Attorney-Adviser (Veterans) - Executive Assistant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 24, 2022
Closes
Nov 29, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals, the works under the direction of the Chairman. Within broad guidelines, acts with considerable independence and is expected to carry out assignments without preliminary instruction. When assignments are made the Chairman may discuss the significance of the problem and provide background, but from that point on the incumbent works independently with full responsibility for the decisions and actions in providing legal and policy advice and guidance to staff. Discusses with and briefs the Chairman on the most complex and precedent-setting cases and issues, including time-sensitive Congressional and interagency correspondence, draft legislation and policies, and operational changes. Opinions, determinations, recommendations, and written work product are accepted without technical review and must conform to law, policy, standards, and operational procedures/practices.

This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-15. At the GS-14 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-15 Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

Major Duties:
  • Serves as a senior advisor and strategist to the Chairman and Vice Chairman on the substantive mission-oriented functions or programs of the Board. Reviews proposed legislation for impact on current programs, policies, and operations. Reviews draft regulations to implement new or revised legislation.
  • Responsible for oversight of many key, sensitive, and high-level legal programs within the Board. Represents the interests of senior management, exercises sound judgment, provides technical and legal expertise independently and with collaboration across organizational lines to provide sound legal advice and policy/program recommendations.
  • Is a technical authority, provides expert legal advice, including oral and written legal opinions, on complex and often controversial questions of law pertaining to statutory, regulatory, and policy matters.
  • Provides broad assistance in the development of policy, planning, and analysis of varied complex legal and technical issues, including the preparation of advisory legal opinions, high-level correspondence, and operational guidance.
  • Responds to veteran-related and time-sensitive communications referred to the Chairman by the President of the United States, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Congressional leaders and staff, and other high-level officials and key external stakeholders.
  • Develops measurement criteria for evaluating program performance and effectiveness. Assesses the impact of emergent issues and provides objective, independent assessments and recommendations for strategies to address them.
This position is in the Excepted Service under authority 5 CFR Part 6, Exceptions from the Competitive Service, Rule VI and does not confer competitive status.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Available
Duty Location Status: Will work from VA owned or leased space.
Position Description Title/PD#: Attorney-Adviser (Veterans) - Executive Assistant/ PD190740 and PD190450
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary. There are no special physical demands for this position.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Selectees may be required to serve a one year trial period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/28/2022.

Basic Requirements:
  • Citizenship. Be a citizen of, or owe allegiance to, the United States.
  • Bar Membership Requirements. All attorneys in the GS-0905 series must be active members in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia and must hold a current, unrestricted license to practice law. Employees must maintain their compliance with this requirement. The duties of the position call for appearance in court. The applicant must be a member in good standing of the bar or be eligible for admission to the bar, of the state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.
    • Loss of Good Standing/Bar Membership. Employees must maintain good standing in a bar of a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia while employed as an attorney with VA. Failure to maintain good standing in a bar of a state or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia provides grounds for removal and possible termination from employment with the VA. Applicants may qualify based on education and/or experience as described below.
  • Education: This position and grade level requires you to possess a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from an accredited law school OR a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school in a field directly pertinent to the position.

Selective Placement Factor (SPF): In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, applicants must also possess the Selective Placement Factor (SPF) for this position. SPFs are job-related knowledges/skills or abilities that are essential for satisfactory performance on the job. Applicants that do not possess the SPF are ineligible for consideration. The SPF for this position is:
  • Knowledge and experience concerning of laws, policies, and regulations affecting military personnel, veterans, and their families
Grade Determination, GS-14 level: Four years of progressively responsible experience as described in the Quality of Experience, of which a maximum of one year of the required experience may be acquired prior to admission to the bar, and that demonstrates experience performing similar work and responsibilities as described in Nature of Cases or Legal Problems, Type III and Level of Responsibility D in the OPM Position Classification Standard for General Attorney Series, GS-0905.

Grade Determination, GS-15 level: Four years of progressively responsible experience as described in the Quality of Experience, of which a maximum of one year of the required experience may be acquired prior to admission to the bar, and that demonstrates experience performing similar work and responsibilities as described in Nature of Cases or Legal Problems, Type III and Level of Responsibility E in the OPM Position Classification Standard for General Attorney Series, GS-0905.

Quality of Experience: Applicants must have one or a combination of the following types of Quality of Experience in the amount indicated for the
  • Practice of law includes private, state, or Federal practice in any field of law.
  • Other legal experience of a responsible nature is experience in any one or a combination of the following performed in a law office, government office, or in the legal department of a business establishment, in the armed forces, or other Federal service:
    • Conducting legal research, analyzing statutes, writing legal opinions;
    • Writing authoritative or advisory legal opinions involving interpretation of state or Federal laws, regulations, and orders, or the drafting of such regulations or orders; or
    • Drafting, analyzing, and other legal activities with respect to bills, regulations, Executive Orders, proclamations, or statutory provisions.
  • Reference: VA Handbook 5005/148, Part II, Appendix F36, Qualification Standard, General Attorney, GS-0905-11/15.

    You may qualify based on your experience as described below: You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
    • Administrative Law
    • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
    • Technical Competence
    • Organizational Awareness

    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; religions; 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.

    Note: 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.

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ .

    Education

    There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

    Additional information

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .