The position serves as an attorney in the Division of Business and Administrative Law (DBAL) in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). DBAL provides legal advice in various program areas or activities, such the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), budget, contracts, Federal surplus property, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), torts, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), labor relations, personnel, procurement, appropriations, the Privacy Act and Federal advisory committees.Learn more about this agency
APPLICATION LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 200 applications received and will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 200th application, or at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.
We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.
As a General Attorney, GS-0905-13/14, you will be responsible for:
- Assisting the U.S. Department of Justice in the representation of the Department in FOIA litigation, including drafting pleadings, briefs, and document production.
- Providing advice, training and support on the Department's obligations under FOIA when responding to requests for records from the public.
- Reviewing FOIA appeal determination letters, draft policies and procedures for legal sufficiency.
In addition, the attorney may be assigned work in other areas within the purview of the division, such as contracts, Federal surplus property, FERPA, torts, EEO, labor relations, personnel, appropriations, Privacy Act and Federal advisory committees.
The duties described above reflect the duties at the GS-14 level. If selected at the GS 13 level, selectee will perform similar duties with varying levels of complexity.
Occasional travel - Less than 10% of the time.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
- Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
Applicants must have:
(1) Law degree and
(2) Letter of good standing in a bar;
Applicants must have:
(1) Law degree
(2) Letter of good standing in a bar;
PROOF MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION.
You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
Proof of admission to the Bar of the highest court of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and current membership in such Bar as would permit the practice of law. You must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
PROOF MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION.
Specialized Experience for the GS-13:
One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
- Providing legal advice on FOIA and one or more program areas handled by DBAL, such as budget, contracts, Federal surplus property, FERPA, torts, EEO, labor relations, personnel, procurement, appropriations, Privacy Act and Federal advisory committees.
- Drafting pleadings, motions and briefs for hearings or trials before administrative tribunals or courts.
- Reviewing draft documents for legal sufficiency.
For appointment at the GS-13 level, the following qualification requirements are needed: Three (3) or more years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the Bar. You must have one year of specialized experience commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.
Specialized Experience for the GS-14:
One year of experience equivalent to the GS-13 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
- Providing guidance to lower-graded attorneys.
- Providing legal advice on complex FOIA matters and one or more program areas handled by DBAL, such as budget, contracts, Federal surplus property, FERPA, torts, EEO, labor relations, personnel, procurement, appropriations, Privacy Act and Federal advisory committees.
- Litigating FOIA cases in Federal courts.
For appointment at the GS-14 level, the following qualification requirements are needed: Four (4) or more years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the Bard. You must have one year of specialized experience commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.
You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a Bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Veterans’ Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email Iwork@ed.gov to schedule a session with a career counselor (“Veterans Counseling Session” should be placed in the subject line of the email).
Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.
Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.
Financial Disclosure: This position does not require financial disclosure.
Telework: This position is telework eligible.
Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the excepted service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.
How You Will Be Evaluated
We will review your application and documentation submitted to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will refer the best qualified candidates to the Selecting Official of the job for further review and consideration. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet qualifications required, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities associated with this position as defined below. Please be sure to give examples in your resume and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of people you interacted with, and the complexity and sensitivity of the issues you handled.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
You must submit (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS):
You are required to submit the following additional documents:
(1) letter of interest;
(2) one writing sample;
(3) A statement explaining the status of your State bar membership or a certificate of good standing from your bar membership and
(4) a law school transcript if you have not been out of law school for more than 5 years.
These documents must be submitted on-line at time of application. Documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement
•A resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
•Proof of bar membership - i.e., providing a copy of a bar membership card
If you are claiming Veterans’ Preference you must submit
•A copy of your DD-214 that shows active service and character of discharge, member copy 4 (Separated Members only); OR
•A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days from the date of application (Current Active Duty Members only); AND/OR
•The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) AND all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference; AND/OR
•Proof of Sole Survivorship Preference (e.g., certificate of death or 100% disability as a result of serving in the armed forces).
Department of the Education attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Education considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor consideration in the attorney hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation, e.g., SF-15, DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation.
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.
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.
ED is a great place to work. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). For more information about the many benefits available to Federal employees.
As an ED employee, you will also benefit from our family-friendly work environment. As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for Parent/Teacher Conferences (3 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service. Other flexibilities that may be available to you include telework and alternative work schedules.
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.
How to Apply
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov.
Step 2: Create a resume using the USAJOBS resume builder or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Ensure that your resume demonstrates your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiates your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
Step 3: Upload any required documents into your USAJOBS account (must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX)).
Step 4: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and attach any required documents. Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the agency's hiring system. You will have the opportunity to upload any additional required documents in the agency's hiring system. Click “Finish” to submit your application.
NOTE: You may update your application or required documents at any time while the announcement is open by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking on "Application Status," clicking on the position title, clicking "Update Application,” and following the prompts.
In order to receive consideration for this position, you must submit your complete application, including all required documents, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. If the vacancy announcement has an application limit, we recommend that you submit your complete application at the time of initial application. We will not accept any required documentation after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Agency contact information
AddressEDUCATION-OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Attn: Human Resources Services
Washington, District of Columbia 20202
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As an applicant, you may check your application status through your USAJOBS account at any time. We will also notify you via email of your application status at three key stages in the recruitment process.
1. Once the vacancy announcement closes, we will inform you that your application has been received.
2. After we review your submitted resume and supporting documentation, we will inform you if you are eligible and qualified, if your application was referred to a subject matter expert or panel of subject matter experts for further evaluation, and if you were amongst the most highly qualified candidates referred to the selecting official.
3. Finally, we will inform you of your final disposition for this announcement (e.g., if/when a selection is made, if/when the announcement is cancelled).
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518579900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.