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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Federal Trade Commission
Position Title:
Assistant Director for Mergers II
Open Period:
10/09/2018 - 10/25/2018


ES - 0905 00
USD $126,148 - USD $189,600
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

District of Columbia, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Dianna Mangelsdorf


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Senior Executives
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This vacancy is open to all groups of qualified individuals.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws.  The Commission seeks to ensure that the nation’s markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The Commission also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. Finally, the Commission undertakes economic analysis to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Congress, the Executive Branch, other independent agencies, and state and local governments when requested.



The Assistant Director for Mergers II is located in the Bureau of Competition (BC) of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission).  BC enforces the nation's antitrust laws and seeks to prevent anticompetitive mergers and other anticompetitive business practices in the marketplace.  By enforcing the antitrust laws, BC promotes competition and protects consumers' freedom to choose goods and services in an open marketplace at a price and quality that fit their needs.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.


BC is one of the major operating components of the Commission, with law enforcement responsibilities for antitrust charges arising under Sections 2, 3, 7, and 8 of the Clayton Act and under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.  The Bureau's law enforcement activities affect virtually every segment of the U.S. economy.

The Mergers II Division is one of six litigation divisions in BC responsible for antitrust enforcement in a variety of industries, including coal mines, chemicals, entertainment, and computer hardware. 

The Assistant Director (AD) is a member of BC's senior management team and is delegated to act for the Bureau Director in interpreting and carrying out the FTC's objectives in assigned areas of competition matters.  Major duties include:

  • Serving as the primary link between BC and other Bureau leaders and FTC Commissioners, and maintaining contact with a wide range of public, private, and international groups with diverse interests in competition matters;

  • Devising and implementing Division policy and reviewing policy recommendations that affect the Division and other Bureau missions;

  • Evaluating investigative reports for sufficiency of evidence to support formal legal action, drafting formal complaints containing charges of law violation, and preparing briefs for and conducting the prosecution of complaints before the Federal District Courts or the Commission's Administrative Law Judges, drafting proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and orders;

  • Providing counsel and guidance for staff members on policy questions and matters of legal strategy and reviewing legal documents prepared by the staff for consistency with agency policy, soundness of judgment, and legal sufficiency; providing assistance and guidance to the FTC regional offices in connection with cases tried at the local level;

  • Appearing before the Commission, Congressional committees, industry regulators or representatives, and various forums to discuss the Division's work, emerging trends in competition law, emerging problems of law violations, proposed legislation and regulation, and related matters; and

  • Managing and supervising the activities of the personnel and staff within the Division, performing human resources management functions relative to the staff supervised, and ensuring the training and effective utilization of the staff assigned.


Qualifications and Evaluations


As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the competencies outlined under Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs). Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the ECQs and TQs listed below in supplemental statements. These statements will assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to refer to the selecting official. Qualifications and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit. FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY ECQS AND TQS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

**If you can claim Noncompetitive status—you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM’s Qualifications Review Board (QRB)—you are not required to address the ECQs.  However, you MUST submit supplement statements addressing all mandatory TQs.  Current and reinstatement eligible SES, you must include with your application a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. CDP graduates, you must include a copy of your OPM CDP graduation certificate or other proof that your ECQs have been QRB certified.**



Key Requirements:
  • Must file an Executive Financial Disclosure Report
  • May be required to serve a 1-year SES Probationary Period
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Education Requirements:
    Applicants must have attained a law degree from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any territory of the United States.  Note: proof of bar membership and official law school transcripts showing degree earned will be required before entry on duty.

    A preliminary review of applications will be made to determine if minimum qualifications as defined in this announcement are met.  Applicants who meet all of the mandatory executive core and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications.  This evaluation, using the resume, Executive Core and Technical Qualification narratives will determine which applicants are Highly Qualified based on the information provided in the application.  Highly Qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration. 

    As a prerequisite for an initial career appointment to the SES, the selectee’s ECQs must be certified by OPM’s QRB.




    You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:


    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. Core Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision


    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. Core Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building


    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. Core Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility


    This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Core Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management


    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. Core Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating

    The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation


    You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

    TQ 1 - Demonstrated executive level experience in legal areas relevant to the Federal Trade Commission’s work, including antitrust law, mergers and acquisitions, and federal court litigation.

    TQ 2 - Demonstrated executive level experience in managing and analyzing complex legal issues and questions of litigation strategy; reviewing pleadings, briefs, and legal memoranda; analyzing economic evidence in support of antitrust investigations and litigations; and providing oral and written legal advice and recommendations.

    TQ 3 - Demonstrated executive level experience overseeing the work of attorneys responsible for analyzing economic evidence surrounding antitrust, merger, and competition matters, to include coordinating work of expert witnesses and leading all aspects of an antitrust investigation through final action.


    Benefits and Other Info

    The Federal Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package.  For details, please click here
    Other Information:

    The agency will not pay moving expenses. 

    If we select you for an initial career appointment to an SES position, the Office of Personnel Management’s Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must approve your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) prior to appointment. A selection is tentative until we obtain a QRB certification.

    You must complete a Declaration for Federal Employment before we can hire you in order to certify the accuracy of your written application and provide information necessary to determine your suitability for federal employment.

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, and we select you for this position, you must certify prior to appointment that you registered for the military selective service.  

    If we select you for this position, you must complete personnel suitability documents. Appointment is contingent upon successful completion of an appropriate background investigation.

    Veterans’ preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service. 

    The Federal Trade Commission provides reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Federal Trade Commission. The agency will make determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Questions about the Federal Trade Commission’s accommodation policy may be directed to Liz Kraszewski at (202) 326-3087.

    The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually while employed, and upon termination of employment. You may also be subject to post-employment restrictions.

    Your application includes information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a); collection is authorized under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, '3302 and 3361. We use the information to determine qualifications for employment.

    Effective March 18, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management must authorize any employment offers made to individuals who are currently serving in or have previously served in (within the last five years) political positions, to include Presidential appointees with or without Senate confirmation, Schedule A or Schedule C political appointees, appointees serving in a political capacity under an agency-specific authority, and Noncareer SES employees in the Executive Branch. If you are currently a political appointee, or have been within the last 5 years, please indicate this in your resume. Serving in a political position WILL NOT eliminate you from consideration.


    How to Apply

    How to Apply:


    To apply, click the "Apply Online" button in the announcement in USAJobs and follow the prompts.  If you are unable to apply online, call the Agency Contact listed in this announcement before noon ET on the closing date.  USAJobs Resume Builder resumes will not be accepted for this position. You must upload all required documents.

    Along with a resume and complete online Assessment Questions, provide narrative statements individually addressing each of the ECQs and TQs, not to exceed ten pages for the ECQs and no more than three pages for each TQ. The narrative statements should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. Keep in mind that each ECQ and TQ are unique qualifications. Do not write “Refer to Resume” or refer the reviewer to any other part of your application to explain your answer. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to “See Resume” will be rated as incomplete. Additionally, applications that do not include narrative statements addressing each ECQ and TQ separately will be rated incomplete.

    ECQ narrative statements should be written in the Challenge, Context, Action, Results (CCAR) model format, as provided by OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications. ECQs should focus on relevant experience, education, training and accomplishments gained within the last 10 years. Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. For specific information and guidance on the ECQ requirements, the CCAR model, and examples of good qualifications statements, refer to OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.  Additional information on ECQs is available at

    Required Documents:

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or eliminate you from consideration.

    Please upload the following documents - 

    1. Resume

    2. ECQ Narrative Statements

    3. TQ Narrative Statements 

    4. Complete online Assessment Questions 

    5. If claiming Noncompetitive status, SF-50 showing SES Career Appointment or CDP Graduation Certificate from OPM

    DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - We will not consider extraneous materials, such as award and training certificates.


    Next Steps:

    After a review of your application materials, your applicant status will be updated online at  If you are moved forward to the next stage in the process, you may be contacted by the hiring office.  We base our evaluation of your qualifications on the information you supply.  We will verify performance, suitability, and security information and consider that information in making employment offers.