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Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs)

Washington, DC
Full Time
Job #: 2020-369SC Salary: $131,239 - $197,300 Yearly
The incumbent of this position gives overall direction to the activities of the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs).

  • The incumbent of this position gives overall direction to the activities of the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs). The Assistant General Counsel (International Affairs) is responsible to the General Counsel for the direction of all legal activities of the Department with regard to a broad range of international economic and financial matters, including issues involving the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and other multilateral development banks, international trade and trade finance, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), international investment, and international banking and securities.
  • The incumbent exercises general supervision over a staff of attorneys and support staff.
  • The incumbent must be able to plan, direct, and execute professional and technical programs of exceptional difficulty, responsibility, and national significance. He or she is selected by the General Counsel upon the basis of extended training and experience and demonstration of exceptional leadership and attainments in professional practice and activities. He or she must be a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school and a member of a state or the District of Columbia bar.
  • The incumbent uses the established policies and procedures of the Department as guides. A significant part of the duties involves problems for which there are few or no guides, and incumbent must rely upon his or her own initiative and experience.
  • The incumbent generally makes the final legal determination on matters within the incumbent’s broad portfolio. Based on established practice and guidance from the General Counsel, the incumbent briefs matters of particular significance to the General Counsel for review. Original thinking is required, not only in matters of law, but also in those fields where recommendations are made in connection with formulation of policy.
  • The incumbent interacts with the highest level officials of the Department and those of other departments and agencies.
  • The incumbent of this position is an Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel. The General Counsel is responsible for all legal activities in the Treasury Department and serves as head of the Treasury Legal Division.
  • While assignments among Assistant General Counsels are flexible and the General Counsel may change duties from time to time, the assignments of this
  • Assistant General Counsel presently include the supervision and direction of legal activities in the following areas: the Treasury Department; and a range of administrative law issues.
  • Extensive supervision and direction of legal activities associated with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Supervision of attorneys performing legal research and providing legal and practical conclusions in the form of oral advice, briefings, presentations, and legal decision memoranda on extremely complex and difficult factual, legal, and policy issues. Overseeing the preparation or review of legal briefs and other litigation-related matters as well as proposed legislation, regulations, Executive Orders, and other policy-related materials.

The duties normally performed in carrying out these assignments (with reference to the General Counsel where deemed advisable in the opinion of the incumbent or as otherwise directed by the General Counsel) include:
  • Setting up or directing broad legal programs.
  • Coordinating the activities of the Treasury Department with other agencies and appropriately coordinating legal advice within the Treasury Department.
  • Formulating recommendations for and drafting new laws.
  • Working with and making recommendations directly to the Under Secretary (International Affairs), the Assistant Secretaries and their subordinate officers.
  • Making final decisions on legal matters involving the exercise of judgment and discretion, and legal analysis of issue.

Travel Required
25% or less - Occasional travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Conditions of Employment

All groups of qualified individuals. Initial appointments are required to serve a probationary period of 1 year. Financial disclosure is required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.

You must -
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must have graduated from an accredited law school.
  • You must be an active member in good standing of a state or D.C. bar.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret-SCI security clearance.
  • Financial disclosure is required.
  • Initial appointments are required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, candidates must possess specialized experience at a senior level which demonstrates ability to perform the duties described above; including progressively responsible supervisory or managerial experience demonstrating ability to manage people and resources. Candidates are encouraged to address each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's) separately. Candidates who choose not to address both the ECQ's and MTQ's separately will not be disqualified; but must ensure their resume addresses each sufficient for evaluation. Your responses and/or resume must demonstrate possession of these qualifications; typically acquired through education, experience or training, and reflect progressive development and achievement in managing the business operations of a large organization. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and are in addition to the specific mandatory technical qualifications listed below. Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at ECQs. Your response must be limited to two pages for each ECQ.
  • ECQ 1 - Leading Change - 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.
  • ECQ 2 - Leading People - 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. Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
  • ECQ 3 - Results Driven - 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.
  • ECQ 4 - Business Acumen - The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
  • ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions - 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.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): The MTQs describe the necessary technical knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to show clearly that the candidate possesses the required professional and technical qualifications and core qualification set forth below. Your response must be limited to two pages for each MTQ.
  • MTQ 1- Ability to supervise a professional staff engaged in providing legal advice to senior officials.
  • MTQ 2- Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex issues.
  • MTQ 3- Working knowledge of government organizations and relationships with other government entities such as the State Department and the U.S. Department of Justice, in addition to familiarity with international institutions and conventions.

Please upload your responses to the ECQs and MTQs in the document section.


You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar;

Closing Date: 15th July, 2020

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