Deputy Director (Supervisory Attorney Advisor)

Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 08, 2019
Apr 08, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time

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

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Telework available on an ad hoc basis.
  • To qualify for this position, applicants must possess the following:
    Successfully graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; are an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory or the District of Columbia; and admitted to practice before a state or federal court. Proof of law school graduation and Bar membership required.
    In addition to law school graduation and Bar membership, applicants must possess the following:
    Have in excess of five years of relevant legal experience which would qualify you to perform the duties and functions of this attorney position. Relevant legal experience is defined as (1) expert knowledge in all aspects of administrative law and federal statutes, regulations, and agency policies. (2) skill in reviewing and analyzing evidence, evidentiary discovery and disclosures, records and reports, interview notes and statements, scene surveys and other information relative to second level appeal case; (3) demonstrated communication skill in providing both written and verbal feedback, advice, and legal analysis (4) interpersonal skill, including the ability to develop strong attorney management leadership skills; (5) knowledge used to interpret and apply new, existing and historical guidelines to complex appeal cases, formulate decisions on cases, and serve as a key attorney - adviser regarding an agency appeals program; (6) knowledge and skill in the application of management and supervisory principles in order to assure accomplishment of assigned work through the efforts of subordinate employees, skills in alternative dispute resolution and general management knowledge of personnel practices.
    Quality Ranking Factor:
    While not a screen-out factor, applicants will receive additional points towards their overall score if they can demonstrate knowledge and experience in conducting legal matters pertaining to and associated with agricultural programs such as: Rural Development, National Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business Cooperative Service, and/or any program designated by the Secretary of Agriculture.


    Applicants must provide a writing sample demonstrating their proficiency in legal writing by providing a written sample of either legal analysis (predictive or persuasive analysis such as a motion of brief) or legal drafting. Please adhere to the following guidelines in submitting an example of your written work.

    One example. Submit only ONE (1) Writing Sample in one document. If you submit more than one Writing Sample, only the first sample presented will be evaluated. Upload this document in Application Manager using the Miscellaneous option in the drop down menu.
    Your Own Work. The Writing Sample must have been written within the last five years. The sample must be substantially your own work and should best reflect your ability to communicate in writing. Do not submit work that has been heavily edited by others. If significant parts of the sample were edited by a third party, you must indicate those parts on the document.

    Length and Format of Document. Your document MUST be at least 3 pages but no more than 10 pages long (not including the cover page) in an MS Word program or PDF format. To ensure consistency in the length requirements of documents, the 10 page requirement assumes that the sample is in a 12-point font, double spaced. Applicants should NOT change a 20-page, double spaced document to a 10-page, single spaced document.
    You may use a portion of a larger work, but please be sure to indicate this in the cover page of your submission. Please ensure that the portion of the document you submit will be understood by the reader as a stand-alone product.
    If a Writing Sample exceeds the 10-page limit or does not adhere to font and spacing requirements, that portion of the Writing Sample in excess of the 10-page (12-point font, double spaced) limit will NOT be read or evaluated.

    Cover page. Please include a cover page for the document to provide some additional information. Type the last four digits of your social security number in the heading of the cover page. On the cover page, please indicate the following:
    o The original audience for which the document was written
    o When you wrote the document
    o What the context was for your writing (e.g., coursework, on the job, publication)

    New employees must serve a one year probationary period. Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a supervisory probationary period for one year.

    Please refer to qualifications above for educational requirements.

    NAD 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; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. OHA is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.

    If you receive a conditional 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.

    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    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.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

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

    Applicants will be evaluated on their resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

    • Agricultural Program Knowledge
    • Legal Analysis
    • Program Management
    • Supervision

    Category Rating Procedures: If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.

    Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.

    Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on

    If you are determined qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click

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    Drug test required No

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