U.S. International Trade Commission Investigative Attorney in District of Columbia, District Of Columbia
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An independent Federal agency, the Commission provides the President and Congress with high-quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues; hears and decides import injury cases; and publishes the United States' tariff schedule. You will find a working environment throughout the Commission that is dedicated to the development of your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and personal life.
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The position is located in the U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Unfair Import Investigations. The ideal candidate for this position would possess experience in the substantive areas of intellectual property and/or unfair competition law, as well as experience in litigation, experience or education related to the mission and functions of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations, such as a background in engineering or another scientific field, and a record of superior achievement in legal education. As a staff attorney in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations, you will be responsible for litigating interesting, challenging and complex cases primarily involving patent infringement.
As a General Attorney, you will provide expertise in proceedings pertaining to intellectual property rights (particularly patents) and unfair methods of competition under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended; represent the public interest in Section 337 investigations and ancillary proceedings, including appearing before administrative law judges in the hearings of such cases; investigate alleged violations of Section 337 by participating in discovery, including depositions and pre-trial proceedings involving expert witnesses; and participate in motions practice and briefing before administrative law judges and the United States International Trade Commission.
Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. citizenship is required.
- You may be required to serve a two-year trial period.
- You must successfully complete a background investigation.
- You will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement.
- Proof of Bar membership is required.
- You must provide a Certificate of Good Standing if you are made an offer.
You must meet all of the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.
GS-14: Applicants must have at least four (4) years of experience which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This experience must consist of the following: one (1) year of specialized experience which demonstrates the engagement of general law practices; or experience in knowledge of legal theories, or principles, methodologies and practices of the application of legal skills in a field closely related to the duties to be filled AND three (3) years of specific experience defined as specialized professional legal experience which enabled the candidate to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work relevant to the Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission.
GS-15: Applicants must have at least five (5) years of experience which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This experience must consist of the following: one (1) year of specialized experience which demonstrates the engagement of general law practices; or experience in knowledge of legal theories, or principles, methodologies and practices of the application of legal skills in a field closely related to the duties to be filled AND four (4) years of specific experience defined as specialized professional legal experience which enabled the candidate to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work relevant to the Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission.
In addition to the specialized experience and educational requirements, applicants must 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 a 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.
Applicants 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.
Submit a copy of your law school transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.
Foreign Education Credential Interpretation:http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
SF-15 (veterans claiming 10 point preference): http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdffill/SF15.pdf
Special hiring authorities for veterans: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx
Severely disabled persons program information: http://www.opm.gov/disability/People with disabilities.asp
Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf
Assessment Question: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10151928
Vacancy ID number:10151928
Reasonable accommodations:This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be rated by our applications system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following area:
- LEGAL ANALYSIS
- ORAL AND WRITTEN ADVOCACY
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW
We will evaluate your relevant education and/or work experience as they relate to the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
Best:Placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).
Better:Placement inthis category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.
Good:Placement in this category indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
Candidates in the Best category will be the first ones sent to the hiring manager for interview consideration.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and nonpaid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary; (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration.
Upon closing of this announcement, we will first review your application to ensure it is complete. If you fail to submit all of the required documentation, you will be ineligible for further review or consideration. Completed applications are then evaluated for basic qualifications requirements, and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in the vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official for the position.
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- Required Documents
To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11:59 PM ET 03/23/2018.
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 or faxed via the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.
3. Proof Bar Membership -Proof showing 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 law school transcript(s) with your application. If selected, you will be required to submit an official/sealed law school transcript(s) prior to employment.
5.*Notice of Veterans' Preference:* There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the USITC considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g. DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) to their submissions. Although the point preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claims. The SF-15, which lists the type of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management website at: http://www.opm.gov.
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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- How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit it along with the documentation specified in the "Required Documents" section below. You must apply online, which allows you to review and track the status of your application. Documents and application references are available at the "Other Information" section of this announcement. You must meet qualifications as of the closing date of the announcement and your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 (EDT) on 03/23/2018. Please note that this announcement has application limits and may close prior to this date.
To begin the online application process:
a) Log onto USAJOBS, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account, or to log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
b) Click the "Submit My Answers" button to submit your application package.
c) To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the "Application Status" link, and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, documentation received and processed, and any correspondence we have sent you related to this job opportunity. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application: Log into your USAJOBS account and click "Update Application" in the vacancy announcement section. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete
Agency contact information
Office of Unfair Import Investigations 500 E St SW Washington, DC US
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You will receive an auto-generated e-mail telling you your application has been received. After the application count cut-off date has been met, your application package will be reviewed by the Commission's Human Resource Management Office for completeness and satisfaction of the basic qualification requirements for this position. Applicants who have complete applications and meet the basic qualifications are then placed in one of the following categories: Best, Better and Good. Candidates in the Best Category are the first group sent to the hiring manager for consideration. If additional names are needed, applicants from the other two groups are referred in group order. Within each category, those with veterans' preference eligibility will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
Your application may also be reviewed by Subject Matter Expert(s). If you are selected for an interview, you can expect a structured interview process, which may include a meeting with 2 to 4 Commission staff members.
We appreciate your interest in the Commission and commit to keeping you informed on the status of your application. You will be notified of the following major milestones:
- Receipt of your application;
- Determination whether your application shows you meet the minimum qualifications for the position;
- Determination whether your application was in the group for referral to the hiring official; and
- The final outcome of the vacancy.
These notices will be emailed and posted directly on your USAJOBS account.
You can always check the status of your application as the recruitment process moves along by:
- Logging into your USAJOBS account;
- Selecting Application Status; and
- Reviewing the Status column.
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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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- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
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- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493271300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/09/2018 to 03/23/2018
Salary: $114,590 to $164,200 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 14 - 15
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent