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    Duties

    Summary

    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 an Assistant 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 multi-member Board, which includes the Secretary of State.

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    Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    The Litigation and Employment/Labor Law Practice Group provides definitive legal advice on Employment and Labor Law matters impacting the agency, and serves as the Agency lead for all Agency litigation. 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 include, but are not limited to:

    • Provides definitive legal counsel on all other litigation or litigation risk facing the agency.
    • Manages, defends, supports and otherwise represents the Agency in cases before MSPB, EEOC, FLRA, and Federal Courts. Works with OGC leadership to help Agency Leadership think strategically about our practices and posture to improve litigation outcomes. Manages cases with minimal or no supervision.
    • Provides definitive legal counsel on all aspects of federal employment law
    • Provides definitive legal counsel on all aspects of federal labor law.
    • Serves as lead lawyer in cases in administrative and judicial hearings.
    • Applies a customer-service oriented approach to legal practice; think outside of the box on legal questions; and be willing to take on new tasks and responsibilities.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. citizenship is required.
    • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by closing date of the announcement to be considered.
    • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
    • If you are a male applicant, born after 12/31/59, you 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.
    • This is a sensitive position. If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86. Clearance MUST be granted prior to entrance on duty.
    • 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 is not covered by a Union Agreement
    • Transcripts are required at the time of application.
    • If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report).
    • Position requires Top Secret Clearance.

    Qualifications

    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 for the GS-13, you should have two (2) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, at least one (1) of which were specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level or higher.

    To qualify for the GS-14, you should have three (3) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, at least one (1) of which were specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level or higher.

    To qualify for the GS-15, you should have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, at least one (1) 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 include experience demonstrating:- Significant knowledge of federal employment Law, including federal employee relations (Title V) and EEO (Title VII).
    • Significant knowledge of federal labor law and procedures.
    • Ability to handle all aspects of representing an Agency in federal litigation (administrative and/or court proceedings), including experience serving as lead attorney (or equivalent) in administrative or judicial hearings.
    • Significant experience with litigation, including handling witness preparation, depositions, and discovery; preparing affidavits; developing trial strategies; conducting direct and cross examination; and aspects of motion practice.
    • Significant experience advising or representing the agency in collective bargaining and all matters related to federal labor relations.
    • Proven ability to manage complex legal tasks, including litigation, independently or with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to relate well to clients and work collaboratively in a fast paced legal environment.
    • A customer-service oriented approach to legal practice.
    • Ability to think outside of the box on legal questions.
    • Ability and willingness to lead legal tasks and take on new tasks and responsibilities
    • Experience with advising on FOIA matters, including those relating to litigation
    • Experience with federal ethics law and regulations.
    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 practicing before the MSPB- Experience practicing before the EEOC
    • 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 FLRA and federal labor arbitrators.
    • 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 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 executives or senior officials.
    • 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 demonstrating an ability to provide support to litigation relating to federal contracting, including bid protest.
    (Note: The list is instructive; it is not exhaustive, and the successful candidate need not necessarily have all of these experiences).

    Education

    Applicant cannot substitute education for experience, although educational achievement may be considered rating applicants, as with any attorney position.

    Additional information

    1. 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.
    2. Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit a DD-214 (copy # 2 or 4 - member copy); veterans who are claiming disabled veteran preference must also submit a VA disability letter and a SF-15; AND, applicants seeking widow or other special veterans preference must submit a SF-15 and all documents indicated for their specific form of preference.
    3. 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.

    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.

    Competencies:
    Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
    Technical Competence
    Decision Making


    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 (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). 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 nonpreference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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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/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript


    Although the required documents listed in this announcement only indicates that a resume is required, other documents may be required in specific circumstances, as indicated in application requirements in Other Information above.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach the member copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also 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.

    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.

    https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees

    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.

    • 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.
    • For a preview of the Assessment Questionnaire, please click here:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10999733
    • Failure to provide the required information and/or materials, by 11:59 P.M. on01/21/2021will result in you not being considered for employment.

    Agency contact information

    Arlene Green-Bell

    Address

    Office of the General Counsel
    330 Independence Avenue SW
    Room 4700 Cohen Building
    Washington, DC 20237
    US
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    The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), formerly known as Broadcasting Board of Governors, is an exciting, multi-media, multi-cultural, global media agency that carries out all United States civilian international broadcasting. Our media networks complement and reinforce one another in 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 staff of dedicated professionals serve as an example of a free and independent media, bringing news, information, and relevant discussions to a weekly audience of over 350 million people worldwide in over 61 languages via radio, television, Internet, and social media. USAGM networks include the Voice of America and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti) and three grantee organizations: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia.

    Note: Budgetary conditions may delay or otherwise affect filling this vacancy. However, all interested candidates should apply now.

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

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at U.S. Agency for Global Media, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.usagm.gov/

    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/588769000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.