This position serves as the General Counsel at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC or Corporation), providing advice and counsel to the Director of PBGC in a fast-paced environment. The position reports to the Director and serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors, which is comprised of the Secretaries of Labor (Chairperson), Commerce, and Treasury.

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  • Represent the Corporation in litigation concerning disputes over labor and employment, procurement, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters, bankruptcy and matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
  • Manage a staff composed of attorneys, professionals, and support staff in providing legal advice and conducting litigation in general support of the Corporation. Set goals, assign work, evaluate performance, and ensure staff has adequate resources.
  • Exercise authority over legal tasks of PBGC's ERISA functions including bankruptcy/legal actions; representing PBGC on matters before courts/administrative tribunals; communicating with underfunded plan sponsors; involvement in regulatory matters.
  • Review all proposed legal actions for the Director's approval, including commencement and disposition of litigation and decisions whether to appeal adverse rulings; promulgation of regulations; and legislative proposals.
  • Review all major and/or novel procurements.
  • Review the Corporation's financial reports to ensure legal requirements are met, recommending appropriate changes, and influencing adoption of changes or new methods of reporting required information.
  • Oversee the Corporation's Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO), providing key leadership to the Corporation's Ethics program, interpreting and providing guidance on program provisions and statutes.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – 10%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
  • 2 year trial period required unless met during prior Federal service
  • Applicants selected for employment will be required to complete an OF-306
  • 1 year supervisory probationary period required unless met during prior Federal service


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

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience is defined as at least one year of experience at the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to the GS-15 grade level in the private sector performing one or more of the following:

  • providing legal advice and counsel on legal issues involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA);
  • providing legal advice and counsel on financial services and corporate transactions;
  • providing legal advice and counsel on administrative law matters;
  • providing legal advice and counsel related to pension, insurance or health plans; or
  • providing legal advice and counsel related to complex bankruptcy cases.

Examples may include: experience as one of the top legal officers of a corporation or financial institution, as a seasoned lawyer in a law firm, or as a management-level lawyer in a comparable governmental organization.

Selective Placement Factor: In addition, you must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, a territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.


In order to qualify for this position, you must possess a J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

In addition to the education requirement, you must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a State, a Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

Additional information

PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC's Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 229-3637 or Beasley.donaldpbgc.gov. TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (800) 400-7242.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
NCS/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

RESUME: You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience and knowledge and skills so that we can determine your qualifications for this position. Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.

COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: If claiming veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives . For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15 , Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded. If you fail to provide documentation required by the SF-15 you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met.

Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW): If you are currently serving on active duty you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit (on unit letterhead) identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave. If you provide a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.

Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at: Veterans Guide .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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