ATTORNEY ADVISER (LABOR)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Andrews AFB, Maryland
Posted
Sep 12, 2020
Closes
Sep 17, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The primary purpose of this position is to legally represent the above parties in Federal District Courts, Federal Appellate Courts, the US Supreme Court and State courts. This position also independently represents the AF, AF units, commanders, managers, employees and members in a wide variety of legal administrative forums, to include the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Special Counsel, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

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Responsibilities

  • Serves as a senior attorney for litigation in Federal Courts involving the AF with responsibility for planning and accomplishing diversified legal work pertaining to litigation matters arising out of AF civilian personnel and labor matters.
  • Is lead counsel and defends the AF world-wide at all command levels in administrative litigation of cases before the FLRA, EEOC, MSPB, FSIP, FMCS, OSC, federal sector arbitrators, state Unemployment Compensation agencies.
  • Advises at the Secretary of the AF, Chief of Staff level, Air Staff level, Senior Program managers and MAJCOM level personnel on the development of HQ USAF-level policy relating to personnel matters.
  • Trains judge advocates, civilian attorneys, paralegals, personnel specialists, equal employment opportunity specialists, commanders, managers, and supervisors on all aspects of labor and employment law.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • PCS and DNRP expenses are authorized, and will be paid (Centrally Managed Position by the Legal Career Field Team (CFT))
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a secret clearance
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Must have a law degree (JD) from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state or the District of Columbia or other Federal Bar, as appropriate, and at least 3 years of related experience.
  • Work may occasionally require temporary duty travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft
  • Employee may be required to work overtime
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Incumbent is required to file an Office of Government Ethics ("OGE") Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment, and will be required to file annually


Qualifications

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • You MUST have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD). Note: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.
  • In addition, at the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status with a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status.
AND

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the above requirement: you must have professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position, which includes an in-depth knowledge of laws, regulations, procedures, Management Directives, treatises, and case law applicable to: 1) Practice before the wide variety of administrative forums related to the mission of the LLFSC to include the EEOC, the MSPB, the FLRA, the FSIP, and the FMCS; 2) Practice before Federal Sector Arbitrators and resulting appellate practice before FLRA; 3) Practice in Worker's Compensation hearings, Unemployment Compensation hearings, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration hearings; 4) Practice before the United States Court of Claims, United States District Courts, United States Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. In depth knowledge of the Federal Labor Management Relations Statute and related statutes and regulations, and FLRA case law, Federal Court case law interpreting the statute, and DoD/AF issuances implementing them.

2. In depth knowledge of the Title VII, ADEA, Rehabilitation Act and other anti-discrimination laws and the Federal Regulations associated with those laws, EEOC case law, EEOC Management Directives, Federal Court case law interpreting the statutes, and DoD/AF issuances implementing them, and an in depth knowledge of the statutes governing the MSPB, implementing regulations, MSPB case law, Federal Court case law interpreting the statute, and DoD/AF issuances implementing them.

3. In depth knowledge of Federal Rules for Civil Procedure, and litigation techniques necessary for the defense of the AF in administrative and judicial forums, and an in depth knowledge of other administrative forums in which the LLFSC practices such as the FSIP, MCS, OSC, etc.

4. Ability to defend the AF before administrative and judicial forums, and the ability to supervise and lead other attorneys responsible for handling Federal defensive litigation.

5. Ability to perform legal research using electronic and traditional means, and the ability to gather facts and effectively evaluate and analyze them to develop evidence to support AF litigation positions.

6. Skill in communicating both orally and in writing, and the ability to establish work priorities and delegate tasks, as well as, knowledge of DoD and AF structure and chain of command.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

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

Education

Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth. The attorney must maintain such bar membership in at least one jurisdiction during the entire course of employment with the Air Force.

IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. NOTE: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.

120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here .

Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

Applications who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
  • Online Application: Questionnaire
  • Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
  • Transcripts/Registration/License: If qualifying on education/position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts and if required for the position, submit an active, current registration/license.
  • Veterans: If claiming Veterans' Preference - Submit VOW certification memo or copy of the official DD-Form 214, which must include the character of service/type under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This will be annotated in block 24 on member copy 2, 4, or 7 of the DD-Form 214. If you are also claiming 10-point preference and/or 30% Disabled Veteran, you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable).
  • Promotion Consideration: If you wish to be considered as a promotion candidate and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one-year time-in-grade requirements. You will need to provide additional SF-50s which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-Grade, Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
  • ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires federal agencies to treat an eligible active duty service member as a veteran, disabled veteran, and preference eligible (as applicable) when applying for civil service positions before the effective release or discharge date. Appointment of military members before the release or discharge date is permissible if the member is on terminal leave. At the time the active duty member applies for a civil position, he or she must submit a "certification" memo in lieu of a DD-Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty . Active duty members applying for a civil service position without submitting a valid certification memo or DD-Form 214 with their application will render the member ineligible for the position. The certification memo must originate from the member's military service branch on official letterhead and contain the following:
    • Name/Rank/Grade of Service Member
    • Branch of Armed Forces
    • Dates of Active Service (Start and End Date(s)
    • Expected Date of Discharge/Release from Active Duty
    • Terminal leave start date (if applicable)
    • Expected character of service/discharge and type of separation (i.e. separation or retirement)
    • Must be certified within 120 days of anticipated discharge
    • Signature by, or by direction of the adjutant, personnel office, unit commander, or higher headquarters commander
    NOTE: The VOW Act provides tentative preference. If appointed, a DD Form-214 must be submitted upon receipt.

    NOTICE OF VETERANS' PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation.

    NOTE: Applicants for attorney appointments do not require veterans' preference in order to be eligible for consideration.

    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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