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Job Title:TRIAL ATTORNEY

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Office of the Solicitor

Job Announcement Number:EX-14-SOL-08

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 02, 2014 to Sunday, May 11, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

FULL-TIME - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
District of Columbia, DC View Map
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area; Non-Citizens as allowed by law.  This is an Excepted Service position.  This job will be filled through an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.  

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission: to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces. The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

We are seeking a talented trial attorney to litigate cases and advise on matters involving federal employment law and federal information law. The person selected will report to the Department’s Counsel for Employment Law, working in the Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor (SOL), Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services (MALS)and also support the Counsel for FOIA and Information Law. SOL’s mission is to meet the legal service demands of the entire Department of Labor and help ensure that the Nation’s labor laws are forcefully and fairly applied to protect the Nation’s workers. The MALS Division provides the Department of Labor with legal advice and litigation services relating to a variety of governmental and management legal issues, such as appropriations, procurement, employment, labor relations, and information law issues, and also serves as the administrative arm of the Office of the Solicitor.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required for this position.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen as allowed by law.
  • Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

DUTIES:

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  • The trial attorney for federal employment and information law handles sophisticated and complex litigation before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before impartial arbitrators under the Department’s negotiated and administrative grievance procedures.
  • The trial attorney manages through preparation and presentation of cases, including conduct of pre-trial discovery, use of expert and other witnesses, deals with all written case matters and filings, and ensures for trial, including expert witnesses, and cross examines opposing witnesses, including expert witnesses. Attorney provides case status updates, written filings for review, and other routine information to the relevant Counsel or other supervisor on a regular basis.
  • The trial attorney is regularly assigned difficult, complex and novel cases in federal employment law and information law, such as class action cases, sensitive matters involving agency staff and programs, and cases of important precedential value to the Department.
  • The attorney routinely provides advice to client agencies regarding employment relations, labor-management relations, FOIA, privacy, and other information law issues.
  • In the information law area, the trial attorney assists the Department of Justice in litigation defending the Department’s actions related to FOIA, Privacy Act (PA), and other federal information law. The attorney routinely assists agency officials with review and release of voluminous document sets, prepares Vaughn indices, and responds to requests under 29 C.F.R. § 2.20 for records or testimony of DOL officials when DOL is not a party to an underlying action.
  • The attorney occasionally handles legal assignments in other areas of responsibility of the Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, such as appropriations law and procurement law, and internal labor relations. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory, or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired at least three (3) years of progressively responsible experience as a practicing attorney and of a professional nature that demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. 

Specialized experience:  Of the three (3) years of experience, applicants must also have one (1) year of experience as a practicing attorney at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level, in trial level litigation of federal employment law cases as described in the position duties.  This experience may have been acquired simultaneously or at separate times.


If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.  If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.  See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.  

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further considered using the following evaluation factors.  Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise.  A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of these evaluation factors.

  1. Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct litigation in federal courts and administrative forums, present evidence, and examine witnesses.
  2. Ability to perform thorough legal research and analysis.
  3. Ability to draft well-written, organized, and persuasive legal documents including motions, briefs, pleadings, legal research memoranda and correspondence.
  4. Ability to conduct discovery in a federal court or administrative fora.
  5. Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner, including arguing motions and conducting settlement negotiations.
  6. Ability to advise clients and establish and maintain effective working relationships with high level departmental officials, regional program officials, supervisors, agency staff and the general public.
  7. Ability to multi-task in a complex and fast-paced inter-disciplinary legal environment, entailing use of problem solving analysis, such as timely collection of facts, identification and resolution of issues, enumeration of options, and formulation of recommendations.
  8. Direct experience related to employment and labor relations law, FOIA, Privacy Act, or other federal information law. plus.
Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

- Bar Certification: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. This letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcement.

- Transcripts:  Applicants who claim to have met the qualifications requirements by substituting one year of experience for superior law student work or an LL.M. must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable):  For Excepted Service positions Veterans' Preference does not apply; however, Veterans' will receive positive consideration. In order to receive positive consideration, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, an SF-15 and VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.(For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide.

You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring.

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents:  These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.  

Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

- Bar Certification: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you are an active member in good standing of the Bar in any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. This letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcement.

- Transcripts:  Applicants who claim to have met the qualifications requirements with an LL.M. must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable):  For Excepted Service positions Veterans' Preference does not apply; however, Veterans' will receive positive consideration. In order to receive positive consideration, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, an SF-15 and VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.(For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide.

You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring.

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents:  These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.  

Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Crystal D. Hart
Phone: 202-693-5284
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: hart.crystal.d@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Office of the Solicitor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N2419
Washington, DC
20210
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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Job Announcement Number:

EX-14-SOL-08

Control Number:

369008700