Attorney-Advisor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 15, 2021
Closes
Sep 17, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

These positions are in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE).

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

About the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance: OECA

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

You will:
  • Provide legal expertise on extremely complex and critical issues including, but not limited to case development, negotiations, litigation, settlements, and other enforcement related matters.
  • Conduct extensive research of laws, legal opinions and cases that raise nationally significant issues and recommend appropriate action to justify litigation on behalf of the EPA.
  • Represent EPA in negotiations with private parties, other Federal Agencies, States and Tribes.
  • Draft and review legal documents.
  • Recommend and develop revised or new policy or guidance.
  • Assume the lead role in managing projects identified as having national significance, precedential value or requiring national expertise.
  • Lead and mentor team of attorneys and other staff to ensure that written materials and oral presentations are clear, precise, and of high quality.
  • Lead workgroups or teams as assigned to identify solutions, achieve priorities, and ensure tasks and work are completed effectively and satisfactorily.
  • Lead and/or contribute to cross-office teams and other initiatives.
  • Provide technical and legal assistance to agency officials in preparation of Congressional testimony, reports or proposed legislation relating to enforcement activities and policy issues.
  • Attend and support witnesses at congressional hearings as needed.

One or more positions may be filled.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be required to travel up to 25% of each month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • An LL.B. or J.D. is required.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


Current Bar membership in good standing/law license is required. You must self-certify annually and in writing that you hold an active bar membership.

This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifications

You must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions.

In addition, the following specialized training or experience is desired:

To qualify for the GS-15 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-14 level defined as: experience in the field of legal environmental enforcement and providing legal counsel and expertise in negotiations, litigation, settlements, and the preparation of congressional testimony as well as experience conducting research and analysis to obtain and evaluate information in controversial or highly technical areas where conclusions may be precedent setting.

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

Education

Additional information

These positions are located within the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE). OSRE is comprised of the Regional Support Division, the Policy and Program Evaluation Division and a Program Operations Staff. Under the authorities of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Underground Storage Tank (UST) and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), OSRE is responsible for the national cleanup enforcement program to protect human health and the environment by ensuring that responsible parties clean up solid and hazardous waste sites and respond to oil spills.

If you have questions about these positions, please contact: Natalie Johnson, johnson.natalie@epa.gov or (202)564-4196.

This position is excluded from provisions of the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

This position has portable work. If selected for this position, you may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager. Telework is available based on agency policy and/or applicable collective bargaining agreement which may not allow for full-time telework. NOTE: The agency is currently utilizing maximum telework flexibilities due to COVID. Once normal operations resume, you will be required to report to the location stated in this announcement.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency's workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA . You can also hear a diverse group of attorneys talk about their careers at EPA on the Legal Careers at EPA Webinar .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications and then may be subject to additional assessments.

EPA considers veterans' preference as a positive factor. Applicants who have veterans' preference are encouraged to include their information in their cover letters or resumes and attach supporting documentation to substantiate their preference.

Excepted service positions are not covered by regular civil service hiring procedures.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Documents to be submitted online:

NOTE: You should ensure your social security number, date of birth, and any other personal information are redacted.

--Cover letter expressing your interest in the position and explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position.
--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
--Responses to the online assessment questionnaire (you must complete this online - it is not a document you need to upload).
--Copy of active bar membership/license.
--Law school transcripts (unofficial) - you are not required to submit transcripts, but it is recommended if you have three years or less of experience.

--Veterans' Preference Documents:
Separated veterans claiming 5-point preference:
  • - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service) or other official document/statement from the Armed Forces showing separation, discharge, or release from active duty; document must show separation is under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge)
Separated veterans claiming 10-point preference based on compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more:
  • - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service); document must show separation is under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge); and
  • - VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage); and
  • - SF-15 (use current version: SF-15 Form ) (see page 2 for documents that can be submitted in lieu of the DD-214 and VA letter)

Other separated veterans claiming 10-point preference OR spouses, widows/widowers, or mothers claiming 10-point derived preference:
  • - SF-15 (use current version: SF-15 Form ); and
  • - Other required documentation indicated on the SF-15

Active duty service members:
  • - Certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge) within 120 days after you submit the certification)

--Name, address, and telephone number of three references, including a current or former employer.

To learn more about submitting documentation, visit Uploading Documents to USAJOBS .

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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