Trial Attorney

Employer
Secretary of the Navy Offices (SECNAV)
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Sep 27, 2022
Closes
Oct 08, 2022
Ref
672986848
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
SummaryYou will serve as a Senior Trial Attorney (GS-15) or a Trial Attorney (GS-14) in the Naval Litigation Office of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of NAVY LITIGATION OFFICE.Learn more about this agencyHelpOverviewAccepting applicationsOpen & closing dates09/19/2022 to 09/28/2022Salary$126,233 - $176,300 per yearPay scale & gradeGS 14 - 15HelpLocationWashington Navy Yard, DCFew vacanciesRemote jobNoTelework eligibleYes-as determined by the agency policy.Travel RequiredOccasional travel - You may be expected to travel up to 20% for this position.Relocation expenses reimbursedNoAppointment typePermanent -Work scheduleFull-time -ServiceExceptedPromotion potential15Job family (Series)0905 AttorneySupervisory statusNoSecurity clearanceSecretDrug testNoAnnouncement numberDE-11648787-22-MJPControl number677145000HelpThis job is open toThe publicU.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the US Clarification from the agencyU.S. CitizensHelpDutiesThe Naval Litigation Office (NLO) is part of the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of the Navy, which generally provides all legal services throughout the Department in the area of commercial law, including the conduct of civil litigation arising in the General Counsel's areas of responsibility. Consistent with the procedures and policies of the Office of the General Counsel and the NLO, the incumbent will principally represent the Department of the Navy before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. The incumbent will also assist the Department of Justice in matters filed against the Department of the Navy in the Court of Federal Claims or other federal courts and may be assigned to other matters as the needs of the office require. The cases may involve hundreds of millions of dollars or have critical impacts on the mission of the Department. Our contract teams handle a varied caseload; applicants with recent, hands-on government contracts litigation experience and complex commercial litigation and/or construction litigation experience are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include preparing pleadings, written discovery, motions and legal memoranda, witness interviews, taking and defending depositions, working with the Navy's experts, first/second chair hearings, issuing and managing litigation hold notices, document collection, and working with NLO's litigation support contractor to manage electronic document databases. Travel is required and is determined by the needs of each case.HelpRequirementsConditions of EmploymentMust be a US Citizen.Must be determined suitable for federal employment.Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.govWithin the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.Per the preliminary nationwide injunction on EO 14043, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be implemented or enforced.For more information on vaccine status and workplace safety protocol requirements see Additional Information below.You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.You will be required to complete training, obtain, and maintain a government credit card for travel and travel-related purchases.Travel is required and determined by the needs of each case.QualificationsThe positions will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) pay system at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade level, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant(s). Senior Trial Attorney: To be selected at the GS-15 grade level, the successful applicant must have a minimum of five and one-half years of recent and relevant professional legal experience. Trial Attorney: To be selected at the GS-14 grade level, the successful applicant must have a minimum of three and one-half years of recent and relevant professional legal experience. Experience must include: (1) recent and relevant litigation experience (2) government contract law/litigation or complex commercial or construction litigation (3) excellence in legal analysis and written and oral communication skills; and (4) ability to work cooperatively and effectively on difficult tasks under time pressure with people of diverse interests. Applicants with a record of making significant contributions to the advancement of the DON OGC or equivalent Office of the General Counsel or, Law Firm/Office beyond the day-to-day legal practice are desired.EducationLaw Degree and Bar Membership: Incumbent must have graduated from a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association, must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, US commonwealth, US territory, or the District of Columbia, and be admitted to practice before a state or federal court, of good character; and in full compliance with continuing legal education requirements of an appropriate bar. The incumbent must maintain this professional qualification at all times as a condition of employment.Additional informationCOVID VACCINATION INFORMATION: To comply with the recent preliminary nationwide injunction on Executive Order 14043, Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees, the Department of the Navy is not taking any action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. New hires will need to provide their vaccination status as well as comply with workplace safety protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. This position is in the excepted service and does not confer competitive status. This position is eligible for part time, full time or ad-hoc telework at the discretion of management. Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement. If selected below the full performance level, you may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments. If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please contact the Department of Navy's Employment Information Center. Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: Interested attorneys may contact one of the following Assistant Directors: Mr. Russ Shultis at (202) 685-7034; Ms. Robyn Hamady at (202) 685-6971; or Mr. David Ruddy at (202) 685-6999 for additional information.Read moreHelpA career with the US government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.Review our benefitsEligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. Candidates will be evaluated on the following: (1) recent and relevant litigation experience (2) government contract law/litigation or complex commercial or construction litigation (3) excellence in legal analysis and written and oral communication skills; and (4) ability to work cooperatively and effectively on difficult tasks under time pressure with people of diverse interests. Applicants with a record of making significant contributions to the advancement of the DON OGC or equivalent Office of the General Counsel or, Law Firm/Office beyond the day-to-day legal practice are desired. If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (eg, 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.HelpA career with the US government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.Review our benefitsEligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.You are required to provide documentation that supports the eligibility and qualification claims made in your resume and assessment questionnaire. You must submit the applicable documents listed here and those listed with the eligibilities you select in the announcement questionnaire with your application package. Applicants who do not provide supporting documentation that fully support their claims will not be referred to the hiring manager. Cover letter is optional. A complete resume is required. Your resume must show relevant experience, job title, duties and accomplishments. Your resume must show complete information for each job entry to support minimum qualifications. The following information should be provided in your resume, but it is acceptable to provide elsewhere in your application package: employer's name, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week, and pay plan, series and grade level (eg GS-0201-09) for relevant federal experience. TIP: A good way to ensure you include all essential information is to use the Resume Builder in USAJOBS to create your resume. Two brief legal writing samples (no more than 15 pages each) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities (excerpts of larger pieces may be submitted). Two most recent performance appraisals with rating official narrative, if available. Names and phone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted. Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 form. Are you claiming membership in any professional organizations, or possession of a license, certificate or credentials? Check the Conditions of Employment section above to see if any are required. If you claim membership, license, certification, or credentials, you must submit a copy of said document in your application package. Are you using education as a substitute for some or all of the experience requirement? Is there a basic education requirement for this position? Check the Education section above to see what is allowed and what is required. Any claims you make in your resume or assessment questionnaire regarding education or degrees MUST be supported by submitting with your application official or unofficial transcripts or a list of courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned issued from your school. While unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial application, an official transcript will ultimately be required if you are selected for the position. You may submit a copy your degree(s) if specific coursework does not have to be verified. Are you a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference or claiming sole survivorship preference? You must submit a copy of your latest DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (any copy that shows all dates of service, as well as character of service [Honorable, General, etc.] is acceptable) OR a VA letter that shows dates of service or service connected disability AND character of service. If you have more than one DD-214 for multiple periods of active duty service, submit a copy for each period of service. If you were issued a DD-215 to amend aforementioned information on the DD-214 you must submit that too. If you are not sure of your preference eligibility, visit the Department of Labor's website: Veterans' Preference Advisor Are you a disabled veteran or claiming 10-point veterans' preference? If you are eligible to claim 10 point veterans preference you must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty as described above for 5-point preference. You must also provide the applicable supporting documentation of your disability (eg disability letter from the VA) as described on Standard Form-15 (SF-15). Are you an active duty service member? Active Duty Service Members are required to submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service must provide the branch of service, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents contain personal information such as SSN and DOB and some documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove said personal information before you submit your application. You must provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected.If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the US Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees fromschools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the US Department of Education.Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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