Supervisory Attorney Advisor, GS-0905-15 (Excepted Service) HK

Washington D.C.
Sep 26, 2017
Sep 26, 2017
Full Time

The Assistant Chief Counsel for General Law in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) directs and manages the work of the General Law Division in providing comprehensive legal services in support of the Federal transit programs; advises agency management and staff on applicable statutes, regulations and common law; renders written and oral opinions as appropriate; prepares grant agreements, cooperative agreements, memoranda and correspondence, and program and policy guidance that implements the agency’s mission and functions; and directs and supervises the work of the attorneys within the General Law Division.

Ideal Candidate Statement: This position requires leadership, management and analytical skills. You are responsible for leading and supervising Division attorneys to whom you will provide guidance on policy, legal, and procedural aspects of Division work. You are responsible for planning, directing, and controlling work handled by the Division. You may handle or assign work to the Division attorneys and are responsible for reviewing and approving legal opinions and decisions they prepare. On occasion, Division assignments require a high degree of political sensitivity. They affect critical operations of the FTA, and the legal decisions and work product often have nationwide significance and interest. You are expected to be able to render services routinely under circumstances which allow for little or no specific direction. Thus, you must be able to act consistently with overall agency policy.

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This is an Excepted Service position. This position will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service.

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Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation is authorized.

  • This position is in the Excepted Service
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    • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
    • TWO YEAR TRIAL PERIOD: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures for an excepted service position are subject to a two year trial period.
    • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT for the series, provide a copy of transcripts for verification, MEET CURRENT MEMBER OF THE BAR REQUIREMENT and meet the EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

    TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-15, you must meet the Experience Requirements:
    • You must have 3 years of professional legal experience in areas related to the functions of the General Law Division. The experience must demonstrate a thorough and broad knowledge of basic principles in the legal profession and (a) outstanding technical competence to resolve unusual complex and difficult problems or (b) outstanding ability to plan, direct, or coordinate resolution of a legal problem.
    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.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    • Applicants must have a Law Degree (J.D. or equivalent) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
    • Must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

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