Attorney-Adviser (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Falls Church, Virginia
Posted
Jun 14, 2019
Closes
Jun 15, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

THESE POSITIONS ARE IN THE EXCEPTED SERVICE.
THESE POSITIONS ARE PERMANENT.


THESE POSITIONS HAVE PROMOTION POTENTIAL TO THE GS-12.
INCUMBENT MAY BE PROMOTED NONCOMPETITIVELY PROVIDED WORK AT THE HIGHER LEVELS CONTINUES TO EXIST, AND THE INCUMBENT HAS DEMONSTRATED THE ABILITY TO PERFORM IT AND PROVIDED FURTHER THAT TIME-IN-GRADE AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.
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Responsibilities

  • This position is a developmental position leading to the full performance level of Attorney-Adviser 0E1980. The duties at this level are characteristic of the full performance PD.
  • The incumbent drafts comprehensive decisions on requests for hearings filed under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act, as amended (the Act).
  • Thoroughly reviews cases remanded by the Courts and the Appeals Council, and other cases that involve difficult legal and factual issues.
  • Prepares recommended favorable on-the-record decisions and, when the claimant has knowingly and voluntarily waived the right to a hearing, unfavorable decisions for the review and signature of an ALJ.
  • Performs research and identifies unusual issues raised in cases filed under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Act.
  • Prepares decisions, notices, and other written materials that are grammatically and technically correct, legally sufficient, and otherwise appropriate for issuance to claimants and to a legal audience.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
  • Selectees are required to serve a 2 year trial period.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • Applicant must submit proof of Active Bar Membership.
  • Applicant must submit Law School Transcript with degree and date conferred.


Qualifications

Positions will be filled in the Excepted through the use of Schedule A 213.3102(d) appointing authority. Competitive examining procedures will not be conducted. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements shown above.

Applicants must possess a law degree and currently be an active member of the bar. You must be duly licensed, authorized and eligible to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, District of Columbia or US Territory. This is a continuing requirement of the position.

In addition to the above, applicants must also meet one of the following requirements:

For GS-11:
  • A LL.B. or J.D. and at least 1 year of professional legal experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level or higher in the Federal service.
  • A second professional law degree (LL.M) which requires one full year of graduate study.
  • A J.D. or LL.B. and superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following:

(a) Academic standing in the upper-third of the law school graduating class.
(b) Work or achievement of significance on your law schools' official law review.
(c) Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif.
(d) Winning of a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team that represents the law school in competition with other law schools
(e) Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-time, intermittent, or casual participation.
(f) Two significant summer law office clerk work experiences of at least 40 hours per week.

Applicant must be duly licensed, authorized and eligible to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a U.S. Territory.

To be considered, applicants must provide proof that they are authorized to practice law. Such proof can include a current active bar card, a screen print from a bar web site that reflects you are an active member of the bar or a letter/certificate from the bar certifying that you are licensed and authorized to practice law. Being an active member of the state bar association is not the same as being an active member in good standing of the state bar.


TRANSCRIPTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO SUBSTANTIATE POSSESSION OF THE REQUIRED AND CLAIMED EDUCATION. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS (INCLUDING SCREEN PRINTS FROM YOUR SCHOOLS WEB PORTAL) ARE ACCEPTABLE FOR INITIAL APPLICATION; HOWEVER, YOUR TRANSCRIPT MUST SHOW A DEGREE AND CONFERRED/AWARDED DATE PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT . SELF-PREPARED TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT.

YOU MUST SUBMIT THE DOCUMENTS ACCORDING TO THE PRESCRIBED APPLICATION SUBMISSION DETAILS AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CLOSING OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT. DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED VIA EMAIL OR REGULAR MAIL.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

Applicants must possess a JD or LLM.

Additional information

Telework may be available after one year.

These positions are located at: 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church VA 22041.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov .

Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be compared to the requirements for the position. It is your responsibility to include all information in your application that is needed to evaluate your qualifications and determine if you meet the requirements for the position. If there is insufficient information, your application will be found ineligible.

Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10520709

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

You must submit supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) . Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit the Vet Guide .

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS : The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here . Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.

PROOF OF EDUCATION : If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts with the course title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To qualify, the degree must be from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education completed in a foreign institution must be certified as equivalent to coursework completed at a U.S. college or university. Certification of equivalency must be submitted at the time of application. For a list of Credential Evaluation Services, log on to: Credential Evaluation Services
(http://www.edupass.org/admissions /evaluation.phtml)

PROOF OF CURRENT BAR MEMBERSHIP : Proof of active Bar Membership (e.g., screen print of your profile from a bar web site which reflects your name and active status, a letter from the bar certifying that you are licensed and authorized to practice law, OR copy of a recent bar card.) Being an active member of the state bar association is not the same as being an active member in good standing of the state bar.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.

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