Attorney Advisor (General)

Washington D.C.
Mar 19, 2019
Mar 19, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


To qualify for the position, applicants must meet the mandatory Basic Requirements and Specialized Experience below:


You must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and possess a professional law degree (LL.B., LL.M.); and

Bar Membership: You must currently be a member in a good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. You are required to disclose any current allegations or previous findings of ethics, judicial, or other professional misconduct by any state bar or attorney disciplinary committee.

U.S. Citizenship is Required.

Selectee must pass a drug test prior to appointment.

Selectee must pass a background check prior to appointment.

Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.

Selectee may be required to serve a one year trial period

Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.

To qualify for the Attorney Advisor (General), PG -0905-14, you must meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the PG-14 level: Applicants must have three (3) years of professional legal experience following law school graduation relevant to the duties of this position. Specialized Experience is defined as: Performing professional work as a licensed Attorney providing advice in a General Counsel's office, or a federal or other government agency, or in a law firm, or private sector organization with an annual operating budget of at least 25 million dollars. NOTE: Law Clerk experience is not qualifying for the experience requirements above. Experience must be as a Licensed Attorney in order to be creditable.

Incumbent must also have a minimum of 2 years of specialized experience in Federal procurement law, including such experience equivalent to the PG-13 or GS-13 grade level. Examples of such specialized experience include defending a Federal agency in bid protest litigation; defending a Federal agency before a Board of Contract Appeals; providing advice to Federal contracting officers in contract formation and contract administration issues.

If you are currently employed as an Attorney by the federal government, you must have one year of specialized experience rated at least fully successful or better at the net lower grade level, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.

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.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement(03/18/2019) to be considered.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts which cites the name of the institution are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades and GPA, semester, year, and credit for the course. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer letter.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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. For further information, visit:

Employment of Relatives
Section 3110 of Title 5, U.S. Code, prohibits a Federal official from appointing, promoting, or advocating the appointment or promotion of a relative in the agency where the official is serving or exercises jurisdiction. In addition, Section 2302(b)(7) of Title 5, U.S. Code, makes it a "prohibited personnel practice" for a person in authority to "appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of a relative." For further information visit: and

Separated Employees:
If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; FAX - 618-935-3014; or visit the National Archives Website.

Work Life Balance:
The GPO offers Transit subsidy for commuters using public transportation (Metro Bus/Rail, MARC, VRE, etc.).

Background Investigation:
To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the GPO requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully completed a background investigation for a suitability,. This review could include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Depending on the type of background investigation required, the security process may take between 6 weeks to 12 months.

The Agency may rescind the tentative offer, if the candidate is unable to obtain an interim clearance.

Reasonable Accommodation:
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process you must contact the HC Specialist on the vacancy announcement at least seven business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment 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 factor.

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

You will be evaluated for this job based on how you respond to the following requirements listed in the occupational questionnaire.

3. Bar Membership
4. Specialized Experience
5. Conduct
6. Additional Information

The position is being filled using the Schedule A Hiring Authority, 5 CFR 213.3102(D), under Excepted Service procedures. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this announcement.

Resumes will be evaluated for basic qualification requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the announcement and identified by the Selection Official for the position Your application package will be evaluated by comparing the description of your work experience, the level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet the basic qualifications requirements and eligibility requirements for the position. Applicants must be specific in documenting these areas in their resumes/applications and must include the month and year their experience began and ended for the work experience listed.

Applicants will not be rated or ranked; however, qualified candidates may be invited for an interview and asked to provide a writing sample. Final selection will be made on the basis of relevant skills and experience, education, training, performance appraisal, job-related awards, and interview.

If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be excluded from further consideration for this position.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be excluded from further consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

All materials must be received by the closing date of the announcement to be considered.

Read more Security clearance Top Secret

Drug test required Yes

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