Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (FOIA) (Deputy Branch Chief)

Washington, D.C
Jul 23, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Division of Legal Counsel, FOIA Branch. The FOIA Branch handles all FOIA requests and appeals processing for the General Counsel-side and the Board-side offices at the NLRB. The incumbent will serve as Deputy to the FOIA Branch Chief and provide assistance within the full scope of managerial responsibility for activities to ensure efficient coordination and management regarding legal, administrative, and personnel matters.
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The selectee of this position is responsible for performing the following duties:
  • Conducting presentations for Agency staff, and/or parties external to the Agency involving problems or issues of considerable importance in FOIA matters;
  • Preparing and/or reviewing FOIA determinations, appeals, and drafts of the Agency's annual FOIA reports to the Department of Justice, as well as other statutorily-required FOIA reports and internal Agency reports;
  • Completing case supervision and multiple tasks efficiently to achieve applicable metrics;
  • Providing expert legal and technical guidance regarding the application of controlling statutes, regulations, case law, and procedures pertaining to the FOIA;
  • Hearing and resolving employee complaints, effecting minor disciplinary measures, and recommending action in serious causes; and
  • Other duties that may be assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Subject to a background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Selectee must be an active member of the bar in good standing. Bar license is required for verification.
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • This is a supervisory position. One-year supervisory probation may be required.
  • Must submit a complete resume and application package online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.


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


The Ideal Candidate for the Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (Deputy Branch Chief) position will have experience providing advice and assistance regarding complex Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) matters or NLRA matters, expert knowledge either processing or supervising the handling of cases or requests for records electronically, experience completing case supervision and multiple tasks efficiently to achieve applicable metrics, and experience dealing with personnel and human resources concerns. Excellent communication, interpersonal skills to interact with colleagues and senior level management, strong research, writing, and analytical skills are desired.


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the GS-15, Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (FOIA) (Deputy Branch Chief), and that is typically related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes:
  • Experience providing expert legal and technical guidance regarding the application of regulations, case law, and procedures pertaining either to FOIA for the purpose of disclosing records, or to the NLRA for purposes of supervising the case handling of unfair labor practice and representation cases;
  • Experience writing and reviewing clear and concise agency determinations, appeals, correspondence, memoranda, and reports that are accurate, objective, and complete for the purpose of transmitting information concerning FOIA disclosures, legal matters, and/or performance metrics; and
  • Experience providing advice, counsel, or instructions on administrative and human resources management to assure efficient coordination of administrative and personnel matters.
This experience must be fully supported and articulated in your resume to receive consideration.

(NOTE: All current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their SF-50 "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure (2), and type of service (Excepted).


Applicants must be 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.


An applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LL.B or JD).

(NOTE: 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.)

Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation here .

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.(Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.)You must meet all qualification requirements. (Required - if applicable) All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, here .

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

For further information regarding Foreign Education, please click here .

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, color, national origin, religion, sex ( including pregnancy, gender identity, and sex orientation), age, disability, genetic information, political affiliations, 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 here . 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 here .

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION POLICY: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow instructions in the job announcement.

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:

  • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
  • Oral Communication
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Self-Management
  • Writing

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

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

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

In addition to your responses to the occupational questionnaire and your resume, you must submit the following additional documents specific for this vacancy - if applicable. If necessary, please click on applicable links for additional information.

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) to include the hours worked per week (i.e. 40 hours full-time per week). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

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.

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. Current or previous employees in the Excepted Service, may determine statuses by checking block 24 on the SF-50. The block must reflect "1" or "2. Also, block 34 must reflect "2". A copy of your SF-50 must be provided for verification.

Proof of Bar Certification .
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. An Agency's Internal or a Self-Certification Form is not acceptable for verification.

Transcript of Positive Education .
An unofficial copy of your transcript and/or letter from an education institute stating that you have meet all degree requirements; is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable. At the minimum, the transcript should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, and GPA. 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.
Others (if applicable):

Veterans - DD-214 (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
Disabled Veterans - DD-214, SF-15, and proof of disability, Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later

Disability Schedule A - Disability Letter

Family Member Preference (Derived Preference)


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 07/27/2021 to be considered.

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