Attorney Advisor PRC 02-22

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 25, 2022
Closes
Feb 02, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Attorney-Advisor, PRC-5

After an initial period of informal training, a PRC-5 attorney is expected be able to handle routine assignments independently and, when necessary, seek guidance and advice from a more senior attorney or Deputy. The attorney is expected, following exposure to a range of assignments and cases, to build a baseline of competency with Commission legal practice. An attorney at this grade must have a level of skill and ability (based on prior professional experience) that informs his/her judgment as to when a higher level of attention or review is necessary.

An Attorney-Advisor, PRC-5:
  • Drafts legal notices, orders, regulations, reports, memoranda, policies, and other documents upon request and according to accepted form and practice.
  • Coordinates with technical staff to develop analyses on routine matters such as the application of analytical and economic principles to Commission proceedings and the Postal Service's compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory provisions. With technical staff, makes recommendations to the General Counsel, Deputies, and other senior leadership based on data analyses and findings. May be part of a team of attorneys or work closely with Deputy or a more senior attorney on more complex matters.
  • Analyzes pleadings filed with the Commission; conducts applicable legal and policy research; and provides legal advice and assistance to Commission staff, including the General Counsel, Deputies, Commissioners' staff, and technical staff on routine matters.
  • Identifies potentially ambiguous, contentious, complex, or novel issues raised in Commission proceedings or during review of internal Commission policies or practices, and seeks guidance on those issues from a more senior attorney, Deputy, or the General Counsel.
  • Provides written and oral reports, memoranda, and briefings based on legal research and analyses and assists in the development of proceedings' records, including developing requests for information from participating parties.
Supervision

A PRC-5 Attorney-Advisor is under the direct supervision of a Deputy and receives assignments from the General Counsel and Deputies, who work with the attorney to set objectives, priorities, and deadlines. The attorney will receive additional assistance with issues that are ambiguous, contentious, complex, or novel. As experience increases, the attorney should be able to independently identify such issues and conduct related research. The attorney keeps the General Counsel and Deputies apprised of progress in meeting preset objectives and deadlines. All of the attorney's work product is reviewed for accuracy, completeness, and the accomplishment of preset objectives and priorities.

Attorney-Advisor, PRC-6

In addition to independently working on routine matters, a Grade 6 Attorney-Advisor is assigned matters of increasing complexity and difficulty. An attorney at this grade will only require occasional guidance on more routine matters.

An Attorney-Advisor, PRC-6:
  • Independently drafts legal notices, orders, regulations, reports, memoranda, policies, and other documents upon request and according to accepted form and practice. Reviews and provides feedback on such documents prepared by a less experienced attorney upon request.
  • Coordinates with technical staff to develop analyses on routine and complex matters in areas such as cost allocation and causation; application of analytical and economic principles to Commission proceedings; and the Postal Service's compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory provisions. With technical staff, makes recommendations to the General Counsel, Deputies, and other senior leadership based on analyses and findings.
  • May lead projects with multiple attorneys assigned or serve as mentor to a less experienced attorney.
  • Analyzes pleadings filed with the Commission; conducts applicable legal and policy research; and provides legal advice and recommendations to Commission staff, including the General Counsel, Deputies, Commissioners' staff, and technical staff on routine and more complex matters.
  • Identifies potentially ambiguous, contentious, complex, or novel issues raised in Commission proceedings or during review of internal Commission policies or practices, and develops recommendations for senior leadership as to how address those issues.
  • Provides written and oral reports, memoranda, and briefings based on legal research and analyses and assists in the development of proceedings' records, including developing requests for information from participating parties. Reviews and provides feedback on such documents prepared by a less experienced attorney upon request.
  • Recommends final disposition of issues and prepares drafts of final Commission decisions.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • COVID-19 vaccination requirement (see additional information).
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Employees are required to participate in direct deposit.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national to be eligible for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • This position may require you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry and annually thereafter.
  • The Commission uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.


Qualifications

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS
The following qualifications must be demonstrated in your resume and cover letter:
  • A professional law degree (LLB or JD) from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
  • Membership in good standing of the bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • At least one year of professional experience, such as a clerkship or in general law practice, in a position that required extensive legal research, writing, and analysis, on a variety of complex civil or administrative (non-criminal) legal issues.
  • Experience researching areas of law with little or no precedent, producing complex legal analysis based on that research, and presenting well-reasoned conclusions or recommendations verbally and in writing.
  • Experience or education demonstrating the ability to review, discuss, and interpret complex quantitative or technical concepts and to work with subject matter experts to apply a legal framework to complex quantitative or technical facts.
  • Experience briefing or informing mid-level or senior decision-makers of background/context, analysis and recommendations for future action.
  • Ability to work independently using critical thinking and research skills to resolve unique questions of law or fact.
  • Ability to independently manage workload/caseload and allocate time among a number of competing long-term, medium-term and short-term projects.
  • PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience with the general principles of administrative law, such as drafting proposed regulations, providing comments in administrative proceedings, drafting administrative decisions or representing parties before administrative law judges or administrative bodies.
  • Knowledge of applicable economic and legal regulatory concepts, such as competition/antitrust law, accounting principles, laws affecting the United States Postal Service, and/or operations and services of the United States Postal Service.
  • Judicial or administrative law clerkship experience that included an extensive research and writing component.


  • Education

    A professional law degree (LLB or JD) from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

    Additional information

    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: 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 vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

    Due to COVID-19, the agency 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. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework.

    Ethics Requirements: The Commission is committed to government ethics. As a Commission employee, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch and the criminal conflict of interest statutes. The Commission also has ethics rules (39 C.F.R. subpart A of part 3001 and supplemental standards of ethical conduct [C.F.R. part 5601]. The supplemental standards prohibit Commission employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, from owning any securities issued by entities that are identified on an annually published prohibited securities list. As an employee of the Commission, you must complete initial ethics training within three months of your appointment and, depending on your position, complete required financial disclosure forms within 30 days of your appointment.

    Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. The Commission may offer Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.