Attorney Advisor (Appeals Officer)

Alexandria, Virginia
Mar 25, 2019
Mar 25, 2019
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
  • This position is announced under the USDA Recent Graduates Program. To qualify, an individual must have completed within the last two years a qualifying associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree, or certificate from an accredited educational institution. For this position, the two-year eligibility period ends 90 days after the closing date of the announcement.

    Appointments will be made pursuant to the USDA Pathways MOU using the schedule D excepted service appointing authority provided in 5 CFR 213.3402(b). Applicants must also meet requirements that adhere to the qualifications standard established by OPM for this GS-0905 Attorney position which include the following:
    Applicants must have one (1) or more years' of legal experience after being admitted to the Bar. The candidate's experience must be equivalent to that of the duties of a GS-9 Attorney/Paralegal Specialist in the Federal Government. Applicant's experience would include: conducting investigation of facts; search for legal precedent; prepare legal documents or advisory opinions; and develop conclusions or recommendations.

    In addition to the legal experience above, applicants must provide proof of a law degree and Bar certification.
    Applicants must have a law degree from an ABA accredited law school and must present a copy of their diploma or transcripts as proof of law school graduation. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in non-consideration for the position.

    Applicants must be a member in good standing of the Bar and admitted to practice in the highest court of State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory or DC, and must provide evidence of their good standing of the bar and admittance to practice. Applicants must provide date of admission to the Bar, state, and license number. Failure to do so will result in non-consideration for this position.

    You must submit a writing sample with your resume. Submit a sample of your writing following the guidelines outlined below that reflects your ability to perform the duties of this position. Reflect carefully on the various documents you have written and submit a sample that best represents your level of competence in writing and how it supports the qualifications for the Attorney Advisor (Appeals Officer) position. Your Writing Sample will be considered with your other application materials to assess your qualifications.

    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. NAD expects that legal written work goes through a draft writing and review process before publication, Please indicate parts of the document that required modification and editing.
    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 sample MUST be in a 12-point font, double spaced. For example, do 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 the portion of the document you submit will be understood by the reader as a stand-alone product.

    Applicants who are excepted may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service under 5 CFR 315.713(a

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    OHA 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:

    • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedured
    • Legal Research
    • Oral Communication
    • Writing

    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.
    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

    Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not I/CTAP eligible. View information about I/CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under I/CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

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    Drug test required No

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