Washington, D.C
May 14, 2021
May 18, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Office of Representation Appeals.
The primary purpose of this position is to serves as Assistant Chief Counsel to the Director of the Office of Representation Appeals as an expert legal counsel. This position will also perform, direct or participate in special research and study projects that serve as a basis for the Board's decisions. Supervising a group of three or more staff counsels.

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As a SUPERVISORY ATTORNEY ADVISER (LABOR) (Assistant Chief Counsel) GS-0905-15, your typical work assignments may include:
  • Conducting written analysis in cases for Board consideration and preparing opinions (including dissenting or concurring opinions) articulating Board members' views.
  • Considering and formulating recommendations on substantive and procedural challenges relating to the work of the Board.
  • Preparing committee reports for presentation and consideration by the Board.
  • Supervising a team of attorneys in the preparation of a comprehensive written analysis
    and digest of the facts and legal issues in cases requiring consideration and decision by a panel of the Board or by the full Board.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U. S. Citizenship Required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • This position not part of the bargaining unit.
  • Selectee must be an active member of the bar in good standing. A copy of your Bar is required for verification
  • A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • Submit complete application and resume online by 11:59pm EST on the closing date.
  • NLRB employees within 3 years from receiving their juris doctorate degree, must provide a transcript with their application package.


All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


The ideal candidate for the Supervisory Attorney Adviser (Labor) in the Office of Representation Appeals will demonstrate a wide-ranging and thorough knowledge of labor and administrative law, including NLRB processes and procedures; will exhibit superior skill in written and oral communication; will possess demonstrated managerial and supervisory experience (or the demonstrated potential for such); and will exhibit a demonstrated ability to timely and appropriately handle multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment. Knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act or similar related statues is required; familiarity with representation case law is preferred, but not required. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact with colleagues and senior level management; and strong research and analytical skills are desired.
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level, which has provided them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of Supervisory Attorney Adviser at the GS-15 level.

Specialized experience includes:
  • Experience interpreting and applying the NLRA and other case law to difficult and novel factual and legal issues in unfair labor practice cases;
  • Experience providing authoritative guidance, interpretation and recommendations on both administrative matters and legal issues based on relevant laws and regulations
  • Experience writing clear and concise legal documents, memoranda, or correspondence for the purpose of making recommendations, answering questions regarding policy or law; and

This experience must be fully supported and articulated in your resume to receive consideration.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

SUPPLEMENTARY VACANCIES: Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The National Labor Relations Board is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, handicap, age, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Agency's Selective Placement Coordinator by email . NLRB offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities. (Note: for additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website,

PLACEMENT POLICY: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

WORK SCHEDULE: NLRB supports the use of flexible work schedules as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, a review of 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. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that your scores do not reflect that you meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position, you will lose consideration for this position. You will be further evaluated on the following

Competencies required for the position:
  • Influencing and Negotiating
  • Legal Advisor
  • Manages Human Resources
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Problem Solving

When the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documents will be conducted by Rating and Ranking Panel Members to determine qualified applications. Applicants deemed Best-Qualified or Well-Qualified may be referred to the Selecting Official. All applications will receive notification when a final selection has been made.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

  • Resume . Your resume must describe your job-related experiences and will be used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that the information be relevant, detailed where appropriate, and addresses the competencies for this position. Your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete, and you will not receive consideration for this position.
  • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50). (Current or Former Federal Employee). Most recent SF-50 showing your current grade and tenure; (you may be removed from consideration if not submitted). An SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. (NOTE: Performance Award, Realignment/Reassignment, Name Change and Detail SF-50s will not be accepted as proof of grade and tenure.) If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide an SF-50 or SF-50s which shows the length of time in the current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with dates that show proof of you holding the grade for at least a year) to support meeting time in grade requirements.
  • Bar License. A copy of your BAR License that certifies you are an active member of the Bar in good standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the US Constitution. Your active BAR license must reference BAR number and indicate the status of good standing. Agency's Internal Self-Certification Forms are not acceptable for verification.
  • Most Recent Performance Appraisal. (Current or Former Federal Employee). If performance appraisal is not dated within the last year or if you are unable to provide a performance appraisal, an explanation why must be provided. Please include a document in your application package explaining why the performance appraisal is not available.
  • Transcripts . Current NLRB Attorneys may not be required to submit a copy of their transcripts. However, NLRB employees within 3 years from receiving their juris doctorate degree, must provide a transcript with their application package.

  • Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission. All materials must be received by 11:59 PM the closing date of this announcement 05/17/2021 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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