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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

FTC Looking for an Attorney in its Office of International Affairs

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The FTC is looking for someone to work within its excellent Office of International Affairs. The application website is here.

Job Title:General Attorney (Trade Regulation)

Agency:Federal Trade Commission Job Announcement Number:OIA-2012-0002

SALARY RANGE: $89,033.00 to $155,550.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 to Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0905-13/15 POSITION INFORMATION: Full-time - Permanent - Excepted Service

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:15 DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) - Washington DC Metro Area, DC

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All Qualified Candidates.

JOB SUMMARY: 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.

The Office of International Affairs ("OIA") builds cooperative relationships with counterpart agencies abroad, promotes convergence of international competition and consumer protection policies towards best practices, including through participation in multilateral fora, and serves as an internal resource for Commission staff on the international aspects of their work, including on case coordination with agencies internationally.

In support of the FTC's international competition mission, OIA is seeking an attorney with several years of relevant experience to serve as a Counsel for International Antitrust.

This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

•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.

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DUTIES: Responsibilities for this position will depend on the person selected and the needs of the Office, but likely will include:

* Leading the FTC's participation in multilateral fora, focusing on the International Competition Network (ICN), including active participation in ICN working groups

* Assisting FTC case teams on international competition enforcement cooperation matters

* Fostering bilateral relations with foreign antitrust agency counterparts, including in Latin America

* Drafting policy papers and reports

* Advising FTC leadership on international matters

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QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to topYou 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 have significant experience with international antitrust law and/or policy as well as expertise in US antitrust law. The applicant also should possess excellent communication, analytic and legal writing skills, sound judgment, and the ability to work independently and effectively with other people. Willingness to travel internationally is required and proficiency in a foreign language, particularly Spanish, is a plus. You are required to have a minimum of two years (24 months) of substantive legal experience after graduation from law school to qualify for the GS-13 level, 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.

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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