Supervisory Attorney (Branch Manager)

Washington, D.C
Jun 06, 2021
Jun 14, 2021
Full Time


Serves as a managing attorney within the Office of the Chief Counsel, Acquisition & Fiscal Law Division, responsible for an extensive and diverse array of acquisition, real estate, and fiscal matters that are of critical importance to the agency's mission.

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Serves as the first-level manager for attorneys and support staff assigned to the branch. Reports directly to the Assistant Chief Counsel for Acquisition & Fiscal Law (AGC-500).

Provides expert legal advice, interpretations, opinions, and innovative solutions, regarding all aspects of real estate matters and contract formation and administration, including fiscal law, bankruptcy, conflicts of interest, comparative acquisition systems, environmental, ethics, export control, information disclosure, intellectual property, legislative technical assistance, mergers, policy, procurement integrity, property disposal, security, suspension and debarment, and/or socio-economic laws affecting acquisitions. Encourages and facilitates division-wide collaboration and teaming to develop staff and to support the AGC Business Plan and FAA Strategic Plan. Possesses expertise in project management, complex litigation, and strategic problem-solving. Assigns and supervises the work of staff attorneys and support staff.

Applies an advanced knowledge of the technical aspects of the work directed, including expertise in both acquisition law and the technical areas within the branch's portfolio to the work of the branch and often personally deals with the most complex legal matters falling within the purview of the branch. Also has an advanced knowledge of budget, human resource, and other administrative policies and procedures, and an advanced understanding of the objectives of the major subdivision. Actively involved in both long-term and immediate operations of the division. Shares responsibility and collaborates with higher-level managers and leaders in developing and executing plans, policies, procedures, and programs.

Oversees a branch responsible for providing legal support, processing acquisition, fiscal law, and real estate inquiries, matters, policy, and litigation generated by client offices in support of the multi-billion dollar modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS), in accordance with statutory, regulatory, and Acquisition Management System (AMS) requirements and guidance. The branch's work has national and agency-wide significance, and directly affects the FAA's ability to meet its aviation safety responsibilities.

As required, provides legal support to the FAA Aviation Insurance, Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), Insider Threat, and Facilities programs involving issues of a classified nature.

Managerial duties typically affect employees and managers in more than one organizational unit/project/program, and include: strategic planning; communicating the organization's vision and objectives; setting priorities; assigning tasks and responsibilities; monitoring and evaluating performance; coaching and developing employee capabilities; approving leave requests; and taking, recommending, and/or approving corrective/disciplinary actions, as appropriate. Defines and organizes staff and work to accomplish objectives and meet performance measures, and identifies and evaluates opportunities for operational efficiencies and/or cost savings. Defines, plans, and organizes assigned budget, staff, and other resources to accomplish objectives for more than one organizational unit/ project/program. Manages budget and either reallocates resources among organizational units/projects/programs or requests additional resources as needed. Performs critical aspects of the budget planning process, including projecting short-term and long-term future needs and justifying resource requirements. Applies the principles of management, strategic planning, and fiscal management to the work of the division. Responsible for the efficient management and safeguarding of resources and assures internal controls meet agency standards.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
  • **Veterans preference does not apply to Attorney positions. PLEASE do not submit any documentation related to veterans preference.**


To qualify for this position, ALL applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

(1) have a JD Degree from an accredited law school;

(2) be admitted to practice before the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction or within the District of Columbia;

(3) be an active member of that bar; and

(4) Meet the technical requirements designated for the position:
  • minimum of 3 years legal experience at a level equivalent to a full-performance level attorney; and
  • experience in one or more of the practice areas covered by the position (acquisition, real estate, and fiscal matters); and
  • experience directing and executing plans, programs, policies, or projects in a professional or legal environment; or legal practice involving interaction or contact with higher level managers (including clients, internal management or external managers) concerning the status and progress of programs, projects or cases.

You should include relevant examples of experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

*Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.*

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Leadership and Management Dimensions listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

**All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.**

Requirement for Managerial Probationary Period: Unless previously completed, selectee must satisfactorily complete a 1-year probationary period to remain in this managerial position.

Due to the pandemic, and individual states with varying phases of reopening, the selectee's reporting date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as the employee is allowed to report to the workplace. The selectee may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full-time, until it is safe to relocate.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: .

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

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Applicants who are not currently in the 905 occupational series (Attorney) in the Federal Government and fail to provide a copy of an unofficial or official transcript will not receive further consideration for this vacancy. Upon selection, if not currently employed in the 905 occupational series (Attorney), you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

All applicants must provide proof of a completed JD degree from an accredited law school.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

FAA employees, their spouses and minor children may not hold stock or any other securities interest in an airline, aircraft manufacturing company, or in a supplier of components of parts to an aircraft manufacturing company. This prohibition is effective on the date of your appointment. If selected, your acceptance of the agency's final offer means you agree to comply with this prohibition. Questions may be directed to an agency ethics official at .

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.


1) As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each Leadership and Management Dimension and Technical Requirement.

In lieu of providing a narrative response in the text box listed below each Leadership and Management Dimension and Technical Requirement, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a human resource specialist as appropriate.

2) This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:

3) This Level 2 (Non-Critical Sensitive; Secret) position requires favorable adjudication of an Access National Agency Check and Inquiries (ANACI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

ALL applicants MUST submit the following:

(1) resume with complete work history;
(2) proof of active membership to the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction or within the District of Columbia. (Please provide bar association number(s) and verification of active status.
(3) writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages in length; and
(4) copy of unofficial or official transcript from an accredited law school verifying JD degree.

Applicants who are or have been employed by the Federal Government SHOULD also upload a copy of the most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action).

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Only the documents listed above will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents MUST be uploaded or before the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit all required documents by the closing date will result in a finding of ineligible. We are not responsible for incomplete, missing or illegible documents.

Please DO NOT email application documents. Documents received via email will NOT receive consideration.

This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 905 series.

College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the, 905 series with the FAA.

College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying a 905 series.

If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

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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