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Job Title:  Attorney-Advisor
Department:  National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities
Agency:  National Endowment for the Humanities
Job Announcement Number:  13-009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 to Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 13 months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

The incumbent is responsible for providing the full range of legal services required by a Federal grant-making agency for maintaining its operations on a firm legal basis.  This includes researching complex questions of law; preparing draft regulations, legal opinions, legal briefs, and memoranda; drafting interagency agreements, partnership agreements with non-governmental organizations, and negotiating contracts; supporting activities of the National Council on the Humanities; and providing legal guidance to and representing the agency in ethics, personnel, labor relations, FOIA, and civil rights matters.  The Attorney-Advisor consults with legal representatives at high levels in other agencies, members of the public, service organizations, and others to gather necessary information to analyze complicated legal questions. 


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Relevant experience and/or education
  • Favorable background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service


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  • Renders legal advice to key agency officials on a broad range of legal questions concerning the activities of the NEH.

  • Interprets NEH enabling legislation, conflicts of interest and ethics questions.

  • Reviews and approves for legality all contracts, agreements, and legal documents.

  • Conducts, or participates in, discussion with Congressional Committee staffs, Office of Management and Budget officials, and other federal and state officials concerning legal questions involved in projects or productions sponsored by NEH.


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At the GS-11 level: Candidates must possess a J.D. and at least 1 year of experience as a practicing attorney

Applicants must possess a J.D. or equivalent degree and be a member in good standing of a recognized bar of a State, a Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

Your application will be assessed based on your possession of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies:

  1. Ability to analyze complex factual and legal issues and communicate them orally and in writing;
  2. Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, with appropriate supervision given the experience level;
  3. Knowledge of legal and administrative processes and litigation practice;
  4. Legal experience with grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements;
  5. Legal experience with Federal ethics rules and regulations; and
  6. Legal experience in labor-relations, equal employment and/or Federal personnel laws.


If after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Any exaggeration of an applicant’s experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating an applicant ineligible, not hiring the applicant, or for termination after he/she begins work.  If a determination is made that in responding to the competency-based question an applicant has rated themselves higher than is evident in their resume, experience, and/or education, the applicant’s score may be manually adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 


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Working for the National Endowment for the Humanities offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System, and transit subsidy. 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 


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 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.

3. 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.


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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, December 26, 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 using the following Vacancy ID 806595.  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, 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.


  • Resume or equivalent
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • Proof of bar membership


NEH Human Resources
Phone: (202)606-8415
TDD: 8663722930
Agency Information:
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC


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.

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