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.
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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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.
Flexible Spending Accounts -
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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.
Those persons found eligible and selected for interviews will be required to submit a writing sample.
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