Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
- Mastery of statues, regulations, and precedents related to major USDA program areas or relevant subject matter expertise, as appropriate in order to 1)provide expert legal advice in regard to the assigned program area, 2) develop or recommend litigation strategies and procedures, 3) aid the Department of Justice in the trial of especially important or precedent-setting cases, and 4) negotiate or participate in negotiating settlements on behalf of the Department, including those involving large and small sums of money and varied interest group
- Mastery of a large and complex body of low in which precedents are frequently conflicting or non-existent in order to 1) make determinations and reach conclusions which guide the Department or the Agency in resolving subsequent, similar problems, 2) provide legal advice to heads of program and Agencies on complex and difficult legal questions or factual issues, and 3) write opinions and case assessment memoranda after conducting detailed factual and legal research
- Mastery of the principles and techniques of legal analysis and practice in order to 1) prepare pleadings, motions, briefs, litigation reports, and related documents in connection with suits by and against the Government and, 2) determine in each case the nature of action or defense, the legal issues involved, the most effective course of action, and optimal strategies and tactics to be employed
- Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the America Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD) (Law School transcript required) and
- 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.
Applicants should have demonstrated specialized experience in researching and interpreting federal mineral laws. This experience should be clearly documented in the cover letter and resume.
GS-12: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-11) level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped me with the particular competencies to successfully perform as an Attorney Advisor. Examples of such experience include: Provide professional legal services to major components of USDA and its agencies. Knowledge of activities and program initiatives of USDA and its agencies to provide timely and relevant legal advice regarding program operations to management officials. Capacity to represent clients in negotiations and legal proceedings.
GS-13: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-12) level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped me with the particular competencies to successfully perform as an Attorney Advisor. Examples of such experience include: Provide professional legal services to major components of USDA and its agencies. Ability to apply the principles and techniques of legal analysis and practice in order to prepare legal documents. Thorough knowledge of activities and program initiatives of USDA and its agencies to provide timely and relevant legal advice regarding program operations to management officials. Expertly represent clients in negotiations and legal proceedings.
GS-14: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-13) level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped me with the particular competencies to successfully perform as an Attorney Advisor. Examples of such experience include: Ability to plan and assign priorities to tasks and assignments to further develop knowledge of complex assignments. Works independently to determine methodologies, milestones, goals, and termination points for most assignments. Completes assignments to management requirements with satisfaction of organizational objectives.
NOTE: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents.
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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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.
Narrative: You must submit a written statement, in your cover letter or in a separate document, explaining your interest in working for USDA's Office of the General Counsel, and noting any relevant course work, training, or prior experience that you believe should be considered in evaluating your application.
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 relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Pay Scale: The below salary reflects the pay range from GS 12 Step 1 to a GS 14 Step 10. This position starts at the GS-12 level only however, the full performance level is a GS-14. Below are the salary ranges for each grade level:
GS-12: $73,623.00 - $95,710.00
GS-13: $87,547.00 - $113,812.00G
S-14: $103,455.00 - $134,491.00
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: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
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.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
This is a bargaining unit designated position.
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 well you meet the qualifications above.
Attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil 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 in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation, e.g., SF-15, DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Proof of Bar Membership or other supporting documentation.
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
- Administrative Law
- Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence
- Attention to detail
- Written communication
- Oral communication
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. Read more Security clearance Other Drug test required No