Position Information


Attorney Advisor

The incumbent serves as an attorney providing legal advice, research, analysis, and interpretation of federal, state, and local laws, as well as oral and written opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs and legal support of all USDA programs and litigation, and performs other legal services as assigned.

This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration of no less than 13 months and can be extended without competition, but may not exceed 4 years.

Responsibilities

  • Represent the Secretary of Agriculture in the litigation of cases and appeals before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • Customer service and communication to client Agencies and Mission Areas.

  • Provide training in civil rights, labor, and employment law issues as requested by management.

  • Legal research and opinion-writing on novel and complex legal issues related to civil rights, labor, and employment law.

  • Assisting in other litigation responsibilities as requested by management.

Position: Attorney Advisor
Organization: Department of Agriculture
Location: Washington,  DC 
United States
Salary: $86,335 to $157,709
Posting Start Date: 10/18/2020
Date Posted: 10/18/2020
Requirements
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/

  • Must submit Cover Letter, Resume, Proof of Bar membership, Law School Transcripts, and Narrative

  • Review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory

  • Requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation

  • Additional selections may be made from this announcement

  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel

  • May be subject to the satisfactory completion of a two year probationary or trial period

  • Subject to limited telework after six months completed and only by managerial approval and subject to change at any time from the Agency or Department

Qualifications

For consideration, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for attorney positions:

  • Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the America Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD) (Law School transcript required); and

  • Currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
Applicants should have demonstrated specialized experience in legal research, excellent writing and communication skills, and a strong academic record. This experience should be clearly documented in the cover letter and resume.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-11) level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform as an Attorney Advisor. Examples of such experience include: Providing legal advice, research, analysis and interpretation of federal, state, and local laws; Writing opinions, memoranda, pleadings, briefs, and legal support of agency/organization programs and litigation; Performing other legal services as assigned; Rendering of legal advice, oral or written, to administrative officials in connection with the day-to-day operations of programs; preparing various kinds of legal documents, both for specific case use and for general use; Ability to conduct substantial research to handle cases involving the Department's programs; Ability to apply creative legal analysis and sound legal judgment to find appropriate precedent or distinguish applicable law or facts to support or justify legal positions.

GS-13: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-12) level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform as an Attorney Advisor. Examples of such experience include: Providing professional legal services to major components of an agency or organization; Knowledge of the principles and techniques of legal analysis and practice in order to (1) prepare pleadings, motions, briefs, litigation reports, and related documents (2) determine nature of legal issues involved; and (3) effectively represent agencies or organizations; Thorough knowledge of activities and program initiatives of agencies or organizations to provide timely and relevant legal advice regarding program operations to management officials and to expertly represent clients in negotiations and legal proceedings.

GS-14: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-13) level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform as an Attorney Advisor. Examples of such experience include: Ability to plan and assign priorities to tasks and assignments to further develop knowledge of complex assignments. Works independently to determine methodologies, milestones, goals, and termination points for most assignments. Completes assignments to management requirements with the satisfaction of organizational objectives.

Status: This listing expires on: 11/17/2020
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Organization Information
Name:
Department of Agriculture
Address:
Office of the General Counsel
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington,  DC 20250
United States
Email:
angela.ervin@usda.gov
Phone:
(202) 754-0564
Fax:
Contact:
Angela Ervin