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Job Title:  Solicitor
Agency:  Federal Labor Relations Authority
Job Announcement Number:  FLRA-14-1040136

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$120,749.00 to $167,000.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 31, 2014 to Friday, February 28, 2014
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable



The work of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is critically important to the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government.  The FLRA provides leadership in establishing policies and guidance related to federal-sector, labor-management relations, and ensuring compliance with the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute).  The FLRA is ranked among the top 10 small agencies in the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government Rankings.  In addition, the agency ranks 2nd overall in both Teamwork and Strategic Management, and 3rd overall in Effective Leadership of Senior Leaders and Training and Development.  The FLRA also ranks 1st with respect to Pay, and 5th in Performance-Based Rewards and Advancement.  These results demonstrate FLRA’s commitment to empowering and developing a highly engaged and effective workforce to serve the American people.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required to represent the FLRA in court proceedings and other matters.


  • No


  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • May be required to pass a background investigation.
  • Must be a member in good standing of the Bar.


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This senior executive service (SES) position reports to the Chairman and  is located in the Office of the Solicitor of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). As Solicitor, the incumbent serves as the chief legal advisor and consultant for all FLRA components, including the Authority, the Office of the General Counsel, and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (collectively referred to as the FLRA).  The Solicitor is responsible for the enforcement and defense of the Authority's orders and decisions, as well as for providing legal advice on issues arising in connection with the FLRA’s general operations and on major questions of law and policy arising in connection with the adjudication of cases. 

The incumbent directs the day-to-day operations of the Office, including planning work to be accomplished by subordinates and setting and adjusting short-and long-term priorities.  The Solicitor also represents the Authority, as directed, and takes responsibility for special tasks and efforts as required. Specifically, the Solicitor manages, supervises, assists, or performs tasks in any or all of the following functional areas:

  1. Represents the Authority in litigation involving review or enforcement of Authority orders, filed in U.S. Courts of Appeals under § 7123(a) or (b) of the Statute, 5 U.S.C. §§ 7101-7135, and in other litigation involving the FLRA filed in any court (except injunction cases filed in U.S. district courts under § 7123(d) of the Statute) or with any administrative agency;
  2. Renders advice on legal questions presented by major case decisions or policy statements under the Statute, and on legal issues resulting from the impact of other statutes, Executive Orders, or regulations on the operations of the FLRA (e.g., Sunshine Act, Ethics in Government Act, and Privacy Act).  This advice covers a wide range of questions such as questions of statutory interpretation, administrative law and procedure, human resources policy and employee relations, and budgetary matters;
  3. Determines the propriety of requests for records, documents, or other information of the Authority submitted under the Freedom of Information Act.  Serves as the FLRA’s Chief FOIA Officer;
  4. Supervises the preparation and issuance of rules and regulations of the FLRA;
  5. Manages the FLRA’s ethics program and renders ethics advice to the FLRA and its employees on ethics issues such as those involving standards of conduct and financial disclosure requirements.  Serves as the FLRA’s Designated Agency Ethics Official;
  6. As necessary, serves as liaison representative of the FLRA in meetings with other government agencies, such as MSPB, EEOC, and the Department of Justice;
  7. Advises on the impact of proposed legislation on the operations of the FLRA; 
  8. Performs miscellaneous and other legal advisory duties upon the requests of the Authority’s Chairman and Members, the Panel, the General Counsel, and other agency officials; and 
  9. Evaluates work performance of subordinates and gives advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.


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Qualifications include both mandatory technical qualifications (MTQs), listed below, and the executive core qualifications (ECQs) established by the Office of Personnel Management that are applicable to all SES positions.  Applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the ECQs listed below.  Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five ECQs listed below.

