Attorney-Advisor (General)

Washington, D.C
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 14, 2019
Full Time


As an Attorney-Adviser (General) at the GS-0905-14, you will be part of Office of Legal Counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The incumbent will execute the agency's legal and statutory responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) of 1972 which involves varied legal and administrative work in the legal interpretation and proper application of laws, executive orders, regulations, precedents, and agency practices relating to FOIA/PA.
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  • Provides on-going technical and operational advice and guidance to staff and management related to the full range of legal, statutory, non-statutory, and regulatory requirements of agency FOIA administration, including headquarters and field units.
  • Provides legal analysis for the applicability of FOIA requirements and exemptions on high-visibility and/or politically sensitive matters.
  • Prepares and reviews legal opinions, memoranda, and proposed amendments to the FOIA regulations, and other correspondence for use by the Commission and the public with respect to the legal aspects of questions of administration of the FOIA/PA.
  • Performs first-level review and processes complex and/or sensitive FOIA requests. Coordinates the preparation of data for the Commission's Annual FOIA Report to Congress, the Department of Justice, and the Office of Government Information Services.
  • Develops responses to congressional or other inquiries and correspondence concerning FOIA administration and requests. Communicates with Commission staff at all levels, regarding complex FOIA requests.
  • Reviews the work of Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) attorneys and information specialists in the preparation of FOIA responses and FOIA appeals.
  • Provides guidance and direction to staff involved in FOIA processing at Commission headquarters and field offices in the performance of their duties utilizing electronic systems and software.
  • Leads and supports the centralized processing of FOIA requests nationwide and appeals to allow for efficient and effective performance of agency FOIA functions.
  • Identifies, recommends, formulates, and implements technology solutions in support of required electronic productions to improve agency overall FOIA administration.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Must have a current BAR License in Good Standing
  • This position is in the Excepted Service


For the GS-14:You must have earned a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the BAR, and have 4 years of professional legal experience with at least one year being equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.

Professional legal education above the first professional law degree may be substituted for experience required as follows:(a) The second professional law degree (LL.M) may be substituted for one year of experience (b) The third law degree (J.S.D) may be substituted for one year of experience beyond the LL.M.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position has a basic education requirement listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across EEOC.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, please contact the HR Specialist listed in this vacancy.

Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the EEOC considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their application submission documentation.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see: )

All employees of the Federal government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations including the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. This position may require the incumbent to complete a confidential financial disclosure report within 30 days of appointment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The specialist will perform an initial review of applications to determine basic eligibility and qualifications for the position. The evaluation involves a determination of basic eligibility and minimum qualifications only and numeric scores will not be assigned.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter
    • This position has a basic education requirement; you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts for further consideration.
    • Proof of current and active BAR Association membership in good standing.
    • Copy of one recent legal writing sample, not to exceed 10 pages.
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.
      • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
      • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
      • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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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