Attorney-Adviser (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 17, 2021
Closes
Jun 22, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This position is located in the Departmental Ethics Office, Policy and Compliance Branch and will serve as an expert in government ethics laws along with providing ethics guidance and advice.

Pay Tables for the Washington, DC area can be found here .
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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Responsibilities

As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Departmental Ethics Office, Policy and Compliance Branch located in Washington, DC your specific duties will include:
  • Reviews and approves bureau and office ethics-related policies and procedures for legal sufficiency and consistency with Federal ethics statutes and regulations and Departmental supplemental ethics regulations;
  • Develops and implements new DEO ethics policies and procedures aimed at increasing consistency and accountability in advice and counsel services and fulfillment of operational responsibilities of the office;
  • Oversees the administration of required ethics program services with the potential for ethics compliance risk;
  • Researches and writes opinions on complex and novel ethics issues for the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) and Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official (ADAEO) in response to requests for ethics guidance on issues that are novel, complex and/or have cross-departmental impact;
  • Rendering appropriate and timely legal advice to officials and employees in the Department of the Interior on all legal issues pertaining to Government ethics, including criminal conflict of Interests laws, Executive Branch Standards of Conduct and the Hatch Act;
  • Reviewing public and confidential financial disclosure reports including reports of Presidential nominees and recommending appropriate action;
  • Coordinating advice with the Office of Government Ethics, the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, the Office of Special Counsel, the Office of White House Counsel, and other agencies' ethics officials as necessary;
  • Identifying, reviewing, and analyzing the impacts of changes in law or regulations on the operations of the Department's programs and ethics implications of such changes;
  • Reviewing legislative proposals and assisting with the Department's response on items that affect the Department's ethics program.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


Key Requirements:
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Must be an active member of the bar.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a 2-year trial period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.


Qualifications

Basic Qualification Requirements

Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
  • To qualify for a GS-13 applicants must possess at least 3-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
  • To qualify for a GS-14 applicants must possess at least 4 ½ years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
For any of the grades indicated above you can substitute one year of experience with any of the following:
  • have a second professional law degree; OR
  • meet any of the criteria indicated below
  • academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;
  • graduation with academic honors;
  • significant participation on the law school's law review;
  • significant participation in the law school's moot court competition;
  • significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;
  • significant summer law office clerk experience; or
  • other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.

  • Candidates should have excellent oral communication, writing, research and analysis skills, and the ability to work effectively with other people, and exercise sound judgment.

    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

    Education

    • 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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs .


    Additional information

    Other Information:
    • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
    • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
    • DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .
    • The DOI places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
    • THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
    Agency Benefits:
    • Working for the DOI, Office of the Solicitor offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave , and holidays ; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts , and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System .
    • SOL has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
    • For additional information on telework you may access the Department of Interior's Telework Handbook at https://www.doi.gov/telework/policies .


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    --The information and materials you provide will be used to evaluate that you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position.

    --Basis of Rating: Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Applicants who are found to be qualified and referred to the selecting official for consideration may be asked to provide a writing sample. Instructions will be included in the email communication sent to qualified candidates.

    To preview the announcement questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11134558

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

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

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    --Resume - A detailed resume that demonstrates your professional history, education and qualifications. Along with the state in which your active Bar membership is held.

    --Cover Letter - A 1-2 page cover letter which is desired expressing your interest and qualifications for this position

    --Transcripts - This position requires specific educational to qualify or you are qualifying based on education you are required to provide all official or unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

    --Bar Membership - You must provide information in your resume regarding the state in which your active Bar membership is held.

    --Veterans Preference - If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

    Required documents may be:
    (1) uploaded directly from your desktop; or
    (2) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments.

    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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