Attorney-Advisor (General), Office of Commissioner Burrows

Washington, D.C
Oct 28, 2020
Nov 05, 2020
Full Time


As an Attorney Advisor (General) at the GS-0905-15, you will be part of the Office of Commissioner Charlotte A. Burrows, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner (Commission or EEOC.) If selected, you will be responsible for performing a variety of confidential assignments and duties; advising the Commissioner on policy and legal matters; and assisting the Commissioner in effectively discharging the legal activities of the office.
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  • Reviews highly complex cases to make recommendations for appropriate actions such as preliminary court relief, amicus participation, interventions and direct suits.
  • Acts as a liaison to the Office of the Chair and other Commissioners and with senior staff of EEOC.
  • Performs high level liaison assignments on matters of special concern, involving contacts with officials prominent in business, unions, civil rights organizations, educational institutions and Federal, State, and local governments.
  • Drafts speeches and proposed remarks for the Commissioner's public appearances.
  • Represents the Office of the Commissioner in meetings and high-level negotiations with other federal agencies and with other offices of EEOC.
  • Reviews Commission and Court decisions and precedents, provisions and administration of other Federal and State laws governing or effecting equal employment opportunity.
  • Conducts legal research, drafts memoranda analyzing points of law, and advises the Commissioner regarding proposed regulations, EEOC guidance documents, and other policy matters that come before the Commission for a vote.
  • Reviews and analyzes complex Federal employee discrimination cases, proposed EEOC federal sector decisions, and subpoena determinations to inform the Commissioner of their impact on program operations.
  • Reviews and proposes responses to Executive, Congressional, and constituent and press inquiries regarding relevant legislation and other policy matters.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will not be required during the pandemic, but will be optional depending on COVID-19 conditions.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Must have a current BAR License in Good Standing
  • This position is in the Excepted Service


For the GS-15: You must have earned a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the BAR, and have four (4) years of professional legal experience with at least one year being equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.

Professional legal education above the first professional law degree may be substituted for experience required as follows:(a) The second professional law degree (LL.M) may be substituted for one year of experience (b) The third law degree (J.S.D) may be substituted for one year of experience beyond the LL.M.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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


This position has a basic education requirement listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.

Additional information

This term appointment will conclude on the expiration of the Commissioner's appointment or may be extended up to maximum of 4 years from the start date. In the event Commissioner Burrows resigns before the expiration of her appointment, your appointment will expire on the same day.
If selected as a federal government (non-EEOC) employee to serve under a reimbursable detail, all parties must agree to the conditions. The EEOC will develop a reimbursable inter-agency agreement between Agencies for the EEOC to reimburse salary and benefits.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across EEOC.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, please contact the HR Specialist listed in this vacancy.

Attorneys appointed in the excepted service are required to maintain active membership in a bar within U.S. jurisdiction for the duration of their employment. Attorneys must provide documentation supporting active membership and good standing status (or equivalent) on at least an annual basis.

Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the EEOC considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their application submission documentation.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see: )

All employees of the Federal government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations including the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. This position may require the incumbent to complete a confidential financial disclosure report within 30 days of appointment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The specialist will perform an initial review of applications to determine basic eligibility and qualifications for the position. The evaluation involves a determination of basic eligibility and minimum qualifications only and numeric scores will not be assigned.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Cover Letter (optional)
  • This position has a basic education requirement; you must submit a copy of your Transcripts for further consideration.
  • Proof of current and active BAR Association Membership in good standing. During the initial review of applications, the Agency will accept photocopies of BAR Membership Cards or screenshots providing proof of active membership in a BAR Association that reflects the bar's jurisdiction or territory, the attorney's full name, bar number, date of admission, and bar status (i.e. active, inactive, retired, etc.).
  • Copy of one recent Legal Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.)
  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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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