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Job Title:Attorney/Advisor (General)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:NETL-13-DE-001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$81,823.00 to $128,128.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 17, 2012 to Tuesday, November 06, 2012




This is a full-time position. - This is an excepted service permanent position.




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Morgantown, WV, USView Map
Pittsburgh Metro Area, PA, US


All U.S. Citizens 



*1 Vacancy exists that may be filled at Morgantown, WV or Pittsburgh, PA* 


The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. For more than 100 years, the laboratory has focused on developing tools and processes to provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the American people.

This position is located at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in the Legal Division of the Office of Chief Counsel.  You will provide legal advice and guidance on all matters pertaining to NETL and the Office of Fossil Energy as well as matters regarding the Office of Electricity Delivery and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Relocation expenses may be paid consistent with the Department's policy.


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You will serve as an Attorney/Advisor in the Legal Division of NETL’s Office of Chief Counsel.  Your typical day may include:

  • Preparing and reviewing a wide variety of complex contractual and financial assistance instruments necessary for programs, projects and functions. 
  • Analyzing legal authority for funding programs based on legislative language, conference committee reports and executive branch policy directives and providing legal advice as to authority for programs under continuing resolutions and appropriation acts.
  • Preparing & approving legal interpretations of statutes and Department regulations and orders applicable to programs, projects and functions of NETL.
  • Overseeing complex disputes, drafts contracting officer findings of fact and decisions and representing contracting officers in contract appeals. 
  • Representing NETL in legal matters for assigned areas with the Department of Justice or other Federal, state or local government agencies. 
  • Reviewing and preparing documents such as contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, directives, regulations and pleadings, and interpret legislation, regulations, court orders and directives.
  • Providing specialized legal advice regarding: (1) work for other government agencies, state and local governments and other parties; and (2) execution of memoranda of understanding, interagency agreements, and other instruments  under which NETL will perform work for third parties.
  • Providing expert advice to senior officials in developing solutions to complex technical and administrative problems that comply with legal requirements and conform to DOE policies and procedures.


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Basic Qualification Requirement:


All candidates must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (LLB or JD) and be a current member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification requirements, applicants must also possess at least one year of specialized experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of the position as described below.  Knowledge of the energy industry is highly desirable.


GS‑13:  Candidates must have at least one year specialized experience which is directly related to the position being filled and equivalent to the GS‑12 grade level in the Federal service. The preferred candidate will have experience in some of the areas within the Legal Division as described in the scope of services statement below. 


GS‑14:  Candidates must have at least one year specialized experience which is directly related to the position being filled and equivalent to the GS‑13 grade level in the Federal service.   The preferred candidate will have extensive experience in federal research and development contracts, grants and cooperative agreement plus experience in a majority of the other legal areas within the Legal Division as described in the scope of services statement below.


Scope of services include: interpreting and applying federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements and agency policy; addressing legal and contractual issues associated with federal contracts/procurements, federal financial assistance and federal research and development grants and cooperative agreements; negotiation of agreements; environmental law; labor & personnel law; ethics; litigation including contract claims, protests, and proceedings before the MSPB, FLRA and EEOC; and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. 






Your qualifications for this position will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire and other required documents as part of the application process for this position.


All the information you provide may 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, including the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.


The vacancy related questions were designed to assess your overall possession of the following knowledges, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of Federal contract/Procurement law and Federal Financial Assistance with emphasis in research and development agreements.
  • Knowledge in the following areas of Federal law and practice:  labor and personnel law, ethics, Federal Appropriation Law, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act and environmental law.
  • Skill in researching and analyzing complex issues and effectively communicating opinions and positions in written and oral form.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Energy considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.

To preview questions please click here.


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You will receive paid annual leave and sick leave. You will be eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and long term care insurance. Flexible work schedules and health & wellness programs are also offered. Benefits may vary depending on the type of appointment. More information on Federal benefits is available here.


  • This position is not in the bargaining unit.
  • This announcement may be used to fill additional positions with the same title, series and grade, basic qualifications, and identical rating criteria.

  • To be eligible, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify upon appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or that they are exempt from registration requirements.
  •  This position may require overnight travel.
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory is an E-Verify participant.
  • This is an excepted service position where appointees must serve a one year trial period.


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    You must submit your completed online application by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date to be considered. You must apply online; paper applications will not be accepted. Requests for extensions will not be granted.


    Steps to submit your complete application:

    1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.

    2. Have a completed résumé in your USAJOBS profile.

    3. Click the Apply Now button.

    4. Respond to all application assessment questions.

    5. Upload other required supporting documents.

    6. Click the submit button.


    Failure to submit required documents will result in a determination of ineligible or not qualified. 

    If you cannot apply online because of a disability, please contact the Human Resources Office to request assistance prior to the closing date of the announcement during normal business hours (7:00 AM - 3:30 PM ET).


    Paper applications submitted without prior HR approval will be considered incomplete and you will not be considered for the vacancy announcement.

    Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by emailing USAJobs at the following link, CONTACT US or by contacting the Human Resources Contact listed in this announcement between the hours of 7:00 A.M and 3:30 P.M. ET.


    In addition to your on-line resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, you must upload all applicable supplemental documents by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. No attempt will be made to solicit missing materials from applicants who fail to submit them by the closing data. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Illegible supporting documentation may not be considered, nor will you be contacted to resubmit the documents.


    Veterans: If you are eligible for veteran's preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming. All veterans must submit a DD-214, member copy 4. If claiming 10-point preference you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10 point veteran's preference and required documentation as proof. If you are currently on active duty, you must submit an official statement of service from your command or other official documentation that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You can find additional information here.


    If you are eligible for any Special Hiring Authorities, you must submit documentation supporting your eligibility. More information is available here.


    Transcript: You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you possess a professional law degree (LLB or JD) from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school.  (Unofficial copy of your transcript may be submitted.)


    Bar Membership: You must submit proof of your current membership (card or other documentary evidence).   


    Writing Sample: A writing sample documenting legal analysis must be submitted as part of your application package. It must not exceed ten (10) double-spaced pages.



    Donna Isaac
    Phone: 412-386-5822
    Fax: 412-382-4876
    Agency Information:
    Department of Energy
    626 Cochrans Mill Road
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Fax: 412-382-4876


    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS. You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time. You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in your USAJOBS profile.


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