Supervisory Attorney (Section Research Manager)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 14, 2019
Closes
Jul 16, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Supervisory Attorney for the American Law Division (ALD) of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) leads a section of ALD legislative attorneys who advise Members of Congress, congressional committees, and their staffs on legal questions of national and international significance.

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Responsibilities

Service to Congress: Directs and supervises the legal research, analysis, and writing by a section of ALD legislative attorneys for Congress on questions of national or international importance that arise during the legislative process. Through critical review, ensures that legal research, analysis, and writing is objective, authoritative, nonpartisan, timely, and accessible; reflects the congressional agenda; and responds to the legislative needs of Congress. Establishes and maintains relationships with Members of Congress and congressional committees and staff.

Projects and Collaboration: Directly supervises a section of ALD legislative attorneys as well as multiple subject matter teams of ALD legislative attorneys and may, as directed by the ALD Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director (AD/DAD), design, organize, coordinate, and implement major projects, programs, and initiatives related to sensitive and complex legal questions of national or international importance. Coordinates and collaborates with counterparts in other CRS divisions to design, develop, and implement multidisciplinary projects, programs, and initiatives related to sensitive and complex legal questions and public policies of national or international significance.

Administrative: Advises and assists the ALD AD/DAD on all facets of division administration. Contributes to and helps develop CRS-wide strategic goals and priorities. Ensures that ALD staff accommodate the changing needs of Congress and congressional committees and staff. Leads staff in achieving the Library's and CRS's visions, missions, and goals by managing performance, communicating priorities and management initiatives effectively, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, building and maintaining relationships, and leveraging diversity and inclusiveness. Oversees ALD staff's implementation of CRS policies. Exhibits commitment to the Supervisor Core Competencies of the Library of Congress.

The Supervisory Attorney's responsibilities will include:
  • Ensuring that attorneys produce objective, authoritative, and nonpartisan analysis that enables Congress to assess legal issues that inform the legislative agenda, congressional oversight of executive agencies, and the scope of Congress's power;
  • Utilizing a knowledge of constitutional and administrative law, critically reviewing written analyses produced by legislative attorneys to ensure accuracy, authoritativeness, objectivity, and overall quality;
  • Identifying and coordinating legal research and analysis conducted by the section on matters of legislative importance and, as directed by the AD/DAD of ALD, engaging in such functions for division-wide projects;
  • Proactively establishing relationships with committees of jurisdiction, building long-term relationships with clients, and taking initiative to seek out new congressional contacts for CRS;
  • Managing congressional requests for legal analysis from attorneys in the section;
  • Collaborating with other managers to ensure an integrative approach to the work by identifying significant issues facing Congress, developing legal analytical approaches to address them, and applying appropriate resources;
  • Managing and supervising legislative attorneys, communicating performance standards/expectations to staff, assessing performance and giving feedback; and
  • Performing special assignments as directed by the AD/DAD.

Candidates with management experience in high-pressure legal environments (e.g., in law firms or litigating on behalf of the federal government), who have strong interpersonal skills, and are capable of leading a highly motivated, talented team of attorneys committed to providing Congress nonpartisan, authoritative, objective legal analysis are encouraged to apply. Prior experience as a judicial clerk on a federal or state court may be beneficial. Prior experience in environmental or financial regulatory law is helpful, but not necessary.

CRS works exclusively for Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency in the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource for over a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library's vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library's Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/uploads/loc_supervisor_core_competencies.pdf .

Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENT: Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a current, active (or equivalent) member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

In addition, applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
  • Knowledge of American law**
  • Ability to manage legal research**
  • Ability to review critically the analysis of others**
  • Ability to lead and manage a team of attorneys
  • Knowledge of congressional decision making
  • Ability to convey information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations
  • Ability to communicate in writing
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion
  • Ability to collaborate
  • Ability to build relationships
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing


Education

Applicants must possess an LL.B. or J.D., or higher degree from a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association or a state-accredited school of law and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Appointees must maintain active membership in good standing of the bar throughout their employment.

Legible copies of transcripts demonstrating that applicant is a graduate from an LL.B. or J.D., or higher degree program in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association or a state-accredited school of law must be attached to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of the application. Official documents will be required if selected.

Also, a copy of bar membership demonstrating that applicant is a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico must be attached to your online application.

You MUST submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.

Additional information

The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

While it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The selected applicant may be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 111994.

The incumbent of this position may elect to work a flextime work schedule.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of an applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information view the directive on the Library's Selective Placement Program and/or contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 (voice or TTY) or email spp@loc.gov . FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of Veterans' Preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference , and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library's Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D . IF REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION IS NOT ATTACHED, VETERANS' PREFERENCE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

All applicants must submit copies of the following documentation with their application materials. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THIS REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
  • Copies of transcripts or a self-generated list of courses with grades and credits (indicate quarter/semester hours, names of all colleges and universities attended including city, state, major(s) and type and year of degree(s) received) demonstrating that applicant is a graduate from a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association. Photocopies of transcripts (or copies downloaded from the university website) are sufficient at the application stage. Official documents will be required if selected.
  • Copy of license or certification demonstrating that applicant is an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit the appropriate supporting documentation described in OTHER INFORMATION above. If this required documentation is not attached, your application will not be considered under the Selective Placement Program.

Veterans claiming Veterans' Preference eligibility must submit the appropriate supporting documentation described in OTHER INFORMATION above. If this required documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be applied to your application.

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.

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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