Lead Attorney-Adviser

Hampton, Virginia
Oct 23, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time


As lead of the Business Law Team at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), responsibilities include all aspects of fiscal and procurement law, agreements, environmental law, export control, Acquisition Integrity, FOIA, Privacy Act, real estate, and other legal matters, as assigned. As a member of the NASA OGC-wide Enterprise, you will serve in OGC Core Legal Functions for various legal disciplines in support of NASA Programs and projects and as advisor to Langley Chief Counsel and senior leaders.
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  • Announcement closing date extended to October 27, 2021.
  • Leads NASA Office of General Counsel (OGC) staff. Mentors and leads team on applying law and advising; managing work; and work progress. Reports on team performance and training. Represents the team at management meetings.
  • Serves as OGC expert on all legal and factual matters concerning contract law and "other transaction" law where complex and difficult legal questions or factual issues are involved within BLT assigned work.
  • Lead attorney advising LaRC management on complex legal problems relating to all aspects of contractual, fiscal, administrative, and assigned legal matters.
  • Serves as an Agency expert on the provision of binding legal opinions and final advisory statements regarding highly intricate and exceedingly complex and novel questions of law and policy.
  • Serves as the Agency representative in high-profile discussions and negotiations. Acts as the legal counsel to the head of a major operating program of the Agency.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement
  • Please see the "Additional Information" section for important information about COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal employees.


Basic Requirements for all grade levels: Applicant must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from a full course of study at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; be an active member in good standing of the bar of any state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and have been admitted to practice law before a state or federal court.

To qualify for GS-15, you must meet the basic requirement for all grade levels. In addition, one of the following requirements must be satisfied:

One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level advising senior agency level officials or equivalent by providing expert legal advice on agreements where a Federal Agency is a party to the agreement; the interpretation and application of Government procurement law and regulations; advising on contract administration issues, including serving as primary advisor to Source Evaluation Boards, drafting of contract provisions, advising and drafting in support of source selection and contract award, and lead litigation role for bid protests or claims litigation.


A graduate law degree (e.g., Master of Laws/LL.M.) and 1 year of professional legal experience equivalent to the experience described above.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


U.S. degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ .

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. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Additional information

As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. We will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, NASA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement . By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement.

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 position based on how well you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. To determine your qualifications and referral status, we may review your resume and supporting documentation and compare it against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration.

You will be assessed on the following competencies:

Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence
Contracts Law
Environmental/Real Property Law
General Law
Legal Application Practice
Policy Management

NASA considers 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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire. Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume . Your resume should describe your specialized experience and support your answers to the vacancy announcement questionnaire

The following documents are required:
  • Resume
  • Transcript

While a transcript is the preferred proof of qualifying education, you may submit any of the following items:
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A copy of an official transcript
  • A copy of a degree (i.e. a picture or scan)
  • A list of completed/credited courses that includes, the title, course code, and number of semester, quarter or classroom hours for each course (i.e., BUAD- 101-Introduction to Business, 3 Semester hours)
You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education. Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above. Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.

There may be other supporting documents (licenses, certification, veterans preference, etc.), depending on your answers to the questionnaire and job announcement description, that you may have to submit, please verify your application.

Official documents are required at the time of appointment for verification of eligibility and qualifications.

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.