Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (Director, Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolution Services)

District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 24, 2020
Nov 02, 2020
Full Time


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This position is located in the Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services (CADRS). The incumbent serves as the CADRS Director and the agency's expert for matters involving the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and plans, coordinates, administers, and executes all programs and responsibilities of the office.
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As the Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (Director, CADRS) you will:

  • Serve as the FMC's designated Senior Dispute Resolution Specialist under the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act and serve as the agency's Ombudsman.
  • Serve as the Office Director, and the Commission's designated Senior Dispute Resolution Specialist for matters involving the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practices and processes, including ombuds assistance, mediation, facilitation, and arbitration to resolve challenges and disputes involving cargo shipments, household goods shipments, and passenger vessel cruises. The work of this position involves performing a variety of administrative and program-related functions requiring an understanding of shipping laws; Commission regulations, rules and orders; mediation and other ADR techniques; procedures in formal administrative proceedings; and procedures of various federal and state courts, and arbitrators, such as the Society of Maritime Arbitrators.
  • Develop and implements an ADR program for the resolution of disputes, involving commercial, workplace, enforcement, contracts, and all substantive areas of FMC responsibility.
  • Oversee and manages a professional staff in the performance of dispute resolution services, including informal ombuds services.
  • Review special dockets and other formal decisions assigned to CADRS attorney-advisors sitting as hearing officers, and work of Transportation Specialists in the area of passenger vessel cruise disputes, and makes staff assignments accordingly.
  • Supervise initial mediation conferences in formal private complaint proceedings, pursuant to FMC procedural rules and initiates ADR process as appropriate.
  • Review formal complaints, initiating an ADR process in formal administrative proceedings as appropriate. Assess the probability of resolution through ADR.
  • Coordinate with Administrative Law Judge(s) in formal administrative proceedings. Provides mediation and other services to facilitate settlement between and among litigants.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • New appointees to the federal service must complete a 1-year trial period (unless previously completed)
  • A 2-year supervisory probationary period is required (unless previously completed).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a High Risk Public Trust background investigation.
  • Federal employees are required to adhere to the 14 Principles of Ethical Conduct .
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • 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.
  • 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. Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).
  • Will be required to obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually thereafter.
  • May be required to complete a drug test.


Candidates must meet the following by the close of the announcement:
  • Minimum educational requirements include a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school. NOTE: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. An ABA-approved law school may allow students to receive credit for law study or activities at a foreign institution and grant credit for the J.D. degree if those studies or activities are approved in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Criteria adopted by the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
  • Current active membership in a bar of any State, territory, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia. Active bar association and a certificate that the member is in good standing will be verified prior to appointment and employees must maintain active bar membership in good standing while employed as an attorney with the FMC.
  • Applicants must possess excellent legal, management, and research skills, as well as the ability to communicate, both orally and in writing.

  • Education

    Please refer to the qualifications section for education information.

    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal Maritime Commission employees in the excepted service with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies if they are on a Schedule A or Schedule B appointment without time limitation. Selection priority is limited to other permanent Schedule A or B positions in the same agency and local commuting area. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated well-qualified by placing in the Highly Qualified or Best Qualified category for this vacancy. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is available on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    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 resume and supporting documentation to determine that you possess at least one year of professional, specialized law experience. Please ensure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position.

    Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position being filled. Law clerk experience (post J.D.) can be considered professional law experience if the candidate performed attorney duties.

    Specialized experience is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and equivalent to the GS-14 in Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include serving as a supervisor directing a team of legal professionals and their activities to ensure deadlines and office objectives are met; reviewing formal complaints and initiating an ADR process in formal administrative proceedings; leading or supervising mediation conferences; collaborating with stakeholders to implement policies and services; overseeing an ADR program. Knowledge and experience in the Shipping Industry preferred, but not required.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes the following information; Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not receive consideration for this position. Please do not include any personally identifiable information.
  • A resume (of no more than three pages)
  • Law School Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • SF-50 that depicts your title, series, grade/step/salary (if applicable)
  • A copy of the most recent final performance appraisal (elements and standards for achievement, if not indicated clearly on the annual performance appraisal)(required of current Federal employees).
  • Cover letter
  • A writing sample may be requested during an interview.
  • You may be required to provide a copy of your Bar Membership card.
  • Education Documentation:
    • An official transcript may 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 website.
    • 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 .
    Notice of Veterans Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Maritime Commission 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 documents (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions.

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