ATTORNEY-ADVISOR

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 31, 2021
Closes
Aug 05, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days of the closing date.

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Responsibilities

Due to the current events surrounding COVID-19, telework will be mandatory. When it is determined that EXIM will be moving to the reopening phase, the expectation will be to physically return to the office. Telework days and any waiting periods for eligibility will be determined at that time.

The incumbent serves as a Senior Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States ("EXIM"), the official export credit agency of the U.S. that provides financing in support of the export of U.S. goods and services. The Office of the General Counsel is responsible for providing legal guidance to all divisions of the agency on all legal matters, including EXIM's implementation of its statutory mandate.

The incumbent will be assigned to the ADMIN LAW & BOARD SUPPORT group, reporting to the Assistant General Counsel of the Admin Law & Board Support group and is a member of the team primarily responsible for providing legal support to EXIM.

As a recognized expert, the incumbent is responsible for providing advice and assistance to high level Bank officials and Board Members and drafts legal opinions in support of such advice upon request. As such, the incumbent performs legal work involving the following administrative areas: EEO, labor relations and human Resources/personnel; procurement and contracting, leasing and property management matters; appropriations and fiscal law; Freedom of Information Act; Trade Secrets Act and Privacy Act; investigations; litigation support, to include Touhy requests; the Government in Sunshine Act; statutory interpretation; Federal governments ethics; national security issues; and miscellaneous administrative law matters requiring interpretation of federal laws and regulations affecting the Bank.

At the full performance level, duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Undertakes difficult, complex, and unusual legal questions which require legal skill and knowledge developed through extensive experience in all aspects of administrative law practice.
  • Represents the Bank in discussions, negotiations, and consultations with outside counsel, other government agencies, and other external parties.
  • Plans and executes OGC participation and leadership in the agency policy administration processes.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert with respect to legal review of the Bank's administrative policies, including drafting and editing new and updated policies.
  • Acts as OGC liaison to certain Bank-wide working groups or committees responsible for Bank policies.
  • Assists in coordinating responses to Congressional requests for information, including providing advice on withholding redacted portions of materials containing business confidential and deliberative information.
  • Drafts responses to agency Freedom of information Act appeals involving novel and/or complex legal issues for the FOIA Appeals Officer.
  • Supervises the legal aspects of OGC intern recruitment efforts and internship programs. Provides day-to-day management of Administrative Law interns.
  • Provides legal advice to various offices within the Bank on matters related to agency transition during changes in administration.
  • Assists in supporting the Bank's Office of Ethics with other matters, as needed.
  • The incumbent also undertakes such other assignments and special projects as may be prescribed by the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel or Assistant General Counsel for Administration and handles duties so assigned in connection with other divisions within the Bank, as required.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background and Security/Suitability Investigation
  • You may be required to serve a one year probationary period
  • Specialized experience MUST be documented on your resume
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: If you are, or have been employed in the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
  • Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation.
  • Must be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Qualifications

Basic Requirements:
  • A graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation.
  • Be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In addition to the Basic Requirements noted above, applicants must also meet and demonstrate the specialized experience listed below:

Specialized Experience (Credit for Specialized Experience on resume must reflect 40 hours/Full-time per week for each period of work):

Specialized experience for the GS-15: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal service. The expectation for selection for grade GS-15 will be at least the following: 12 months of pertinent legal experience at the GS-14 (or equivalent) level. For this position, specialized experience is described as experience at the next lower grade (or equivalent) in the following areas of responsibility:
  • Experience in providing legal oversight and technical guidance in connection with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Trade Secrets Act (TSA), Privacy Act and related statute and regulations;
  • Experience in providing legal guidance and litigation support in all aspects of personnel matters, including under the Equal Employment Opportunity Act; for example, the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB); AND
  • Experience providing legal oversight and technical guidance in connection with administrative/regulatory matters.

Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-15 grade level.

For qualification determinations, your resume must contain the following for each work experience listed:
  • Organization/Agency's Name
  • Title
  • Salary (series and grade, if applicable)
  • Start and end dates (including the month and year)
  • Number of hours you worked per week
  • Relevant experience that supports your response to the specialized experience that is stated in the job announcement
If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

NOTE: Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications and your application may be marked as incomplete/ineligible and you will not receive consideration for this position.

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.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. Please visit the following links for more information:
  • http://www.naces.org
  • http://www.fceatlanta.com
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 .

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined here .

All requirements must be met by 08/03/2021, the closing date of the announcement.

Education

Additional information

Current or Former Political Appointees: Pursuant to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) oversight authority under section 1104(b)(2) of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) and section 5.2 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, OPM requires agencies to seek their approval prior to appointing any current or former political appointee to a permanent position (without time limits) in the civil service. A former or recent political appointee is someone who held a political appointment covered by OPM's policy within the previous 5-year period. OPM's oversight in this area safeguards merit system principles as well as fair and open competition free from political influence. If you are currently employed, or have been employed within the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

Please visit the following link for the types of political appointments.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

Veterans: All veterans must meet the qualification requirements of the position for further consideration. For more information on veterans' preference, please click here .

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Ethical Standards/Financial Disclosure:

EXIM is committed to the highest ethical standards. As an employee, you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. You will be required to complete new employee ethics training within 3 months of your appointment.

If this position is subject to financial disclosure requirements (either public or confidential depending upon your position), you will be required to complete a new entrant financial disclosure report within 30 days of your appointment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

You will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. All candidates who meet the basic requirements listed above will be considered best qualified applicants and may be sent forward to the selecting official. All application materials and interviews, if conducted, will be used in the final evaluation and selection process.

Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of General Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing the dates of service and type of discharge.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Your Resume (applicants are required to submit a resume with job title, series/grade (if federal employee), duties and accomplishments, employer's name, starting and ending dates of employment, number of hours worked per week, and annual salary). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF)15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter, if applicable. If a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) is not available, other documentation listing the beginning and ending dates of active service and the type of discharge must be submitted to verify eligibility.
  • Unofficial Transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
  • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
  • Special Priority Selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50 position title, grade level, and duty location, if applicable.
  • Submission of any required documents listed in vacancy announcement, if applicable.
Please note that if you do not provide all required information/documents, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

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