Attorney Advisor - Excepted Service

Washington D.C.
Sep 25, 2017
Sep 25, 2017
Full Time

Are you excited by the idea of helping to support $39 billion in small business financing and setting proper conditions to stimulate America's economic growth? SBA has been a leader in small business development for more than 60 years. In an increasingly globalized economy, we tackle challenges confronted by the small business community across geographic boundaries. Although times have changed since the SBA was founded in 1953, the Agency's mission-to promote the growth of small business-has not. Today, SBA is more vital than ever. We work in collaboration with partner organizations and using cutting-edge technologies and well-tested best practices to multiply our impact on small businesses.

America's 28 million small businesses are the engine of job creation and economic growth in this country, creating nearly two out of every three new jobs in the United States and employing over half the nation's workforce. SBA ensures that these businesses have the tools and resources required to start and expand their operations, and create jobs that support a growing economy and strengthen America's middle class.

The SBA and entrepreneurs drive American competitiveness and help grow the economy. Picture yourself at SBA.

This is a non-bargaining position.
This is not a testing designated (drug) position (TDP).

This position is located in the Small Business Administration, Office of Hearings and Appeals in Washington, D.C. The Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) is an independent office of the Small Business Administration (SBA), established in 1983 to provide a forum for fair and timely adjudication of disputes arising from determinations made by SBA program offices. The FOI/PA Office, a component of OHA, was established in 1977 to adjudicate administrative appeals; develop Agency policies and procedures regarding the FOIA and the PA; refer initial requests to program and field offices for processing; and provide guidance and training to Agency personnel, Agency clients, and the public regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of Agency records.

Please note that this position is in the Excepted Service. For information on the Excepted Service, please visit: Excepted Service Appointing Authorities@

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Occasional travel - You may be required to occasionally travel some nights and weekends.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a US Citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • This is an Excepted Service position with a two-year trial period.
  • SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation may be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

    CTAP/ICTAP APPLICANTS: If you are applying for a special selection priority under SBA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (open to surplus SBA employees only) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (open to surplus and displaced Federal employees), you must submit proof of eligibility. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP.

    VETERANS: The Small Business Administration (SBA) attorney positions are in the Excepted Service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the SBA considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with supporting documentation, e.g., SF15, DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation.

    GS-12: I have completed One year of professional legal experience at the level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-11 demonstrating expert knowledge and experience in working with the FOIA and PA and experience in program planning, management, oversight, and compliance. See education section for more key requirements.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's Qualifications web site.

    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.

    All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    Attainment of a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus one of the following: a. One year of professional legal experience at the level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-11; or two years of professional legal experience, one of which must be at the level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-11; or b. Second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus one year of professional legal experience at the level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-11; or c. One year of professional experience; plus superior law student work (i.e, academic standing in the upper 1/3 of an accredited law school graduating class; work or achievement of significance on the law school's official law review or moot court board; special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school-such as, election to Order of the Coif; winning of a moot court team which represents the law school in competition with other law schools, full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program-as opposed to intermittent or prior to "casual.

    Those new to the federal government will typically be hired at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For additional information visit

    TRIAL PERIOD: This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. This appointment cannot be renewed. Upon admission to the Bar, you will be eligible for appointment as attorney in accordance with (agency) appointment procedures.

    Consistent with work requirements and current SBA Policy, and all applicable provisions of the collective bargaining agreement with AFGE the SBA offers employees opportunities to perform work at an alternative location (e.g. home).

    Telework may be available. For information on Telework visit:

    Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement if additional vacancies occur within 180 days of the closing date.

    OTHER EVALUATIONS: The Small Business Administration is committed to building a high-performing, 21st century workforce that possesses the following core attributes: cultural astuteness, technological proficiency, articulate, strong writing capabilities, superior conflict resolution skills, and exceptional presentation skills. Candidates should be prepared as they may be further evaluated on these attributes throughout the application and selection process.

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

    Applicants meeting basic eligibility requirements will be further evaluated based on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link: You will be rated based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The occupational questions relate to the following Competencies required to do the work of this position:

    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
    • Problem Solving

    Your application will be evaluated: For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements.

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