Attorney Examiner (Labor Relations)

Washington, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 28, 2019
Full Time


The position is in the Office of General Counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and is generally responsible for performing the full range of duties associated with collective bargaining. This will include negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the Agency. The incumbent will provide expert level advice to management regarding matters of labor-management relations.
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  • The below description of duties represents the position of a non- supervisory attorney in the Office of General Counsel who is, at the full performance level, working on a mix of cases that spans the range of levels of complexity and difficulty.
  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Represents MSPB on all internal collective bargaining issues, including representing the MSPB in negotiations.
  • Represents MSPB in all internal employment matters, including but not limited to employee discipline, EEO complaints, administrative grievance proceedings, and MSPB appeals.
  • Advises the Deputy General Counsel, the General Counsel and the Executive Director on sensitive policy issues involved in labor-management relations and formulate, influence, and assist in the determination of Agency policy.
  • Provides expert advice to senior management on the impact of union proposals and recommend alternative proposals, counter- proposals, strategies, goals, and objectives on behalf of the Agency.
  • Review and approve employee disciplinary actions.
  • Investigate and evaluate complaints raised by the union or its members to determine the validity and viability and provide advice to senior management on approaches to resolution.
  • Interprets the collective bargaining agreement and ensures Agency and union adherence to the same.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of a trial period.
  • Direct Deposit : Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at


To qualify, you must be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, Territory, or the District of Columbia and meet the following requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

GS-905-15: The first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.)
a. Superior law student work (i.e., academic standing in the upper 1/3 of an accredited
law school graduating class; work or achievement of significance on the law schools
official law review or moot court board; special high-level honors for academic excellence
in law school-such as, election to Order of the Coif; winning of a moot court team which
represents the law school in competition with other law schools; full-time or continuous
participation in a legal aid program-as opposed to intermittent or casual participation;
significant summer law clerk experience; or other evidence of clearly superior
achievement or similar law school activities), plus four years of professional legal
experience in federal labor and employment law and expertise as a legal advisor,
representative, and litigator, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty
comparable to the GS-905-14 level in the federal service; or
b. First professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) plus five years of professional legal
experience in federal labor and employment law and expertise as a legal advisor,
representative, and litigator, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty
comparable to the GS-905-14 level in the federal service; or
c. Second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus four years of professional legal experience
in federal labor and employment law and expertise as a legal advisor, representative, and
litigator, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-
905-14 level in the federal service.


Please see educational qualification requirement information above.

Additional information

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 showing the full performance level or career ladder of your current or previous position, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website .
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: 1-800-877-8339.
  • MSPB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER and employment decisions are based on merit factors only. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in an employment decision by this agency, you have the right to seek counseling to resolve your complaint. You must do so within 45 days of the alleged discrimination action. If you desire to seek counseling, call the MSPB Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at 202 653-6772, Ext 4405.
  • This is a term appointment not to exceed 18 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without reannouncing). For more details click: Term Appointments

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume must support the following:
  • You are proficient in the areas described in the Major Duties section above.
  • Your resume must include dates of employment and a detailed description of each position you held. Failure to do so may impact your eligibility and may remove you from consideration.

  • Applications will be reviewed and eligibility determined based on the qualifications listed above. Applicants who fail to provide the required information will be determined ineligible. All eligible applications will be referred for further evaluation by subject-matter experts. The selecting official may select any eligible applicant with consideration of an individual's veteran's preference status as a positive factor. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
    • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
    • Law School Transcripts or List of Coursework: An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official law school transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. All education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at . All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    • Writing Sample: A legal writing sample such as a brief, memorandum of law, decision letter, or other material demonstrating proficiency in written legal analysis.
    • Cover Letter: A cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications is preferred, but not required.
    • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy): If you are an honorably discharged veteran who wishes to claim veteran's preference as a positive factor in your application. Please also submit an SF-15 with any other documentation required on the form, if applicable.
    • Current/Former Federal Applicants: MUST submit a copy of an SF-50, non-award Notification of Personnel Action, which preferably shows your current grade/position. If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade. AND current Federal employees must also submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable (e.g., length of time in current position, personnel system outage, etc.).
    • Other required documents may include: CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.

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