General Attorney, GS-0905-11/12 (All Sources)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 15, 2020
Closes
Oct 20, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The position is located in the Office of the General Counsel's (OGC) Division of Business and Administrative Law (DBAL). DBAL provides legal advice in various program areas or activities, such as budget, contracts, Federal surplus property, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), torts, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), labor relations, personnel, procurement, appropriations, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act and Federal advisory committees.

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Responsibilities

APPLICATION LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 250 applications received and will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 250th application, or at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.

We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.

As a General Attorney, GS-0905-11/12, you will be responsible for:
• Representing the Department's position at hearings and trials including the drafting and filing of all pleadings, discovery, and responses.
• Creating the Department's record by identifying, locating, contacting, and preparing the Department's witnesses and by locating and compiling any documentary support for the case.
• Negotiating with the parties as appropriate, conducting direct and cross examination at the hearings, arranging for the purchase of the transcript as necessary and files all written motions, briefs and other documents as required.
• Advising on procurement and contract matters including the Federal Acquisition Regulations, specification of research, supply, and service contracts, contract performance, and disputes.
• Representing the Department before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the courts in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition, the attorney may be assigned work in other areas within the purview of the division.

The duties described above reflect the duties at the GS-12 level. If selected at the GS 11 level, selectee will perform similar duties with varying levels of complexity.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 10% of the time.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.


GS-11:

Applicants must have:

(1) Law degree and

(2) Letter of good standing in a bar;

GS-12:

Applicants must have:

Minimum Qualifications:

(1) Law degree

(2) Letter of good standing in a bar;

PROOF MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

You must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Proof of admission to the Bar of the highest court of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and current membership in such Bar as would permit the practice of law. You must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

PROOF MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION.

Specialized Experience for the GS-11:

One year of experience equivalent to the GS-9 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
  • Experience performing legal research on matters related to procurement and contracts matters.
  • Experience drafting answers, motions, briefs and other pleadings in defense of cases filed in courts or administrative tribunals with supervision.
  • Experience preparing written opinions and orally presenting legal and factual arguments.

  • For appointment at the GS-11 level, the following qualification requirements are needed: One (1) or more years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the Bar. You must have one years of specialized experience commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-12:

    One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
  • Experience providing legal advice on matters related to procurement and contract matters and questions involving the expenditure of large sums of money.
  • Experience representing parties on matters before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals or the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  • Experience preparing written opinions and rendering oral legal advice in response to questions on the interpretation of applicable laws, including statutes, regulations, and Comptroller General decisions.

  • For appointment at the GS-12 level, the following qualification requirements are needed: Two (2) or more years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the Bar. You must have one years of specialized experience commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.

    Education

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

    Additional information

    Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email Iwork@ed.gov to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email).

    Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.

    Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.

    Financial Disclosure: This position does not require financial disclosure.

    Telework: This position is telework eligible.

    Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the excepted service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your application and documentation submitted to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will refer the best qualified candidates to the Selecting Official of the job for further review and consideration. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet qualifications required, and the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities associated with this position as defined below. Please be sure to give examples in your resume and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possess, the level of people you interacted with, and the complexity and sensitivity of the issues you handled.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    You must submit (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS):

    You are required to submit the following additional documents:
  • Resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
  • Letter of interest;
  • Writing sample;
  • Statement explaining the status of your State bar membership or a certificate of good standing from your bar membership and
  • Law school transcript if you have not been out of law school for more than 5 years.

  • These documents must be submitted on-line at time of application. Documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement

    If you are claiming Veterans' Preference you must submit

    •A copy of your DD-214 that shows active service and character of discharge, member copy 4 (Separated Members only); OR
    •A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days from the date of application (Current Active Duty Members only); AND/OR
    •The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) AND all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference; AND/OR
    •Proof of Sole Survivorship Preference (e.g., certificate of death or 100% disability as a result of serving in the armed forces).

    Veteran's Preference:

    Department of the Education attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Education considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor consideration in the attorney hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation, e.g., SF-15, DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation.

    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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