Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Position: Deputy Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs), Dept. of Treasury (Deadline: October 2, 2013)

Another relatively senior position (part of the Senior Executive Service).  SES jobs are subject to special vetting requirements and usually require some management experience.

While the responsibilities for this position are largely related to international financial issues, the set of job responsibilities includes energy/environment matters and climate change . . .

Job Title:Deputy Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs)
Department:Department Of The Treasury
Agency:Treasury, Departmental Offices
Job Announcement Number:2013-183RC


$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 19, 2013 to Wednesday, October 02, 2013




Full Time NOTE: Veterans preference does not apply in the Senior Executive Service (SES). - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US




The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history that dates back to the founding of our nation.  The Department of the Treasury, as the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. The Chief Counsel is part of the Treasury’s Legal Division, and reports to the Assistant General Counsel (Enforcement and Intelligence). 
The Department of the Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. This position is in Treasury's headquarters (Departmental Offices), in the Office of The General Counsel (OGC).
The Deputy Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs provides leadership for the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs), one of four Assistant General Counsel offices in the Office of the General Counsel.  The Office of the General Counsel (International Affairs) is responsible for providing legal advice and support to the Secretary of the Treasury and the Under Secretary for International Affairs on a broad range of international economic and financial matters.  These matters include legal issues involving the international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the G-20 process, international banking and securities regulation, international trade and investment, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, international debt and development, and a wide range of regional matters such as those relating to China, Europe, and the Middle East.  See http://www.treasury.gov/about/organizational-structure/offices/Pages/Office-Of-International-Affairs.aspx.
The incumbent works closely with senior officials at the Treasury Department, other federal departments and agencies, members of Congress, foreign counterparts, and the public on international economic and financial matters, including assisting the Department of Justice in litigation matters involving the Treasury Department.
The incumbent works under the supervision of the Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs) and is under the general direction of the Principal Deputy General Counsel and the General Counsel.  The incumbent manages eight attorneys and one administrative staff member in a dynamic, collaborative, and supportive environment.


  • Candidate must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Must have graduated from an accredited law school.
  • Must be an active member in good standing of a state or D.C. bar.
  • Must have 1 year of experience as an attorney at the GS-15 or equivalent.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret-SCI security clearance.
  • Initial appointments to the SES require a one year probationary period.


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While assignments are flexible and may change from time to time, the major duties of the Deputy Assistant General Counsel presently include
  • Supervision and direction of legal activities in the following areas, among others: legal issues involving the international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the G-20 process, international banking and securities regulation, international trade and investment, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), sovereign debt restructuring, energy and environment including climate change matters, international debt and development, a wide range of regional matters such as those relating to China, Europe, and the Middle East, litigation-related matters involving the Treasury Department, and a range of administrative law issues.
  • Supervision of attorneys performing legal research and providing legal and practical conclusions in the form of oral advice, briefings, presentations, and legal decision memoranda on extremely complex and difficult factual, legal, and policy issues. 
  • Overseeing the preparation or review of legal briefs and other litigation-relation matters as well as proposed legislation, regulations, Executive Orders, and policy issuances to ensure they conform to the substantive laws that they are intended to implement or interpret. 
  • Representing the Office of General Counsel, the Department, and the Office of International Affairs in discussions, conferences, and meetings with U.S. and international policy and regulatory authorities, in particular with other federal  authorities including the Departments of State, Commerce, and Justice and the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the international financial institutions, non-government organizations and civil society, regulatory and supervisory organizations, financial industry representatives,  congressional staff, and representatives of professional associations.

The incumbent establishes and maintains frequent contact with the Under Secretary for International Affairs, Assistant Secretaries for International Markets and Development and for International Finance, and over 15 deputates and offices within the Office of International Affairs.  He or she also consults with the officials and attorneys in other departments, agencies, and institutions on matters relating to the responsibilities of the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs).
The incumbent plans, directs, and executes professional and technical programs of exceptional difficulty, responsibility, and national significance. A considerable part of the duties involves complex problems for which there are few guides, and the incumbent must rely upon his or her judgment, initiative, and experience. Original thinking and initiative is required, not only in matters of law, but also in those fields where recommendations are made in connection with formulation of policy and in managerial and administrative responsibilities.  In addition, oral and written presentation skills and the ability to summarize complicated legal problems, identify available options, and present them to a non-legal audience are fundamental to the position.The incumbent performs the duties of this position with broad authority, which carries with it wide latitude for the exercise of judgment in the day-to-day planning, direction, and management of the professional legal work of the office.  He or she is selected by the General Counsel upon the basis of extended experience and demonstration of exceptional leadership and excellence in professional practice and activities.  


