To qualify for the Attorney-Advisor at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must meet the basic requirements defined by education, bar membership, and professional experience requirement cited below.
Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association through which you have attained the first professional law degree, i.e., LL.B. or J.D.
Applicants must currently be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, U.S. Territory, U.S. Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
Professional Experience Requirements:
Applicants must demonstrate four (4) or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the Bar, that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from an American Bar Association-accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree, such as an LL.M., may be substituted for one year of the required professional legal experience. Such experience must demonstrate that you have the capacity to perform with substantial independence even when working on the most complex or difficult tasks.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.
Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.
6. One-year trial period may be required.
7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No
8. Bargaining Unit Position: No
9. Drug Screening Required: No
10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No
12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: Yes
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.
The Category Rating Process 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 who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Knowledge of legal requirements in regulatory environments
- Skill in problem solving to research complex matters, develop responsive proposed policies, and evaluate citizen comments
- Leadership skill to coordinate team efforts to guide regulatory policy initiatives
- Written communication skill to develop policies, draft regulations, petitions, and similar legal documents
- Oral communication skill to present findings, explain requirements and difficult legal constructs, and define legal positions