Associate Counsel

District of Columbia, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Sep 01, 2019
Full Time


The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) provides operations support services and business solutions to the community of 10,000 House Members, Officers and staff. The CAO organization comprises more than 600 technical and administrative staff working in a variety of areas, including information technology, finance, budget management, human resources, payroll, child care, food and vending, procurement, logistics and administrative counsel.

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The incumbent will serve in the Office of Employee Advocacy as complainant-side counsel. Attorneys in this position provide legal assistance, consultation and, when applicable, representation to covered employees of the House of Representatives on matters covered by the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 and its 2018 Reform Act. The basis for the office and the attorneys in this position was established by House Resolution 724, which passed the House of Representatives on February 6, 2018 (115th Congress).

This non-partisan legal position requires skilled and motivated professionals who are adept at identifying key issues, analyzing complex fact patterns, and applying the wide range of laws that are made applicable to the House of Representatives by the Congressional Accountability Act. In their legal role, professionals in this position must interact well with their clients, the public and opposing counsel. Further, attorneys in this position must have the ability to collaborate well with other legal and non-legal offices of the House whose functions relate to the mission of providing sound legal guidance and representation to House employees.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities

The duties for an Associate Counsel with the Office of Employee Advocacy, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, for the U.S. House of Representatives include:

• Serving as a legal advisor and litigation attorney on behalf of House employees who believe they have been subjected to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or another violation of their employee rights.
• Handling litigation and advising as complainant's counsel in matters under the statutes made applicable to House employees under the Congressional Accountability Act: namely, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the WARN Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Polygraph Protection Act, the Federal Labor Standards Act and the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations statute.
• Representing House employees in counseling, mediation, informal negotiations, hearings and other litigation before the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, Committee on Ethics, and other administrative and judicial bodies. Such representation includes conducting fact-finding interviews; preparing motions and briefs; eliciting testimony at evidentiary and fact-finding hearings; and filing hearing submissions.
• Providing superior oral advocacy at hearings and well organized and well researched written products under deadlines.
• Comprehensively researching and staying abreast of developing law.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactorily completing a criminal history records check (or other applicable security clearance) and a pre-employment drug-test (pre-identified position only).


Applicants must submit a writing sample and must submit a resume showing they meet the following requirements:

• Be a law school graduate with a LL.B or J.D. degree
• Be an active member in good standing of a state, U.S. territory, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

Meet one of the following:

• Possess at least 4 years of professional legal experience following law school graduation; OR
• Have a second professional law degree.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements described above, applicants must also have, at a minimum, six (6) years of professional legal experience following law school graduation for hiring at the HS-13 grade level.


Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Highly qualified candidates will be evaluated based on a structured interview.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Resume submission.

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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