Attorney-Adviser (General), GS-0905-12/13/14 (KD-Exc Svc)

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Legal



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Summary

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This position is located in our Employment and Labor Law Unit serving as a trial attorney and legal adviser handling federal sector employment litigation, policy and counseling matters, including human resources, employment discrimination and labor relations issues.

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Responsibilities

As an Attorney­-Advisor with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of General Law, Employment and Labor Law Unit located in Washington, DC your specific duties will include:

Advising senior Departmental and Bureau officials on federal employment litigation and policy, including Title 5 of the United States Code, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, labor relations pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act, and various executive orders and regulations pertaining to employment actions, including discrimination and labor relations as they relate to federal employment, and relevant civil rights statutes falling under the Department's public civil rights programs.

Representing the agency in litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Federal Service Impasses Panel, arbitrators, and grievance examiners. Taking and defending depositions and eliciting testimony at trial.

Providing superior oral advocacy at hearings and well organized and well researched written products under tight deadlines.

Comprehensively researching novel areas of law and providing legal memoranda as requested by clients.

Working closely with and assisting Justice Department attorneys to represent the DOI in federal civil litigation involving discrimination and other employment related claims. Working closely with clients from the Department's Office of Civil Rights, the Director of Human Resources, Bureau human resources, labor relations and EEO offices, and senior Departmental management officials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Average 1-2 nights per month

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Must be an active member of the bar.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a 2-year trial period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  • Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued. 
  • Qualifications

    Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

  • To qualify for a GS-12 applicants must possess at least 2-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
  • To qualify for a GS-13 applicants must possess at least 3-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
  • To qualify for a GS-14 applicants must possess at least 4 ½ years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
  • For any of the grades indicated above you can substitute one year of experience with any of the following:

  • have a second professional law degree; OR
  • meet any of the criteria indicated below: academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;graduation with academic honors;significant participation on the law school’s law review;significant participation in the law school’s moot court competition;significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;significant summer law office clerk experience; orother equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.
  • Candidates should have excellent oral communication, writing, research and analysis skills, and the ability to work effectively with other people, and exercise sound judgment.

    All applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

    Education

  • 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.
  • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs .
  • Additional information

  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
  • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
  • DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
  • THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    --The information and materials you provide will be used to evaluate that you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position.

    --Basis of Rating: Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    --Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter expressing your interest and qualifications for this position.

    --Resume - A detailed resume that demonstrates your professional history, education and qualifications. Along with the state in which your active Bar membership is held.

    --Transcripts - this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Required Documents' and/or 'Contact Information'). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

    --If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

    --Required documents may be:
    1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see 'Contact Information')
    2) uploaded directly from your desktop
    3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').

    --Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

  • Working for the DOI, Office of the Solicitor offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
  • SOL has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
  • For additional information on telework you may access the Department of Interior’s Telework Handbook at https://www.doi.gov/telework/policies. 
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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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