Deputy Chief Counsel

Employer
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Aug 12, 2022
Closes
Aug 17, 2022
Ref
626971054
Function
Executive, Chief
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
GS-15 Deputy Chief CounselPay: $148-484-$176,300 DOEOnsite in Washington DC The VA Office of General Counsel (OGC) Personnel Law Group (PLG) serves as the principal advisor to the VA Secretary and VA leadership including the Deputy Secretary, Under Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries, and General Counsel as well as supervisors/managers on Federal personnel-related matters, including employment, labor, whistleblower rights and protections, discrimination, reasonable accommodations, the implementation of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, and VA specific appointment and pay authorities; and liaises with Department of Justice (DOJ), including the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on issues of first impression. PLG consists of two teams that work closely together"A cents € litigation and policy. Litigation team attorneys advise on, review, and litigate performance and disciplinary actions taken against SES and Senior Leaders; represent the VA in handling sophisticated and complex litigation, including class action pay cases, and matters before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; handle cases before impartial arbitrators under the Department's negotiated and administrative grievance procedures. Policy team attorneys advise and provide legal opinions on a wide range of personnel law topics, including, human resources and pay, labor management relations, agreements with other agencies or with non-governmental organizations, Title 38 Disciplinary Appeal Board attorney fee applications, decisions removing matters from bargaining under 38 USC A' |7422, the credentialing, privileging, and licensing of VA health care professionals, and on staffing through employment-based immigration. Policy team attorneys also advise on the development and implementation of personnel law related legislation and rulemaking. Major Duties:Provides advice and guidance to managers and executives within his/her jurisdiction on a vast array of legal IssuesAdvises managers, Human Resources employees, and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) officialsAdvises on laws, regulations (Including those that have the effect of law) of the organization and other Federal agencies, opinions of the Comptroller General or the agency's general counsel, common law, administrative law, etcSupervises and conducts litigation activitiesSupervises and coordinates the Region's participation in defensive and enforcement litigation resulting from the Region's activities under the statutes of Merit System Protection Board (MSPB); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission {EEOC); Title 38 disciplinary actions; Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA): Special Counsel; collective-bargaining and arbitration.Manages the Regional Counsel office and supervising subordinate employees.Plans, directs, and coordinates the activities of the regional office.Supervises the work of the Region and in the selection, assignment, utilization and evaluation of professional and clerical staff.Supervises numerous journeyman-level attorneysSupervises, coordinates, and handles the cases of the Region's participation in defensive and enforcement litigation resulting from the Region's activities under the statutes of Merit System Protection Board (MSPB); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission {EEOC); Title 38 disciplinary actions; Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA): Special Counsel; collective-bargaining and arbitration; Manages the selection, training, motivation, discipline, counseling and evaluation of the staff; Advises on questions of law or administrative policy involved in the operations of the organization and in its contacts with industry, private and professional associations; State, local, or foreign governments; or the general public.