Office of the Secretary

Chief Counsel for Industry and Security

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  • Full Time
  • $147,649 - $221,900/year
  • Washington, DC
March 20, 2024 Attorney Business Law

Job Description

The Chief Counsel for Industry and Security is responsible for providing legal services and counsel to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), including the Under Secretary, on all areas of Bureau responsibility. Some of these areas include: export control; anti-boycott laws and regulations; defense industrial base activities; national security advising; and foreign policy. The position is in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel for Industry and Security.

  • $147,649 - $221,900/year
Conditions of Employment

  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • All members of the SES are subject to geographic relocation.
  • A one-year probationary period is required for new SES members.
  • Subject to pre-employment and employment random drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).

OPM approval is required before appointing any current or former political appointee to a permanent position in the civil service. This includes anyone who has been a political appointee in the last five years.


All candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your resume should demonstrate that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ's), listed below.

It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet all executive and technical qualification factors will automatically exclude you from further consideration.

Executive Core Qualifications: The following are the five ECQs and their competencies. The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential, not to evaluate technical experience. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad experience 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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision).

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.(Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).

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-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: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.(Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management).

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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating).

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at Example of ECQ statements are available at

Professional/Technical Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to manage, plan and implement the work of a legal office, providing sound and timely legal counsel on export control, economic sanctions, antiboycott, foreign investment review and defense industrial base laws, regulations and Executive Orders, including related administrative enforcement, as well as national security, foreign policy, complex rulemaking activities, administrative enforcement, and international trade legal issues impacting a large security regulation-focused organization.
  2. Demonstrated ability to manage, plan and implement all personnel, training, budgetary, and information technology requirements of a legal office, to include communicating across offices, as well as with senior budgetary officials within the organization.
  3. Demonstrated ability to be an effective member of a senior legal team by writing effectively, analyzing executive level legal policy and client program issues, and providing comprehensive recommendations, and meeting and dealing effectively with high level U.S. and foreign government officials and representatives of the private sector.

IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program and your ECQs were certified by an OPM QRB, you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.


The incumbent is responsible for managing, implementing and directing the performance of legal work and activities, as outlined below, as well as related personnel, training, budgetary and information technology requirements:

  • Serves as the legal advisor to the Under Secretary for Industry and Security, the Assistant Secretaries, and Office Directors of the Bureau of Industry and Security concerning the interpretation and application of laws applicable to the Department of Commerce's responsibility for the control and licensing of exports;
  • Oversees Office of the Chief Counsel for Industry and Security (OCC/IS) representation of BIS in proceedings before administrative law judges to impose administrative and civil sanctions for export control or antiboycott violations and assists BIS in the referral of appropriate cases for potential criminal prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice;
  • Serves on BIS's Administrative Case Review Board, which is responsible for establishing charging and settlement parameters for BIS administrative enforcement cases;
  • Provides expert technical legal advice, particularly in connection with criminal export control prosecutions, to U.S. Department of Justice attorneys (including Assistant U.S. Attorneys) regarding laws, regulations and Executive Orders implemented by BIS;
  • Coordinates with legal offices of the Executive Office of the President and other Executive Branch departments on matters related to BIS's responsibilities;
  • Provides legal advice and assistance in connection with related bilateral and multilateral negotiations and technical exchanges pertaining to BIS's functions;
  • Coordinates with the Chief Counsels for International Commerce and Trade Enforcement and Compliance on all international trade-related legal matters that raise issues within their jurisdictions; and,
  • Provides legal guidance and support for BIS's Information and Communications Technology Services (ICTS) program.

Education Incumbent must have a law degree and an active bar membership in good standing in the bar of a U.S. State, the District of Columbia, or U.S. Territory. Other Information

Background Investigation/Clearance: This position is designated as Special-Sensitive (High Risk) | Top Secret - Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).

Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

Application materials: The materials you send with your application will not be returned.


SSN: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer.

Required Documents

This is a resume-based recruitment. Applicants are required to submit only a resume which must provide detailed evidence of how they meet the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

  • Resume that does not exceed the five (5) page limit. (ECQ and PTQ sample experience should be incorporated in the resume and not separately).

Additional documents you may submit:

  1. For current Senior Executive or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility - You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES.
  2. For OPM QRB certified SES Candidate Development Program graduates - You are encouraged to submit your OPM certificate of QRB ECQ approval.
  3. For current Federal employees - You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series, and pay.
  4. Current or former Political Appointees (if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach an SF-50 (i.e. your appointment SF-50). OPM must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information.

Documents not listed above including writing samples, recommendation letters, narrative ECQ and PTQ statements, and proof of veteran status will not be considered and will not be forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

How to Apply

Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS by 11:59pm Eastern Time (ET) (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance. Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement:

  1. Click the blue "Apply Online" button.
  2. If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile.
  3. As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application.
  4. Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy.
  6. Submit the required documents.
  7. If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.
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