Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL, EM-0905 in Washington, District Of Columbia

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This position is located in the Legal Division, Supervision and Legislation Branch, Legislation, Regulations, and Bank Activities Section of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Salary reflects a pay cap for this position of $273,400.

FDIC Executive Managers (EM) are not the Senior Executive Service (SES). As an EM at the FDIC, you will provide executive leadership and managerial direction over substantive activities related to planning, developing, executing, and coordinating the Corporation's programs and policies.

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Incumbent serves as Assistant General Counsel of the Legislation, Regulations, and Bank Activities (LRBA) Section, with responsibility for leading, directing and managing substantive and administrative matters related to the work of two subordinate Senior Counsels and professional and technical staff assigned to the Assessments and Legislation Unit and the Bank Activities Unit. Incumbent serves as one of the top bank regulatory lawyers for the Legal Division.

  • Responsible for directing and overseeing the LRBA Section's successful performance of a broad range of important, highly visible legal work covering the FDIC's corporate-wide legislation, regulation, and other issues; capital and capital markets; securities activities (e.g., Volcker Rule); bank supervision; and other issues.
  • Represents the Deputy General Counsel (and sometimes the General Counsel) in liaison and coordination activities and FDIC matters within and outside the FDIC and the US Government and performs a leadership role in such activities, including in interagency legislative, rulemaking, and other negotiations. Serves as one of the banking law experts at the FDIC.
  • Supervises two subordinate managers and the Section's legal work overall to ensure that the Section produces timely and accurate legal work products and advice for the Deputy General Counsel, the General Counsel, the FDIC Chairman's office, division and office directors, and other FDIC officials and staff. The work of the Section is highly visible and often of direct interest to the Chairman and/or senior officials in the Chairman's office.
  • Assists the Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel in the proper utilization of personnel and other resources of the Section, with a view toward accomplishing the work assigned to the Section and the Branch and supporting the Legal Division as a whole. Makes recommendations to the Deputy General Counsel as to additional staffing and resource needs.
  • Responsible for overall leadership/supervisory/managerial responsibilities with respect to all Section functions and personnel, including supervising his/her subordinate Senior Counsels in all aspects of personnel administration, preparing budget and staffing proposals, and reviewing attorney work product to ensure quality, timeliness, and consistency of legal advice rendered and clear and concise written work.
  • As directed or otherwise necessary, personally oversees a case load consisting of the most difficult, complex, significant, and precedent-setting matters relating to areas of responsibility assigned to the Section. Undertakes special projects and assignments as requested by the FDIC Chairman, General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel.
  • Counsels and advises the Chairman's office and other FDIC officials and staff about pending and enacted legislation and helps to implement newly enacted legislation.
  • Drafts (requires coordinating with other senior FDIC officials and staff) memoranda, comment letters, and talking points for the Chairman and other Board members on legislative matters and other section matters.
  • Provides legal counsel on a wide range of deposit insurance and assessments issues and initiatives.
  • Oversees, coordinates, and serves as a resource for Regional Offices regarding legislative, regulatory, assessments, bank activities, and bank supervisory issues.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All United States Citizens.

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Conditions of Employment

Bar membership required.

Completion of Confidential Financial Disclosure may be required.

Employee may be relocated to any duty location to meet management needs.

Employment Conditions.

High Risk Position - Background Investigation (BI) required.

Registration with the Selective Service.

U.S. Citizenship is required.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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. Additional qualifications information can be found here.

Basic Qualification Requirements:

Active member of the bar.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below:

Candidates must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS/CG-15 level. Specialized experience includes the possession of significant public and/or private legal experience related to the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, Dodd-Frank Act, Bank Holding Company Act, National Bank Act, and other banking laws that affect the FDIC's open bank functions; administrative law; legislation and the legislative process; and laws and policies applicable to the rulemaking process.


There is no substitution of education for the experience for this position.

Additional information

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If selected, you may be required to serve a trial period.

If selected, you may be required to serve a supervisory/managerial probationary period.

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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 above.

Your resume and the online assessment questionnaire will be reviewed, to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements outlined in this announcement. Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make the qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

The competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) you will be assessed on are listed below. Qualified applicants will be further evaluated by a Subject Matter Expert and placed into one of three categories. Top ranked candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration.

  1. Knowledge of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Bank Holding Company Act, National Bank Act, and other banking laws and implementing regulations, and the ability to use this knowledge in rulemakings, legislation, and legal policy decisions involving highly complex issues.
  2. Knowledge of administrative laws, legislation and the legislative process, laws and policies applicable to the rulemaking process, and Federal and State financial institution laws and regulations, and other relevant laws.
  3. Ability to supervise and or manage a Section that involves work of a highly complex nature that has a major impact on the FDIC's corporate, supervisory, regulatory, and legislative functions.
  4. Ability to translate and communicate the most complex legal and policy questions into concise written communications for senior leaders and policy makers.
  5. Ability to translate and communicate the most complex legal and policy questions into concise oral communications for senior leaders and policy makers.
  6. Ability to provide legal advice and manage a diverse range of complex projects in a fast paced environment. You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs. Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, click here. (Note: Veterans should submit the Member 4 copy of the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - or other copy showing the type of discharge/character of service [e.g., Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions, etc.] along with any other required documents.)

SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: If you are applying for consideration under special appointing authorities for people with disabilities, you will be required to provide proof of disability documentation to specify that you are a person who (1) has a severe physical disability; (2) an intellectual disability; or (3) a psychiatric disability . Severe physical disabilities include but are not limited to blindness, deafness, paralysis, missing limbs, epilepsy and dwarfism. The documentation does NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history or need for accommodation, however, the letter should clearly state that you are eligible for appointment under this authority. THE DOCUMENTATION MUST HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FROM: (a). Licensed medical professionals; or (b). State or private vocational rehabilitation specialists; or (c). Any Government agency (e.g. VA, etc.) that issues or provides disability benefit. To view sample Schedule A proof of disability letters and for more information on this special appointing authority, click here. Please note that employees hired under this Schedule A hiring authority will be required to complete a Standard Form 256 to identify their disability status.

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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Please ensure you have completed the application process by verifying the status of your application on-line to reflect: "Received". Failure to complete the application process will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered for the position.

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Agency contact information
James Dallas Dunn





Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Human Resources Branch, Executive Services Staff 3501 Fairfax Dr. Arlington, Virginia United States

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Next steps

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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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.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493525800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/12/2018 to 03/26/2018

Salary: $210,322 to $273,400 per year

Pay scale & grade: EM 00

Work schedule: Full-Time - Excepted Service,

Appointment type: Permanent - Permanent, Full-time