SUPERVISORY ATTORNEY-ADVISOR (DEPUTY ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL)

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

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel.
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Responsibilities

As a/an SUPERVISORY ATTORNEY-ADVISOR (DEPUTY ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL), you will:
  • Gather facts, review administrative record to determine strength of HUD's cases and gather documents necessary to support HUD's litigation position.
  • Prepare litigation reports for the Department of Justice establishing the department's litigation position and discussing the underlying facts and legal theories.
  • Draft pleadings, motions, briefs and memoranda of law to be filed in cases involving the Federal Government
  • Appraise supervisors concerning important aspects of and developments in pending and proposed litigation and the policy and operation implication so particular litigation matters for which the incumbent is responsible.
  • Perform Legal research on conventional as well as novel and difficult questions of law and prepares memoranda of law based upon the products of this research. Providing interpretation of legal documents that are vague or ambiguous as well as ascertaining relevant facts and circumstances.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



Time-in-Grade: In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following time-in-grade requirement, if applicable:
For the GS-15, you must have been at the GS-14 level for 52 weeks.

The official duty station for this position will be in Washington, District of Columbia. Failure to report to duty at this location may be grounds for a disciplinary action, including removal.

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:
Applicants MUST:
(1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.;
(2) 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; and
(3) meet all specialized experience requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.

AND

Specialized experience requirements for the GS-15 are defined as:
You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level or equivalent. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
  • Litigation experience with (a) the False Claims Act, the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act, or the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act; and (b) suspension/debarment law or civil money penalties; and (c) one or more related disciplines (housing and urban development programs, real estate law, corporate finance, bankruptcy, government contracting, or federal litigation practice).
  • Experience providing effective advice on legal issues. Managing a heavy workload and developing and maintaining collaborative and productive working relationships with other attorneys, clients, other agencies and stakeholders, and the public.
AND
For the GS-15, you must:
Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus five (5) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.

OR

Have a second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus four (4) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.

OR

Have a first professional law degree (LL.B., or J.D.), plus superior law student work (academic standing in upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the school's official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus four (4) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.

The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/date/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

Education

Attorney positions do have an education requirement.

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D. For positions with an education requirement, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. In addition you must provide proof of bar or your bar number in the vacancy questions .

Additional information

Other Information:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Relocation incentive will not be paid.
  • Recruitment incentive will not be paid.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • This position is Non-Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • A 2-year trial period is required. (unless already completed)
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.

HUD employees are subject to a number of government-wide and HUD specific ethics laws and regulations, including restrictions on working in a real estate related business, and having Section 8 tenants, along with other prohibited interests and activities. To review applicable ethics rules and HUD specific restrictions, please visit https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/general_counsel/ethics .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
2. Referral: Since this is an Excepted Service position, a non-rated method of evaluation will be used. We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements. Although competitive examining rules for rating and ranking and veterans' preference do not apply, veteran's preference will be considered as a positive factor. Candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements will be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, 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).

All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .

CURRENT AND FORMER EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:
  • Submit a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that indicates you are a current HUD employee. If you do not have a copy of your SF-50 that indicates this information, you must upload an explanation. Applications without this information will not be considered.
  • Typically Award SF-50s do not provide the required information.
  • If the full performance level of your position is different from the current grade indicated in Block 18, please provide proof of the full performance level.
  • If your highest permanent grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing that grade.

Performance Appraisal (ALL APPLICANTS): Submit a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating. In cases where the performance appraisal is more than 12 months old, incomplete or unavailable, you must attach a written explanation of the reasons.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide .

ACTIVE BAR MEMBERSHIP You must submit evidence of an Active Bar Membership as described in the Qualifications Section of this announcement.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: Attorney positions do have an education requirement. Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D. For positions with an education requirement, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. In addition you must provide proof of bar or your bar number in the vacancy questions .

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

Recommended Documents: In addition, we recommend that you submit copies of the following:
  • A legal writing sample of between 5 - 10 pages containing legal analysis.
  • A copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating.


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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