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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Attorney

Agency:Office of the Inspector General, USPS

Job Announcement Number:2014-03-979963-PC

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:

Friday, October 25, 2013 to Friday, November 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GG-0905-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to provide reports to Postal Service Executives, the Board of Governors, and Congress to help the Postal Service maximize revenues (over $65 billion a year), minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

For further information, please refer to our website at:

http://www.uspsoig.gov/general/about-us

The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill an Attorney position in the Office of General Counsel located in Arlington, VA. Primary responsibilities of the position entail providing legal advice and services in the areas of employment and labor law, contracting and procurement law, federal appropriations law, Inspector General-related law, public sector employment litigation and civil litigation, legislation, and audits. 

 

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 08, 2013 will be considered.

 

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

 

This position is being advertised at the Journey Band/Attorney level, equivalent to a GS-12- GS-14. The salary range for this position is $74,872- $136,771. The salary figures include locality pay. *Career Ladder to GS-14 equivalent at management's discretion.

 

Relocation expenses will not be paid.   

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and physical examination
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to complete a 12-month probationary period
  • May be required to take a writing assessment

DUTIES:

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Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.  

  • Furnishes legal advice and assistance on a wide variety of matters, ranging from simple to complex, that arise within the agency.
  • Represents the Office of Inspector General as an attorney on assigned cases before judges and hearing officers, including before the EEOC, MSPB, and federal courts.  Conducts research in connection with cases to analyze factual and legal issues, and to determine what facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable for successful outcomes. (Examples of past successful experience will be requested.)
  • Works closely with other OIG attorneys, U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Department of Justice, and other organizations. Keeps abreast of legal developments and best practices within the OIG community to effectively represent the OIG's interests.

 

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.

  • Graduated from an ABA accredited law school with a Juris Doctor Degree with a grade point average (GPA) of a least 3.0;
  • Membership in good standing with a State Bar; and
  • At least 2 years professional legal experience

 

You must have the experience, knowledge and skills as listed in EACH of the evaluation factors. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all of the evaluation factor requirements as listed below will result in a score of zero (0); an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration. 

 

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

EVALUATION FACTORS

 

Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume.

  •  Experience in three or more of the following areas of law: 1) employment; 2) labor; 3) contracting; 4) procurement; 5) federal appropriations; 6)  Inspector General-related; 7) public sector employment litigation; 8) civil litigation; 9) legislation; and/or 10) audits; (Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in more areas.)
  • Skill in writing legal opinions, policy analyses, client guidance and recommending appropriate action. (A writing sample is required.)
  • Ability to communicate effectively to represent the OIG in legal proceedings and maintain excellent client relationships

 

 DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of the US Postal Service's legal and labor relations policies
  • Experience in training and development of legal and labor relations best practices for stakeholders
  • Prior law firm or equivalent experience

 


BENEFITS:

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Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:

 

Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.  For more information about these programs visit www.opm.gov/insure.

 

Retirement and Thrift Savings.  For more information about these programs see www.opm.gov/retire and http://www.tsp.gov/.

 

Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.

 

Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.

 

For further information, please refer to our website at:
http://www.uspsoig.gov/faq.cfm?SECTION=EMP
 
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).  



OTHER INFORMATION:

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please call 703-248-2210. The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

HOW TO APPLY:

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APPLY THROUGH THE USAJOBS WEBSITE:

 

When you are ready to begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or login to your existing account. Follow the prompts to create or select your USAJOBS resume and other supporting documents or to upload required or applicable documents.  

 

  • Complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

 

NOTE: To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete this Fax Cover Page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 979963 and fax to 1-478-757-3144.

 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, and 
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/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.

 

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

 

You are strongly urged to read and print the entire vacancy announcement.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Friday, November 08, 2013;

 

1. RESUME.  Required: When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT:  You will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire.  It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.


2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire.  (Required:  You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process) 


3. UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS which may include:

  • Certificates or Licenses, Evidence of state bar membership.  Upload and save as "Other" document.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation.  If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 (www.opm.gov/forms) and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records, and can download a copy of their VA letter from https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each veterans document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
  • SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document.)
  • TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of degree issued (JD, LLM).  Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent.
  • Writing Sample. A writing sample, preferably a memorandum in which you provided legal advice for a client. Upload and save as "Other" document.
  • Performance Appraisal. Latest performance appraisal (within 15 months); must have received at least contributor or satisfactory level of performance rating.  (If unable to provide a performance appraisal, please note reason on a separate sheet of paper. Upload and save as "Other" document.

 

NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred.  Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Vacancy Inquiries
Phone: (703)248-2210
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: JOBS@USPSOIG.GOV
Agency Information:
Office of General Counsel
1735 North Lynn Street
Arlington, VA
22209
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED

The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: fail to respond to all of the questions in the self-assessment questionnaire; receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor; fail to attach all required documentation; if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position; or if you fail to qualify on the interview and/or writing assessment. Only the top-rated candidates will be referred to a review panel or the selecting official for further consideration. If your application is referred to the review panel, the review panel will compare your self-assessment questionnaire responses to your resume and supporting documentation. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. If your questionnaire responses are not adequately substantiated, the review panel will amend your rating to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview and/or a writing assessment. Your rating may be further adjusted or rated as ineligible by the review panel or the selecting official based on your interview or writing assessment performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision. NOTE: If you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor or on the interview, you will be considered NOT QUALIFIED for the position and rated ineligible

 

Once the Occupational Questionnaire has been received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. After a review of your application package has been completed, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the Selecting Official. 


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Job Announcement Number:

2014-03-979963-PC

Control Number:

354098000