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Job Title:Attorney-Adviser (Contract)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:DOE-GC-14-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 01, 2013 to Monday, December 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-11/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
District of Columbia, DC View Map
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental clean up of the national nuclear weapons complex. With DOE you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore a world of possibilities through a wealth of exciting and challenging career opportunities. By joining DOE, you can hone your career skills while helping to secure the U.S. future and make a real difference in the lives of Americans and people around the world. To learn more about the DOE, please visit our website at the following link DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking for one or more government contracts attorneys to serve in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Procurement and Financial Assistance.  This legal office provides policy, contract management, and acquisition management and financial assistance oversight support.  This position(s) is in the group that works on source selection, contract administration and bid protest defense, but also works with the group that supports financial assistance and procurement policy creation and implementation.
 
DOE has a broad range of highly sophisticated procurement matters:  multi-billion dollar contracts; large, multiyear financial assistance awards for basic and applied science research, development, and deployment; numerous Federally-funded research and development centers; and large “management and operating” contracts to operate facilities such as nuclear weapons production and dismantlement plants, and nonproliferation activities.  Headquarters work includes providing advice and oversight in these various areas, including complex source selections, cutting edge financial assistance programs including supporting the new Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), contract management issues, defense of bid protests and claims, and preparation of policy and guidance documents and regulations.  Attorneys will provide information, analysis, counsel, and advice to supervisors, senior DOE management officials, and program representatives on this broad range of matters, and will represent DOE before the Government Accountability Office, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, and other government contracts fora.
 
Applications or requests for further information should be directed to Joseph A. Lenhard at GC-14-0003@hq.doe.gov .  Applications should be submitted by email to GC-14-0003@hq.doe.gov
 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Relocation expenses will not be provided.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as a legal specialist, providing legal advice, opinions, and determinations, together with drafting, review and comment services, in the application of advanced procurement and financial assistance theories, concepts, principles and processes to a wide variety of circumstances and problems encountered by DOE contracting activities.  The incumbent is often required on a short notice, to serve as legal counsel on special projects assigned by supervisors. The incumbent is part of a staff of attorneys, paralegals, and clerical support personnel.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Resumes of qualified candidates must describe the experience necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Such experience would be demonstrated by an attorney who was engaged in the general practice of law; or experience which afforded the candidate knowledge of legal theories, principles, methodologies, and practices or the application of legal skills in a field closely related to the position to be filled.

Specific experience is defined as professional legal experience, which enabled the candidate to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work relevant to a specific legal component.
 
GS-11:  Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and membership in a State or District of Columbia bar association and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform legal work.  The educational background should include course work beyond the first professional degree in a field directly related to the work for which he/she is being considered.  

GS-12: Have a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) and membership in a State or District of Columbia bar association and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work. The educational background should include course work beyond the first professional degree in a field directly related to the work for which he/she is being considered.

GS-13: Have a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) and membership in a State or District of Columbia bar association and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work and one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled
 
GS-14: Have a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) and membership in a State or District of Columbia bar association and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work, plus one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.
 
GS-15 have a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) and membership in a State or District of Columbia bar association and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade level of the work described in the vacancy announcement. 


BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All candidates must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (LLB or JD) and be a current member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: A preliminary background investigation must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background investigation. If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated to determine the relevance and quality of your education and experience and whether you meet the minimum qualifications required.  When describing your experience, please be sure to give examples that demonstrate your ability to do the work of this office, the complexity of the knowledge you possess, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.  In order to do the work of this office, you will need:
 
1.         Broad in-depth knowledge and understanding of government contract administration, including, but not limited to, changes, requests for equitable adjustments, fee and fee policy issues, pricing adjustments, contracting interpretation, allowability for cost-type contracting, and terminations;
 
2.         Broad, in-depth knowledge of government contracting statutes and regulations, including the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, the Competition in Contracting Act, the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act, the Small Business Act, as well as knowledge about commercial practices, performance-based contracting, interagency contracting, contractors supporting the Government, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and government-wide guidance on financial assistance;
 
3.         Ability to produce persuasive, well-reasoned, thoroughly researched legal analyses, briefs and arguments to support the Department’s contracting decisions and actions;
 
4.         Ability to communicate legal advice and guidance effectively and persuasively, and ability to make informative and engaging presentations on relevant issues;
 
5.         In-depth knowledge and understanding of decisions and opinions rendered by the Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Boards of Contract Appeals and litigation experience with 1) cases brought by disappointed offerors and bidders for government contracts, and 2) contract disputes brought by contractors.
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BENEFITS:

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The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:
  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Worklife4You Resource
For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • More than one selection may be made from this advertisement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Submit your resume, including all relevant academic and work experience, and a letter describing your experience and qualifications to do this work, including a discussion of each of the 5 areas discussed in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” portion of this announcement. 
Identify your current active bar membership(s).  Send this information to Joseph A. Lenhard, Assistant General Counsel for Procurement and Financial Assistance, at GC-14-0003@hq.doe.gov.  The subject line of your email must include your name and the word “applicant.”  Do not include your social security number in your email.  You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a current active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.   You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position. 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please see the "How to Apply" portion of this announcement for more detail.  You must submit a resume, a letter and a representation that you are an active member of a Bar.  Additional information may be requested later in the process (e.g., transcripts, proof of bar membership, citizenship, etc.). 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Joseph Lenhard
Phone: 000-000-0000
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: GC-14-0003@hq.doe.gov
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC
20585
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applications will be evaluated and the most qualified candidates will be interviewed.  A selection is expected to be made within 60 days.  Notification to non-selected candidates is optional, but not expected.

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Job Announcement Number:

DOE-GC-14-0003

Control Number:

354588000