Attorney Adviser (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 01, 2022
Closes
Oct 08, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The major duties of the position are:
  • Serves as legal counsel to the General Counsel and other senior agency officials with responsibility for rendering expert legal advice and counsel on all matters relating to the administration of services, benefits, and programs that directly affect TSP participants and beneficiaries (e.g., contributions, withdrawals, loans, rollovers, death benefits, court order processing, etc.)
  • Supports benefit plan governance and fiduciary matters, such as advising on benefit claims and appeals.
  • Reviews agency policies, procedures, operational practices, and communications with TSP participants, to ensure consistency with applicable laws, regulations, and federal guidance.
  • Draft regulations in support of plan rule and design changes.
  • Advises U.S. DOJ attorneys on substantive law governing the outcome of cases brought against the Thrift Savings Plan or its fiduciaries.
  • Advises the Office of External Affairs on the impact to the TSP of proposed legislation.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment


U.S. citizenship is required.

Must be an active member of the bar.

All qualification requirements must be met by 10/19/2022. Your application package will not be considered if it is missing any of the required documents listed under the "Required Documents" tab.

Trial Period. Two-year trial period may be required.

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.

Background Suitability Investigation. Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a federal suitability or security clearance. If selected, you may be offered tentative employment until the background investigation has been fully adjudicated.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position applicants must meet the education requirement, professional certification, and specialized experience requirement as described below.

Education Requirement
Possess a law degree (LL.B or J.D.) and be a graduate from a full course of study in a school of Law accredited by the American Bar Association, or equivalent training. Equivalent training is that training permitted in some states in lieu of attendance at a law school. To be acceptable, this training must be of the kind and nature required by the state in which the bar exam is taken or is to be taken; and

Professional Certification
Be a member in good standing of the bar of the state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and

Specialized Experience

GS-12: Specialized Experience Statement: In addition to having the above education and certification, applicants must have at least one year of full-time specialized work experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (equivalent to the GS-11) in the federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) two years of experience rendering legal advice on laws governing tax-qualified retirement plans, or (2) LL.M. specialized post-J.D. education in the field of tax / employee benefits.

GS-13: Specialized Experience Statement: In addition to having the above education and certification, applicants must have at least one year of full-time specialized work experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (equivalent to the GS-12) in the federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) three years of experience rendering legal advice on laws governing tax-qualified retirement plans, or (2) LL.M. specialized post-J.D. education in the field of tax / employee benefits.

GS-14: Specialized Experience Statement: In addition to having the above education and certification, applicants must have at least one year of full-time specialized work experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (equivalent to the GS-13) in the federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) four years of experience rendering legal advice on laws governing tax-qualified retirement plans, or (2) LL.M. specialized post-J.D. education in the field of tax / employee benefits.

*Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations. 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.

A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Education

You must provide your transcripts to support your educational claims. Transcripts may be unofficial copies, but they must come from an accredited college or university, and they also must include course names and the number of credit / semester hours. Click here to search the database of accredited institutions.

Foreign Education. If you are using education completed at foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign education programs. Foreign education must be deemed equivalent to that gained at an accredited U.S. education program. For further information visit the U.S. Department of Education's website concerning foreign qualifications.

Additional information

The FRTIB offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid time off*, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the 3-tier federal retirement system. The FRTIB also has wonderful benefits and work/life-balance flexibilities that may be right for you. We offer, if applicable:
  • Flexible work schedule options. The FRTIB offers three flexible work schedules, the Gliding Schedule, the Flexible 5-4/9 Schedule, and the Maxiflex Work Schedule. All work schedules allow for an arrival time between 6:00 and 10:00 am. Employees on the Gliding Schedule work 8 hours. Employees on the Flexible 5-4/9 Schedule work eight 9-hour days and one 8-hour day in each biweekly pay period, and receive one scheduled day off. Employees on the Maxiflex Work Schedule work between 4 and 10 hours per day, and core work hours apply; the latest departure time under Maxiflex is 8 pm.
  • FRTIB's telework policy allows for up to (3) days of telework per week for eligible positions.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP ). The EAP provides employees with free confidential assistance for help with personal issues that may be affecting work life. The program also provides consultation to supervisors who are trying to best help an employee with performance and/or attendance problems.
  • Work Life 4 You. The FRTIB provides all employees and their family members with access to the Federal Occupational Health managed referral and information service to assist in dealing with life, family, health, education, work, and finance. This service is provided at no cost to the employee.
  • *Annual and sick leave (paid time off). Employees of the FRTIB accrue both annual and sick leave depending on years of service with the federal government. Annual leave may be used for vacation or other personal reasons. Sick leave may be used when you are ill, when you have a doctor, dental, or optical appointment, or when you need to provide care to an ill family member.
  • Fitness center. The FRTIB employees, at no cost, have access to the fitness center conveniently located on the main level of the building featuring state of the art weight training and cardiovascular equipment.
  • Fitness Membership Reimbursement Program. FRTIB will reimburse employees up to $300 per year for an individual membership fee to a commercial, non-federally sponsored fitness center or virtual equivalent. (Effective October 1, 2022)
  • Extensive training programs and tools supportive of enhancing organization effectiveness and employee development.
  • A monthly transit subsidy for a portion of your commuting costs to help defray the commuting costs of employees who use mass transportation, including commuter bus, Metrorail or Metrobus, or commuter rail systems.
  • Child care program. The FRTIB's childcare subsidy program offers up to $600 in monthly subsidy paid to qualified child care providers of employees meeting the eligibility requirements.
  • Student loan repayment or recruitment bonus, when applicable.
The FRTIB offices are conveniently located within a few blocks of the Union Station metro station. In addition, private parking is available in the building at the posted daily and monthly rates.

.Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position; however, other recruitment incentives may be authorized.