Attorney-Adviser

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 24, 2021
Closes
Sep 28, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is in the Office of Mission Support.

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

About the Office of Mission Support: OMS

If you have questions about this position, contact Emilio Cortes at Cortes.Emilio@epa.gov

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

You will:

As a Senior Counsel to the Environmental Appeals Board, the incumbent serves as an expert attorney-advisor and principal assistant to the Environmental Appeals Board in its consideration and resolution of permit, enforcement and other administrative appeals under all the major environmental statutes administered by the Agency, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, and Compensation and Liability Act (or Superfund).

At the GS-15 level, the incumbent routinely handles extremely complex matters requiring resolution of difficult legal questions and/or factual disputes. Decisions in matters handled at this level typically have far-reaching impacts on the Agency, private activities and the public interest, and may involve, directly or indirectJy, very large sums of money and generate interest nationwide. The impact of the advice and recommendations of the incumbent often shapes Agency litigation and enforcement policies and can have the effect of substantially broadening or restricting the activities of the Agency in administering its statutory responsibilities. At the GS-15 level, the incumbent independently conducts all work necessary to resolve matters that come before the Board, with no preliminary instruction in carrying out assignments. That work includes:
  • Reviewing and analyzing briefs, hearing records and transcripts, and other papers relevant to the particular matter under review.
  • Researching applicable laws, regulations, legal opinions, and Agency guidance bearing on legal issues and analyzing factual and legal issues before the Board.
  • Preparing memoranda or reports to outline facts and legal issues involved in pending matters, analyzing applicable legal precedents and justifying recommendations and conclusions.
  • Preparing draft decision documents setting forth proposed conclusions on the factual and legal issues the Board must resolve.
  • Reviewing proposed administrative consent decrees and providing comments and recommendations to the Board.
  • Assisting in the preparation for, and the conduct of, oral argument and the analysis of the hearing record of such arguments.
  • Assisting in the preparation for, and conduct of, mediation of matters before the Board.

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.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.


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.

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.

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 may be required to complete a one-year trial period.

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:
  • Understanding and applying complex statutory and regulatory requirements and procedures; to digest, synthesize, and summarize complex and lengthy administrative records, hearing transcripts and briefs or similar materials; to resolve difficult and often novel factual and legal issues in accordance with applicable statutory, procedural and other legal requirements or precedents; and to communicate effectively complex factual and legal issues orally and in writing.

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

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.

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 .

About the Office of Mission of Support: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-mission-support

If you have questions about this position, contact Emilio Cortes at Cortes.Emilio@epa.gov

This position is in the bargaining unit.

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

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.

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.

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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