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    This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) an independent Federal Agency of the U.S. Government. The attorney incumbent serves as a Supervisory Associate General Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group which handles the Employment Law, Labor Law, and Litigation practice within the OGC. The Agency is led by a Chief Executive Officer and a multimember Board, which includes the Secretary of State.

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    ***NOTE: The Position Title has been updated to reflect as above. No material changes were made to the vacancy annoucement content.

    ***NOTE: Vacancy announcement closing date has been extended until December 7, 2019.

    The Supervisory Attorney Advisor oversees the work of people providing definitive legal advice on the employment and labor law aspects of actions by the Agency. The Litigation Practice group also provides definitive legal counsel on the general litigation risk of Agency actions, and serves as the Agency lead for all litigation (including administrative hearings and proceedings) impacting the agency; attorneys in this group serve as lead agency counsel in litigation to which the Agency is a party.

    PRACTICE OF LAW AT THE USAGM (IN GENERAL): The practice of law at USAGM is unique within the federal government. The USAGM is primarily a news organization, meaning that all USAGM OGC attorneys gain expertise in providing legal support to an international media organization, supporting journalists operating around the globe. In that regard, OGC deals with those matters that impact all media organizations, including intellectual property and licensing; transmission of our content via terrestrial antenna, satellite, internet, and social media; and press freedom and first amendment issues.

    We are also a government agency and so, our practice also handles the multitude of legal issues that most government law offices encounter, including federal employment and labor law; federal contracting; appropriation and fiscal law; grant law; and FOIA and ethics.

    DUTIES FOR THIS POSITION: The Litigation Practice Group serves as the Agency lead for all Agency litigation, and provides definitive legal advice on employment and labor law aspects Agency actions. The Group also advises on litigation risks associated with the many often complex actions the Agency undertakes in its unique role operating and overseeing a major global media organization. Duties for the Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (Associate General Counsel for Litigation) position include, but are not limited to:

    • Supervises attorneys and legal staff within the Practice Group and manages Group assignments and activities, including managing resources and budget.
    • Ensures members of the Practice Group have sufficient resources for their caseloads.
    • Ensures coordination between all legal advice relating to litigation, employment, and labor law matters.
    • Improves Agency practices and posture regarding all employment and labor law litigation and contracting, including bid protects.
    • Liaises between the USAGM; the Justice Department, and the Department of State on all legal matters relating to overseas litigation.
    • Evaluates caselaw, new and proposed legislation and regulation, and executive branch policies and practice, to identify those that may impact the litigation posture or risk, or personnel practices of the Agency and its collateral entities and their respective missions.
    • Drafts or reviews Agency policies and procedures relating to personnel, labor, staffing and authorities and functions which carry litigation risk.
    • Serves as lead agency legal counsel to render advice, prepare opinions, recommendations, and represent the Agency in administrative hearings, court cases, and arbitrations;
    • Develops the strategy and proposed actions and coordinating with individuals within and outside the Agency, as necessary.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0905 Attorney

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. citizenship required.
    • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
    • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
    • This is a sensitive or national security position.
    • If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
    • Suitability Determination: If selected, you will be subject to a security investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The security investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.
    • This position has been designated supervisory requiring that the selectee on an initial appointment as a supervisor or manager serve a one-year probationary period.
    • If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report).
    • You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy and availability of funds
    • New appointees to the Excepted Service must serve a two-year trial period.


    Applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.), Bar Certification, and also be a current member in good standing of the Bar of a State, Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

    To qualify, you must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, two of which were specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level or higher. Specialized experience means experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge and ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples may include experience demonstrating: proven ability to provide legal counsel on employment or labor law matters; broad knowledge of international relations and U.S. foreign policy objectives; understanding of essentials of international multimedia broadcasting; demonstrated ability in litigation; or an ability to interpret U.S. foreign laws and international agreements and treaties.

