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Job Title:Attorney-Adviser (General)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Job Announcement Number:DOE-GC-14-0004

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 $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 04, 2013 to Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-11/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Department of Energy's (DOE) 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

There are three positions located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for General Law (OAGC).
 
The Assistant General Counsel for General Law is responsible for providing legal review and general legal services to DOE with regard to matters involving: fiscal, personnel, labor relations, property, and constitutional law; conflict of interests; establishment and operation of federal advisory committees; administrative litigation involving EEO, MPSB, FLRA and PFCRA, and information law including FOIA, paperwork reduction, privacy and records management; and Departmental directives, delegations and other organizational matters.

The three positions are organized to practice in the areas of Federal government ethics, Department organizational issues, and federal advisory committees; fiscal and information law, and Federal personnel law and administrative litigation.

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.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required.
  • THIS POSITION IS NOT IN THE BARGAINING UNIT COVERED UNDER NTEU.

DUTIES:

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DOE is seeking an attorney with experience in the general areas of law applicable to Federal agencies, especially the Ethics in Government Act, Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, conflict of interests under title 18, the Hatch Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act.  The duties will also include the review and certification of Public and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports. The successful applicant will prepare legal memorandums explaining the application of legal principles and precedents for the purpose of providing advice to individual employees or management and will conduct ethics training. The successful applicant will also be responsible for investigating and evaluating various alternative approaches for the improvement of Departmental management, procedures, orders, directives, and regulations.

DOE is seeking another attorney to provide legal services in areas of fiscal law (the area of law controlling the availability and use of federal funds by the federal agencies), property law, and information law. The duties will include advising Department officials on complex questions applicable to a wide variety of situations and problems relating to government agency financing (budget and congressional appropriations); advising on matters involving both real and personal property; and advising on matters related to information law, including the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and Federal Records Act; as well as advising on matters related to constitutional law  The successful applicant will also be responsible for investigating and evaluating various alternative approaches for the improvement of Departmental management, procedures, orders, directives, and regulations.

DOE is seeking a third attorney to provide legal services in areas of personnel law, labor relations, and administrative litigation. The successful applicant will advise departmental official with regard to personnel policies and actions as well as represent the agency in all aspects of administrative litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit System Protection Board, and the Federal Labor Relations Authority   Duties may include participating in matters under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act.  The successful applicant will also be responsible for investigating and evaluating various alternative approaches for the improvement of Departmental management, procedures, orders, directives, and regulations.


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. 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: While knowledge of each subject area is not required, your resume must demonstrate that you possess the ability to produce persuasive, well-reasoned, thoroughly researched legal analyses, briefs and arguments to support the Department's position, and the ability to communicate legal advice and guidance effectively and persuasively, and ability to make informative and engaging presentations on relevant issues. 


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:

When responding to this vacancy announcement, you should indicate the position(s) for which you would like to be considered. You will be evaluated to determine the relevance and quality of your education and experience and whether you meet the minimum qualifications required and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. When describing your experience, provide examples that demonstrate your ability to do the work of the office described above, including a description of the complexity of the knowledge you possess, the level of the people you interacted with in current or most recent position, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, and the degree of supervision in any current or most recent position. Your answers will be validated against information provided in your resume, including your paid or volunteer experience, education, training, and certifications. You are expected to describe any relevant experience you have practicing in the variety of statutory and regulatory provisions described in the three positions descriptions detailed above.
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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:

This is an excepted service position where appointees must serve a one year trial period. An applicant who accepts and occupies this position and who holds a license related to real estate, appraisals, securities, or insurance, including but not limited to a real estate broker's license, a mortgage broker's license, a financial planner license, and a real estate appraiser license, is prohibited from using such license in matters involving or related to real estate, appraisals, securities, or insurance, other than in the performance of his or her official duties, for the production of income. Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site.

HOW TO APPLY:

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ATTENTION
YOU MUST APPLY VIA E-MAIL - DO NOT CLICK THE APPLY NOW BUTTON!
Please submit your application to Debra McFadgen at GC-14-0004@hq.doe.gov
A complete application should include a cover letter and a current resume with 3 references, and a writing sample sufficiently complex in nature to demonstrate the applicant's skills in the qualifications for this position.  Please submit a narrative response to each knowledge, skill and ability listed.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must have a bar membership and professional law degree. You do not need to provide official documentation at the time of application; official proof of bar membership and law degree will be requested if selected.
 
  • 1. SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION WHICH INCLUDES YOUR RESUME and all required supplemental documents in order to be considered.
  • 2. Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Energy considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their online application. If applicant is eligible to claim a 10-point preference, the applicant must also submit an SF-15 and any other proof that the applicant is eligible for a 10-point preference. If you are currently on active duty, you must submit an official statement of service from your command or other official documentation that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You can find additional information on veteran's preference at VET GUIDE

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Debra McFadgen
Phone: 000-000-0000
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: GC-14-0004@hq.doe.gov
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC
20585
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once completed applications are received an evaluation will be performed and the most qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  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-14-0004

Control Number:

354703600