Job Title:Supervisory Attorney/Advisor (General)
Department:Department Of Energy
Agency:Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:NETL-12-38
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/ Per Year|
|Tuesday, September 18, 2012 to
Wednesday, October 17, 2012|
SERIES & GRADE:
|This is a full-time position. -
This is an excepted service permanent position.|
|1 vacancy in the following location(s):|
Morgantown, WV, US
Pittsburgh Metro Area, PA, US
WHO MAY APPLY:
All U.S. Citizens
*1 Vacancy exists that may be filled at Morgantown, WV or Pittsburgh, PA*
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) implements research, development, and demonstration programs to resolve the environmental, supply, and reliability constraints of producing and using fossil resources.
This position is located at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in the Legal Division of the Office of Chief Counsel. You will supervise a staff of professional attorneys and paralegal specialists in an active, multidisciplinary environment of a fossil energy research and development laboratory. You will provide legal advice and guidance on all matters pertaining to NETL and the Office of Fossil Energy as well as some matters regarding the Office of Electricity Delivery and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- One year supervisory probationary period may be required.
- Relocation expenses may be paid consistent with the Department's policy.
You will serve as the Director of the Legal Division of NETL’s Office of Chief Counsel. Your typical day may include:
- Assigning work, evaluating performance, approving leave, resolving employee complaints, and developing the skills of the staff.
- Providing specialized legal advice regarding: (1) participation in regulatory proceedings; in negotiation of special utilities contracts for DOE facilities; work for other government agencies, state and local governments and other parties; and (2) execution of memoranda of understanding, interagency agreements, and other instruments under which NETL will perform work for third parties.
- Analyzing legal authority for funding programs based on legislative language, conference committee reports and executive branch policy directives and providing legal advice as to authority for programs under continuing resolutions and appropriation acts.
- Preparing and reviewing a wide variety of complex contractual and financial assistance instruments necessary for programs, projects and functions.
- Preparing & approving legal interpretations of statutes and Department regulations and orders applicable to programs, projects and functions of NETL.
- Overseeing complex disputes, drafts contracting officer findings of fact and decisions and representing contracting officers in contract appeals.
- Providing expert advice and legal guidance on matters related to labor relations, interpretation of federal and state labor laws.
- Assisting the Chief Counsel in overseeing matters involving intellectual property and prosecuting patent applications and associated U.S. Patent Office documents.
- Representing NETL in all legal matters for assigned areas with the Department of Justice or other Federal, state or local government agencies.
- Reviewing and preparing documents such as contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, directives, regulations and pleadings, and interpret legislation, regulations, court orders and directives.
- Providing expert advice to senior officials in developing solutions to complex technical and administrative problems that comply with legal requirements and conform to DOE policies and procedures.
Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In addition to the basic qualification requirements above, you must demonstrate in your résumé one year professional (attorney) legal experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade level of the work described in the vacancy announcement.
All candidates must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (LLB or JD) and be a current member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your qualifications for this position will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire and other required documents as part of the application process for this position.
All the information you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms by checking references and through other means, including the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
The vacancy related questions were designed to assess your overall possession of the following knowledges, skills, and abilities:
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in Federal contract/procurement law and Federal financial assistance laws, rules and regulations with emphasis in research and development agreements.
Demonstrated knowledge in the following areas of federal law and practice: environmental law, labor and personnel law, ethics, Federal Appropriation Law, Intellectual Property, EEO, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.
Ability to provide independent legal advice (orally and in writing) to senior level management and on highly technical programs and significant legal matters.
- Ability to supervise, including selection and advancement of employees with regard to EEO and labor relations regulations.
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Energy considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. To preview questions please click here.