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Job Title:  Attorney-Advisor (Assistant General Counsel)
Agency:  Trade and Development Agency
Job Announcement Number:  TDA946902CB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Thursday, September 12, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Welcome to U.S. Trade and Development Agency!

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. We link U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.  To learn more about USTDA, please visit


The Agency is seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to join our team of legal professionals.  Attorney-Advisors at USTDA are involved in every aspect of the agency's program and operations, resulting in a legal practice that is challenging, diverse, and that has significant impact at home and abroad.  Ideal candidates will have exceptional analytical skills, an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, will be skilled at developing and maintaining excellent client relationships, and want to work in a fast-paced environment.  Spanish language ability is strongly preferred for this vacancy because the selectee will assist USTDA's Latin America and Caribbean Regional Team.


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Background and security/suitability investigation at the Top Secret level.
  • Resume and supporting documents to meet specialized experience requirement.
  • J.D. or LL.B. degrees from a law school accredited by the ABA.
  • Membership of a Bar as described below in the Qualifications section.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred, reading, writing and spoken.


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Serving as an Assistant General Counsel, the Attorney-Advisor is responsible for providing guidance in support of USTDA's implementation of its statutory mandate to promote U.S. private sector participation in economic development projects throughout the world.  As such, the incumbent provides advice on the legal aspects of the agency's program and administration.  Among other duties, the incumbent may perform the following:

·         Advise program staff on project structure, on issues arising during project implementation and on project close-out, as necessary;

·         Participate in grant preparation, review and negotiation;

·         Review contracts between partner countries and U.S. companies for the performance of USTDA-funded projects;

·         Analyze and resolve issues arising under the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and other laws relevant to U.S. trade and foreign assistance programs;

·         Negotiate inter-agency agreements with representatives of other U.S. government agencies;

·         Interpret federal administrative statutes and regulations, and provide counsel on matters such as Ethics, Privacy Act, Equal Employment Opportunity, FAR Contracts, and FOIA;

·         Prepare agency administrative reports, policies and guidelines; and

·         Participate in agency and inter-agency working groups, and represent the agency in dealings with a variety of USTDA stakeholders.


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The following qualifications are required:

1.  Your resume must demonstrate that you possess:

·         A minimum of three years post J.D/LL.B. legal experience in one or more of the following areas:  Corporate or commercial law; international transactions; project finance; administrative law; and government contracts or grants.

·         Skill in research and analysis of complex legal issues.

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience in drafting memoranda of law, regulatory documents, or corporate legal documents.

·         Possession and application of strong negotiating, analytical, and interpersonal skills.

·         Experience addressing legal and factual issues for which there are limited precedents and require balancing of conflicting or competing interests.

·         Experience performing legal assignments independently.

·         Experience independently managing caseloads and completing activities within established schedules.

·         Ability to speak, read, write and perform work requirements in Spanish is strongly preferred.

2. You must be an active member in good standing of the Bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

3. You must be a U.S. Citizen in order to qualify for this position.

**NOTE:  If currently employed as an attorney in the federal government, you must have completed one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement or previously served at the same or higher grade level as the position to be filled.


All requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.



The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine the degree to which you meet the following competencies (previously referred to as, knowledge, skills, and abilities) required of this position:

Legal, Government, & Jurisprudence  - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.’

Contracting/Procurement - Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.

Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Reasoning – Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.

Attention to DetailIs thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Interpersonal Skill – Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences. 

Oral CommunicationExpresses information (e.g., ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g., technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. 

Written Communication - facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.

Please ensure you answer all questions accurately.  Your responses are subject to verification.  Your resume should describe your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess.  If your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration. 

To preview the assessment questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions


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USTDA offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including life insurance, a wide variety of health insurance plans, a retirement plan, a thrift savings plan (similar to a 401(k)) which includes employer-matched contributions, annual vacation and sick leave, and training opportunities. For general information on major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit


Conditions of Employment:

Selection for this position may require serving a 1-year trial period.

Be required to complete a Confidential Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450, upon entrance, and on an annual basis thereafter.

Applicant must be eligible to obtain and keep a security clearance.   Appointment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication.   Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.


Work Schedule:

This position will be filled as full-time.


Relocation Expenses:

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will not be paid by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.


Veteran's Preference:

USTDA is not required to apply Veteran Preference in filling this Excepted position; however, the agency will follow the principle of Veteran Preference to the extent administratively feasible.  Applicants eligible for veteran preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. DD Form 214, SF-15 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions. 



This vacancy announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.  Resumes accepted through this announcement will be maintained for 6 months, and may be used to fill vacancies occurring within that period.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition.  However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

We may hire at any of the grades shown on this announcement.  New employees to the Federal Government usually enter at the Step 1 of the grade.  Applicants may identify the grade level(s) for which they wish to be considered.


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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following parts:


1. Your resume; and

2. Your responses to the Questionnaire; and

3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement (e.g., Standard Form 50). 

Failure to provide sufficient and required information and/or documentation will result in loss of consideration for this position.                      


To apply for this position, click on the button “Apply Online”. You will be required to login to MY USAJOBS.


If you haven’t already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password.


If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the “Did you forget your username and/or password” link from the right side menu.



Step 1:  Login to MY USAJOBS and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. (You may choose to upload or fax a resume using Application Manager, as stated in the next step, rather than USAJOBS.)


Step 2: Complete the Assessment Questionnaire.

The assessment questionnaire MUST be submitted online. 


Step 3:  After the assessment questionnaire is submitted, you can upload your resume, if not submitted through USAJOBS previously, and any supporting documents by following the upload instructions that appear on the screen. After uploaded documents are scanned for viruses, you can verify that they have been attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account at  If you are unable to upload your documents using Application Manager, they can be faxed.  Do not use both options.  You MUST use the special cover page to fax documents.  Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager, or click this link to print a copy of the cover page. 


When faxing documents: 

• Include the 6-digit Vacancy Identification Number:  946902 

• Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces  

Fax your cover page and documents to OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT at   1-478-757-3144  (Do not fax your cover page, resume, or supporting documents to the Interior Business Center.)


Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.   After 2-3 business days, you can verify that your faxed documents have been received by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account at   


If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office representative listed in the "Agency Contact Info" section of this vacancy announcement. 

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time by Thursday, September 12, 2013.


You MUST submit the following documents for this vacancy announcement.  Failure to submit all required documents will result in loss of consideration for this position.


All applicants are required to submit the following:

1.  Cover letter highlighting experience relevant to this position.

2.  Resume, which includes work experience, training, education, and any awards relevant to the qualifications and requirements of the position.  Specify all relevant dates and grade levels, if applicable.  Your resume should also include an indication of your bar membership and list your references.  Your references will be contacted only with your permission.

3.  Legal writing sample of not more than 10 pages.

4.  Certification of Bar membership – proof that you are a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

5.  If a current or former federal employee: an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current or most recent grade and position.

6.  If a current or former federal employee:  a copy of your most recent performance appraisal issued within the past 15 months (or issued prior to your separation from Federal service), including the evaluation/rating. 

Please note that if you do not provide all required information as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position.

Failure to submit a complete application will result in your application being removed from consideration.  Application materials will not be returned.

No attempts will be made to solicit missing materials from applicants who fail to submit them by the closing date of the announcement.

- Miscellaneous Documents:

Note:  We do not accept hard copies of application materials. If you submit more than one application package for this vacancy, only the last one submitted will be considered.  If you re-submit a package, all application package documents must be re-submitted in order to be considered for the position.


Cheryl Bolder
Phone: (202)208-5356
Agency Information:
Interior Business Center
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC
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