Attorney Advisor, GS-0905-14

Washington D.C.
Jul 26, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of the Judge Advocate General (CG-094), Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, DC.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
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  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required.

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be authorized.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • If selected, must to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal drug use.
  • A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
  • This position requires a Background Investigation(BI).
  • All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school


    Must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.


    To qualify for the GS-14 level position, applicants must have a least one full year of experience as a practicing attorney that is equivalent to the duties performed at the GS-13 level. The types and complexity of cases and the work involved in handling them are evaluated to determine the experience and performance level of the applicant. "Specialized experience" is experience that should include duties, which encompass the provision of administrative law advice, preferably in the area of real property and environmental law. NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered.

    The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Note: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered. Also MUST have the ability to travel throughout the country, often on short notice, for training, case preparation, or other necessary engagement.

    This position has a positive education requirement.

    All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school; AND, must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.

    If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's web site at click here

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



    This position is located in the Office of General Law within the Office of the Judge Advocate General, United Coast Guard. The incumbent serves as serve as legal advisor in the areas federal sector labor and employment law.
    Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

    • Rendering legal advice on matters involving the law of civilian employment, and civilian employee grievances.
    • Serving as the Agency Representative before Administrative bodies such as the Merit Systems Protection Board(MSPB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), as well as providing represention, as needed, in Agency employment cases in Federal Court.
    • Performs specialized and complex tasks or assignments involving review and understanding of complex facts, identification of relevant issues, legal research, and interpretation and application of statutes, proposed legislation, rules, and regulations relating to the Standards of Ethical Conduct, Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), FERSA, and administrative law, or such other legal matters as assigned by the team leader
    • Represents the Agency in litigation on matters before a variety of decision-making bodies, including the EEOC, MSPB, and the DC Office of Administrative Hearings.. Conducts research of laws, regulations, policies, legal texts, and cases applicable to complex issues concerning the Standards of Ethical Conduct, MSPB, EEO, OSC, FERSA, and administrative laws that are without precedent in previous Agency actions; develops and presents sound, well-reasoned written opinions and oral arguments in support of positions in these areas;
    • Reviews policies, procedures, regulations, technical manuals and other agency publications to ensure compliance with legal requirements of applicable statutes, regulations, and other pertinent legal authority;
    • Prepares and provides training to Agency employees on their legal obligations in areas such as Employee Relations.

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