Attorney Advisor (General)

Washington D.C.
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Travel depends on the needs of the office.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Cover Letter and Resume
  • Proof of Bar membership
  • Law School Transcripts
  • Narrative

    If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.  This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.

    Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

    Additional selections may be made from this announcement.If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Relocation expenses are not authorized

    This is a bargaining unit designated position

    This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies

    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: If selected you must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance and a credit report inquiry.

    Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

    Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

    May be subject to satisfactory completion of a two year probationary or trial period

    This position is subject to limited telework only by managerial approval and subject to change at any time from the Agency or Department


    Applicants should have demonstrated specialized experience in legal research, and have excellent writing and communication skills, and a strong academic record.  This experience should be clearly documented in the cover letter and resume. 

     Applicants must have the requisite education and/or experience to: provide day-to-day legal advice on a broad range of legal issues; prepare formal and informal legal opinions; interpret contracts, mortgages, leases deeds, and other legal documents; prepare briefs and other legal documents; and assist in the development of complex regulations.  Provide drafting and technical assistance on legislative proposals;  assist the Department in briefing Congress in response to inquiries, and represent or assist U.S. Department of Justice, when applicable, in the representation of USDA in disputes in every conceivable tribunal, including administrative bodies, the Federal and State courts and the World Trade Organization.


    Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD) (Law School transcript required)

    Bar Membership: Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above requirements (education and bar membership). Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

    •  If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
    Please Note: Applicants must have 52 weeks of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level (or its equivalent) in order to move to the next higher grade level.
    •  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at:

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

    Attorney positions are in the excepted service.  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans′ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service.

    However, if you are eligible for veterans′ preference, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation, (e.g., SF-15, DD-214, letter from the VA documeting disability, or other supporting documentation).  Please visit OPM's Vet Guide for more information.

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, academic record and training you described in your application package. 

    Your application package must include: a cover letter, resume, proof of Bar Membership and other supporting documentation, law school transcript, as well as a narrative showing you possess the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

    • Knowledge of techniques of legal analysis and practice in order to prepare pleadings, motions, briefs, lititgation reports, and related documents along with opinions and case assessement memoranda.
    • Knowledge of statutes, regulations, and precedents in order to provide expert legal advice and develop or recommend litigation or rulemaking strategies.
    • Ability to negotiate or participate in negotiating settlements including those involving large and small sums of money and varied interest groups.
    • Ability to communicate technical requirements orally and written.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from Federal service.

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