The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.
This position is for an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). The OGC provides legal advice and counsel to the Director of IMLS, the National Museum and Library Services Board, and IMLS staff to support the Institute's statutory mission of promoting museum, library, and information services throughout the nation. The purpose of this position is to render professional legal advice and services with respect to matters having an impact on the agency and its programs, with an emphasis on data, intellectual property, and technology-related law.
- Occasional Travel
- You may be expected to travel for this position.
To qualify for the attorney-advisor position all applicants must be an active member, in good standing, of the bar of the highest court of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Applicants must also possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school.
For the GS-11 level: Applicant must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This specialized experience which is defined as professional legal experience in areas such as: technology-related law, copyright law, or contract/procurement law.
For the GS-12 level: Applicant must demonstrate at least two (2) years of experience which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. This experience must consist of the following: one year of general experience which is defined as professional legal experience of a broad, general nature, not requiring specialization or expertise in a specific area or type of law AND one year of specialized experience which is defined as professional legal experience in areas such as: technology-related law, copyright law, or contract/procurement law.
Make sure your resume supports your response that you select and describes your qualifications of experience for the position. Failure to show evidence of this experience will result in disqualification.
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
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Serves as Attorney Advisor. In this capacity, provides legal guidance on the full a range of legal issues that arise at a Federal grant-making agency with data collection and advisory functions. Researches and resolves legal issues and complex questions of law. Formulates effective legal strategies consistent with the mission of the Institute.
Assists the General Counsel in advising the IMLS Director and staff in interpreting and applying statutes, regulations, and case law pertaining to agency programs and operations. Monitors administrative and judicial opinions and decisions and Executive Branch directives and regulations to determine their applicability to, and possible impact on, IMLS, and provides advice as appropriate.
Provides technical assistance on areas of law where new or significant legal methods, procedures, or approaches are required. These areas of law may include: technology-related functions (including privacy, data-collection and dissemination, and intellectual property), government information practices (including Freedom of Information Act), contracting, Federal ethics and financial disclosure,, and federal ethics, and programs of financial assistance.
Prepares and reviews a variety of legal documents including: policy statements, legal opinions, legal briefs, memoranda, internal and external correspondence, and contractual agreements.
Coordinates and prioritizes multiple assignments in order to effectively and efficiently produce quality legal analysis of complex legal issues, both independently and as part of a team.
Assists with the development and drafting of legislative proposals, as well as interpretation and analysis of legislative language.
Drafts complex agency regulations, and confers with the Office of Management and Budget during regulation review. Drafts reports and notices for the Federal Register and responds to public comments.
Briefs other attorneys and IMLS employees and managers on matters of law within the incumbent's area(s) of expertise and delivering employee training.
Serves as an Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official (ADAEO), supporting the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) in providing legal guidance and assisting in carrying out the agency's ethics program.
Works as a leader and/or team member on ad hoc teams convened to provide quick responses to special projects that may cut across organizational lines, offices, and functions. The incumbent develops networks and builds alliances, collaborating across boundaries to achieve common goals.
Cooperates and coordinates OGC staff and clients to fulfill the agency's mission. Promote and assist with the effective implementation of the General Counsel's plans and priorities.
Other duties and tasks as assigned.