Associate General Counsel for Financial Law and Lender Oversight – Washington D.C.




This position is accountable to the General Counsel. The Associate General Counsel for Financial Law and Lender Oversight is responsible for all legal functions relating to the Office of Capital Access Financial assistance programs, the Office of Investment and Innovation investment programs, and Office of Disaster Assistance disaster loan programs, except the functions performed by program office attorneys in the processing and servicing centers.
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  • Directs, plans, and executes the legal functions of the Department of Financial Law and Lender Oversight.
  • Develops and plans procedures and standards for the provision of all legal services and assistance relating to the Agency's capital access, investment, and disaster assistance programs.
  • Develops and recommends legal policies concerning the above-named financial assistance, disaster assistance, and investment programs in coordination with the respective Agency program office managers.
  • Provides legal advice and assistance to Agency program managers responsible for the implementation of the Agency's examination, review, and oversight of SBA lending partners.
  • Provides legal counsel, assistance, services, and support to headquarters' officials in connection with the above. Gives direct legal advice and assistance to the field offices in these program areas.
  • Interprets applicable acts, regulations, and policies from a legal standpoint, including determinations as to eligibility and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintains liaison with governmental and other agencies having activities relating to the legal functions of the office.
  • Prepares memoranda of advice for own signature or that of the General Counsel, headquarters or field officials and confers with such officials with respect to legal problems arising in connection with the administration of the programs.
  • Prepares and reviews legal matters relating to the above programs and reviews and comments on difficult and complex cases involving the application or implementation of SBA's statutes, regulations, and policies.
  • Develops program goals and objectives within the framework of approved policies. Reviews and evaluates program effectiveness.
  • Analyzes and comments on or develops proposed legislation, policies, programs, and procedures relating to the above-named programs.
  • Responsible for managing, directing, supervising, and evaluating staff within the Department.
  • Plans, assigns and reviews work of subordinates, setting priorities and giving any background information received or explaining the significance of the program on assignments.
  • Participates with and supports the General Counsel and represents him or her , as required, in meetings with program officials, officials representing financial institutions, Congressional and Executive Branch Officials.
  • Plans, assigns and reviews work of subordinates, setting priorities and giving any background information received or explaining the significance of the program on assignments.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – .

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to qualify for this position
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Veterans Preference is not applicable in the Senior Executive Service
  • Initial appointments are required to serve a one (1) year probationary period
  • Application package must be received by closing date of this announcement
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a favorable background investigation
  • OPM Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates and current Career SES members need to address the Professional/Technical qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) must be addressed in the resume.
  • You must submit proof of an active bar license for this position.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

– Directing the work of an organizational unit;
– Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
– Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
– Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and address all Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors will result in your application being disqualified.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): 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. To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess all the necessary requirements for this position. You must show in your resume that you possess the five mandatory executive core qualifications.

NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to address the ECQs.

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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations 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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

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 quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications; Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Continual Learning, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Public Service Motivation. The Fundamental Competencies are crosscutting; and should be addressed over the course of each ECQ narratives. It is not necessary for you to address the Fundamental Competencies directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of these competencies on the whole.

Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (C-C-A-R) model outlined in the guide.

Challenge – Describe a specific problem or goal.

Context – Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

Action – Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

Result – Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website. You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following TQs. You must address each TQ separately. Each TQ narratives must not exceed two (2) pages. Please give examples and explain the complexity of the knowledge possessed and the sensitivity of the issued you handled.

  • Demonstrated senior-level experience and expertise in complex legal issues related to corporate, financial and investment transactions that include the following: business lending and securitizations, export lending, microloans, disaster loans, and private equity (small business investment companies).
  • Demonstrated senior-level experience and expertise in legal issues related to (i) the monitoring and oversight of lenders participating in government lending programs, and (ii) the drafting and interpretation of legislative and regulatory provisions governing government financial assistance programs.
  • Education

    Education cannot be substituted for specialized experience at this level.

    Additional information

    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 above.

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Resumes will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a structured interview and undergo a reference check. The SBA Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the approving authority.

    Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME-BASED METHOD. Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishments, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY executive core qualification and technical qualification requirement(s) for this position. Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (the results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contacts. Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated. DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.

    You must submit proof of an active bar license.

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