ATTORNEY ADVISOR

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Wallops Island, Virginia
Posted
Jul 04, 2022
Closes
Jul 11, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Please Note: Employees will be required to report to their assigned office location at least 1 day per week for non-supervisory positions and 2 days per week for supervisory/managerial positions unless the position advertised is designated as a remote-only position.

As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before onboarding with EXIM. We will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

The incumbent serves as a Senior Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States ("EXIM"), the official export credit agency of the U.S. that provides financing in support of the export of U.S. goods and services. The Office of the General Counsel is responsible for providing legal guidance to all divisions of the agency on all legal matters, including EXIM's implementation of its statutory mandate. The incumbent renders the services of an attorney and is responsible for providing legal advice, both orally and in writing, and for drafting legal documentation and memoranda. This position is located in the Structured and Project Finance Counsel group and is a member of the team providing legal support to EXIM on international structured finance matters.

At the full performance level, duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Origination stage drafting and negotiating (or supervising the drafting and negotiating) of core finance and security documents (including, without limitation, credit agreements, common terms agreements, intercreditor agreements and liens, pledges and other security arrangements), in two or more of the following areas: Satellites; Non-satellite telecommunications; Oil and gas (including extraction, refining and/or pipelines or other delivery structures for liquefied natural and other gas and oil); Mining (including integrated mine-power-rail-port projects); Power (including gas or coal-fired power projects and either nuclear, thermal or renewable power projects); Petrochemicals; Basic industry manufacturing; Microchips, semiconductors and/or related high technology; and Airports, seaports, or other infrastructure
  • Routine portfolio management of operating credits for international structured finance matters, including waivers and amendments, restructuring of credits, enforcement of rights and/or arbitration or other dispute resolution,in each case in two or more of the same areas as described in the prior duty item.
  • Working with other members of EXIM staff to evaluate proposed transactions, including sources of legal, commercial, and political risk.
  • Advising members of EXIM staff and management on the most complex transactions, including working with other members of EXIM staff to produce memoranda upon which the Board of Directors, responsible standing committees, or an authorized officer acting pursuant to delegated authority, can approve a transaction.
  • Reviewing preliminary commitments and final commitment notices on complex transactions.
  • Preparing and negotiating documentation required in assigned transactions, including drafting credit agreements, guarantee agreements, master guarantee, funding agreements, etc., and working as appropriate with outside counsel and with other attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Handling issues of programmatic significance which may arise under loan, guarantee, insurance, and working capital guarantee programs.
  • Working on rescheduling (including the Paris Club) and workout situations on individual transactions.
  • Providing legal advice to other members of the agency on a wide variety of corporate, banking, international trade, and financial issues.
  • Analyzing legal aspects of Congressional inquiries and legislative issues.
  • Handling non-transactional issues, including those of major significance or complexity. These issues include legal aspects of the administration and operation of EXIM under the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945, as amended, and other applicable statutes and regulations involving, among others, the Freedom of Information Act, Sunshine in the Government Act, Anti-Lobbying Act, suspension and debarment regulations, environmental issues, and government contracting, etc.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background and Security/Suitability Investigation
  • You may be required to serve a one year probationary period
  • Specialized experience MUST be documented on your resume
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: If you are, or have been employed in the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
  • Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation.
  • Must be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • COVID-19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required.
  • To ensure compliance with this mandate, please review the Federal civilian vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/


Qualifications

Basic Requirements:
  • A graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation.
  • Be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In addition to the Basic Requirements noted above, applicants must also meet and demonstrate the specialized experience listed below:

*It is highly preferred for applicants to have at least four (4) years or more experience as a practicing attorney focusing on international limited recourse project finance for this position (including at least one year of experience leading a team responsible for such work) and possessing the specific specialized experience points listed below.*


Specialized Experience (Credit for Specialized Experience on resume must reflect 40 hours/Full-time per week for each period of work):

GS-15: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience includes:
  • Experience working on transactional matters and complex international limited recourse project finance transactions representing lenders and/or project sponsors generally;
  • Experience leading a team (at the assigned internal counsel with sole coordinating responsibility level or greater in the case of U.S. Government attorney positions, or at the lead associate level or greater in the case of private sector law firm experience, or equivalent experience in the case of other positions) responsible for drafting and negotiating core finance documents (e.g. loan agreements, common terms agreements and common security agreements) representing lenders and/or sponsors in at least two international limited recourse project finance transactions; and
  • Experience independently rendering legal advice and opinions on a wide range of complex and difficult legal and policy issues.
Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-15 grade level.

For qualification determinations, your resume must contain the following for each work experience listed:
  • Organization/Agency's Name
  • Title
  • Salary (series and grade, if applicable)
  • Start and end dates (including the month and year)
  • Number of hours you worked per week
  • Relevant experience that supports your response to the specialized experience that is stated in the job announcement
If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

NOTE: Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications and your application may be marked as incomplete/ineligible and you will not receive consideration for this position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. Please visit the following links for more information:
  • http://www.naces.org
  • http://www.fceatlanta.com
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 .

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined here .

All requirements must be met by 07/13/2022, the closing date of the announcement.

Education

See the requirements specified under the Qualifications section above.

Additional information

The salary range varies according to the geographic area locality adjustments; therefore, rates advertised represent the range from the Step 01 salary amount on the lowest pay table to the Step 10 salary amount on the highest pay table. Pay setting will be dependent upon the selectee's duty location. See the 2022 OPM GS pay table .

Current or Former Political Appointees: Pursuant to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) oversight authority under section 1104(b)(2) of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) and section 5.2 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, OPM requires agencies to seek their approval prior to appointing any current or former political appointee to a permanent position (without time limits) in the civil service. A former or recent political appointee is someone who held a political appointment covered by OPM's policy within the previous 5-year period. OPM's oversight in this area safeguards merit system principles as well as fair and open competition free from political influence. If you are currently employed, or have been employed within the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

Please visit the following link for the types of political appointments.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information, please click here .

Veterans: All veterans must meet the qualification requirements of the position for further consideration. For more information on veterans' preference, please click here .

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Ethical Standards/Financial Disclosure:

EXIM is committed to the highest ethical standards. As an employee, you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. You will be required to complete new employee ethics training within 3 months of your appointment.

If this position is subject to financial disclosure requirements (either public or confidential depending upon your position), you will be required to complete a new entrant financial disclosure report within 30 days of your appointment.