Job Overview

Summary

USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

This position serves as a Supervisory General Attorney and is in charge of a Branch Office that provides legal services to field offices of USDA agencies administering programs within a geographical area assigned to the office. The Little Rock Office provides legal services to the States of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Little Rock Office is a branch office within the Central Region, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

Duties

As a Supervisory General Attorney (Associate Regional Attorney), you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Based upon direction from the Regional Attorney, participates in the interpretation, application, implementation and resolution of legal issues and office policies, and directs, supervises, and participates in the provision of all types of legal services for USDA agencies performing activities in the assigned area.
  • Providing oral and written advice; preparing and reviewing documents; researching and analyzing pertinent law; developing legal theories, tactics and procedures; conducting litigation and litigation-related activities; advising client agencies on dealing with special interest groups; assisting client agencies in negotiations; advising in the development of training programs for client agencies; and ensuring legal support for the operation of programs of the Department within the assigned geographical area.
  • Interpreting federal, state, and local laws; Prepare numerous types of legal documents such as deeds, easements, rights-of-way, leases, mortgages, deeds of trust, contracts, subordination agreements, assignments, and powers of attorney. 
  • Supervising Branch Office staff and manages the resources of the office; is responsible for developing plans, preparing budget requests, establishing internal office procedures, and assigning and evaluating work; provides reports to the Regional Office and senior staff in the Washington Office as requested.
  • Supervises branch or regional office staff in the provision of oral and written advice; preparation and review of documents; research and analysis of pertinent laws; development of legal theories, tactics, and procedures; litigation and litigation-related activities; advising client agencies on dealing with special interest groups; assisting client agencies in negotiations; advising on the development of training programs for client agencies; and provision of legal support for the operation of programs of the Department.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some Travel

Relocation Authorized

  • No