Attorney Advisor (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Jun 15, 2019
Closes
Jun 22, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

In addition to deciding appeals of USDA Administrative Law Judges, the Judicial Officer issues reparation decisions under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

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Responsibilities

At the GS-14 full performance level, the incumbent will:
  • Conducts extensive legal research, construes and applies court decisions, statutes, Executive Orders, opinions of the Attorney General, and Comptroller General, regulations and other legal authorities in the solution of legal problems.
  • Review legislative history of pertinent statutes and relevant Congressional testimony and may draft language to be included in OALJ decisions.
  • Plan and carry out legal reviews, analyses, presentations, and other work independently.
  • When serving as a presiding official or hearing officer in assigned cases, function independently without supervision, subject only to appellate rights of the parties.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Applicants must provide proof of a law degree from an ABA accredited law school .
  • Applicants must provide date of admission to the Bar, state and license number.
  • Teleworking is limited to one day per week per current USDA policy.


Qualifications

Applicants qualify at the GS-12 level by demonstration of the following:

Have in excess of two (2) years of relevant legal experience that includes presenting cases or conducting rulemaking and adjudicatory hearings requiring knowledge of the Administrative Procedures Act. Experience includes assessing civil penalties and potential license revocation in cases involving regulated industries, and determining whether conduct constitutes deceptive or unfair trade practices. Applicants applied creative legal analysis and sound legal judgment to find appropriate precedent or distinguish applicable law or facts to support or justify legal positions.
Applicants have demonstrated an ability to work independently under general supervision and deliver drafts of written work for adoption by higher authority that go through a subsequent writing process before it is finalized.

Applicants qualify at the GS-13 level by demonstration of the following:

Have in excess of three (3) years of relevant legal experience that includes presenting cases or conducting rulemaking and adjudicatory hearings requiring knowledge of the Administrative Procedures Act. Duties included addressing difficult legal questions and factual issues requiring extensive research, analysis, and evaluation. Work involved a frequent absence of precedent. In assessing civil penalties and potential license revocation in cases involving regulated industries, and determining whether conduct constitutes deceptive or unfair trade practices. The applicant worked independently under general supervision and delivered written work that is assumed to be complete and accurate with respect to facts and law, but may be reviewed for soundness of approach and application of legal principles.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience for the GS-12 and GS-13 level, applicants must have a law degree from an ABA accredited law school and be licensed to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory or the District of Columbia. Applicants 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.

AND


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. Applicants must provide evidence of their good standing of the bar and admittance to practice. You must provide your date of admission to the Bar, state, and license number. Failure to do so will result in non-consideration for this position.

Education

Applicants must have a law degree from an ABA accredited law school and be licensed to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory or the District of Columbia. Transcripts must be provided.

Additional information

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.

E-Verify
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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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:

  • Laws, Regulations, and Procedures
  • Legal Research
  • Oral Communication


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 www.fedshirevets.gov.

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,

The application of veterans preference does not apply to attorney positions in the Federal government.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing

Required Documents

1. Your resume
2. Your responses to the job questionnaire
3. Your law school transcripts,

Applicants applying under a Schedule A, non-competitive appointment, must provide documentation from a doctor, rehabilitation center, or some other source showing proof of your disability.

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