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

Washington D.C.
Sep 29, 2017
Sep 29, 2017
Full Time

As a Supervisory Attorney Advisor, you will serve as an Assistant Chief Counsel for the General Law Division, in the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel. Your primary role will be to provide oversight and guidance for activities involving all legal issues other than those of a safety nature including: (1) procurement matters; (2) Federal tort claims; (3) rail financial assistance programs; (4) railroad bankruptcies; (5) Surface Transportation Board (STB) proceedings (i.e., rail acquisitions, mergers, consolidations, abandonments, and the economic regulation of the rail industry); (6) Amtrak grants, performance, and all other non-safety Amtrak matters; (7) Freedom of Information Act responses to requests and appeals of request denials; (8) Administrative Hearing Officer review of Locomotive Engineer Review Board and Operating Crew Review Board decisions; (9) personnel matters and litigation and labor law; (10) environmental and historical preservation issues; (11) civil rights and Americans with Disabilities Act matters and litigation; (12) conflicts of interest and ethics matters; (13) fiscal and appropriations matters; and (14) any other general legal matters involved in the operation of FRA.

The Ideal Candidate should have knowledge of and experience in a wide range of legal practice areas affecting the transportation industry and the Department of Transportation, including: financial assistance law; environmental law; ; labor and personnel law; regulatory development and drafting; administrative appeals and litigation; legislative drafting and analysis; handling litigation; and working collaboratively with attorneys and policy, research and development, and safety experts performing a wide variety of tasks in a governmental setting.

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


  • Copy of law school record transcript must be submitted. An unofficial transcript is acceptable; however, an official transcript must be provided if selected.
  • Copy or other evidence of bar membership must be submitted.

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Occasional travel - Some travel required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • This position is in the Excepted Service/ Relocation is NOT authorized.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
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  • May be used to fill similar positions within 60 days for this location.

    • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
    • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
    • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.

    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:

    Applicants must have current, relevant experience at the grade level for which they are applying or at least 1 year of specialized professional law experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in federal service and which is related to the work of this position, such as:

    Possess professional legal experience and supervisory experience in excess of 3 years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The legal and supervisory experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies required to perform the duties of the position as described in the DUTIES section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience will be evaluated and screened to determine how closely or to what extent your experience, education and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your resume must demonstrate you have the competencies and quality of experience necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level as described under technical qualifications.

    The principal selection factors for this position are as follows:


    1. Lead, manage and oversee a large full-services legal organization engaged in legal practice and programs with a specific focus on Transportation Law.

    2. Experience in two or more of the following legal practices and program areas: Transportation Law, General Administrative Law; Labor and Personnel Law; Federal Litigation, Rail Financial Assistance, Environmental Law.

    3. Supervise or lead, and work with a diverse, senior, geographically disbursed client base and a diverse range of transportation and enforcement law matters.

    4. Communicate orally and in writing

    5. Experience with client relationships, and interacting with senior officials on controversial and sensitive issues.

    6. Interpret legal questions and resolve factual issues to ensure they comply with laws, regulations, and policies affecting transportation activities.

    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.

    Qualification standards are used to determine which applicants would be able to perform satisfactorily in the positions to be filled. The education, training, experience, or other requirements included in the qualification standards are minimum requirements, i.e., it would be unlikely that an applicant for employment would be able to perform satisfactorily in a particular position or occupation series if he or she did not possess these qualifications.

    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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    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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