Supervisory General Attorney, GS-905-15 (Agency Only)

Washington, D.C
Jun 08, 2021
Jun 11, 2021
Full Time


This supervisory attorney position is located in the Office of the
General Counsel, the Postsecondary Education Division. In this capacity, the
incumbent will provide leadership and supervision on behalf of the Assistant General Counsel
for Postsecondary Education and the incumbent's immediate supervisor, with respect to
enforcement matters, assisting with the management of the Division's legal work.

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We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application and refer to the Required Documents section to ensure your application is complete.

As a Supervisory General Attorney, GS-905-15, the incumbent will perform the following duties;

-Represents and/or supervises the representation of the Department's position at administrative hearings, including the drafting and filing of pleadings and responses; discovery; creating the Department's record by identifying, locating, contacting, and preparing witnesses and by locating and compiling any documentary support for the cases; negotiating with parties as required; conducting direct and cross examination at hearings; presenting legal arguments; arranging for the procurement of the transcript as necessary; and filing all written motions, briefs and other documents as required.

-Handles or supervises the handling of litigation through all levels of appeal. With regard to court litigation, the Deputy Assistant General Counsel drafts or supervises the drafting of briefs, trial memoranda, and other documents for submission in court by the Department of Justice, and in some cases, directly represents or supervises the representation of Departmental officials.

-Represents or supervises the representation of client offices before Administrative Judges, the Secretary, and courts in defending these clients against appeals of final liability determinations in which funds made available by the Department to a program participant have been identified as misspent or otherwise used in contravention of statutory or regulatory requirements.

-Prepares or supervises the preparation of written legal advice and renders oral advice in response to questions raised internally and outside the Department on the interpretation of applicable law, including statutes, regulations, other issuances, and Federal and State court cases.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Relocation will not be paid.
  • You may be subject to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
  • Males 18 and over must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must be a US Citizen

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. We will consider all qualifying experience, including any volunteer experience.


Basic Requirements:

1. You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

2. Proof of admission to the Bar of the highest court of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and current membership in such Bar as would permit the practice of law. You must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.


Specialized Experience for the GS-15:

One year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:

1. Experience in preparing or supervising the preparation of written legal advice and renders oral advice in response to questions raised internally and outside the Department on the interpretation of applicable law, including statutes, regulations, other issuances, and Federal and State court cases.

2. Experience in providing legal advice and representation on enforcement issues involving the Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs administered by the Department's FSA office.

3. Experience representing and/or supervising the representation of the Department's position at administrative hearings, including the drafting and filing of pleadings and responses; discovery.

For appointment at the GS-15 level, the following qualification requirements are needed: Five (5) or more years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the Bar. You must have one year of specialized experience commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.


Additional information

Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email).

Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.

Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.

Essential/Non-Essential: This position is considered non-essential for purposes of reporting to work during federal government closures.

Financial Disclosure: This position requires financial disclosure.

Telework: During the current period of mandatory telework required by the Agency's COVID-19 response, telework will be mandatory. When it is determined the Agency will be moving to the reopening phase, employees will be expected to physically return to the office of their official duty locations. Telework days and any required waiting period for eligibility will be determined at that time.

Bargaining Unit: This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.

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 and documentation submitted to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will refer the best qualified candidates to the Selecting Official of the job for further review and consideration. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet qualifications required, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities associated with this position as defined below. Please be sure to give examples in your resume and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of people you interacted with, and the complexity and sensitivity of the issues you handled.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

These documents must be submitted on-line at time of application. Documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

1. Resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

2. Interest letter

3. Bar card verifying that 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 U.S. Constitution.

4. Transcript if you have been a graduate of a law school for fewer than 5 years.

5. Writing sample.

6. SF-50 to verify your eligibility to apply as a current ED employee.

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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