ATTORNEY ADVISOR/GENERAL ATTORNEY

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 30, 2021
Closes
Dec 02, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

As an ATTORNEY ADVISOR/GENERAL ATTORNEY, you will:
  • Independently conduct the investigation or negotiation, plan the approach, and develop the completed decision, report, brief, opinion, contract, or other product; or represents the Government at the conference, hearing, or trial.
  • Be responsible for the analysis of the legal issue in question, the development of the strategy to deal with the legal issue, and the content and means of delivery of the completed analysis of the legal issue.
  • Provide legal advice to high level agency officials and is responsible for effectively presenting the agency position before administrative or
    judicial bodies.
  • Review applications for specific governmental approval or protection, they will have final approval authority, and in many cases, will review the work of lower graded attorneys and provide final approval of applications preliminarily approved by the lower graded attorney.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment



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.

Key Requirements:
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National.


  • Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements by 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:

    GS-14:
    Specialized experience for the GS-14 level is one year of experience at the GS-13 level or equivalent in public or private sectors, that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    Specialized experience for the GS-14 includes:

    - Knowledge of and experience with FHA mortgage insurance programs and providing oral and written legal opinions on one or more related disciplines (agency housing programs, real estate law, corporate finance, bankruptcy, or federal litigation practice relating to housing or real estate finance). AND
    - Experience analyzing and interpreting federal, state or local statutes. AND
    - Providing effective legal advice on complex and novel legal issues. AND
    - Managing a heavy workload and developing and maintaining productive working relationships with clients, other agencies and stakeholders, and the public.

    AND

    For the GS-14, you must:

    Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) 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-13 level in the Federal service.

    OR

    Have a second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus three (3) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-13 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 three (3) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.

    GS-13: Specialized experience for the GS-13 level is one year of experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent in public or private sectors, that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    Specialized experience for the GS-13 includes:

    - Knowledge of and experience with FHA mortgage insurance programs and providing oral and written legal opinions on one or more related disciplines (agency housing programs, real estate law, corporate finance, bankruptcy, or federal litigation practice relating to housing or real estate finance). AND
    - Experience analyzing and interpreting federal, state or local statutes, and conducting legal research. AND
    - Providing effective legal advice on complex and novel legal issues.

    AND

    For the GS-13, you must:

    Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) plus three (3) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.

    OR

    Have a second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus two (2) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12 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 two (2) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12 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.
    • A recruitment incentive may be paid to newly appointed (non-Federal) applicants. A service agreement will be required.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • This position is 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.

    All new and current Federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, unless they are eligible and approved for limited legal exemptions for medical or religious accommodation. Employees will be considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 2 weeks after they have received the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

    Deadlines to receive vaccine doses to meet the November 22, 2021, are listed below:
    • If receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, the deadlines are as follows:
        first dose by October 11, 2021, and second dose by November 8, 2021
    • If receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the deadlines are as follows:
        first dose is October 18, 2021, and second dose is November 8, 2021
    • If receiving the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine, the deadlines are as follows:
        first and only dose is November 8, 2021

    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 .

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