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Job Title:  General Counsel
Agency:  Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  2013-GC

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$130,000.00 to $155,000.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 04, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Tucson, AZ United States
All groups of qualified individuals


Come join the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation!

The General Counsel has primary responsibility for all legal affairs of the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, fulfilling traditional in-house counsel functions. The General Counsel is selected by the Board of Trustees, reports directly to the Foundation Executive Director, and secondarily to the Chair of the Board of Trustees. The General Counsel provides legal services to the Board, the Executive Director, and all program components. 
The position requires the ability to give expert legal advice on a range of issues typically encountered by an independent federal agency (including but not limited to the enabling legislation for the Foundation and U. S. Institute, appropriations law, administrative law, personnel rules, records management, federal contract law (FAR), and the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts). The position requires superior oral and writing skills, strong interpersonal skills and good judgment in dealing with management, professional and support staff, and client agencies. Legal guidance to management and staff must promote responsible and ethical conduct in furthering the agency mission. The incumbent will serve as the agency’s Designated Ethics Officer as well as the agency official responsible for further development of the agency’s EEO program. The ideal candidate will possess extensive federal experience such as serving as a federal General Counsel or District Counsel as well as extensive experience in federal contracting compliance utilizing the FAR and the DFAR.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • J.D. or LLB. degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing with the Bar of a state or the District of Columbia
  • Background check is required.
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.


The incumbent provides legal advice to the Udall Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Foundation staff on a wide range of applicable federal laws (including but not limited to the enabling legislation for the Foundation and U. S. Institute, appropriations law, administrative law, personnel rules, records management, federal contract law (FAR), and the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts).  Provides legal advice on complex and high level issues related to mediations and other types of conflict resolution efforts, including questions about confidentiality protection, open meeting requirements, and other legal requirements relating to mediation and other agency conflict resolution activity.

Analyzes factual issues and performs legal analysis based on research and experience with statutes, judicial and administrative opinions, and policies and practices in both the government and private sectors. Reviews statements of work, contracts, Memorandums of Understanding and other interagency agreements involving the Udall Foundation and federal and/or state agencies or private sector organizations for legal compliance with FAR regulations and other federal regulations and statutes.

Oversees compliance with a variety of laws applicable to the activities of federal agencies. Reviews or develops regulations and policy guidance for the Foundation to assist with compliance and to support the agency’s mission. Keeps Foundation staff and the Board of Trustees informed of changes in legal requirements that may affect Foundation or Board operations.

Serves as the agency’s Designated Ethics Officer and provides expert advice regarding the application of federal ethics laws and regulations to staff and to Board member activities. Provides periodic ethics training to Foundation staff and the Board of Trustees as mandated by federal ethics regulations.

Serves as the agency’s official responsible for furthering the EEO program within the Foundation, assuring equal opportunity in recruitment, selection, promotion, training, awards, assignments and special program objectives.

Provides guidance in the interpretation of applicable appropriation laws and advises the Board Chairman, the Board, and the Executive Director on legal issues concerning the agency’s budget, debt collection efforts, interagency agreements, fee structures, and other fiscal policy issues.

Provides expert advice in connection with financial audits and fiscal law. Assists in the preparation of agency budgets.

Represents the Foundation in meetings and communications with congressional staff, other federal agency attorneys and high-ranking officials, and participates in interagency committees and projects.

Provides legal advice to the Board of Trustees on Government in the Sunshine Act requirements, other federal open meeting laws, and statutory and regulatory requirements affecting the Board and the Foundation’s activities and functions. Prepares Board resolutions and legal memorandums at the Board Chair’s direction. Maintains regular contact with the Board Chair, Vice Chair, and Executive Director, promptly advising them of issues or actions requiring immediate attention. Provides the Executive Director and the Board Chair with monthly written reports on work performed and legal matters affecting the Foundation. 


In addition to a law degree and active bar membership, applicants must have at least 60 months of significant legal experience after graduating from law school. Experience must be at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to show clearly that the candidate possesses the required technical and professional qualifications to perform the duties listed above.




Your application will be evaluated on the basis of your resume and narrative statements reflecting the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, relevant experience and education as they relate to the technical and professional qualifications and major duties described above. While you are NOT required to provide a narrative statement addressing each technical qualification and major duty  separately, candidates are strongly encouraged to address each qualification and duty in separate statements. Candidates who choose not to address the technical qualifications and major duties separately will not be automatically disqualified. Candidates are NOT required to provide narrative response statements to address any Executive Core Qualifications when applying for this vacancy. 


Employment with The Udall Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in a Federal retirement system. To find out more about benefits offered to Federal employees, please visit



Email required documents to: 


Letter stating interest and qualifications; resume 


Philip Lemanski
Phone: (520)901-8560
Agency Information:
Morris and Stewart Udall Foundation
130 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ



Control Number: 337018900
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