Attorney-Advisor (General)

Washington D.C.
Jun 21, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
Full Time
Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Completion a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Submission of a Cover Letter
  • Submission of a Writing Sample
  • Qualification requirements must be met within 30
    days of the job opportunity announcement closing

    For information on qualification requirements,
    see Qualification Standards Handbook for
    General Schedule Positions
    viewable on the
    web at

    There is no OPM qualification standard established for positions in the Attorney-Advisor, 0905 series, and agencies may establish their own standards for these Excepted Service positions. The Office of Human Resources, Office of General Counsel, Office of the Inspector General, and Office of Contracting and Personal Property Management established the following qualifications criteria for Smithsonian attorney positions:

    A. Qualified candidates must (1) possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Association of Law Schools, and (2) be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State or the District of Columbia.

    B. In addition to degree requirements above, candidates must possess the following:
    • At the GS-14 level, candidates must have four years of specialized legal experience relevant to the duties of the position or education beyond the first professional degree which included courses directly related to the duties of the position and which has enabled the applicant to step into complex legal work and to operate with a substantial degree of independence and responsibility at the grade 14 level. For this position, specialized experience is defined as experience working as a licensed attorney providing advice in a General Counsel's office of a federal or other government agency or in a law firm with a minimum of ten attorneys or private sector organization with an annual operating budget of at least $25 million.
    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

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

    Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below. Those applicants who meet the qualifications will be referred on a certificate for further consideration:

    • Knowledge of and experience in federal court and administrative litigation, including defending claims in areas of federal employment discrimination, (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Equal Pay Act); federal tort claims; claims involving breach of contract; claims involving property, federal procurement, or bid protests, and other federal laws affecting  agencies similar to the Smithsonian.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of personnel, including agency executives and program officers, officials from other federal and state agencies and legal organizations and businesses, as demonstrated by past professional experience.
    • Knowledge of federal law and experience advising on matters involving federal laws, regulations and procedures, including in one or more of the areas of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Equal Pay Act; claims arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act; claims alleging breach of contract; claims involving property, federal procurement, or bid protests.
    • Ability to gather data and conduct research using legal and non-legal sources, formulate alternatives and clearly commnicate recommendations as demonstrated by past professional experience.

    Important Note: Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system will not be considered for this position. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

    Those persons found eligible and selected for interviews will be required to submit a writing sample.

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