Job Title
Attorney Advisor

Agency
U.S. International Trade Commission
Office of the Commissioners

Location
Washington, DC

Salary
GS 14 - 15
$117,191 to $166,500 per year

Service
Excepted

Appointment Type
Term – NTE 4 years

Summary
The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is a great place to work, and we aren't the only ones who think so. We were 2nd overall in the 2017 and 2018 Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work Index, and our 91% response rate means we know our results are truly representative of our employee's views.

This position is located in the Office of Commissioner Amy A. Karpel.


Responsibilities
As an Attorney Advisor (Title VII), you will assist the Commissioner to:
• Provide legal support in investigations under Title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, concerning antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard investigations. You will assess often complex factual records and legal arguments, advise and assist the Commissioner in preparation for hearings, votes and decisions, prepare memoranda, and reply to oral and written inquiries from the Commissioner.
• Provide assistance and advice to the Commissioner in administrative and procedural matters relating to Title VII. You will also assist in the Commissioner Office's role of facilitating and coordinating the work of the Commission.
• Provide advice regarding litigation of Commission decisions.


You will be performing day-to-day functions assisting the Commissioner in the accomplishment of the agency's mission. As directed by the needs of the Commissioner, you will perform legal research and draft memoranda or other documents and perform other related work as needed. Due to the level of the organization that this position operates in, you will be required to keep confidences, and you must be able to adjust to changes in direction and perform effectively under pressure.



The ideal candidate for this position would possess experience in substantive areas of international trade and Title VII and have a record of superior achievement in legal education. The candidate would possess superior writing, organizational and oral communication skills, and have the ability to handle large volumes of information with careful attention to accuracy and detail.



NOTE: The term of this position will expire at the end of the Commissioner's term. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer rights to permanent Civil Service status.


Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.


Security clearance
Secret


Qualifications
To be hired as an Attorney Advisor with us, you must:
• Possess at least a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree or a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND
• Currently be a member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


You will be required to submit proof of your Bar membership as part of your application package to show that you meet this requirement. Any offer is contingent on receipt of a letter or certificate of good standing for each bar of which the applicant is an active member dated within 30 days of any offer.



IN ADDITION to meeting the requirements above, you must meet the specific and/or specialized experience below:



To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have at least four years of experience which provided the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This experience must consist of the following: four years of specialized experience which is defined as professional legal experience in areas such as: appellate litigation; antidumping, countervailing duty and/or safeguard law; judicial clerkship; federal administrative law; and/or experience interpreting statutes, regulations, court decisions and agency determinations related to the United States International Trade Commission; OR one year of general experience which is defined as professional legal experience of a broad, general nature, not requiring specialization or expertise in a specific area or type of law AND three years of specialized experience which is defined as professional legal experience in areas such as: appellate litigation; antidumping, countervailing duty and/or safeguard law; judicial clerkship; federal administrative law; and/or experience interpreting statutes, regulations, court decisions and agency determinations related to the USITC.



To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have at least five years of experience which provided the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This experience must consist of the following: five years of specialized experience which is defined as professional legal experience in areas such as: appellate litigation; antidumping, countervailing duty and/or safeguard law; judicial clerkship; federal administrative law; and/or experience interpreting statutes, regulations, court decisions and agency determinations related to the United States International Trade Commission; OR one year of general experience which is defined as professional legal experience of a broad, general nature, not requiring specialization or expertise in a specific area or type of law AND four years of specialized experience which is defined as professional legal experience in areas such as: appellate litigation; antidumping, countervailing duty and/or safeguard law; judicial clerkship; federal administrative law; and/or experience interpreting statutes, regulations, court decisions and agency determinations related to the USITC.


Additional information

NOTE: THIS POSITION WILL BE FILLED USING THE SCHEDULE C HIRING AUTHORITY. AGENCIES MAY SEPARATE SCHEDULE C APPOINTEES AT ANY TIME IF THE CONFIDENTIAL OR POLICY-DETERMINING RELATIONSHIP ENDS BETWEEN THE INCUMBENT AND THEIR SUPERVISOR.



SCHEDULE C APPOINTEES ARE NOT COVERED BY STATUTORY REMOVAL PROCEDURES AND GENERALLY HAVE NO RIGHTS TO APPEAL REMOVAL ACTIONS TO THE MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD.



THIS IS A TIME-LIMITED APPOINTMENT. THE TERM OF THIS POSITION WILL EXPIRE AT THE END OF THE COMMISSIONER'S TERM.



Excepted Service Appointments: 
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer rights to permanent Civil Service status.

Required Documents

1. Resume: Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.



2. Occupational Questionnaire: A completed job-specific occupational questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account.



3. Proof of Bar Membership: Documentation must show that you are a member of the Bar of a state, territory or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. If you are made an offer, you must submit a Certificate of Good Standing dated within 30 days of the offer.



4. Transcripts: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s), as specified under the Education section of this announcement. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for application purposes, provided they show your classes, grades, dates of attendance and award of any degree. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

 

To Apply: 

The closing date of this announcement is 10/3/19. Those who are interested should apply through the USAJobs website at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/545942800

On a case by case basis, applications may be accepted after the October 3rd closing date.  Please send resumes or inquiries to Ronald Johnson at ronald.johnson@usitc.gov after this date.