Customs and International Trade Bar Association


General Counsel - U.S. International Trade Commission

The position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), U.S. International Trade Commission.  The incumbent of this position serves as the top-ranking legal officer and is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the USITC and its staff.
The USITC is an independent Federal agency that adjudicates import injury and intellectual property cases and provides the President and Congress with high quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues. Here, you will find a dynamic work environment, multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products, a dedication to develop your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and your personal life.
Job Announcement Number:  SES-12-062-EM
SALARY RANGE:  $119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:  Tuesday, June 19, 2012 to Friday, August 13, 2012
SERIES & GRADE:  ES-0905-00
POSITION INFORMATION:  Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
DUTY LOCATIONS:  1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  United States Citizens
          -  U.S. Citizenship Required
          -  You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
          -  Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
          -  Requires a financial disclosure statement, SF-278
DUTIES:  The incumbent of this position will be expected to direct and provide a full range of legal advice and services concerning international trade and administrative law matters for the Commission.  Provide written and oral advice to Commission senior leadership on all legal issues. Review Commission actions for compliance with related statutes, Executive Orders, and regulations.  Ensure that actions are consistent with Commission policies and procedures.  Represent the Commission in Federal Court proceedings, including preparing and filing written submissions and making oral presentations.  Act as the Commission's chief legal representative in briefings and negotiations with other Federal agencies in regard to international trade affairs. Ensure that legal issues are considered in Commission planning and policy development through participation on appropriate panels and committees.
QUALIFICATIONS:  To qualify for this position, candidates must demonstrate senior level leadership (supervisory/managerial) experience that clearly supports/exhibits that the candidate possesses the professional and technical qualifications, as well as program knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) and the mandatory technical qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement.  Experience is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS:  Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must provide  a supplemental statement to your Resume covering each of the five Executive Core Qualifications questions (ECQs) listed below.  The response to the five ECQ's must NOT exceed 10 pages.

For detailed information on the ECQ's, refer to the OPM Guide to Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Core Qualifications at https://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp.
Provide a written narrative describing your experience that has equipped you with the following qualifications.  Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.  Follow the Challenge-Context-Action-Results Model when writing your ECQ responses.  For assistance in preparing your write-ups, click on https://www.opm.gov/ses/references/handbook.asp to view The Guide to Senior Executive
You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:
A.  EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ) - 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.
ECQ 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.
ECQ 2 - Leading People:  This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's 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.
ECQ 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-qualify results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4 - Business Acumen:  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 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.
NOTE:  Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font and must be in narrative form, addressing each ECQ individually.  For more detailed information and samples, please see the OPM link Guide to SES Qualifications.
B.  In addition to the Executive Core Qualifications listed above, ALL candidates must possess at the senior level in the following job-specific Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).  The PTQs measure technical expertise required by this position.  You must submit a narrative statement individually responding to each of the PTQs listed below.  NOTE:  It is recommended that you restrict your response to no more than two pages per PTQ.
1.  Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex issues, particularly in international trade, including legal analysis, litigation, and providing legal counsel and advice, preferably in a federal agency.  Ability to interpret and apply statutes, administrative regulations, and other relevant authority and to advise management on legal implications of proposed actions.  Demonstrated superior writing and oral communication skills with clear and concise analysis.
2.  Experience in managing legal and administrative matters in an agency, law firm, or other organization. Ability, and preferably experience, with respect to managing legal professionals, including developing skills of the workforce and addressing performance shortfalls, directing work among subordinate groups and individuals, resolving conflicts and morale or organizational climate issues, and efficient use of available human and other resources.
3.  Knowledge of federal agency administrative requirements, such as regulatory requirements on labor relation issues, performance management, internal process documentation, internal controls, budget, finance, and procurement.
4.  Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of organizations, both internal and external, to communicate and achieve goals. Ability to work with legal, policy, and other professionals to evaluate and develop agency objectives, authorities, and programs. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships.
EDUCATION:  You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
An SES rating panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education.  Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo a structured interview and a reference check. 
If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive, SES reinstatement eligible, or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.  You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.
Appointees are required to provide verification of citizenship identity and employment eligibility under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (Public Law  99-603).
BENEFITS:  Working for the U.S. International Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. 
The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.
1.    You must submit all required information by the closing date.  If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.
2.    The materials you send with your application will not be returned.
3.    Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.  Please do not place your application in a notebook or binder.
4.    Selectee is subject to a one-year probationary period unless currently serving under a SES appointment.
5.    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Agency.  The decision to grant reasonable accommodation will be on a case by case basis. 
6.    The U.S. International Trade Commission prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
7.    USITC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
APPLICATION PACKAGE:  All applicants are required to submit the following information.  The initial competition and identification of candidates to be interviewed will be made solely on the basis of this material.  Candidates who do not submit complete packages as indicated below will not be considered.
A. Submit a Resume, please ensure that it contains the following information:
1.    Vacancy Announcement Number;
2.    Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers;
3.    Country of citizenship;
4.    Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including: job title, duties     and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and number, duration of employment, salary and hours per week.
5.    Education information, including:  name, city and state of colleges and/or universities attended, major field of study and degrees received.
6.    Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
B.  A Supplemental Applicant Statement which addresses EACH Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and EACH Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) individually.  Please provide your examples using the four C-C-A-R elements below:
-  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 tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale, etc.).
-  Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address the challenge.
-  Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.  These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
When addressing the five ECQs, the total length of your statement must not exceed 10 pages.  When addressing the PTQs, your narrative response must not exceed two (2) pages per PTQ.
C.  If you are a graduate of an approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP), submit a copy of your OPM certification verifying successful completion of the program.  This form is needed to determine eligibility for non-competitive consideration.
D.  If you currently serve or previously served on a Career SES Appointment, submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.  This form is needed to verify your SES status and determine eligibility for non-competitive consideration.
E.  You must provide a supervisory appraisal of performance that is within 15 months of the closing date of the announcement.  This is required of candidates who are current Federal employees and all others who could reasonably be expected to receive such an appraisal on a periodic basis.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Career applicants currently in the SES or graduates of the SES CDP program need only address the technical qualifications.  Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons who meet the basic qualifications within the area of consideration.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 03, 2012.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID  681364.  Fax your documents to             1-478-757-3144      .
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to             1-478-757-3144      . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
The following documents are required and must be received by closing date of this announcement:
1.    Your resume;
2.    An unofficial college transcripts or list of courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for this position;
3.    Proof of current bar membership which may include a copy of the bar membership card or registration for the bar membership.  Applicants who do not submit proof of bar membership will lose consideration for this position; 
4.    Narrative responses for each ECQ (if applicable) and PTQ;
5.    Copy of Qualifications Review Board certificate from the Office of Personnel Management for SES Candidate Development Program graduates, if applicable;
6.    Current SES members and former SES members who have reinstatement eligibility must submit proof of their SES career appointment status (e.g., SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" that shows "Tenure" and "Position Occupied".);
7.    Candidate Development Program (CDP) Graduates should submit a copy of their Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certificate.
8.    A copy of your most recent performance rating of record, if available/applicable. 
Failure to submit documents after being requested by this HR office by the closing date of the announcement will eliminate you from further consideration for this position.
Eric Mozie
Phone:             (202)205-2651     
Agency Information:
United States International Trade Commission
500 E Street SW
Washington , DC
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:  You will receive an email from USA Staffing informing you of the receipt of your application.  Applicants who are determined to be highly qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview, at which time you will be contacted.  All applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of their applications.