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Job Title:  Supervisory Attorney-Advisor(General)(Associate Director)
Agency:  Merit Systems Protection Board
Job Announcement Number:  MSPB-EXE-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Full-Time - Excepted Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
This announcement is open to all current and former Federal employees.


Protect the Merit Principles and promote an effective Federal Workforce free of Prohibited Personnel Practices.

MSPB carries out its statutory responsibilities and authorities primarily by adjudicating individual employee appeals and by conducting merit systems studies. In addition, MSPB reviews the significant actions of the Office of Personnel Management to assess the degree to which those actions may impact merit.

Application Information: This announcement has an application limit of 100 applications and will close to the receipt of applications once this limit has been reached. Therefore, applicants should apply as soon as possible. If the 100-application limit is never reached, then the job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on listed vacancy close date. Applicants NEED to ensure they provide ALL supporting documentation at the time they apply to the vacancy.

About the Position: The position of Associate Director is a supervisory attorney position with responsibility for overseeing the work of a team of four to six attorneys who provide legal advice to the members of the Merit Systems Protection Board on headquarters cases. The incumbent reports to the Director of the Office of Appeals Counsel.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service


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The incumbent is responsible for directing the work of several attorneys engaged in doing legal research on assigned cases and developing decision documents for the Board to consider. Reviews, assesses, and makes preliminary decisions during initial case screening. Reviews case decision documents completed by staff to discuss additional research or revision, if necessary. Coordinates with other legal issues, number of cases, etc. Participates in an array of human resource functions including the interview, recruitment, selection, and training of new attorneys. Carries out a variety of special assignments for the Director of OAC, including oral presentations, legal research, and writing of professional papers on matters of law. Represents the office and the agency at professional seminars or conferences, and responds to requests from other offices to comment on documents and studies that they have prepared.


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To qualify, you MUST be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

  • Superior law student work or activities plus four years of professional experience, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service; or
  • First professional law degree(LL.B or J.D.) plus five years of professional legal experience, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service; or
  • Second professional law degree(LL.M) plus four years of professional legal experience, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.
  • The professional legal experience must reflect the range of duties described above.

    Special Conditions:

    1. As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
    2. If you are appointed to a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to complete a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.


    Your resume must support the following:

    1. You are proficient in the areas described in the Major Duties section above.
    2. Your resume must include dates of employment and a detailed description of each position you held. Failure to do so may impact your eligibility and may remove you from consideration.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some highlights. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below.


    For information regarding CTAP eligibility for applicants who are displaced Federal employees click on the link below: Career Transition Assistance Programs

    More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 120 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact:  1-800-877-8339.

    MSPB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER and employment decisions are based on merit factors only. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in an employment decision by this agency, you have the right to seek counseling to resolve your complaint.  You must do so within 45 days of the alleged discrimination action. If you desire to seek counseling, call the MSPB Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-653-6772, Ext 4405.


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    1. Resume and Core Federal Questions
    2. Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)
      • SF-50 (Current and Former Federal Employees)
      • College Transcripts or List of Coursework (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
      • A current performance appraisal is required for all federal employees applying to this position.

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE For information on how to submit your supporting documtation through our automated hiring system and/or print additional fax cover sheets click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:

    Do I need to submit college transcripts?

    I attended school at a foreign university. Do I need to submit any additional documents?

    I am applying for appointment based on my military service. What documents do I need to submit?

    I am a current or former Federal Employee. What do I need to submit?

    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

    • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
    • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
    • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
    • Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
    • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of faxed supporting documentation. You should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
    • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax both the old document and the new document.
    • If you are using the system generated fax cover sheet, please fax to the number listed on the fax cover sheet.
    • Please be sure to click both [Finished] buttons when completing an on-line application.
    • Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) versions 5.0 and above.
    Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


    Andrea Opitz
    Phone: 612-336-3424
    Fax: 612-336-3555
    Agency Information:
    Merit Systems Protection Board
    100 N. 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3555


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click: Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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