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    Duties

    Summary

    As an Attorney-Adviser (General), you will serve as Regional Counsel and principal legal officer in the regional office.

    Location of position: General Services Administration, Office of General Counsel, 819 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, TX or 100 Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA

    The Office of General Counsel carries out all of GSA's legal activities with the exception of counsel to the Office of Inspector General and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.

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    Responsibilities

    The Regional Counsel implements the responsibilities of the General Counsel within the respective region and provides legal and policy assistance directly to the Regional Administrator, the Regional Commissioner for the Public Buildings Service and the Regional Commissioner for Federal Acquisition Service and other regional senior management officials in formulating, promulgating, and executing regional programs and operations. The Regional Counsel serves as a member of the Regional Senior Leadership Team.  The Regional Counsel reports to the Deputy General Counsel.

    Further, the Regional Counsel:

    • Administers a wide variety of legal services, including provision of legal counsel; drafting legislation proposed by the Region; furnishing legal advice required in connection with reports on legislation proposed by other Federal agencies that affect the Region; performance as external liaison on legal matters with other Federal agencies; final settlement of contract appeal cases; participating in development of regional policy.
    • Reviews proposed decisions on claims or requested adjustments arising from various contracts administered by the region.
    • Represents and speaks for the Region on legal matters, questions and problems in contacts with and negotiations with other Federal agencies, state and local governments and private parties.
    • Directs or supervises legal functions and duties in cases resulting in litigation before administrative forums and courts, including the review and submission of documentary evidence to the United States Attorney, the interview of and taking of depositions from witnesses, preparations of briefs, petitions, complaints, motions and answers and attendance and participation in the trial of cases and arguments on appeal.
    • Collaborates with attorneys of other agencies with mutual interests in legal proceedings.
    • Provides advice to operating officials in resolving legal problems likely to give rise to claims or litigation.
    • Provides overall guidance and direction to all components of the Office of Regional Counsel.
    • Plans, coordinates and directs the activities of the Office of Regional Counsel. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates.
    • Determines priorities and assigns work to subordinates based upon priorities and capabilities of subordinates; evaluates performance of subordinates; provides advice and guidance to subordinates on work and administrative matters.
    • Provides recommendations to, and consults with, the General Counsel who selects attorneys for vacant positions within the office, and prepares personnel actions to promote subordinates.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
    • Meet all eligibility requirements as of the closing date.
    • Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
    • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.

    If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

    • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee
    • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
    • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee.  We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
    • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.
    • Serve a one year supervisory or managerial probationary period, if required.
    • Serve a two year trial period if new to the federal government, if required.  

    Qualifications

    For each job on your resume, provide:

    • the exact dates you held  each job (from month/year to month/year)
    • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).    

    If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

    For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here

    The GS-15 salary range starts at $129,722.00 per year in Fort Worth, TX and starts at $130,973.00 per year in Philadelphia, PA.

    If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.  

    To qualify, you must have:

    1. Have a professional law degree (J.D., LL.M, or S.J.D.) from an accredited law school;
    2. Be a current member of the bar, in good standing, of a State, a Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia; and
    3. Have five years of broad, professional legal experience in matters that demonstrates a thorough and wide knowledge of basic principles in the legal profession and (a) outstanding technical competence in the original successful solution of unusual and complex problems or (b) ability in the planning, direction, or coordination of a legal problem. At least one year of this experience must be specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service as described below.

    Specialized Experience: Experience and demonstrated skill in preparing for litigation and knowledge of and experience applying personnel law, the Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Federal procurement and appropriations law, and Government ethics rules.

    Education

    Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    Bargaining Unit status:  Not Applicable

    Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.  

    Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    We are currently filling 2 vacancies, but additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area, as needed; through other means; or not at all.  

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. It is excluded from provisions of the career transition assistance program.

    Before being hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application if you have not done this. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subjected to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action. 

    All the information you provide will 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, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants will be rated according to qualifications, general experience, specialized experience, demonstrated ability and willingness to meet requirements of position, and demonstrated interest in the practice area. Eligible candidates are evaluated on your resume to assess your overall possession of the competencies/knowledges, skills, and abilities listed below.

    1. Knowledge of the relevant acquisition statutes, rules, policies, and regulations, such as the Competition in Contracting Act, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (OFPP Act), and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

    2. Skill in conducting legal research, legal analysis, preparing legal opinions, litigation and negotiation techniques.

    3. Knowledge of laws, statutes, rules and regulations, and policies governing employment, public buildings/real estate, and environmental.  

    4. Ability to apply leadership and supervision skills

    We will verify your resume supports possesses the above competencies/knowledges, skills, and abilities listed.

    Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

    If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA’s Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    If you are claiming veterans’ preference:

    1. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service.  If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
    2. If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:  (a) completed SF-15 form; and (b) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).

    If you are active duty military - Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

    If you are ICTAP/CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

    College/Law School Transcripts: You must submit a photocopy of your law school transcript(s). If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education. See Application of Qualification Standards at OPM's General Schedule Qualification Policies website for information on crediting education.

    Bar Membership: Submit proof of active membership in good standing (Copy of Certification) of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar.

    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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    Benefits

    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.

    You will have access to many benefits including:

    • Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
    • Life insurance coverage with several options
    • Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
    • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
    • Flexible work schedules
    • Transit and child care subsidies
    • Flexible spending accounts
    • Long-term care insurance
    • Training and development

    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

    Submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application.  For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job.

    To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.

    • Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.
    • Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.
    • Click the Apply To This Vacancy and complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete.  If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.
    • Note:  Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the “Fax instructions” provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).

    Need Assistance in Applying?  Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. We are available to assist you Monday-Friday during normal business hours.  You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions. Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

    Agency contact information

    Frannie Mudd

    Address

    GSA, Office of General Counsel
    General Services Administration
    OHRM, Washington Area Service Center
    1800 F Street NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20405
    United States
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    Next steps

    After the closing date/deadline:

    1. ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS: Your application will be reviewed for all requirements.
    2. REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT: If you meet all the requirements, you may be referred to management for review and a possible interview.  
    3. SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER: If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or security background investigation process.
    4. FINAL JOB OFFER:Once our security office determines you can come on board, you will be given a final offer, which is typically 40 days after the announcement closes
    5. FINAL COMMUNICATION:  Once the position is filled, we will notify you of your status.  You may also check your status by logging into USAJOBS.  Go to My USAJOBS and then to Applications.

    Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

Fair & Transparent

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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527370700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.