<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Anticompetitive Practices Division investigates potential anticompetitive practices in industries other than healthcare and digital platforms, and litigates any resulting enforcement actions. Recent areas of ACP focus include high-technology industries and issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law. Prior experience in these areas is welcomed, but not required.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />At the highest level the incumbent prepares for trial and litigates or negotiates settlements in restraint of trade matters. More specifically: <ul> <li>Makes initial determinations as to whether investigations should be opened; determines legal theories and plans for investigations, and carries them out; drafts associated memoranda and reports.</li> <li>In light of the evidence and the applicable legal precedents, determines whether a complaint should be brought, settlement may be appropriate; or the case should be closed without further action.</li> <li>Prepares proposed complaints and related legal documents needed during the various stages of the investigation and litigation, such as memoranda, trial briefs, subpoenas, motions, answers, depositions, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, proposed cease and desist orders, and appeal briefs.</li> <li>Negotiates settlements as appropriate.</li> <li>Confers and corresponds with attorneys, businessperson and other members of the public, including prospective witnesses and other interested parties.</li> <li>In concert with other divisions and offices, prepares industry guidance and conducts workshops on competition policy issues.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 15 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. citizenship requirement must be met by the closing date of this vacancy.</li> <li>This position is subject to a background investigation.</li> <li>Males born after December 31, 1959 must register with Selective Service.</li> <li>Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school.</li> <li>Member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory – US, PR, DC.</li> <li>Relocation expenses will not be paid</li> <li>May be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.</li> <li>May be required to serve a two year trial period.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.<br /><br />The ideal candidate will have knowledge in antitrust or consumer protection laws, excellent oral and written communication skills, be able to work effectively with other people and exercise sound judgment.<br /><br /><strong>Minimum Requirements</strong> <br /><br />Applicants must have attained the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or a U.S. territory. Applicants must demonstrate excellent writing skills and be able to work effectively with other people, exercise sound judgment, and exhibit a strong interest in the work of the agency.<br /><br /><strong> Additional Requirements </strong><br /><br /><b>At the GS-13 level:</b> In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 24 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-12 level.<br /><br /><b>At the GS-14 level</b>: In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 42 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-13 level.<br /><br /><b>At the GS-15 level:</b> In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, you must have 60 months of legal experience after graduation from law school. At least 18 months of your legal experience after graduation from law school must be comparable to the GS-14 level.<br /><br /><strong>Note: Legal and nonlegal experience gained in the Federal Government before completing law school does not satisfy post law school experience </strong><strong>requirements.</strong><br /><br />Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>THIS POSITION HAS AN EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:</strong> You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectee's prior to receiving an official offer.<br /><br /><b>FOREIGN EDUCATION: </b>If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Education Equivalency <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service (Schedule A). 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. Traditional rating and ranking procedures do not apply. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />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, you are encouraged to include that information in your cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to your submission. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br />1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.<br /> 2. Other supporting documents: <ul> <li>Cover Letter, optional</li> <li>Writing Sample, optional</li> <li>Copies of scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals, optional</li> <li>Graduate Transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement – REQUIRED</li> <li>Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF- 15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.) Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.