Attorney (Policy)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Aug 23, 2018
Closes
Aug 23, 2018
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Legal and regulatory guidance below).
  • You may be required to serve a 2 year probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • You must meet qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the Basic Requirements and the Experience Requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. A copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

    Basic Requirements (applicable to both grade levels):

    A. Education: Possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

    AND

    B. Bar Membership: Be an active member in good standing of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or territory of the United States.

    In addition to meeting both of the Basic Requirements above, you must meet the experience requirements for the applicable grade level.

    Experience Requirement for the GS-13 Level:

    You must have 2 years of progressively responsible professional experience working as a practicing attorney in any of the following duty areas: regulations/policy, legal review, litigation, compliance, investigations, or other similar areas. At least one year of this experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level participating in providing legal advice, analysis, research, or litigation work. This must include activities such as: (1) conducting legal research; (2) drafting regulations, policy statements, briefs, motions, or legal memoranda; (3) researching and recommending solutions to policy or legal issues; (4) assisting senior staff with developing policy, legal strategies, or handling matters associated with the promulgation of regulations; and (5) making oral presentations on results of policy research/analysis or legal arguments.


    Experience Requirement for the GS-14 Level:

    You must have at least 3 years of progressively responsible professional experience working as a practicing attorney in any of the following duty areas: regulations/policy, legal review, litigation, compliance, investigations, or other similar areas. At least one year of this experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level providing legal advice, analysis, research, or litigation work. This must include activities such as: (1) conducting extensive legal research on complex matters; (2) writing advisory opinions, intricate regulations, policy statements, briefs, or motions; (3) solving policy or legal issues; (4) developing and implementing policy or handling complex matters associated with the promulgation of regulations; and (5) defending current policy to high-level officials or making oral presentations to senior leaders on results of policy or legal research/analysis.


    In addition, you must provide a cover letter of at least two pages summarizing your evidence ofat least 2 out of the 5 following competencies:
    1. Legal Writing: Writes clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
    2. Legal Research: Researches, analyzes, and explains legal issues.
    3. Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes legal problems; evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
    4. Policy: Develops or interprets policy; applies appropriate methodology to discover or identify policy issues.
    5. Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; communicates legal principles succinctly and clearly.
    We recommend your cover letter include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the functions, activities, or services you delivered; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed, and the results of your actions.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    FEC offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; or transportation subsidies.

    If you receive a tentative offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    Note: If you are selected at the GS-13 level, you may be promoted without further competition to the GS-14 level once you have served 18 months at the GS-13 level and met performance requirements. Selection at the GS-13 level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Election Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required by that form.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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

    Once the announcement closes, we will conduct a review of your application package to verify your eligibility and qualifications. If you are found qualified, your application will move forward to additional phases of the review process which will determine the best qualified candidates. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

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