Attorney-Advisor (General)

Washington D.C.
Sep 20, 2017
Sep 20, 2017
Full Time

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, OGC, Smithsonian Institution, which provides legal advice to the Smithsonian Board of Regents, the Secretary, and other executive and program officers on matters involving the administration of the Smithsonian's nine research centers, 19 museums and the National Zoological Park. The incumbent of this position is responsible for handling litigation to which the Smithsonian is a party and providing legal advice in areas that may include federal anti-discrimation laws, federal procurement and construction contracts, bid protest, real property, leasing, federal tort claims and other federal laws affecting the Smithsonian. These duties are performed in a fast-paced environment and the incumbent works under the supervision of the General Counsel.

ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 200 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 200 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 200.

We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure their applications are submitted before the announcement closes. We will not consider applications which are late due to the announcement closing once the above number of applications is reached.

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  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Completion a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Submission of a Cover Letter
  • Qualification requirements must be met within 30
    days of the job opportunity announcement closing

    For information on qualification requirements,
    see Qualification Standards Handbook for
    General Schedule Positions
    viewable on the
    web at

    There is no OPM qualification standard established for positions in the Attorney-Advisor, 0905 series, and agencies may establish their own standards for these Excepted Service positions. The Office of Human Resources, Office of General Counsel, Office of the Inspector General, and Office of Contracting and Personal Property Management established the following qualifications criteria for Smithsonian attorney positions:

    A. Qualified candidates must (1) possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Association of Law Schools, and (2) be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State or the District of Columbia.

    B. In addition to degree requirements above, candidates must possess the following:
    • At the GS-14 level, candidates must have four years of specialized legal experience relevant to the duties of the position or education beyond the first professional degree which included courses directly related to the duties of the position and which has enabled the applicant to step into complex legal work and to operate with a substantial degree of independence and responsibility at the grade 14 level. For this position, specialized experience is defined as experience working as a licensed attorney providing advice in a General Counsel's office of a federal or other government agency or in a law firm with a minimum of ten attorneys or private sector organization with an annual operating budget of at least $25 million.
    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below. Those applicants who meet the qualifications will be referred on a certificate for further consideration:

    • Knowledge of and experience in federal court and administrative litigation, including defending claims in one or more of the areas of federal employment discrimination, federal procurement and construction contracts, bid protests, real property, leasing, federal tort claims and other federal laws.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of personnel, including agency executives and program officers, officials from other federal and state agencies and legal organizations and businesses, as demonstrated by past professional experience.
    • Knowledge of federal law and experience advising on matters involving federal laws, regulations and procedured, including in one or more of the areas of federal employment and procurement law, construction contracts, including bid protest, leases, federal tort claims and other federal laws.
    • Ability to gather data and conduct research using legal and non-legal sources, formulate alternativees and clearly commnicate recommendations as demonstrated by past professional experience.
    Important Note: Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system will not be considered for this position. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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