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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor

Agency:National Transportation Safety Board

Job Announcement Number:GC780112MB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 08, 2012 to Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-12/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. Federal agency that investigates every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other modes of transportation, conducts special investigations and safety studies, and issues safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. Safety Board investigators are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The National Transportation Safety Board was ranked one of the top ten best places to work in the Federal Government in 2010!

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, NTSB, which is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Board Members, and agency staff on all legal and policy matters. NTSB Headquarters is conveniently located above the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Stop (Green, Yellow, Orange, and Blue Lines) at 490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. Come and be a part of this challenging mission.

Before applying, applicants please read and follow the application instructions by clicking the "How to Apply" tab above in order to receive consideration.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises is prohibited.
  • Relevant experience/eligibility requirements (see Qualifications in Tab 3)
  • Must file Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450)

DUTIES:

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Serves as Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel (GC), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) advising agency offices on legal issues related to accident investigations, which includes statutory and regulatory interpretation related to jurisdictional and release of information issues. Prepares draft opinions/orders in aviation enforcement; medical cases; and marine cases for consideration by Board members. Performs legal work related to hiring, removal, discipline, and other employment actions. Reviews incoming/outgoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and determinations; and consults with FOIA staff. Researches and handles general legal matters associated with problems involving agency administration. Performs legal work related to the agency ethics program. Provides basic legal advice/support to the agency in the area of contracting/procurement and interagency agreements. Assists USDOJ or Assistant U.S. Attorneys in representing the agency in Federal court proceedings or administrative hearings. Provides legal support at public Board Meetings and accident hearings, forums, symposiums, and conferences conducted by the NTSB and depositions.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:

• Education: An applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and have the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D).

• Bar membership: Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

• Experience: For a GS-12 or equivalent-Applicant must have two or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. An advanced law degree such as an LL.M may substitute one year of the required professional legal experience.

• Experience: For a GS-13 or equivalent-Applicant must have three or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. .

• Experience: For a GS-14 or equivalent-Applicant must have four or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. 

• Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time-in-Grade restrictions.


Official law school transcripts must be submitted prior to entering the position.  These transcripts must show successful completion of a full 3-year course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) leading to a professional law degree (LLB or JD) that included a major field of study or specific course requirements.

 

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.  For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov//admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position.  Please include this information in your resume.

****ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ***
1) A resume; answers to questionnaire responses should be attached to submission.
2) Law school transcripts and official statement of relative standing in class. A copy is acceptable.
3) A copy of official certificate showing the applicant is a member in good standing with the bar.
4) Federal employees must submit a copy of their latest SF 50; and applicants currently serving in the military must submit a copy of their most recent OER and/or DD 214 (which indicates character of service).

 

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

 

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

 

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

 

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

 

Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show entitlement to such preference on resume and supplemental data submitted

 

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

How you will be Evaluated:

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.

Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating System. If you meet the eligibility requirements for this position, you will be rated on your possession of the competencies listed above. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Screening Questions/Occupational Questionnaire. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate with your experience as described in your resume. Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training in relation to these competencies, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:

·         Highly Qualified - Applicants with a background and documented specialized experience that demonstrates competencies at the superior level as an expert and/or functioning at the supervisory level.

·         Well Qualified - Applicants with a background and documented specialized experience that demonstrates competencies allowing independent functioning on a regular basis.

·         Qualified - Applicants with the required education, with a background and specialized experience demonstrating the effective work, under supervision, in the areas of competency covered by this announcement.

The Category Rating Method does not add Veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

 


BENEFITS:

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Moving expenses associated with permanent change of station (PCs) are not authorized for this position.

 

Working for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. A variety of work life amenities are offered such as alternate work schedules, telework, and flextime. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are an eligible Interagency 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. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process.

3. 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 (which indicates character of service) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. 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.

5. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

6. All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

 

More than one selection may be made as determined by the agency.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID  780112.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

• Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e. month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
• If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your law school transcripts with your application
• If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.
If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.


****ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS***
1) A resume; answers to questionnaire responses should be attached to submission.
2) Law school transcripts and official statement of relative standing in class. A copy is acceptable.
3) A copy of official certificate showing the applicant is a member in good standing with the bar.

4) Federal employees must submit a copy of their latest SF 50; and applicants currently serving in the military must submit a copy of their most recent OER and/or DD 214(which indicates character of service). 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Mercedes I. Blanco
Phone: (202)314-6232
Fax: (202)314-6260
Email: MERCEDES.BLANCO@NTSB.GOV
Agency Information:
NTSB Office of Administration
Human Resources Division
AD 30
490 L Enfant Plaza East SW
Washington, DC
20594
USA
Fax: (202)314-6260

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. 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. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

 

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

GC780112MB

Control Number:

330424600