Assistant General Counsel (JS 13-15)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Apr 02, 2021
Closes
Apr 10, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position serves at the pleasure of General Counsel. The incumbent will primarily be responsible for legal advice and counsel to officials of the DC Courts on a number of matters including, but not limited to employment law, contracts, rulemaking, and government authority issues.

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Responsibilities

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The incumbent is responsible for resolving complex and difficult legal issues in the areas assigned. Resolution requires extensive research and analysis; interpretation of statutes, policies, and case decisions; and preparation of position papers and memoranda of law on questions concerning the DC Courts' legal responsibilities.

The incumbent may perform the following duties:
  • Conduct legal research, prepare memoranda or reports stating the facts and legal issues, justifying recommendations and conclusions.
  • Formulate and recommend plans, policies and operating methods which will provide effective resolution of disputes in legal matters, including administrative hearings, mediation, settlement discussions and litigation.
  • Review pending legislation and recommends the need for new or revised legislation.
  • Provide legal advice, training, and support to leadership on employment law issues, including performance and conduct issues; complaints of prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation/reprisal; and prohibited personnel practices.
  • Represent the DC Courts in administrative and judicial proceedings, when necessary.
  • Serve as liaison between DC Courts and the DC Office of the Attorney General with respect to its representation of the DC Courts and DC Courts' employees in local or federal judicial proceedings.
  • Obtain guidance from the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of the Treasury, the Office of Management and Budget, and other agencies with respect to court issues. The subject matter of inquiries covers the full range of substantive and administrative issues affecting the operations of the DC Courts.
  • Advise on questions of law and administrative policy involved in the operations of the D.C. Courts and its contacts with other agencies, private organizations, and the public.
  • Serve as liaison between the DC Courts and various federal and District of Columbia agencies concerning issues involving the DC Courts' responsibilities to the public and its employees.
  • Serve as a legal advisor to various DC Courts'committees, as assigned.

Career Ladder Position: Promotion Eligibility - One year waiting period from JS-13 to JS-14 and two year waiting period from JS-14 to JS-15 Associate General Counsel.

The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts' values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

The safety of DC Court employees, contractors and the public is a top priority. In compliance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Courts has maximized its telework flexibilities. The ability and readiness for employees to telework impacts operational requirements and capabilities. This includes having a personal computer, tablet or mobile device which is not shared with secure internet connectivity.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15 - Grade 13: $103,690-$134,798/ Grade 14: $122,530-$159,286/ Grade 15: $144,128-$172,500

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • A background check is required.


To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
1. Resume

2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire

3. Copy of law school transcript or degree

4. List of three (3) professional references

5. Writing sample (no more than five (5) pages)

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the vacancy questionnaire. Click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

For more information about vacancies, e-mail at jobs@dcsc.gov or call 202-879-0496.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

Grade 13: A Law Degree and active membership in the District of Columbia Unified Bar is required. Must have at least three (3) years of post-law school legal experience. Salary: $103,690-$134,798

Grade 14: A Law Degree and active membership in the District of Columbia Unified Bar is required. Must have at least three (3) years of post-law school legal experience and one (1) year of experience in employment law or litigation. Salary: $122,530-$159,286

Grade 15: A Law Degree and active membership in the District of Columbia Unified Bar is required. Must have at least three (3) years of post-law school legal experience and two (2) years of legal experience in employment law or litigation. Salary: $144,128-$172,500

The incumbent must be familiar with the District of Columbia Code, the rules of the D.C. Courts, and federal legislation, regulations and policies affecting the D.C. Courts.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in employment law and litigation is preferred.

Career Ladder Position: Promotion Eligibility - One year waiting period from JS-13 to JS-14 and two year waiting period from JS-14 to JS-15 Associate General Counsel.

Excepted Level Position: The incumbent serves at the pleasure of General Counsel.

The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the D.C. Courts' values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.

Education

To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

1. Résumé
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Copy of law school transcript or degree
4. Proof of active DC Bar membership

5. Writing sample (no more than five (5) pages)

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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