional information for Federal employee benefits can be found here .

Relocation benefits are not authorized.

OTHER INFORMATION: Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System , or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

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 agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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