Attorney Advisor

Washington D.C.
Jul 26, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is for an experienced attorney with a background in the Privacy Act, Federal Cybersecurity, Federal administrative or court litigation, Federal personnel and labor law, and/or Federal ethics law. The attorney will work under the supervision of the Assistant General Counsel for Ethics and Administration, in a division consisting of four staff attorneys, within the Office of the General Counsel.

The Office of the General Counsel recently won the D.C. Bar's Constance L. Belfiore Quality of Life Award.

  • Occasional Travel
  • USAID is an international organization and some travel may be required in the United States and abroad.

  • No

  • Background security investigation
  • Random drug test for illegal drug use
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Specialized experience and education
  • Local and/or international travel to cooperating countries may be required
  • You must have at least five years of experience as an attorney, of which at least two years must be in an area or areas of expertise identified in this announcement;

    Bar Membership Required:

    . Possess a Juris Doctor degree from a accredited law school.

    . Be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

    Minimum Qualifications for the GS-15 Grade Level: Possess at least two additional years of specialized legal experience in one of the area or areas of expertise identified in this announcement or encumber an existing GS-15 position.



    The attorney will provide all necessary legal advice, guidance, and support on a broad array of matters involving the Privacy Act, cybersecurity, human capital, equal employment opportunity, and other administrative matters. The duties of the position are most heavily focused on the Privacy Act, cybersecurity, personnel and labor law (primarily administrative litigation) and ethics law, but also include a variety of general administrative law matters. The attorney will be the Agency's primary authority on all laws, regulations and policies for matters falling under the Privacy Act and cybersecurity. The attorney will also be responsible for a case load of litigation in administrative fora and will work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Federal Court. This responsibility includes formulating legal strategies based on case law, working with management officials in developing factual arguments, and all aspects of discovery, motion practice, and hearings. The attorney will also be responsible for identifying and strategizing settlement opportunities, and will be expected to coordinate all aspects of settlement. The attorney will provide day-to-day guidance and advice on ethics matters to all levels of the workforce, will assume responsibility for review of a portion of financial disclosure forms, and will occasionally provide ethics training. All guidance will require the attorney to conduct research of the law and to become familiar with Agency policies and practices. Although this position is based in Washington, with no direct mobility into the Foreign Service, the attorney will be working directly with overseas mission staff, and occasional travel may be required. The successful applicant will have a commitment to the mission of USAID, an enthusiasm for working in an international affairs agency, and a strong desire to work collaboratively with a diversity of points of view.

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