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Job Title:Trial Attorney (General and Administrative Law)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Justice, U.S. Trustee Program

Job Announcement Number:UT-14-1152046

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 $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career with access to a generous benefits package, consider the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP or Program) as your employer of choice. 

The USTP is a litigating component of the Department of Justice with responsibility for overseeing nearly all bankruptcy cases filed in the United States – from chapters 7, 12, and 13 consumer cases to major chapter 11 business reorganizations.  The Program’s mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders – debtors, creditors, and the public.  USTP employees headquartered in Washington, DC, and in 93 field office locations across the country handle a wide range of administrative, regulatory, and enforcement matters.  Of particular importance are the Program’s efforts to address fraud and abuse by debtors, creditors, and others in the bankruptcy system by taking both formal and informal civil enforcement actions and making criminal referrals to U.S. Attorneys as appropriate.  
The USTP places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Office of the General Counsel, General & Administrative Law Group:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for coordinating, directing, and developing legal policies, procedures, and litigating positions for the United States Trustee Program (Program) in enforcing the Bankruptcy Code, and seeing that institutional interests of the Program are properly asserted and defended.  OGC handles its responsibilities through four legal practice groups, each with a specialized focus.

OGC has two (2) vacancies in its General and Administrative (G & A) Law Group.  OGC’s G & A Law Group provides legal advice and support to the USTP’s Executive Office and field offices on a wide range of substantive legal matters including federal regulatory practice, privacy law, fiscal law, interagency agreements, agency authorities and organization, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and ethics.  G & A Law Group attorneys prepare draft administrative decisions relating to trustees, credit counseling agencies, and debtor education providers; respond to Congressional inquiries; prepare recommendations regarding claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), prepare and present briefings and legal training to USTP leadership and the field, and ensure and report upon the accomplishment of Program priorities. 

The G & A Law Group is seeking attorneys with superior legal writing skills and experience in all aspects of administrative law.  Experience in information and privacy law and a working knowledge of rulemaking and adjudication under the Administrative Procedure Act is particularly helpful.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • This position may be subject to random drug testing
  • Selectee must complete a 2-year trial period (1-year for Veterans).
  • You will be subject to Financial Disclosure.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position, you will be responsible for effectively and timely providing advice and counsel to the Deputy Director/General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel, other Senior USTP staff members, the United States Trustees and staff in the Program's 21 regions and 93 field office locations on general and administrative law issues.

GS-14 duties include:
• Providing authoritative informal legal advice and formal written guidance on a broad range of general and administrative law matters, including FOIA, privacy, information sharing, the FTCA, and the application of the Administrative Procedure Act.
• Developing and implementing legal strategies and component-level policy for administrative matters, which advocate the goals and policies of the USTP and the Department.
• Writing policies and procedures on complex matters.
• Interpreting and analyzing complex issues affecting rules, statutes, and regulatory matters and questions of law and fact and conducting in-depth, complex research on authorities, decision law, and rulemaking proceedings.
• Leading, organizing, and preparing material for training and conferences which address a variety of legal issues, problems, and practices.

GS-15 duties include, in addition to the above:

• Representing the legal position of the USTP to private sector organizations and operating divisions within the Department of Justice.
• Representing the agency in administrative litigation and assisting in federal court proceedings.
• Performing other administrative and legal duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To quality for GS-14, you must possess the following:

• Juris Doctorate degree.
• Active membership of the bar with good standing in any jurisdiction.
• At least three years of experience practicing Administrative law.

 

To quality for GS-15, you must possess the following:

• Juris Doctorate degree.
• Active membership of the bar with good standing in any jurisdiction.
• At least five years of experience practicing Administrative law.

 


         

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

 

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions.  Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf  for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits




OTHER INFORMATION:

Suitability: 

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation.


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov  

 

EEO Statement:
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. 
 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Thursday, July 31, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • Veteran preference documentation, if applicable.
  • Performance Appraisal is required if you are a current or former Federal Employee.  
  • An unofficial law school transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)
  • Current bar certification 
  • Legal writing sample of 8-10 page (s) 


Submitting Documents

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

To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account 

https://applicationmanager.gov/  or this vacancy announcement.  Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s), you may fax your supporting documents by following the procedures outlined below:

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1152046

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

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 31, 2014 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

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

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

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.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.

 
Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 
 

Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
 

Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 

Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name
 

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Keisha Contreras
Phone: (202)514-0721
Email: KEISHA.CONTRERAS@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
United States Trustee Program
Human Resources Division DOJ
441 G Street NW
Suite 6150
Washington, DC
20530

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

UT-14-1152046

Control Number:

373699600