Attorney Advisor

Arlington, Virginia
Nov 26, 2020
Dec 03, 2020
Full Time


Who May Be Considered:
  • U.S. Citizens
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Joining the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) means being part of the team focused on securing the Nation's physical and cyber infrastructure against threats to public health and safety, economy, and national security. Within CISA, the Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) is responsible for all legal activities within CISA and represents the agency in all legal forums. OCC provides legal counsel on all matters pertaining to cybersecurity, infrastructure security, emergency communications, operations, and risk management. OCC determines CISA's legal position in order to provide effective legal services dealing with policies, legislation, governance, claims, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. OCC drafts legislation proposed by CISA officials and furnishes legal advice in connection with reports on legislation proposed by Congress and other Federal agencies. OCC develops, implements, and coordinates CISA's ethics program for current and former CISA employees.

Visit to learn more about CISA and how you can be part of the team to Defend Today; Secure Tomorrow.

In this position, you will serve as an Attorney Advisor. Typical work assignments include:
  • Conduct necessary conferences and consultations to provide litigation support and legal counsel to CISA's senior leadership on the full spectrum of Federal sector labor and employment law issues.
  • Negotiate complex and unique issues, often with high-level personnel, individuals from various parts of CISA, and individuals from the other Federal agencies, to obtain the necessary balance between conflicting interests, factual issues, and policy considerations. Maintain continuing liaison with clients.
  • Represent CISA before various administrative tribunals to include the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and the Office of Special Counsel.
  • Assist the Department of Justice in litigation involving labor and/or employment matters in U.S. Federal district and appellate courts.
  • Work with the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer on disciplinary and adverse action proposals and decisions, workforce policies, and other personnel-related matters.
  • Review CISA policies and related documents to ensure that labor and employment law issues are properly considered
  • Conduct complex legal research and analysis and develop memoranda or present results to senior officials in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner while keeping supervisors fully informed.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for up to 5 nights per month for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • You must be able to obtain and hold a secret security clearance.
  • You may be required to serve a trial period.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position. After appointment, you may be subject to periodic random drug testing.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
  • This position has been designated excluded from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 U.S.C. § 7112(B)(6).
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
  • Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).
  • Financial Disclosure Statement: You are required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 6/08). Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position, as well as annually.


To qualify for this position you must meet the following requirement:

Be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or District of Columbia, and a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

In addition to the above requirement you must satisfy the minimum education and experience standards for this position as defined below, in the absence of a qualifying exception to the standard.

You qualify for the GS-14 grade level (starting salary $121,316.00) if you possess the following:

A first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or a second professional law degree (LL.M.).


Specialized professional legal experience in labor and employment law in excess of three (3) years that include serving as a legal representative in legal actions and/or litigations and providing legal counsel on organizational activities? Note: Experience must be commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual's background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.

You qualify for the GS-15 grade level (starting salary $142,701.00) if you possess the following:

A first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or a second professional law degree (LL.M.).


Specialized professional legal experience in labor and employment law in excess of three (3) years that include serving as a legal representative in legal actions and/or litigations, formulating organizational polices and providing legal counsel and guidance on organizational activities? Note: Experience must be commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual's background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.


All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position, an official transcript may be requested.)

Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, you may show that specific courses were accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or that foreign education was evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.

Additional information

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring.

These authorities are subject to change. More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

E-Verify: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Applicants will be evaluated on their resume and supporting documentation to ensure qualification requirements are met. Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in a cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. The interview process may consist of an in-person, video or phone panel interview.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Official copy of law school transcript
  • Proof of Bar Membership
  • A legal writing sample not to exceed 15 pages
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire
  • Are you a current or former Federal employee? If so, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action , showing the kind of appointment you currently or formerly held, your tenure group and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50s necessary to document the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade.
  • If claiming veterans preference, you must provide supporting documentation (e.g. SF-15, DD-214, etc). Please refer to here for more information.

  • 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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