Washington, D.C
Sep 24, 2022
Oct 03, 2022
Full Time

The EAC is charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, accrediting testing laboratories, certifying voting systems, maintaining the national mail voter registration form, auditing the use of HAVA funds, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information about election administration. Four commissioners, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, carry out the mission of the EAC as provided by HAVA and set policy for the Commission.

The incumbent of this position serves as Associate Counsel for Grants and Compliance and reports to the General Counsel. The incumbent will primarily provide legal advice, opinions, and related training on issues pertaining to appropriations law and grants administration to the Office of Grants Management. In addition, the incumbent will supervise the EAC records management program and ensure agency compliance with National Archives and Records Management (NARA) guidance and regulations. The incumbent will work closely with the EAC Compliance Officer and provide advice and counsel to the Officer on compliance matters affecting the EAC. The incumbent will also work with the Senior Associate Attorney, General Counsel, and EAC division leaders on matters concerning the Paperwork Reduction Act.

In the absence of the General Counsel, the incumbent will report directly to the Executive Director. The supervisor makes assignments by defining the overall objectives, priorities, and deadlines. The incumbent plans the work, resolves problems, and carries out responsibilities with a great deal of independence. The incumbent exercises considerable independent judgment in determining the appropriate course of action to take in carrying out the responsibilities of the position.

The position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This position is excepted from the competitive service.


The incumbent provides expertise to EAC on matters related to appropriations law and grants management issues. Activities may include:
  • Conduct legal research, draft legal opinions, and provide written and oral advice to the General Counsel, the Executive Director, and the Office of Grants Administration concerning new and existing appropriations and relevant Executive Branch guidance and directives.
  • Provide legal advice on EAC and federal grant requirements and resolve complex questions of law related to the agency's grant-making functions, including novel and complex legal issues related to grants with little to no prior precedence, including cost allocation, allowability, allocability, and other related areas which arise in furtherance of and in connection with the mission of EAC.
  • Assist in the development and review of grantee inquiries on grant activities, expenditures and guidance produced by the agency for technical assistance and oversight with consideration of legality, soundness, and advisability and programmatic implications. Provide drafting and other technical support to support the department's policy-making related to all grant programs.
  • Assist or advise directly on day-to-day time-sensitive legal issues, including but not limited to grants, cooperative agreements and government contracts, regulatory matters, transactions and/or litigation, appropriations/fiscal law, administrative law, and appropriations.
  • Provide legal advice on issues related to the administration, interpretation, and implementation of HAVA and the National Voter Registration Act as well as guidance on matters related to the DATA Act, the Federal Records Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act.
  • Assist the General Counsel in ensuring that the EAC meets all federal, state, and local legal and regulatory requirements, which are administered by or affect the operations of the EAC. Review proposed policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Inform key staff of changes in federal, state, and local laws and regulations that may affect the operations of the EAC. Interpret laws and regulations pertaining to EAC administration. Provide support to the General Counsel in Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Board management. Serve as a liaison with other agencies as needed.
  • Support the General Counsel in reviewing and approving statements of work, contracts, memoranda of understanding, and cooperative agreements to assure that these actions and agreements comply with law and protect the interests of the Commission.
  • Performs other duties that require the advice and counsel of the Office of General Counsel as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

Candidate must be a US Citizen.

Candidate must meet all qualifications prior to the closing date of this announcement.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must submit an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
  • This is an excepted Service appointment. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period.
  • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


  • Education: You must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have a professional law degree (i.e. JD). (You must supply a transcript to document how you meet this requirement, or you will be rated ineligible). Applicants with a record of excellence in academic achievement, superior legal research and writing skills, strong analytical skills, and exceptional communication abilities are encouraged to apply.
  • Bar Membership: You must be a member in good standing with the Bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (You must submit a copy of your bar membership, or you will be rated ineligible).
  • Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the education and Bar membership requirements above, to qualify for this position, you must also have at least 3 years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the Bar, at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in Federal service.
Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is related to the work of the position to be filled.

Specialized experience includes demonstrating the following:
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and administrative policies in the areas of appropriations and federal grants administration.
  • Experience providing legal guidance on the full range of legal issues that arise at a federal grant-making agency, in an environment where there is no or little precedence.
  • Experience providing legal advice and services on federal grant requirements and resolving complex questions of law related to grant-making functions.
  • Experience working with leadership and providing clear legal advice to executives or senior officials to help agency leadership think strategically about practices and policies to minimize organizational risk.
  • Experience in drafting or revising organizational policies and procedures, based upon continuing review of case law, appropriate legislation, and regulatory implementation, to minimize organizational legal risk.
You must provide clear documentation in your resume how you meet this experience requirement, or you will be rated ineligible.


Law Degree - American Bar Association (ABA).

Additional information

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.