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Job Title:Attorney Advisor- GS-0905-14

Department:National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities

Agency:National Endowment for the Arts

Job Announcement Number:NEA-TR-14-1095249 (EX)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$106,236.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to Thursday, April 24, 2014




Full Time - Indefinite




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


United States Citizens


Public Trust - Background Investigation




The National Endowment for the Arts, an independent Federal agency and the official arts organization for the United States government, supports the advancement of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation. We are motivated by the vision of a Nation in which the arts enrich the lives of all Americans and enhance the livability of communities. If you share our vision, please consider joining us.

This position is located with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the Office of the Chairman, Office of General Counsel in Washington, DC

Applications will be accepted from All Qualified U.S. Citizens.

This is a position in the Excepted Service under the authority of 5 CFR, section 213.3102(d), Schedule A.

Competitive Civil Service status is not acquired under this appointment.

This position is full-time (40 hours per week).

You must submit proof of your Bar membership and education in order to receive consideration.

You may be asked to provide a writing sample


Salary Information:  GS-14: $106,263 - $138,136 per annum.

First time hires to the Federal government salaries are normally set at the beginning of the salary range listed.

This is a great opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a generous benefits package; paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, health and life insurance, and excellent retirement package.

Visit our website at  for more information about the NEA.

This link provides information on how to prepare a resume for Federal positions:


  • Occasional Travel
  • May travel up to 5 times a year.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized
  • Suitable for Federal employment; determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 MUST be registered for Selective Service


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As the Attorney Advisor you will be responsible for the following tasks:

·         Render legal advice on a variety of complex legal and policy questions including but not limited to ethics and conflicts of interest, grants, cooperative agreements and contracts, intellectual property and social media, appropriations laws, including acceptance and use of donated funds, environmental and historic preservation.    


·         Monitor, research and interpret legislation, regulations, court decisions and other official documents and actions impacting the policies and activities of the Arts Endowment.    


·         Render legal advice on a variety of complex legal and policy questions concerning personnel activities of the agency. Review personnel matters that may result in adverse actions and reviews proposed actions for legal sufficiency. Represent the agency in administrative hearings before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  


·         Confer with agency staff, as directed by General Counsel, on legal matters concerning agency policies, practices and procedures. 


·         Review and draft administrative directives and/or regulations, as assigned.


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To qualify, 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 (i.e., JD), and be a current member in good standing with the Bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


In addition to the education and Bar membership, candidates must have at least 3-5 years of professional experience acquired after being admitted to the Bar, at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in Federal service. Such experience would include: rendering legal advice on a variety of complex legal and policy questions, in the areas of, general administrative law, agreements/contracts,  employment and/or labor law, or litigation.

Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirement for the position by Thursday, April 24, 2014.

If this position requires specific course work to quality, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you ARE required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or a list of completed course work, which includes semester hours earned and/or grade received by   or you will be disqualified from further consideration.

Education: Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (i.e., JD).

Foreign Education:  You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

The questionnaire has been developed in line with the following competencies and/or knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):


·          Skill to research, analyze, interpret and apply laws , rules and regulations.


·          Skill in making logical and objective determinations of pertinent facts to arrive at appropriate policy and legal recommendations.


·          Communication, teamwork, oral, and writing skills in order to present the Agency's position on sensitive legal issues.


·          Ability to deal effectively with individuals and groups to facilitate accomplishment of office and agency responsibilities.  


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your online questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of two categories:  Best Qualified and Highly Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  The online questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.


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The NEA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.

Special Employment Consideration:  Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment.  If you are eligible for and would like to be considered for one of these non-competitive appointments, please indicate the type of appointment you are seeking on your application and follow all other instructions when applying. You must submit proof of this eligibility by Thursday, April 24, 2014 in order to receive consideration.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by Thursday, April 24, 2014 that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration.  The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station.  To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority of this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

A background investigation will be required for this position.  Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran preference is not applicable to Merit Promotion.

Information on veterans’ preference is available at:

If you are selected for this Federal position, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001).

The application contains information subject the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a).  The information issued will be used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. Section 3302 and 3361.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex,  national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual-orientation or age.

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Veterans Information:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time, on the closing date of Thursday, April 24, 2014.  

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the online questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link 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.

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 1095249 2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you are unable to apply online, you must FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM               Form 1203-FX (, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and fax all six pages of 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.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1.    A complete Resume (which includes hours worked, starting/ending dates (month and year), and if Federal employment - series, pay plan and grade).

2.    A complete Online Questionnaire

3.    An SF-50. Showing title, series, grade, FPL, duty station and Competitive status

4.    Most recent Performance Appraisal (if a current Federal employee)

5.    Other Supporting Documents:

·         College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education

·         Document(s) for special appointment (if applicable)

·         Veteran Documents, ( if applicable, a DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, etc.)

·         ICTAP/CTAP documents (if applicable)

·         Miscellaneous (as required by position)


Phone: (202)682-5474
Fax: (202)682-5666
Agency Information:
National Endowment for the Arts
The Nancy Hanks Center
1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 223
Washington, DC
20506 Fax: (202)682-5666


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  We will evaluate your resume and your responses to the online questionnaire to determine if you are among the Best Qualified for the position.  Candidates with the highest ratings may be referred for further consideration.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.  If you are referred for further consideration you will be notified each time your name is sent to a hiring official.  You will receive notice via email, once the evaluation process is completed (generally 30-45 days).

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