Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (Labor)

Washington, D.C
Nov 07, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Member James Abbott of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. The incumbent is the Deputy Chief Counsel and is responsible for: (1) the Authority's adjudication and resolution of labor management disputes, including arbitration, representation, unfair-labor-practice (ULP), and negotiability cases, as set forth in the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute); and (2) administrative management of the Office.

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The incumbent works under the general supervision of Member James Abbott and the Office Chief Counsel and handles the full range of assignments involving the most complex cases and unique questions in all four areas of labor-management disputes. Reviews issues memoranda and draft decisions from case writers on the Member's staff, prepares issues memoranda and draft decisions, and, as requested: (1) reviews issues memoranda and draft decisions in cases from other Members' staffs; and (2) performs other activities in connection with the resolution of negotiability, arbitration, ULP, and representation cases. The incumbent performs significant administrative-management duties and as appropriate, represents Member Abbott or the Authority in speeches before agency, employee, and/or union groups in workshops, conferences, and/or seminars. As directed, incumbent participates in agency-wide initiatives and work groups to support the overall agency's mission, strategic plan, and annual performance goals. Performs other duties as assigned by the Member and acts for the Chief Counsel as necessary.

The incumbent plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. The incumbent assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. The incumbent evaluates the work performance of subordinates. The incumbent gives advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters. The incumbent interviews candidates for positions in the unit, and recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignment to such positions. The incumbent identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development and training. Finally, the incumbent works to improve productivity, timeliness and quality of the work directed, consistent with the Agency's Strategic Plan.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determination and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.

You must be a citizen of the United States.

You must be able to pass and maintain a background investigation.

You must be an active member of the Bar and in good standing.

New attorneys to the Federal government will be required to serve a trial period of 2 years.


The applicant must have five years of professional legal experience or an equivalent combination of professional legal experience and education, of which three years must have been in the labor relations field or other public employment law field; or have completed one year successfully performing the same or closely-related work at the GS-14 level.

The incumbent must possess high level experience in the area of labor relations and labor law.

This position will include supervisory and related managerial duties.


Professional legal education beyond the first professional law degree may be substituted for professional legal experience as follows:
  • The second professional law degree (LL.M.) which requires one full year of graduate study may be substituted for one year of professional legal experience.
  • The third professional law degree (S.J.D.) may be substituted for one additional year of professional legal experience.

  • Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Additional information

    • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .
    • Equal Opportunity Employer - FLRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, physical disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, union affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, or any other non-merit reason.
    • Hatch Act - The Hatch Reform Amendments of 1993 (Public Law 103-94) prohibit individuals from requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations (as defined in 5 U.S.C. § 2202) in effecting personnel actions.
    • Reasonable Accommodation - FLRA provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the FLRA's Human Resources Division. Decisions on reasonable accommodation requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.
    • Transportation and Relocation Expenses Are Not Authorized. FLRA will not pay any travel, transportation, or relocation expenses. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selected candidate.
    • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application will be evaluated to determine whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete application package which includes:

    Resume: A resume that includes announcement number, education and training. Work experience should include: job title, duties, employer's name, employer's telephone number, employer's address, starting and ending dates (MM/YY), hours worked per week, and indicate whether or not we may contact your current supervisor. This documentation must be submitted with your application package.

    Transcript: You must submit a copy of your transcript and grade-point average or class ranking, to prove that you possess a Juris Doctor (JD) from an American Bar (ABA)-accredited law school if you graduated within the past five years. If you have five years or more practicing law, your transcript is not required.

    Bar Membership: You must submit proof of your current membership (card or other documentary evidence) or certificate of good standing from the bar to which you are licensed. This documentation must be submitted with your application package. Certificate of Good Standing: If you are selected, before you enter on duty you must submit proof that you are a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. If you do not have a bar card or other documentary evidence as proof of your current membership, you must submit a certificate of good standing. The proof must be dated within six months of the date this application is submitted.

    A writing sample must be submitted as part of your application package. It should not exceed ten (10) double-spaced pages. This documentation must be submitted with your application package.

    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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