Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (Labor)

Washington D.C.
Jun 16, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is an independent administrative federal agency created by Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (also known as the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute) (the Statute), 5 U.S.C. §§ 7101-7135. The mission of the FLRA is to promote stable, constructive labor-management relations in the federal government by resolving and assisting in the prevention of labor-management disputes in a manner that gives full effect to the rights of employees, unions, and agencies. The business of the FLRA is to effectively and efficiently carry out the following five (5) primary statutory responsibilities:

1. Resolving complaints of unfair labor practices (ULPs);
2. Determining the appropriateness of, and supervising and conducting elections to determine the labor-organization representation of, bargaining units (REP);
3. Resolving exceptions to arbitrators' awards (ARB);
4. Resolving legal issues relating to the duty to bargain (NEG); and
5. Resolving impasses in negotiations (Impasse).

The FLRA ranks #1 among all small agencies in the Employee Engagement and New IQ indexes of the 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. And, for the third consecutive year, the FLRA ranks among the Top Five small agencies in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, with #1 rankings in 7 of 10 categories - Effective Leadership, Strategic Management, Teamwork, Work-Life Balance, Support for Diversity, and Performance-Based Rewards and Advancement - and the #2 ranking in Pay in 2016. These results demonstrate the FLRA's commitment to empowering and developing a highly engaged and effective workforce to serve the American people.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be able to pass and maintain a background investigation.
  • Must be admitted to the Bar and be in good standing.
  • May be subject to a 1-year supervisory probationary period.
  • Must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. These requirements include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

    To be eligible for this position, you must:

    Be a U.S. Citizen or National

    Possess a law degree (J.D): from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Applicants must also be member of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a federal court of general jurisdiction. In addition, at least 5 years of post J.D. experience is required.

    Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction. Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will constitute an incomplete application. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. and have:

    In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, you must have:

    Specialized Experience: Subsequent to graduation from law school, and 5 years of post J.D. experience, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is defined as substantive experience: applying the Federal Labor-Management Relations Statute, supervising attorneys and other staff members, performing work on legal case docket or legal publications environment.The incumbent must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required by this position.

    • Knowledge and understanding of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.
    • Ability to research, analyze facts, draw conclusions, and devise practical solutions to complex procedural issues and prepare and present associated findings and recommendations.
    • Skill in designing, implementing, and tracking budgets and performing or leading strategic planning efforts.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management officials and other individuals.
    • Ability to effectively organize, review, lead, supervise and coordinate one's own work and the work of others.

    Or an equivalent combination of professional legal experience and education beyond the first professional law degree, of which one year must have been in the labor relations field or other public employment law field; or comparable, may be substituted for professional legal experience as follows:
    • The second professional law degree (LL.M.) which requires one full year of graduate study may be substituted for one year of professional legal experience.
    • The third professional law degree (S.J.D.) may be substituted for an additional year of professional legal experience.
    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: If currently employed as an attorney by the federal government you must have completed one year of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position filled.

    Probationary Period for New Supervisor - An Attorney is required to complete a single one-year probationary period in an initial supervisory or managerial position, regardless of how many agencies and positions in which the employee has served.

    Trial Periods for Initial Appointment into the federal government or into the Excepted Service - An attorney who is a preference eligible is required to complete a one-year trial period. An attorney who is not a preference eligible is required to complete a two-year trial period. Employees who do not demonstrate that they are qualified for continued employment will be notified and separated before the trial period ends.

    Background Investigation - Must pass fingerprint and criminal background investigations,

    Selective Service System - Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify registration with the Selective Service System or certify being exempt from registering with the Selective Service System.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation

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