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Job Title:Attorney/Adviser (General)

Agency:International Boundary and Water Commission: United States and Mexico

Job Announcement Number:DS-1053203-CY

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$113,735.00 to $147,857.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 24, 2014 to Friday, March 14, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
El Paso, TX View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




The mission of the U.S. International Boundary & Water Commission is to provide binational solutions to issues that arise during the application of United States - Mexico treaties regarding boundary demarcation, national ownership of waters, sanitation, water quality, and flood control in the border region.

This is an Excepted Service position. If you are currently serving in a permanent, competitive service appointment in the Federal service, and are selected for this position the appointment will remove you from the competitive service while you occupy the position. If selected, you will be required to provide a written statement prior to entry on duty confirming that you understand the conditions of accepting an Excepted Service appointment.



  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid.


  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)


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In this Attorney position, you will serve as the Chief Counsel and principal legal adviser for the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) and provide legal advice directly to the United States Commissioner and the executive staff on questions of law, regulation or administrative policy involved in the operation of the agencies.  Major Duties include:  

·         Ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, policies, standards, and/or procedures. 

·         Examining contracts and related legal documents for legal sufficiency and compliance with acquisition regulations and responding to protests and appeals.

·         Responding to Government Accountability Office (GAO) protest and contractor appeals before the Civilian Board of contract Appeals.

·         Coordinating right-of-way negotiations with private landowners and with city, county, and state entities. 

·         Maintaining a working knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures applicable to the Agency. 

·         Delivering presentations of findings and recommendations of contract analysis and evaluation activities. 

·         Assigning work, setting priorities, and coordinating the work of staff.

·         Supervising legal staff in a small office setting.



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    To qualify for this position, you must possess all of the following requirements listed below:

    An LL.B. or J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. You must include copies of your LLB or JD transcripts along with your application.


    Be an active member in good standing in a State Bar in the United States, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.


    At least 5 years of professional legal experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower pay band or grade level in the Federal service, including activities such as: providing professional legal principles, practices, legal research, interpretation, litigation, and authoritative advisory services; composing authoritative legal opinions regarding complex and novel questions of law; interpreting and defining  statutes of law along with providing supervision/leadership to an organization; and performing law in three or more of the following categories: real estate and property law, federal and employment law, international public law, environmental law, federal contract law, and  water rights.


Knowledge of conversational Spanish is highly desirable for this position and applicants who possess this quality will be rated higher during the scoring process.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:




1.    As a condition of employment, the incumbent must have graduated with a J.D or LL.B from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and continually be an active member in good standing of the bar (any US jurisdiction).

2.    In accordance with 5CFR731.106 (A) and USIBWC personnel security and suitability policy, the agency has assigned a High Risk designation to this position based on its potential impact to the efficiency and integrity of the service. The designation hereby subjects the incumbent to an enhanced background investigation.

3.    Supervisory Probationary period required, if not already served.

4.    Completion of Confidential statement of employment/ financial interests is required.




Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Competencies:

    ·         Knowledge of Environmental law, Real Estate law and International Treaty law

    ·         Knowledge of Federal Contract Law

    ·         Knowledge of Federal employment law and Labor relations law

    ·         Knowledge of Water Law

    ·         Knowledge of Tort Law

    ·         Oral Communication

    ·         Written Communication

    ·         Supervision/Leadership


    Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your  rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.



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This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:



If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member-4 copy) or other proof of eligibility that shows the dates you were on active duty and your character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are claiming Disabled Veterans' preference you must also submit documentation of disability (i.e. VA Disability Verification Letter) and the SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference."  For more information on veterans’ preference see


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see 


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated Well Qualified or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 14, 2014 to receive consideration.


·         To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. 

·         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.  

·         To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,

       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.         

·         To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.




The following documents are required and must be received by  Friday, March 14, 2014:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire

3. LL.B. or J.D. Transcripts

4. A current law license or bar membership

5. Other supporting documents:

           - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document




Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:


You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.  

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. 

If you completed the Occupational Questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):


1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page

 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1053202  

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire       View Occupational Questionnaire

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire. The URL is:  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.


Christina Ybarra
Phone: (210)805-2422
Agency Information:
San Antonio Services Section
Please do not mail documents
San Antonio, TX


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive status notifications through Application Manager or via email within 4-6 weeks.

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