Executive Core Qualifications: You must submit a written statement addressing each of the ECQs: 

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: 1) Creativity and Innovation - Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.  2) External Awareness - Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views. Is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment. 3) Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. 4) Resilience - Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.  5) Strategic Thinking - Formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.  6) Vision - Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others. Acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: 1) Conflict Management - Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner. 2) Leveraging Diversity - Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. 3) Developing Others - Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods. 4) Team Building - Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies:  1) Accountability - Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules. 2) Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services. Is committed to continuous improvement. 3) Decisiveness - Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences. Perceives the impact and implications of decisions. 4) Entrepreneurship - Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities. Builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives. 5)  Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems. Weighs relevance and accuracy of information. Generates and evaluates alternative solutions. Makes recommendations.  6) Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: 1) Financial Management - Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities. 2) Human Capital Management - Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded. Takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations. 3) Technology Management - Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state, and local governments, nonprofit and private-sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  Leadership Competencies: 1) Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals. 2) Political Savvy - Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly. 3) Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others. Builds consensus through give and take. Gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at  

Mandatory Technical Qualifications: You must submit a written statement addressing each of the MTQs listed.  NOTE:  Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.

MTQ 1.   Significant and extensive litigation experience before the Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and/or Federal  District Courts.

MTQ 2.   Expert knowledge of laws and regulations affecting labor-management relations; especially laws and regulations affecting labor-management relations in the federal sector, including the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.

MTQ 3.   Expert knowledge of federal administrative law, such as the Administrative Procedure Act, the Freedom of Information  Act, the Privacy Act, the Sunshine Act, and federal ethics, procurement, and appropriations law.

MTQ 4.   Demonstrated successful experience in supervising and reviewing the work product and activities of attorneys and other employees responsible for litigation and legal advice activities.

Applicants must have an LL.B. or J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. 

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES) - This is a Career-Reserved position and therefore must be filled by a career appointee. Positions in the SES are ungraded. Candidates are not required to have previous SES career service before applying. 


You will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided in your application package, which should reflect the extent of your accomplishments, experience, and education.  The FLRA’s Executive Resources Board (ERB) will evaluate your application package to determine whether (and the extent to which) you possess the MTQs and the ECQs.  The ERB will then refer candidates to the FLRA Chairman for further consideration, including selection.  If the selected candidate is not a member of the Senior Executive Service, then his/her ECQs must also be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board as a prerequisite to final selection.  Veterans’ preference does not apply.


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FLRA offers challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentives that include, in part, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. For additional information about federal benefits programs, visit:


FLRA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, political affiliation, union affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, non-disqualifying physical handicap, or any other non-merit reason.

FLRA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

FLRA may ask the selectee at any time during the selection process, to complete a Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine suitability for federal employment. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, then you may not be hired or you may be fired after you begin work.

FLRA will not pay travel, transportation, and relocation expenses. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty is the responsibility of the selected candidate.

The Hatch Reform Amendments of 1993 (Public Law 103-94) prohibit individuals from requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2202) in effecting personnel actions.

All federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit. 


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Option A - Apply Online (Preferred Method)
Click the Apply Online button located to the right of the announcement.
Register by creating an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account.
Follow prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and other supporting documents required to apply for this vacancy.
Complete the Occupational Questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your entire application package.

Option B - Fax Application Package (Unable to Apply Online)
Print or View Occupational Questionnaire.
Print the OPM Form 1203-FX. Follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
Fax all 6 pages of your completed OPM Form 1203-FX with any supporting documentation placed directly behind the 6th page of the OPM Form 1203-FX to 1-478-757-3144.
Ensure that your social security and the vacancy identification numbers 1040136 are printed at the top of each page.

Option C - Fax Supporting Documentation Only (Unable to upload documents)
Print the  USA Staffing Fax Coversheet.
Place the 1040136 on the cover page.
Fax the USA Staffing Fax Coversheet with supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Verify Application Package.
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Select the Application Status link.
Select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application package.

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Below is a list of required documents that should be included in your application package when applying for this vacancy announcement. 

  • Resume showing relevant experience [Start/end dates and hours worked]
  • Narrative statements addressing the five ECQs. These narrative statements are mandatory for consideration for this position. They must be submitted separately and must not exceed 10 pages total.
  • Narrative statements addressing the MTQs. These narrative statements are mandatory for consideration for this position and may be submitted in the Assessment Questionnaire. Alternatively, narratives may be submitted separately, but must not exceed 4 pages total (1 page per MTQ).
  • If you are a current or former career federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), that indicates federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service and a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal.


Phone: (202)218-7979
Agency Information:
Federal Labor Relations Authority
1400 K Street NW
Washington, DC


After all application packages have been received, we will review them to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, MTQs,  and ECQs. You may be contacted to provide further documentation or for an interview.

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