Attorney-Advisor (General)

Washington D.C.
Apr 16, 2019
Apr 16, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional travel will be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service System if applicable. (
  • A Financial Disclosure (OGE-450) is required.
  • Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at

    This position is being advertised at the ZA-IV pay band, which encompasses the GS-13/14 grade level.

    To qualify, you must met the following requirements below:


    Applicants must possess a professional law degree (LLB or JD) from an ABA-accredited school.


    Professional Attorney Experience:

    You must provide proof of an active bar membership from a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and possess four years of professional attorney experience.


    Specialized Experience:

    You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 or equivalent band in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting investigations to obtain evidentiary data and recommending a course of action; preparing interpretative or administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to the provisions of governing statutes or other requirements of law; drafting, negotiating, or examining contracts or other legal documents; drafting, preparing formal comments, or otherwise making substantive recommendations with respect to proposed legislation; or drafting and reviewing decisions for consideration and adoption by senior leaders.

    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.

    Applicants must meet the educational, professional attorney experience, and the grade-specific specialized experience requirement set forth above by the closing date of the announcement. 

    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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body You must provide valid documentation or you will be found ineligible for consideration. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

    Veterans' Preference Information: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Commerce considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include the information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents e.g., DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documents to their submissions. 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 documents required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit OPM website, www. for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF15 requires supporting documents associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non service-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more). The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or you may be fired or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.)

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

    Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. This is an Excepted Service Appointment under Schedule A; therefore, rating, ranking and veterans' preference does not apply.  All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, as defined in the job opportunity announcement, will be referred for selection consideration. While veterans' preference does not apply, preference eligibles are encouraged to submit their supporting documentation (see Required Documentation).

    Competencies:  You will be evaluated on the following competencies along with the specialized experience requirements; please do not provide a separate written response:

    Ability to provide legal advice on moderate to complex legal issues with respect to regulatory activities.

    Knowledge of statutes and regulations authorizing agency action as well as knowledge of relevant case law or knowledge of procedural rules and regulations.

    Knowledge of research strategies and techniques sufficient to research legal issues where no clearly applicable precedents are available or it is arguable which precedents apply.

    Ability to provide legal advice on moderate to complex legal issues with respect to a full range of general law issues.

    Knowledge of statutes and regulations authorizing agency actions as well as knowledge of relevant case law or knowledge of procedural rules and issues where no clearly applicable precedents are available or it is arguable which precedents apply.

    Ability to effectively interact and communicate with the highest level officials within an organization in order to provide expert legal advice and information.


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    Drug test required No

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