    Further Examples of Specialized experience: These are examples of the types of experience or expertise that further illustrate the requisite knowledge and ability for the position. These include:
    • Proven ability to provide legal counsel on federal litigation (administrative and/or court proceedings).
    • Proven ability to manage complex legal tasks, including litigation;
    • Ability to manage a team of professionals;
    • Proven ability to think strategically about legal risk within the context of federal litigation to provide staff attorneys and clients with guidance geared towards prevailing in an instant case, while protecting and strengthening a client's/Agency's overall legal posture/ position for futures cases.
    • Ability to relate well to clients and work collaboratively in a fast paced legal environment.
    • A customer-service oriented approach to legal practice.
    • Significant experience with litigation (in administrative tribunals or court), including serving as lead attorney (or equivalent) in administrative or judicial hearings; handling witness preparation, depositions, and discovery; preparing affidavits; developing trial strategies; and conducting direct and cross examination.
    • Knowledge of employment Law, including federal employee relations and EEO, and federal labor law and procedures.
    • Ability to think outside of the box on legal questions. Ability and willingness to lead legal tasks and take on new tasks and responsibilities.
    Desirable Experience: These are examples of the types of experience or expertise that may indicate the requisite knowledge and ability for the position. These include:
    • Experience managing a legal practice group or team of experienced attorneys.
    • Experience practicing within the Federal Government (or in cases where the Federal Government was a party) and providing advice on Employment Law, including federal employee relations (Title V) and EEO (Title VII).
    • Experience practicing before the MSPB, EEOC, and/or FLRA.
    • Experience Providing advice on complex legal problems related to the interpretation of labor agreements; handling arbitration and the resolution of labor grievances (e.g., arising from Unfair Labor Practice charges).
    • Experience actively participating in processing, negotiating, and otherwise resolving discrimination complaints.
    • Experience in drafting or revising organizational policies, based upon continuing review of case law, appropriate legislation, and regulatory implementation, to minimize organizational legal risk.
    • Experience providing legal sufficiency review for disciplinary actions and adverse actions; advice on performance and time and attendance issues.
    • Comprehensive operational knowledge of settlement agreements.
    • Experience providing clear legal advice to senior corporate executives or senior government officials (such as Agency heads or senior leadership, or CEOs or senior VPs of corporations or other non-governmental entities).
    • Experience demonstrating an ability to provide support to litigation relating to federal contracting, including bid protests.
    • Experience demonstrating an ability to assess issues arising under foreign and international law, including foreign labor law.
    • Experience demonstrating an ability to provide support to litigation relating to copyright, trademark, and licensing of intellectual property. (Note: The list is instructive; it is not exhaustive, and the successful candidate need not necessarily have all of these experiences).


    Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

    Additional information

    1. Applications may be considered on a rolling basis. Hiring for this position is a priority for the Office of General Counsel, and interested candidates should submit their applications as soon as possible to be considered, as interviews and selection is based upon a rolling review of the submissions.

    2. Qualifying applications submitted for any other current or future open position in the Agency OGC may also be considered for this position;

    3. Qualifying applications submitted for this position may be considered for any other currently open or future opening in OGC.

    4. If you are an eligible Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

    5. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

    6. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    7. If selected, you will be subject to a security investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The security investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.

    8. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    9. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. This is a non-bargaining unit position. This position is not covered by a union agreement.

    10. Additional selections may be made if additional vacancies occur within 90 days (or an otherwise allowable time) of certificate issuance.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once your resume or application is submitted, a review of your qualifications will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements and competencies required for this position.


    • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence

    Possession of competencies may be addressed in a cover letter and/or resume. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. You will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
    Qualified Category
    Well Qualified Category
    Best Qualified Category

    Application of Veterans' Preference: Category Rating does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category. Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness, National security

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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    • Resume

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
    • Cover letter
    • DD-214
    • Other Veterans Documentation; SF-15, VA Letter, Statement of Service
    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an Application of 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) plus the proof required by that form. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, please contact the Human Resource office.

    At a later date, applications may also be required to submit:
    • Proof of Bar Certification (Copy is acceptable).
    • Transcript

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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

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement: December 7, 2019.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit Application button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://login.usajobs.gov/account/signin. The page will display the positions for which you've applied as well as the status of each application. Click on the plus sign (+) next to the job title to expand information about the job, then click on Additional Application Information to see the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on the plus sign (+) next to the job title to expand information about the job. Next click on Update Application to complete the application process.
    • Note: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described previously. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials, by 11:59 P.M. on the closing date of the announcement: December 7, 2019.

    Agency contact information

    Fernando Burciaga


    Office of the General Counsel
    330 Independence Avenue SW
    Room 4700 Cohen Building
    Washington, DC 20237
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    INTRODUCTION TO AGENCY: USAGM operates one of the world's largest news media networks, bringing news and information to a weekly audience of over 345 million people worldwide, in over 100 countries in over 61 languages via radio, television, Internet, and social media. The BBG network is comprised of five major international broadcasters: the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and Television Marti, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcast Networks. Our networks carry out a shared mission vital to U.S. national interests: "to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy."

    Our agency is unique in the federal government: we create, produce, and broadcast news around the world. We do so for people whose governments limit or block their people's access to a free press, or who simply lack sources of reliable news on events in their own countries, the United States, or around the world. A statutory firewall ensures that Agency has editorial independence, meaning our news is free from any partisan or political interference, and adheres to the "highest professional standards" of journalism. We employ journalists and other incredible staff from around the world.

    The USAGM is conveniently located within walking distance to the Green, Orange, Silver, Yellow, and Blue Metro lines.

    NOTE: A resume is required, a cover letter is optional. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/548041800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.