Attorney-Advisor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 13, 2019
Closes
Oct 15, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The position is located in the Office of the Chief Counsel in the Washington, DC office. The incumbent researches and advises Bureau officials on matters requiring the application of statutes, regulations, court decisions, Departmental precedents, and Bureau policies involving many fields of law related to Bureau operations. The incumbent may also represent the Bureau in administrative proceedings and assistin representing the Bureau's interests in matters before the Federal courts.

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Responsibilities

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

As an Attorney Advisor, you will:
  • Advise, perform legal research and prepare briefings, presentations and legal decision memoranda on matters requiring the interpretation and application of statutes, regulations, court decisions, Departmental precedents, Bureau policies and technical publications involving many fields of law related to Bureau operations.
  • Ensure that uniform, proper interpretations of statutes and regulations are made and that any recommendations support senior management's strategic plans.
  • Provide legal advice in disciplinary actions, labor-management relations and EEO.
  • Represent the Bureau in EEO administrative proceedings. When requested, represent the Bureau in cases before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Merit Systems Protection Board and the General Accounting Office.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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PLEASE NOTE: Based on the current hiring restrictions, selectees may be subject to additional approvals prior to an offer being extended.

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience: For the GS-12 level: You must have 52 weeks of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent level of difficulty in the Federal service or private sector that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Specialized experience is acting as an agency or client representative in administrative or judicial proceedings.

Examples of such experience might include:
preparing drafts of legal briefs for court proceedings; OR
drafting legal memoranda regarding effects of proposed legislation or regulations; OR
drafting briefing papers on complex legal issues for senior government officials or private sector clients.

Specialized experience: For the GS-11 level: You must be a law school graduate with a J.D. degree and be admitted to the bar. In addition, you have to have one of the following:
  • 52 weeks of experience as a practicing attorney at the GS-09 level, or equivalent level of difficulty demonstrating outstanding written and analytical work; OR
  • Held a judicial clerkship; OR
  • Have an LL.M. degree that required one full year of graduate study; OR
  • Have superior law student work or activities.


Education

Law Degree: Applicants must possess a J.D. or LL.B from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) AND

Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction.

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

GS-11- We will not pay relocation expenses.
GS-12- Factors such as cost effectiveness, labor market conditions and difficulties in filling the position will be reviewed in determining if payment of relocation expenses is in the best interest of the Government.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- This position is a high risk position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation. Periodic reinvestigation is required no later than five years after selection and at least every succeeding five years.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating : Your application will be evaluated among others regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position.

Since this is an Excepted Service position, a non-rated method of evaluation will be used. We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements. Competitive examining rules for rating and ranking do not apply.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Fiscal Service considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

Referral: Candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements will be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

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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