Attorney Advisor

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

This position may be filled at either grades GS-12 or GS-13 with promotion potential to the GS-14 level.

Multiple positions may be filled using this Job Opportunity Announcement.


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  • U. S. Citizenship required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Relevant experience or education (See Qualifications and Evaluation)
  • May be subject to a 1 year probationary period
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized
  • No travel required
  • Excepted Service position. Veterans Preference does not apply
  • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.



    All candidates:  All qualified candidates must show relevant legal experience applicable to the position. This experience includes complex legal work, including extensive research, analysis, evaluation and /or litigation, in a legalized specialization relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the position.  Qualified candidates will demonstrate knowledge of federal statutory, regulatory, and administrative law.

    To be eligible at the GS-12 level, applicants must have in excess of two (2) years of relevant legal experience that included presenting cases or conducting rulemaking and adjudicatory hearings requiring knowledge of the Administrative Procedures Act.  Experience includes assessing civil penalties and potential license revocation in cases involving regulated industries, and determining whether conduct constitutes deceptive or unfair trade practices. Applicants applied creative legal analysis and sound legal judgment to find appropriate precedent or distinguish applicable law or facts to support or justify legal positions.
    Applicants demonstrated an ability to work independently under general supervision and deliver drafts of written work for adoption by higher authority that go through a subsequent writing process before it is finalized.

    To be eligible at the GS-13 level applicants must have in excess of three (3) years of relevant legal experience that included presenting cases or conducting rulemaking and adjudicatory hearings requiring knowledge of the Administrative Procedures Act. Work involved a frequent absence of precedent in assessing civil penalties and potential license revocation in cases involving regulated industries, and determining whether conduct constitutes deceptive or unfair trade practices.  Applicants worked independently under general supervision and delivered written work that is assumed to be complete and accurate with respect to facts and law, but may be reviewed for soundness of approach and application of legal principles

    LAW DEGREE:  Applicants must have a law degree from an ABA accredited law school. Applicants must present a copy of their diploma or transcripts as proof of law school graduation. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in non-consideration for the position.

    BAR ACCREDITATION:  All candidates must be a member in good standing of the Bar and admitted to practice in the highest court of State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory or DC. Applicants must provide evidence of their good standing of the bar and admittance to practice.  You must provide your date of admission to the Bar, state, and license number.  Failure to do so will result in non-consideration for this position.




    In order to receive full consideration your resume must show the following:
              Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers.
              Your complete professional work history, including:            
    o         Job title (include series and grade/band if federal job)
    o         Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
    o         Hours worked per week (e.g., 40 hours per week)
    o         Employer's name and address          
    o         Specific duties and accomplishments for each position that clearly demonstrates the experience you gained in each position
              Related honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
              Your resume should include the name and a telephone number or e-mail address of someone who can verify this information. Be sure to indicate whether this person was your supervisor, co-worker, friend, instructor, chairman of a committee, etc. Do not use a spouse or a close relative (father, mother, etc.) or a person who is presently a direct subordinate as a verifier. The verifier must be reachable within a reasonable period of time.





    This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

    Salary Information:  Starting salary for a new person in this position is typically offered at Step 1 of the grade level for which applying.
    Background Investigation:  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
    Selective Service:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

    Schedule A noncompetitive consideration: In addition to applying through competitive procedures, certain applicants with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under the Schedule A hiring authority.  In order to be eligible for employment under Schedule A, documentation of your disability is required. Such documentation is used to verify that the individual being hired is indeed a person with an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. Documentation of eligibility for employment under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of your disability must be included in your application package. You also must submit all documents required by this announcement by the closing date and meet all qualification requirements. For more information and proof required, see:

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

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

    Evaluation of Competitive Candidates


    After the Job Opportunities Announcement closes, an evaluation team will review resumes and supporting documents to determine whether applications meet the qualification requirements that are defined in detail in the qualification section of this announcement.  The experience described in the applicant's resume will be compared against the applicant's responses to the occupational questionnaire.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


    After review and evaluation of all phases are complete, applicants will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which applicants' background matches the competencies required for this position.  Based upon the extent and quality of applicants' experience, education, and training in relation to the evaluation criteria, qualified applicants will be placed into one of the following three categories:

    Best Qualified - Applicants possessing a superior level of proficiency in the competencies assessed on the Occupational Questionnaire.
    Well Qualified – Applicants possessing a satisfactory level of proficiency in the competencies assessed on the Occupational Questionnaire.
    Qualified - Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, but do not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.   
    This position is in the excepted service. There is no preference for excepted service positions.  


    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

    • Laws, Regulations and Procedures

    • Conduct Legal Research

    • Communication Skills


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following parts:

    1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
    2. Your résumé and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by Friday, September 22, 2017.




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