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Job Title:  Attorney-Advisor (Leader), GS-905-14/15 (Open to U.S. Citizens-Excepted Service) JAC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Highway Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FHWA.HCC-2014-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 06, 2013 to Monday, February 03, 2014
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen.
Please note that this position is in the Excepted Service.
For information on the Excepted Service, please visit: Excepted Service Appointing Authorities@
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

You will serve as an Attorney Advisor and TIFIA Team Leader in the Office of Chief Counsel (HCC), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  You will be responsible for providing advice and counsel to the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Joint Program Office (JPO) within the Office of Innovative Program Delivery (OIPD), on complex and difficult credit, surface transportation project finance, and legal matters involving multiple creditors under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT or Department) TIFIA Credit Program.  You will also be responsible for leading the TIFIA Team within the Office of Chief Counsel, planning and assigning TIFIA work to team members, coordinating with the TIFIA Program Office and others, and serving as a coach and mentor to TIFIA team attorneys.

The ideal candidate has at least one year of legal experience leading attorneys working as a team on financial projects. The candidate has experience as a transactional attorney who has worked on numerous bond and bank financings with multiple creditors with a transaction value of at least $50 million each, is well versed in inter-creditor issues including bankruptcy and secured transactions, and has experience with subordinated debt and mezzanine finance structures. Transactional experience involving transportation user-based revenues is beneficial, as is experience working with Federal or State transportation agencies, municipal issuers, and bank entities, and previous experience working on TIFIA financing.
APPLICATION CUT-OFF: applications will be referred for potential interviews and selection after each cut-off date during the open period of this announcement. The first cut-off for applications is close of business December 19, 2013, 2nd cut-off is January 2, 2014, 3rd cut-off is January 16, 2014 and the final review will occur after the  February 3, 2014 (closing date).


  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Telework eligibility will be decided by manager
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
  • This is an Excepted Service Position


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At the full performance level, the Attorney Advisor (Leader):

  • Oversees the day-to-day delivery of legal services to the TIFIA Program, leading a team of attorneys, ensuring the services provided by internal and external TIFIA counsel are efficient and effective.
  • Structures high value transactions (at least $50 million) for multi-modal surface transportation projects, including highways, transit, passenger bus and rail, eligible port facilities, and intermodal transfer facilities.
  • Provides advice and counsel to the TIFIA Joint Program Office on TIFIA credit policy, sophisticated project financing and subordinated or mezzanine debt.
  • Provides legal advice and expertise in the following areas as may be needed: debt financings, including tax-exempt and bank loan structures; contracts; concession agreements; bankruptcy and debt restructuring; secured transactions; and inter-creditor arrangements.
  • Reviews, comments on, and drafts, as applicable, Federal Register notices, rulemakings, and statutory changes to TIFIA and other programs administered by the Office of Innovative Program.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Three (3) years of legal experience on highway, transit, or other surface transportation finance project or comparable finance project or transactional experience involving regular and significant work on transactions with a value of at least $50 million each.
  • Experience leading attorneys and working as a team on financing projects involving multi-tiered creditors (including municipal issuers and bank consortia) and inter-creditor legal issues including bankruptcy and secured transactions.
  • Three (3) years of legal experience on highway, transit, or other surface transportation finance project or comparable finance project or transactional experience involving regular and significant work on transactions with a value of at least $50 million each.
  • Experience serving as a lead attorney for financing projects involving multi-tiered creditors (including municipal issuers and bank consortia) and inter-creditor legal issues including bankruptcy and secured transactions.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Applicants must have a Law Degree (J.D. or equivalent) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
  • Must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position are subject to a two-year trial period.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.


For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.
All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.
Ultimately, the Automated Staffing Office is responsible for determining an applicant's eligibility. Please ensure that your resume provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.
To preview questions please click here.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at

If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at


The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE - Entering "See Resume" or other non-responsive answers to the request for narrative information may lead to your disqualification from consideration.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - (unofficial), from college and American Bar Association-accredited law school are required prior to interview.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for: Noncompetitive  Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc.  For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or" Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in disqualification.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date your application will be reviewed for minimum qualifications based on the documents and information received by the closing date. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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