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EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service and are in addition to the mandatory technical qualifications listed below.

ECQ 1 - Leading Change - The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization to meet organizational goals. Inherent in this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.

ECQ 2 - Leading People - The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Inherent in 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. Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven - The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen - The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions - 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.
If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM, you only need to submit a resume and narrative statement covering each of the Mandatory Technical Requirements listed below. SES CDP graduates should submit a copy of their CDP program certification with their package.
MTQ 1 - Ability to supervise a professional staff engaged in providing legal advice to senior officials.
MTQ 2 - Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex and technical legal and policy issues. Examples of relevant subject matter areas may include the following: litigation; international law; foreign relations and national security law; international financial regulatory matters; Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); U.S. participation in international organizations, with a particular focus on international financial institutions ; international trade and investment law, and trade financing; international foreign exchange and currency matters; domestic and international energy and environmental matters; privileges and immunities; debt and development; sovereign debt restructuring; appropriations law; the International Emergency Economic Powers Act; EU legal framework; and the Trade Secrets Act.
MTQ 3 - Working knowledge of government organizations and relationships with other government entities such as the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, and National Security Staff.
MTQ 4 - Strong oral and written presentation skills and the ability to summarize complicated legal problems, identify available options, and present them to a non-legal audience are fundamental to the position.

Specialized Education and Experience Requirement: You must have graduated from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of a state or District of Columbia bar.
• You must have at least one year of experience as an attorney at the GS-15 (or equivalent) level of difficulty in the Federal service or private sector.
• Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.  You will need to provide the information annually.


Your application will be evaluated by a Merit Staffing Panel on the basis of the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education as reflected in your resume and narrative statements. Based on the Panels evaluation of your application against the qualification required by the position; the top rated candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at This is a link
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Employment with the Department of the Treasury's Office of General Counsel offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in a Federal retirement system.  To find out more about benefits offered to Federal employees, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc


EEO Policy Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Social Security Number: Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.
Privacy Act: Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
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. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. Please do not place your application in a notebook or binder. For further information pertaining to the SES, applicants are encourage to visit: SES
Financial Disclosure:  All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct.  Upon hire, and on an annual basis thereafter, the incumbent of this position will be required to file a public financial disclosure report.  The incumbent may be prohibited from holding certain financial interests.  


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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday).  If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by email at rosemarie.crawford@treasury.gov no later than noon ET on the announcement's closing date.
The following outlines our application process:
1. REGISTER (ON-LINE) - You must create a user account at in order to apply. When you select the "Apply On-line" button at the bottom of this page, you will be taken directly to this registration section. If you have already registered, simply log in with your user name and password.
2. RESUME (ON-LINE) - You must create or upload your resume on-line or you will not be considered. Creating your resume using the USAJOBS' Resume Builder allows you to create a uniform resume that provides all of the information required by government agencies. Your registration information and resume will automatically be transferred to the system used by Treasury.
3. RESPOND TO QUESTIONS (ON-LINE) - The first time you apply, you will be asked several general questions before proceeding to the assessment questions for the vacancy you have selected. If you have applied before, you will be given the option either to update the general information, or to proceed directly to the assessment questions. Respond online to the application questions. Check the box indicating you would like a copy of your application emailed to you, and click "Finished". If you have successfully submitted your on-line application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been sent. If you do not see these words, you have not successfully completed your application. If you wish to edit your application, you may return to USAJOBS and re-apply; previous responses will be saved and can be updated. Be sure to click "Finished" and look for the screen indicating your application was sent. You may edit your information until midnight EST of the announcement close date.
4. SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION - You must email or upload any supplemental documentation requested to the contact listed below. Supplemental materials must be received no later than the closing date of the announcement. Failure to submit the required documentation within the specified time frame will result in loss of consideration. Make sure you include the announcement number for this position. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.


If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status. If you have successfully completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) please provide a copy of your certificate. These documents may be required during the recruitment process.


Rosemarie Crawford
Phone: 202-622-2514
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Rosemarie.Crawford@treasury.gov
Agency Information:
Departmental Offices (DO)
U.S. Department of Treasury
Departmental Offices
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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