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Counsel for Employment

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 8, 2023

Serve as legal advisor to the Office of the Secretary of the Senate (Office); research and explain complex legal issues; provide written and oral legal advice and opinions; review material, including contracts, for legal soundness and accuracy; recommend actions to ensure legal and ethical compliance; and prepare responses for the Secretary to committee inquiries. Evaluate and discuss issues pertaining to the impact of existing and proposed laws on the operations of the Office; prepare agreements or other documents to protect interests of the Office; and assist in compiling and preparing the Secretary's annual testimony. Represent the Office in resolving issues with other entities that may be difficult or controversial; and research and respond to inquiries from internal/external federal agencies and lobbyists regarding interpretation and standards for compliance with lobbying, contract, tort, and other laws. Provide legal and policy advice to the Offices of the Secretary regarding Secretary of the Senate's Continuity of Operations (COOP), Continuity of Government (COG), and Enduring Constitutional Government (ECG) programs; work closely with office coordinators and departments to ensure the ability of the Office to perform its Constitutional requirements in all circumstances. Maintain current knowledge of the Executive office's Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan; participate in periodic exercises and drills. Plan, develop, rehearse, and implement Secretary of the Senate COOP plan; coordinate and contribute to the preparation and operation of the Secretary's Operations Center and Leadership Coordination Center. As an integral member of the Executive Office of the Secretary of the Senate, support the business operations of the Executive Office with the execution of special events, ceremonies, and official proceedings as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

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Work is performed in an office environment with exposure to everyday risks and discomforts, and
requires the use of normal safety precautions. Work requires frequent walking, standing, bending, and
carrying items up to 25 pounds, as well as regular use of typical office equipment, software programs,
and methods of communication such as a computer, email, telephone, and photocopier. Regular,
predictable, and punctual attendance is required for performance of duties. Work also requires physical
presence in the office, except as otherwise required by the Office of the Secretary.
Work requires a Juris Doctorate degree and a minimum of two years of experience defending
employment claims and advising employers regarding compliance with federal and state employment
laws. Work requires the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of federal employment laws, labor laws, constitutional law, and rules of court.
Basic knowledge of the Senate as an institution preferred.
Ability to research and analyze complex legal issues.
Ability to provide accurate legal advice and to exercise independent judgment in defending clients at
trial-court and appellate-court levels, and at the Supreme Court.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients.
Ability to exercise independent judgment in determining and implementing the client's best defense
strategy in lawsuits.
Ability to professionally handle confidential/sensitive matters and materials.
Ability to concentrate for long periods of time and to pay careful attention to detail.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on a one-on-one basis, to large groups,
and before courts.
Ability to work extended and unscheduled hours as dictated by workload.
Knowledge of modern legal practices and research resources, including LEXIS and/or WESTLAW.
Knowledge of and experience using electronic discovery platforms.
Ability to operate a computer and utilize applicable software programs.
Licensed and in good active standing to practice law from a state or territory of the United States or the
District of Columbia.


See minimum qualifications above for education details and Licenses & Certifications.

Additional information

The Secretary of the Senate is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with the requirements of Senate rules, regulations, and applicable Federal Laws. This agency 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. Decisions to grant reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please email with "Applicant Accommodation" in the subject line. No moving, relocation or pre-employment travel expenses will be paid for this position, or while in application for this position.

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