General Attorney (EX)
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
*You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. 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 the OPM Website.
To be eligible for this position, you must:
1. Be a U.S. Citizen or National
2. Have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree or Master of Laws (L.L.M) degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
3. Be a current member of the Bar in Good Standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any US territory.
4. Have at least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience.
5. Have at least one (1) year specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal Service.
Applicants at the GS-15 level must possess at least four years of professional, post J.D. legal/law experience including one year of specialized experience and this experience must be reflected in the resume.
Professional Legal/Law Experience: This experience is characterized by breadth and depth of experience in rendering professional legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters falling within the purview of a Federal government agency, private sector, law firm, or other organization; investigating matters, such as related to Congressional or Inspector General inquiries; preparing interpretative and administrative orders and advice, to give effect to the provisions of governing statutes or other requirements of law; drafting, negotiating, examining or advising on contracts or other legal documents; drafting, preparing formal comments, or making substantive recommendations regarding proposed legislation in connection with Federal procurement law.
Specialized Experience: Candidates for the GS-15 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to (GS-14) the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as:
Experience providing advice related to Federal procurements. Previous Federal Government contract law experience at a Federal agency, including related litigation (i.e., bid protests and contract claims), is preferred.
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.
To meet minimum eligibility requirements for this position, applicants must possess at least a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) degree or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an ABA accredited law school.
Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.
This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of “high”.
Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website.
Probationary Period- If selected, you may be required to complete an initial one-year probationary period.
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website
CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the ‘Required Documents’ section of this announcement.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.
All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (571-272-8292).
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated to determine your possession of any required specialized and professional experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the qualifications in the job announcement. In addition to completing the on-line resume questions, it is encouraged to upload a regular professional resume. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-selection Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the “Required Documents” section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application). Review your resume and responses carefully. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.
Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the “Required Documents” section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).
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