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Attorney-Advisor (General)

As we work to ramp up the vigor of our oversight of consumer financial laws, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is seeking highly qualified attorneys at all experience levels to join our team. We offer a range of opportunities for attorneys to work on significant and complex consumer protection issues facing our nation. The effectiveness of the Bureau depends upon the continued recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys of varied backgrounds and skills and offer an inclusive environment that relies on diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people.

This position is located in one of the Attorney Groups of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), including, but not limited to, the Offices of Enforcement, Supervision Policy, Regulations, Fair Lending & Equal Opportunity, and the Legal Division.

The incumbent will serve as a primary legal advisor on issues related to consumer financial regulation, the supervision of bank and non-bank entities, enforcement of consumer financial policies, CFPB operations, or any issue under the jurisdiction of the Bureau. The following are the duties of this position at the CN-71 (broadly equivalent to the GS-15). If you are selected at a lower grade level, your duties will be adjusted accordingly. Attorneys at CFPB may be eligible for promotions subject to the Bureau’s Attorney Hiring & Promotion Policy.
  • Develops and executes investigation and enforcement strategy, such as the use of informal and formal requests for information, civil investigative demands, and witness interviews for enforcement matters.
  • Conducts analysis of factual and legal issues presented provide definitive analysis and advice to senior management. Drafts and reviews memoranda analyzing legal and policy issues, amendments to regulations, Congressional testimony, official CFPB interpretations, and analyses of proposed legislation, rules and policies. Provides explanations and advice on complex technical aspects of statutes and regulations to management.
  • Engages extensively in legal research and writing, identifying legal issues, proposing resolutions, constructing alternative arguments and solutions, and recommending alternative courses of action in cases involving complex facts and no clear-cut precedent. Consults with fellow legal staff and other Bureau subject matter experts on relevant issues to develop strategies to address emerging concerns.
  • Participates in and may lead complex rulemaking projects, such as major regulatory amendments or implementing legislation in the area of consumer financial services. Reviews public comments and drafts proposed and final regulations for consideration and makes oral presentations to senior management to defend positions, develop policy and resolve issues.
  • Provides legal research and guidance to issues arising from complex consumer compliance and fair lending examinations. Analyzes compliance efforts and makes recommendations on how regulatory compliance efforts impact consumers.
  • May represent the Bureau at hearings in federal court and administrative proceedings in enforcement actions involving consumer-finance laws with regard to products, services, and fair lending practices.
  • Responds to inquiries from CFPB staff, other federal and state agencies, Congressional staff, private counsel, and the public relating to the interpretation of consumer financial services laws and other regulatory matters.