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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel

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  • Full Time
  • $147,649 - $221,900/year
  • Washington, DC
May 6, 2024 Attorney Energy Law

Job Description

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is ranked within the top 5 mid-size agencies through the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Rankings! This Associate General Counsel position is located in the Office of the General Counsel. For more information visit: Office of the General Counsel

Salary
  • $147,649 - $221,900/year
Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Must meet specialized experience.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • A background investigation is required.
  • Must meet mandatory technical and executive core qualifications.
  • Proof of current, active bar membership required.
  • Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited college or university.
  • This position has an education requirement; you must submit transcripts.
  • You may be required to divest certain energy-related securities.
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.

If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Have your Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. FERC also participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). For more information about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
  • Attend a mandatory ethics training. We are governed by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Standards of Conduct, the criminal conflict of interest statutes, and FERC’s supplemental ethics regulation, which specifically prohibits FERC employees from holding certain energy-related securities. To comply with these regulations and statutes, divestiture of these securities may be required after you begin employment. See 5 C.F.R. 2634-41; 18 U.S.C. 201-208; 5 C.F.R. 3401. If selected, you may also be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of appointment.
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Any information regarding vaccination status will be maintained securely and confidentially.

Qualifications

You must meet the following basic requirements, by the closing date of this announcement: (1) hold a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from an accredited college or university and (2) be a current, active bar member in good standing.

To qualify for this position, you must address the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications questions.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

  1. Please describe your demonstrated expert knowledge of issues related to FERC's authority under the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Natural Gas Act (NGA), including but not limited to section 313 of the FPA and section 19 of the NGA with respect to rehearing of the Commission’s orders.
  2. Please describe your demonstrated experience with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s decision in Allegheny Defense Project v. FERC, 964 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2020), as well as with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s procedures for processing requests for rehearing following that court decision.
  3. Please describe your demonstrated ability with respect to appellate review of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s orders.

For this position, specialized experience is defined as: You must have specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. This level of experience must demonstrate progressively responsible experience in the leadership/executive and technical areas. 

Applicants for an initial SES career appointment must also clearly demonstrate that they possess the broad executive core qualifications needed to succeed in the SES. A summary of the key characteristics for the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at this link: http://opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp

FERC has a certified SES Performance Appraisal System. The salary range for each SES position is determined by the level of responsibility and duties of the incumbent.

Duties

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or Commission, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. The Commission also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects. As part of our goal, we are seeking highly skilled individuals to assist in carrying out the mission of this agency. Join the team and help solve the challenges of managing today's energy markets and set policy direction for the energy industry at large.

The Commission is looking for an experienced senior level executive to serve as the Associate General Counsel. The Associate General Counsel for Rehearings reports directly to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel and is responsible for leading the Rehearings section of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  The Rehearings section provides the Commission legal services with respect to requests for rehearing of earlier Commission orders issued pursuant to the Commission’s authorizing statutes.  

Additional duties as the Associate General Counsel for Rehearings:

--Oversees the analysis of legal issues in draft orders and memoranda related to wide-ranging matters that may be raised in requests for rehearing of Commission orders issued pursuant to the Commission’s authorizing statutes including but not limited to the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, and the Interstate Commerce Act.

--Contributes to the formulation of legal and policy positions of the Commission on issues involving the Commission's regulatory responsibilities under the Commission’s authorizing statutes.

--Advises the Chairman and Commissioners, the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel, and other Commission senior staff on matters within the expertise of the Rehearings section.

--Coordinates and cooperates with other sections within OGC and with other Program Offices to implement Commission policy and ensure consistent and legally defensible approach to regulatory policy.

--Supports the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in responding to written and oral inquiries from Congress, other Executive Branch agencies, and other interested parties.

--In managing the section's processes, monitors, analyzes, measures and evaluates work and administrative processes to ensure effective and efficient operations. Directs section staff so that all processes work effectively within the teaming and collaborative environment set forth for both OGC and Commission operations. Teams, as appropriate, with managers and staff of other OGC sections and other Program Offices to achieve efficient process operations.

--Promotes, models, and supports the values of the Commission. Ensures that both personal activities and those of subordinate managers and staff adhere to and promote the specified leadership behaviors defined for all Commission leaders. Plans and implements section activities in a strategic fashion to not only accomplish section objectives, but also to meet goals and objectives within an OGC and Commission-wide perspective. Sets direction for the section and sets expectations for all section staff to carry out that direction.

Education This position has a basic education requirement listed under the “Qualifications” section of this announcement. Other Information

FERC is ranked as the #1 mid-size agency in both Teamwork and Effective Leadership in the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work rankings!  In addition, FERC is ranked as a top 5 agency in Work-Life Balance and is proud to offer telework and workplace flexibilities in accordance with agency policy.

The duty location of this position is Washington, DC. 

Required Documents

Please note that if you do not provide all required information by the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR ALL CANDIDATES:

1.) RESUME: We encourage you use the USAJOBS online Resume Builder to ensure all the essential information is included in your resume. If you decided to submit your own resume, you must ensure it contains the following information for each experience/position:

  • Position title
  • Name of employer
  • Beginning and ending dates of employment (Month/Day/Year format)
  • Hours worked per week
  • Detailed description of job duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities to include any supervisory/managerial responsibilities and number of staff supervised (if applicable)
  • Series and grade or equivalent (for federal positions)
  • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on your education, you must list your education history, including the type of degree and your major of study.

2.) MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUESTIONS: Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) listed. Only the MTQ responses in the text boxes provided will be evaluated to determine technical qualifications. When describing your technical qualifications, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

3.) EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: In order to be considered for the position, applicants are required submit a narrative statement separately addressing each of the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). Each statement should contain at least two examples describing experiences and accomplishments/results specific to that ECQ. As a guideline, 1-2 pages per ECQ is sufficient. Applicants for an initial SES career appointment must clearly demonstrate that they possess the broad executive core qualifications needed to succeed in the SES

4.) TRANSCRIPTS (only required when the position has an education requirement, or you are qualifying for the position based on your education): You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts to verify your education. Unofficial copies are acceptable; however, if selected you will be required to provide official transcripts before your effective date.

5.) SF-50: Current and former Federal employees must submit their most recent SF-50. 

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.

How to Apply

The FERC Careers site provides detailed instructions on how to apply to our vacancies.  For more information visit:  https://www.ferc.gov/careers/job-search/how-to-apply.asp.

Here are a few additional tips: 

  • When applying to a FERC vacancy announcement, please remember you must complete and submit your entire application (including your resume, vacancy questionnaire, and any applicable supporting documentation) no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Please note, it may take you longer to apply to some vacancy announcements than others. Starting your application late on the evening the vacancy closes is not recommended because you might not have enough time to ensure your application is successfully submitted and received.
  • When the specialized experience statement in the vacancy announcement requires experience presenting information to a large audience, your resume should include speeches or presentations you've given.
  • Make sure you verify that your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and specialized experience listed under the “Qualifications and Evaluations” and “How You Will Be Evaluated” sections of this announcement.
  • Remember to submit all required and supporting documentation listed under the
    “Required Documents” section of this announcement

Benefits

A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.



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