Washington, D.C
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of the Chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA or "the Authority"). The incumbent serves as the Chief of the Office of Case Intake and Publication (CIP).

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The Chief of the Office of Case Intake and Publication (CIP) is responsible for the timely, effective, and efficient administration and management of the Authority's case docket functions, including case documentation and tracking operations relating to the Authority's adjudication and resolution of labor-management disputes under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute), and for special projects involving policy and/or management issues. The Chief of CIP is also responsible for the issuance of procedural orders, and issuance and publication of the Authority's decisions.

The incumbent exercises a delegation of authority from the Authority Chairman and Members to independently issue procedural orders regarding routine procedural, jurisdictional, and other issues, consistent with well-established Authority precedent; proofreads all Authority decisions before issuance and publication and makes appropriate non-substantive corrections to ensure consistency with applicable legal and drafting guides.

The incumbent manages the Authority's electronic case-tracking and eFiling systems and shares his/her programmatic expertise of the Authority's case processing to assist in the development and enhancement of those systems; compiles and verifies the accuracy of performance data for the Authority component; develops and delivers internal and external trainings on procedural and substantive issues under the Statute.

The incumbent oversees electronic and hard-copy publication activities, as well as Authority component web content for published decisions and orders; ensures that the official Authority record of each case is maintained and preserved in compliance with required records management and disposal laws and regulations; and may be called upon to direct or carry out special projects involving policy and/or management issues.

The incumbent supervises a small administrative and legal staff, and reports to the Chief Counsel to the Chairman. The incumbent prepares required budgetary documents and monitors the CIP budget to ensure that expenditures do not exceed authorized levels. Duties may involve sensitive information and access to confidential personnel files.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Must be a citizen of the United States.

Must be able to pass and maintain a background investigation.

Must be admitted to the Bar and be in good standing.

Must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period for New Supervisor - An Attorney is required to complete a single one-year probationary period in an initial supervisory or managerial position, regardless of how many agencies and positions in which the employee has served.

Trial Periods for Initial Appointment into the federal government or into the Excepted Service - An attorney who is a preference eligible is required to complete a one-year trial period. An attorney who is not a preference eligible is required to complete a two-year trial period. Employees who do not demonstrate that they are qualified for continued employment will be notified and separated before the trial period ends.

Background Investigation - Must pass fingerprint and criminal background investigations,

Selective Service System - Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify registration with the Selective Service System or certify being exempt from registering with the Selective Service System.


Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. These requirements include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

To be eligible for this position, you must:

Be a U.S. Citizen or National

Possess a law degree (J.D) : from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Applicants must also be member of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a federal court of general jurisdiction. In addition, at least 5 years of post J.D. experience is required.

Bar Membership : Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction. Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will constitute an incomplete application. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. and have:

In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, you must have:

Specialized Experience :

Qualifications For GS-15:

The applicant must have five years of professional legal experience or an equivalent combination of professional legal experience and education as defined below, 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.

Specialized experience is defined as substantive experience: applying the Federal Labor-Management Relations Statute, supervising attorneys and other staff members, or performing work in a legal case dockets or legal publications environment.

The incumbent must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required by this position:
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.
  • Ability to research, analyze facts, draw conclusions, and devise practical solutions to complex procedural issues and prepare and present associated findings and recommendations.
  • Skill in designing, implementing, and tracking budgets and performing or leading strategic planning efforts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management officials and other individuals.
  • Ability to effectively organize, review, lead, supervise and coordinate one's own work and the work of others.

An equivalent combination of professional legal experience and education beyond the first professional law degree, of which one year must have been in the labor relations field or other public employment law field; or comparable, 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 an additional year of professional legal experience.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: If currently employed as an attorney by the federal government you must have completed one year of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position filled.


Applicant must possess a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.

Additional information

  • 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 nonmerit reason. Equal employment opportunity policy: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
  • 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.
  • Promotion Potential - FLRA is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected for a vacancy with promotion potential. Future promotions will be dependent on performance, workforce analysis, and budget approval.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • Special Appointing Authorities - If you are applying under the special appointing authority such as those authorized for the severely disabled (Schedule A) or Vietnam era and disabled veterans (VRA), you will be asked to submit documents showing eligibility to non-competitively apply under Merit Assignment announcements. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking on your application. For more info on non-competitive appointments and supporting documents, please visit Federal Employment of People with Disabilities or Feds Hire Vets - Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

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 to ensure you meet the job requirements. Your resume must specifically and clearly show your possession of the required specialized experience and your experience and/or training in the competencies described in the assessment questionnaire. We will compare your responses to the assessment questionnaire against your resume and supporting documentation. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your other application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Additional tests or job-related assessments may be administered to evaluate competencies or fitness for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

In addition to your responses to the occupational questionnaire and your resume, you must submit the following additional documents specific for this vacancy:
  • Resume with relevant experience (start/end dates in this format: mm/yy and hours worked per week). Content of Resume: Your resume that you choose to describe your job-related experiences will be used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that the information be specific, detailed where appropriate, and complete. Your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
  • Bar Membership - Documentation verifying that you are admitted to the Bar (any state or territory or the District of Columbia) and are in good standing.
  • Writing Sample - A current writing sample, no more than 10 pages, of relevant or related work that shows analytical ability.
  • For current government employees including FLRA employees - Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All current or former Federal employees must submit a copy of your SF-50 with position title, pay plan, series, grade, tenure group, position occupied (competitive/excepted), agency, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form(s) which demonstrates serving 52 weeks at the next lower level, or at the highest grade level achieved.
  • For current government employees, including FLRA employees - Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating.
  • For applicants qualifying on the basis of education - Transcripts - official or unofficial. A transcript is required if you are claiming to qualify based on your education. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable; at the minimum the transcript should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, and GPA. If selected for this position, you must submit your official copy before confirmation of appointment.
  • Occupational questionnaire - A completed job-specific occupational questionnaire, submitted through your Application Manager account
  • Selective Service Exemption - If you are a male at least 18 years of age, born after December 31, 1959, AND you have NOT registered with the Selective Service System, you must have an approved exemption. You must provide a copy of the exemption prior to selection.
  • Applicants with Disabilities - To be eligible for employment through the Schedule A non-competitive process, you must submit documentation of your disability. This documentation may be obtained from your licensed medical professional, licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of the Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues disability benefits.
  • Notice of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the FLRA 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. Although the point preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claims. The SF-15, which lists the type of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management website at: .
  • All materials must be received by the closing date of this announcement to be considered.

    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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