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    The incumbent will primarily be responsible for advising officials of the D.C. Courts on personnel matters including employee conduct, performance and benefits. The incumbent may also provide legal counsel in the following areas:  appropriations, contracts, rule-making, tax,  criminal and civil procedure, retirement, and government authority issues.

    This position will be open until filled.  Applications will be considered beginning September 4, 2018.

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    The beginning salary of a JS Grade 13 ($96,970) and the ending for a Grade 15 ($164,200).

    Career Ladder Position:  Promotion Eligibility – One year waiting period from JS-13 to JS-14 and two year waiting period from JS-14 to JS-15 Associate General Counsel.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The incumbent is responsible for resolving complex and difficult legal issues in the areas assigned.  Resolution requires extensive research and analysis; interpretation of statutes, policies, and case decisions; and preparation of position papers and memoranda of law on questions concerning the D.C. Courts’ legal responsibility to its own personnel, other branches of the D.C. government, the federal government and the general public.

    The incumbent may perform the following duties:

    • Serve as an authority on matters pertaining to personnel policies, and employee conduct, performance and benefits.
    • Represent the D.C. Courts in administrative and judicial proceedings, when necessary.
    • Serve as liaison between D.C. Courts and the D.C. Office of the Attorney General with respect to its representation of the D.C. Courts and D.C. Courts' employees in local or federal judicial proceedings.
    • Respond to oral and written requests for legal review, advice and recommendations from judicial officers and management officials on matters relating to court administration, appropriations, judicial procedures, procurement, personnel rights and benefits.
    • Obtain guidance from the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of the Treasury, the Office of Management and Budget, and other agencies with respect to court issues. The subject matter of inquiries covers the full range of substantive and administrative issues affecting the operations of the D.C. Courts.
    • Advise on questions of law and administrative policy involved in the operations of the D.C. Courts and its contacts with other agencies, private organizations, and the general public.
    • Serve as liaison between the D.C. Courts and various federal and District of Columbia agencies concerning issues involving the D.C. Courts' responsibilities to the public and its employees.
    • Research and prepare memoranda of law concerning the correct court procedures to follow in order to comply with statutory provisions, rules, policies and court decisions. Identify areas where operations or conduct of personnel might be incompatible with statutes or regulations and propose appropriate remedies.
    • Draft proposed policies and procedures for the D.C. Courts and analyze existing policies and procedures for possible legal ramifications.
    • Serve as a legal advisor to various D.C. Courtscommittees, as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Excepted Service (Serves at the pleasure of General Counsel)
    • A background check is required.

    To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
    1. Resume
    2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
    3. Law School Transcript showing the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, and grade-point average or class ranking
    4. Submit legal writing sample (10 page maximum)
    5. List of professional references

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the vacancy questionnaire. Click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

    For more information about vacancies, e-mail at jobs@dcsc.gov or call 202-879-0496.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    A Law Degree and an active membership in the District of Columbia Unified Bar is required.   Must have at least three (3) years of post-law school legal experience.   

    The incumbent must be familiar with the District of Columbia Code, the rules of the D.C. Courts, and federal legislation, regulations and policies affecting the D.C. Courts.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Litigation and Employment law experience is preferred.

    A working knowledge of the particular methods of Superior Court practice within the various divisions of the Court is preferred.

    Career Ladder Position:  Promotion Eligibility – One year waiting period from JS-13 to JS-14 and two year waiting period from JS-14 to JS-15 Associate General Counsel.

    The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the D.C. Courts’ values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

    Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required.  If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.  



    Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education to meet the above requirements.

    Additional information

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your résumé and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    1. Résumé
    2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
    3. Law School Transcript showing the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, and grade-point average or class ranking
    4. Proof of active D.C. Bar membership.
    5. Legal writing sample (10 page maximum)

    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.

    The District of Columbia Courts is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government and is not under the authority of the City Mayor or the D. C. Council. DC Courts appropriation comes directly from Congress. All DC Courts non-judicial employees receive federal benefits for the following programs:  Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance and Workers Compensation.

    Please click on the following for more information about these benefits:


    The DC Courts leave policy is as follows:

    Annual Leave:  New full-time employees earn 4 hours of annual leave each 2 week pay period. After 3 years of service this increases to 6 hours every 2 weeks, and at 15 years it increases to 8 hours every 2 weeks. Most military, federal and District of Columbia government service counts toward the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Employees can carry over no more than 240 hours of annual leave into the next leave year.

    Sick Leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, or adoption related purposes. Full-time employees earn 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks. This leave can be accrued without limit.

    In addition to the federal health plans, the DC Courts offer employees supplemental vision and dental plans as well as commuter transit benefit subsidy, for a maximum of $150 a month. There are 27 pay periods in the year.


    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

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the vacancy questionnaire. Click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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    Moultrie Building
    500 Indiana Avenue, NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20001
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