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    This position is located in the Division of Employment and Training Legal Services in the Office of the Solicitor of Labor (SOL). The Division provides the legal advice and rulemaking and litigation services required by: (1) the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration under a wide variety of statutes/programs, including: (a) the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (including Job Corps); (b) the Wagner-Peyser Act; (c) the federal and federal/state unemployment compensation programs; (d) the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program; (e) the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA); (f) the Senior Community Service Employment Program under title V of the Older Americans Act; (g) the National Apprenticeship Act; and (h) grant administration advice under these and other statutes; (2) the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training in connection with (a) employment and training programs for veterans and separating service members such as the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program and Local Veterans Employment Representative program, (b) the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), which assures reemployment rights and protection against discrimination to members of the uniformed services; and (c) the provisions of the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) relating to enforcement of Federal executive branch veterans' preference laws; and (3) the Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs concerning all international activities of the Department, including responsibilities concerning the International Labor Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trade Act of 2002 and earlier Trade Acts, and international child labor and core labor standards technical assistance projects.

    The Division also provides assistance to the Department of Justice in litigation involving the above statutes and programs and directly litigates those cases for which it retains responsibility.

    This position has promotion potential to GS-14. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

    - This position is inside the bargaining unit.

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    Incumbent provides legal assistance in regard to DOL responsibilities under the INA, including providing legal advice concerning issuance of temporary and permanent labor certifications, providing representation of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification before the Office of Administrative Law Judges, and providing assistance to the Department of Justice in defending DOL in suits challenging either DOL regulations and policies or individual determinations in connection with its responsibilities under the INA. Incumbent provides legal assistance to the many DOL-sponsored and/or directed employment and training-related programs specified above, including to the Job Corps and the Office of Apprenticeship. Incumbent provides legal assistance with respect to the Federal-State unemployment compensation program and related Federal unemployment benefit and allowance programs. . Incumbent assists with issues related to DOL’s functions for the protection of employment rights under USERRA, legal issues arising from the Department’s international activities and DOL's employment and training grant and other programs on an as-needed basis. These programs are administered in a variety of ways, often in conjunction with other Federal, State or local agencies.

    The position requires knowledge of the basic programs administered by DOL in the aforementioned areas, the exercise of independent judgment and discretion in the discharge of duties subject to the overall supervision of a Division Counsel. Incumbent drafts briefs and other pleadings or reviews pleadings prepared by the Department of Justice, advises, on a continuing basis, on legal and basic policy matters affecting the statutes and programs in the field of incumbent’s expertise. Incumbent prepares legal opinions on very difficult, highly complex and/or controversial questions involving problems of statutory construction and novel questions of law which govern the administration of the client agencies’ programs and participates in drafting or review of DOL rulemaking projects.

    Incumbent from time-to-time meets with Federal officials in such agencies as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Government Accountability Office as well as with Congressional staff. Advice is provided directly to DOL officials about legal issues in the program areas assigned to the incumbent.

    Incumbent may participate in drafting Federal legislation, in furnishing technical and legal assistance to Congressional committees considering legislation, and in assisting with the preparation or review of testimony to be delivered by Department officials. Incumbent also participates with and advises the client agencies in regard to a variety of other issues that arise in the administration of the client agencies’ programs.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. Citizens in the local commuting area; CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area. This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled through an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a one-year trial period.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
    • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
    • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
    • U.S. Citizenship.

    Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


    To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.

    GS-13, two (2) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

    GS-14, three (3) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

    Note: An LL.M may be substituted for a maximum of one year experience.


    Additional information

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors. Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise. A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.

    Evaluation Factors:

    1. Prior experience relevant to the position, particularly experience in complex Federal litigation and in providing advice to clients, drafting opinions, and drafting regulations or policy guidance on very difficult, highly complex and/or controversial questions involving problems of statutory construction and novel questions of law. Interest in working in a fast-paced litigation office will be a plus.

    2. Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner.

    3. Ability to advise clients and establish and maintain effective working relationships with high level departmental officials, regional program officials, supervisors, agency staff, officials and staff of other Federal agencies and the general public.

    4. Ability to multi-task in a complex and fast-paced inter-disciplinary legal environment, entailing timely collections of facts, identification and resolution of issues, enumeration of options, and formulation of recommendations.

    5. Demonstrated skill in researching and preparing well-written, organized and persuasive documents including briefs and other pleadings, legal memoranda, regulations and guidance documents, correspondence, pleadings and briefings.

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above.

    Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #23 and 26 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

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    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
    You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

    - Bar Certification: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. This letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcement.

    - Transcripts: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you have completed your first professional law degree. Applicants who claim substitution of education for experience with an LL.M must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.

    - Veterans Documents (if applicable):
    Attorney appointments within the Department of Labor are positions in the excepted service, not the competitive service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference in attorney appointments; however, the Department of Labor considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. In order to receive positive consideration, you must indicate your eligibility, in response to the appropriate item on the vacancy questionnaire. Additionally, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, a VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability which indicates the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration. Additional information is available in the Vet's Guide.

    You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring.

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents: These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

    Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    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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    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.


    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.

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    How to Apply

    Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

    SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT! For help, click the “Agency Contact Information” link on the “Apply” page.

    STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov, including Resume and Saved Documents
    Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.

    STEP 2 - Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS)
    Once you have identified a job on www.usajobs.gov that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button . Click “Start Application” and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.

    STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL)
    On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”. Continue through the 7 Steps noted at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th step is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy . Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

    STEP 4 – On the “Application Review” step, click “Submit Application”
    The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.

    STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.

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    Labor, Office of the Solicitor
    200 Constitution Ave., NW
    Rm. N2419
    Washington, DC 20210
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    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration. Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

    For instructions on how to check the status of your application, go to Step 7 on: Using DOORS and USAJOBS Help Guide. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here for instructions.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/439262800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.