Senior Attorney-Advisor, GS-0905-15 (Open to U.S. Citizens- Excepted Service) HK

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

This position is located in the Legislation, Regulations, and General Law Division, Office of the Chief Counsel, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Office of the Chief Counsel is responsible for all legal issues that affect the programs of the FHWA and provides legal support and advice to FHWA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. As an Attorney Advisor, you will work under the direction of the Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation, Regulations, and General Law. You will be responsible for the performance of legal services and coordination of legal activities concerning the Federal Highway Administration’s legislative program, including providing legal reference and legal advice regarding the entire scope of FHWA’s programs. Your work may include drafting and analyzing legislation and amendments to pending Federal legislation; drafting legislation to implement Departmental and Administration initiatives; drafting the testimony for and preparing officials of the Administration or the Department before hearings before congressional committees; and preparing legislative views packages and coordinating the agency review process. Your work may also include reviewing and analyzing guidance documents for compliance with OMB Good Guidance principles and statutory authority and reviewing and analyzing regulatory documents for compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act and other Federal laws and Executive Orders.

FHWA has ranked in the top 10 for the past three years in the “Best Places to Work” survey of federal government employers. FHWA encourages and rewards employee innovation and collaboration, and makes development of its employees a priority. This position is eligible for many programs designed to help the employee achieve work-life balance, including a flexible work schedule and telework.

The ideal candidate is an individual with demonstrated experience and expertise in legislative drafting and the legislative process. This individual has excellent legal research and writing skills, who can handle and prioritize multiple competing tasks and a diverse workload while maintaining collegial working relationships. The ideal candidate will provide a cover letter (maximum two pages) explaining his/her specific interest in this position and highlighting his/her relevant work experience regarding legislation.

PLEASE NOTE: This announcement has been extended until September 25, 2017.

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Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 60 days
  • This position is in the Excepted Service/ Relocation is NOT authorized.

    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
    • 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. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a two-year trial period.

    To qualify for an attorney position in the federal government, an applicant must have a law degree from an accredited school and must be a current member of the bar in good standing: In addition to meeting the basic requirements for the position, you must also meet the specific requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

    To qualify for the GS-15, you must have:
    • A second law degree (LL.M) AND at least four (4) years of professional legal work experience of a progressively responsible nature. OR
    • At least five (5) years of professional legal work experience of a progressively responsible nature.
    To meet the specialized experience requirement for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
    • Legal practice experience drafting legislation.
    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.

    MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must have a Law Degree (J.D. or equivalent) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school AND 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.

    Displaced employees may be eligible for CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

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

    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.

    Applicants will not be rated or ranked.

    All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official. The selecting official, at his/her discretion, may require one or more interviews, references, a writing sample, and completion of a work sample exercise.

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.
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