Deputy General Counsel – Export-Import Bank of the United States
Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: Full Time
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is searching for an appropriate candidate to be the Deputy General Counsel (SL-905-00). EXIM is an independent agency of the Federal Government whose mission is to support U.S. jobs by supporting and facilitating financing for U.S. exports. EXIM is the official export credit agency of the United States. This position is located in the District of Columbia.
The DGC is a senior supervisory position at the senior leader level and serves as the managing attorney responsible for guidance and supervision of the attorneys, paralegals and other personnel in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). Performs the full range of first-line supervisory duties of attorneys and support staff in the Office.
The DGC, under the direction of the General Counsel, shares with the General Counsel the full range of her/his responsibilities when s/he is present, and acts on her/his behalf when s/he is absent.
The incumbent advises Bank management and the Board of Directors on difficult institutional legal problems which affect the Bank as a whole, including development of Bank strategy, policies and products Such legal problems often arise within the context of the functional responsibilities of the incumbent, which include such matters as the legal aspects of claims and recoveries, bank-wide personnel matters (including EEO), FCPA, legislation, the Paris Club, litigation (including dealing with the Justice Department), government contracting, documentation and capital markets.
The DGC advises the Board of Directors and Bank management in considering substantial legal issues arising in loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance for international financial transactions being considered by the Bank.
The incumbent shares responsibility with the General Counsel for timeliness and legal propriety of all documents and agreements associated with the wide variety of international loans, guarantees, insurance and all other legal matters entered into by the Bank and for the general management of OGC.
The DGC advises Bank management and the Board of Directors on a broad range of legal issues related to international trade and trade finance (providing critical evaluation and advice on proposed new products and programs, new approaches and complex problems), the internal governance of the Bank, litigation by and against the Bank, the Bank's status as a government agency and compliance with Federal law, and the relationship between the Bank and Congress and the Bank and other government agencies. The senior management of the Bank and the Board of Directors rely on the incumbent for the legal opinions which matters which come before the Board.
The incumbent advises on legal issues arising from Congressional authorization and appropriations proposed legislation. The incumbent provides advice on and legal supervision of the implementation of studies, reports, policies and procedures arising from legislation, executive orders and judicial proceedings.
The incumbent serves as the chief administrative officer of OGC, responsible for implementing the policies and strategies of the Bank within OGC, and keeps the General Counsel fully informed of all relevant matters relating to the Office. The incumbent has direct supervision over all Assistant General Counsels, and indirect supervision of all attorneys and support staff in OGC.
The incumbent is responsible for day-to-day management of the Office of General Counsel, including personnel planning and work projections; personnel management; hiring process; setting performance goals; performance reviews; and approvals of requests for travel, leave and training.
In addition to special assignments, the incumbent advises on the most difficult, complex and unusual transactions such as large asset-based financings for aircraft or other capital equipment, recoveries involving many creditors with different priorities of rights, private placements or capital market transactions, revolving facilities, major project financing, and transactions involving special institutional legal issues which may set a precedent or policy for the Bank.
The incumbent participates in consultations, discussions and negotiations with applicants. The incumbent represents the Bank at meetings with high level officials of other Federal agencies, executives or officials of exporters, foreign buyers, financial institutions or governments. In both public and private meetings as well as written communications, the incumbent must present the Bank and its programs, procedures and positions in a clear and positive manner.
The incumbent executes routine legal opinions, interacts with the Office of the Inspector General and responds to inquiries and audits, and deals with confidential and secret information from other U.S. government agencies.
The DGC may participate in and head up missions in countries throughout the world to determine financial, economic and legal basis for the consideration of credit applications and the operations under established credits. S/he also performs domestic travel, representing the Bank in conferences, seminars and negotiations with Bank programs, loans and credits.
The DGC must have knowledge of international laws and legal practices that impact international trade and banking. The incumbent must possess knowledge of international organizations and arrangements such as multi-lateral rescheduling procedures in the Paris Club; multilateral development banks; OECD and Berne Union organizations and agreements. The incumbent must have well developed technical skills in legal reasoning, oral and written communication, drafting, review of documents, and negotiation. The incumbent must be able to deal effectively with senior personnel at the Bank, in other government agencies and in the private sector in the United States and with both private and public sectors in foreign countries. The incumbent must possess the ability to explain the Bank’s programs clearly and accurately to other individuals or groups. The DGC must motivate others as well as make special contributions to the work of the office.
In order to be effective, the DGC must have a broad knowledge of the Bank's programs and policies of the international and competitive arena, and of domestic and international banking and business practices related to pre-export lending, export credit insurance, capital goods and project financing. These practices include asset-based financing, limited recourse project financing, leasing, aircraft financing, foreign exchange guarantees, interest and foreign exchange swaps, mixed credits, private markets for political and commercial risk insurance, domestic secured lending practices, and international documentary credits such as letters of credit, and collections. The DGC must also have knowledge of legal rights and remedies in recoveries situations.
This is a permanent, full-time, non-political position, open to U.S. Citizens only. The candidate for this position must be a graduate of a law school accredited in the United States and have at least 15 years of experience practicing law.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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About Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
EXIM is an independent agency of the Federal Government whose mission is to support U.S. jobs by supporting and facilitating financing for U.S. exports. EXIM is the official export credit agency of the United States.