Washington, DC; El Segundo, CA; Queens, NY; College Park, GA;Des Plaines, IL, United States
Sep 09, 2023
Sep 23, 2023
Full Time

Serves as an Attorney-Adviser in the Airports & Environmental Law Division (AGC-600) providing legal expertise and guidance concerning a broad scope of complex, novel, and cross-cutting, airport, civil rights and environmental law matters.


Serves as legal counsel to FAA lines of business and staff offices advising on decision-making, providing legal interpretations, responding to questions from non-legal staff and preparing written documentation to support the agency's position in the areas of environmental, airports or civil rights.

Provides litigation support on cases brought by or against the FAA in the areas of environmental, airports or civil rights. This may include: compiling the administrative record; performing legal research/reviewing/editing litigation papers; and working with attorneys from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies on case strategy and legal positions.

Provides content expertise with regard to updates and amendments to or the promulgation of regulations that apply to environmental, airports or civil rights issues. Provide technical assistance with regard to legislative proposals that fall within the area of environmental, airports or civil rights.

Provides legal expertise and counsel to FAA's Office of Airports on matters of general administrative law. This may include: legal issues arising out of FAA grant and loan programs such as the Airport Improvement Program or the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law; airport compliance and enforcement matters; adjudication of matters brought under FAA's quasi-judicial airport complaint program (14 CFR part 16); the issuance of policy statements and guidance related to airport safety and operations. The incumbent may assist FAA program offices in implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, providing a once in a general investment of $25 billion into the nation's airports and transportation infrastructure.

Provides legal expertise and counsel to FAA program offices on the full range of environmental issues arising under all Federal environmental statutes. Provides legal counsel to FAA program offices with regard to agency actions requiring evaluation under the National Environmental Policy Act, which in many cases focus on impacts resulting from aviation noise. These issues may result from FAA funding or approval of airport development projects; changes to air traffic procedures; or agency actions with regard to commercial space actions such as the issuance of a launch license.

Provides legal counsel on cross-cutting, novel and complex environmental and airport issues related to integrating new entrants into the national airspace system, e.g., unmanned aircraft systems or "drones" and advanced air mobility operations (highly automated electric vehicles providing short-range trips in the airspace).

Provides legal counsel with respect to the development of agency policies that relate to civil aviation noise, including noise metrics and thresholds; aviation's contribution to climate change; and environmental justice.

Provides legal counsel to FAA's office of Civil Rights with regard to allegations of discrimination and the implementation of FAA's and DOT's disadvantaged business enterprise programs.

Proactively identifies and appropriately pursues solutions to effectively represent the agency's interests in responding to high priority issues. Takes initiative to meet established proficiency level goals and objectives. Keeps clients informed of developments, to include why and when an extension of time may be necessary.

Identifies and learns emerging issues, principles, and practices relevant to the legal practice area. Demonstrates strong working knowledge of legal concepts and processes and proficiency in applying these concepts.

Receives minimal supervision from a manager or higher level attorney on complex cases, including those for which there are no clear precedents, and limited supervision on progressively advanced cases. Routine work is performed independently. Knows when to seek guidance from management or higher level attorney.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


To qualify for this position, ALL applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

(1) have a JD Degree from an accredited law school;

(2) be admitted to practice before the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction or within the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico;

(3) be an active member of that bar; and

(4) demonstrate at least one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band (FG/GS-13/FV-I) that is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. A candidate must possess three years of attorney experience and one year of specialized experience, for a total of four years of experience.

  • Experience developing, interpreting statutes, regulations, agency policy or program guidance to provide legal advice, litigation support, and counsel on complex administrative or environmental law matters.

You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

*Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.*

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; or (3) alphabetical, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

**All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.**


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

For additional information regarding foreign education, visit:

**Applicants who are not currently in the 905 occupational series (Attorney) in the Federal Government and fail to provide a copy of an unofficial or official transcript will not receive further consideration for this vacancy. Upon selection, if not currently employed in the 905 occupational series (Attorney), you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.


1) As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA section, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a human resource specialist as appropriate.

2) This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:

3) This Level 5 (Moderate Risk; Public Trust) position requires favorable adjudication of a Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

4) Some, all, or none of the referred applicants may be interviewed.

5) The base salary range above will be adjusted as applicable:
  • El Segundo, CA: $119,770 - $185,677 (incl 34.89% locality for Los Angeles, CA)
  • Washington, DC: $117,639 - $182,374 (incl 32.49% locality for Washington, DC)
  • College Park, GA: $109,231 - $169,338 (incl 23.02% locality pay for Atlanta, GA)
  • Des Plaines, IL: $115,242 - $178,657 (incl 29.79% locality pay for Chicago, IL)
  • Queens, NY: $120,898 - $187,426 (incl 36.16% locality pay for New York, NY)

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by AFSCME Local 1653.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA


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Eligibility 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 Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.


A career with the U.S. 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 benefits

Eligibility 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.

Required Documents

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.

ALL applicants MUST submit the following: (1) resume with complete work history; (2) proof of active membership to the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction or within the District of Columbia. (Please provide bar association number(s) and verification of active status.); (3) writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages in length); and (4) copy of unofficial or official transcript from an accredited law school verifying JD degree. Applicants who are or have been employed by the Federal Government SHOULD also upload a copy of the most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action). For guidance on how to create a Federal resume, visit Only the documents listed above will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents MUST be uploaded or before the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit all required documents by the closing date will result in a finding of ineligible. We are not responsible for incomplete, missing or illegible documents.

This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 905 series.

College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the 905 series with the FAA.

College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying a 905 series.

If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. 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.

How to Apply

If you are requesting consideration for the Persons With Disabilities/Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWD/PWTD) special hiring authority, you must submit the following documentation: Schedule A Letter (This may be a letter or other documentation on official stationary/letterhead with an official signature. It must clearly state that you are eligible for appointment under the PWD/PWTD hiring authority or a Schedule A appointment authority as outlined in 5 CFR Section 213.3102(u). This document need NOT identify the specific disability, medical history, or need for accommodation.) Veterans' Preference: Federal Aviation Administration attorney positions are in the excepted service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Aviation Administration considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include this information in your application along with the supporting documentation, e.g., SF-15, DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documents. Veterans currently on active duty: You must submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. Prior to being appointed, you must provide a DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy or equivalent), documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave. You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Received" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Received" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Agency contact information

Amber Newkirk


1 (202) 267-6268


1 (202) 267-8330



Federal Aviation Administration
HQ Employment Services Branch
800 Independence Ave, SW, Room 523
Washington, DC 20591

Next steps

Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

For instructions on how to check the status of your application, please go to: USAJOBS Help Guide.

Important - If you make any changes to your application, you must resubmit it. If you make changes to your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and only your previously submitted application will be evaluated.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.