Deputy General Counsel (Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs)

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
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  • Posted
    Apr 01

Position description

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and is responsible for providing legal advice and legal advisory services to the Chairman, Commissioners, Executive Director, and Divisions with respect to  legal issues arising in connection with the administration of the Commodity Exchange Act (Act or CEA), and the functions of the Commission.  


As the Deputy, Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs, you will serve as the principal advisor to the General Counsel with respect to management and leadership of the OGC Intergovernmental Affairs program. Specifically, you will:

  • Plan and organize OGC’s intergovernmental affairs program, including establishing program policies and plans, defining program goals and objectives, and determining the resources necessary to meet program requirements.
  • Serve as the principal advisor with respect to monitoring, reviewing, and evaluating proposed legislation, particularly with regard to the agency’s reauthorization, but also for all other legislative issues involving the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA).
  • Work with the CFTC’s Office of Legislative Affairs to respond to Congressional inquiries, brief Congressional representatives, and provide technical assistance to Congress, the Chairman, and Commissioners regarding proposed legislation related to the Commission and the CEA.
  • Work with operating divisions to establish, coordinate and implement program initiatives involving other governmental agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Treasury Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and Congress.
  • Act as the representative of the General Counsel in inter-agency meetings and as the liaison with contacts on behalf of the Commission, and provide legal counsel to other agency representatives with respect to the Commission’s input into intergovernmental collaborative work products.
  • Provide ongoing advice and assistance to the General Counsel, Chairman, Commissioners, and other Offices and Divisions on planning legislative and intergovernmental program initiatives.
  • Anticipate and respond to sensitive legal issues involving concerns of other regulators and financial markets, as well as interests on the part of Congress.
  • Work with the FSOC and other financial regulators to formulate and implement coordination policies and procedures to guide interagency coordination with regards to rulemakings, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and other initiatives.
  • Liaison with the Office of International Affairs and provide legal assistance in drafting international reports, memoranda of understanding, and related documents in coordination with OGC regulatory groups.
  • Provide ongoing advice and assistance to the General Counsel and agency senior staff in researching, preparing, presenting and defending legislative and other intergovernmental initiatives to implement Commission policy.
  • Develop solutions to legal issues arising with respect to legislative and other intergovernmental initiatives to advance the Commission’s mission.
  • Provides ongoing advice and assistance to the staff of the Commission's whistleblower program, 7 U.S.C. § 26, and reviews and evaluates proposed decisions and interpretations of the implementing rules for the program, 17 C.F.R. Part 165, by the Whistleblower Office.
  • Review and resolve Freedom of Information Act appeals to the Commission.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • One Year Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period May Be Required
  • Relevant experience (See Qualifications Below)


Bar Membership: Currently an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as JD and Bar membership information (institution name, state for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will result in an incomplete application. 



CT-16: In addition to the qualifications above, applicants must have demonstrated a high level of professional experience in the field of law, which would allow the incumbent to perform as a peer with partners in major law firms and their equivalent.

Relevant experience is defined as an attorney, law clerk, or other legal experience which was obtained subsequent to graduation from law school. 

In addition, applicants must demonstrate the executive ability to manage people and resources to achieve program results, build effective coalitions, and successfully lead change.


Education: Successful completion of a full course of study (JD) in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

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