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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor General GS-0905-11,12,13

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:SO-OGC-2014-0015

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$63,091.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, August 15, 2014 to Monday, September 15, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Permanent - Excepted Service Appointment - Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

4 vacancies - Silver Spring, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. Citizens or Nationals.
Applicant must be a current third-year law student or graduate law student who will receive his/her degree by June 30, 2015 OR a recent law school graduate who will complete a judicial clerkship or a legal fellowship by on or about October 2, 2015.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

An extraordinary opportunity is available to start your legal career in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of the General Counsel's Attorney Honors Program beginning in Fall 2015. The NOAA Office of the General Counsel employs approximately 110 attorneys at headquarters in the Washington, DC area and six regional sections. The Office provides legal advice to the NOAA Administrator and NOAA program offices on a wide variety of legal issues including U.S. and international fisheries, marine mammals, endangered and threatened marine species, preservation of coastal areas, marine sanctuaries, and licensing of commercial satellites.

NOAA is a premier environmental agency located within the Department of Commerce and employs over 12,000 individuals nationwide. The agency’s mission is to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources and to understand and predict changes in the earth’s environment to meet the Nation’s economic, social and environmental needs. For more information see www.noaa.gov and www.gc.noaa.gov.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight domestic travel and may require foreign travel.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Applicant must complete a two-year trial period.
  • Applicant must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • Applicant must be registered for Selective Service (males only).
  • Applicant must be able to start work by on or about October 5, 2015.

DUTIES:

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As an Attorney-Advisor in the Attorney Honors Program, you will work closely with experienced scientists and other program specialists on a variety of cutting-edge issues relating to the management and conservation of natural resources. This position requires interaction with other NOAA General Counsel Office attorneys, scientists, policy makers and technical staff, Department of Commerce officials, other Federal and state agency officials, members of the regulated community, and representatives of public interest organizations. It also involves active participation, in concert with U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, in prosecuting and defending NOAA cases brought under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Oil Pollution Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and other similar laws. The work involves complex and challenging issues on important matters.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Knowledge of or experience working with Federal environment conservation or natural resources laws, similarly complex statutory schemes, as well as laws and regulations governing Federal agencies, such as the Administrative Procedure Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, Freedom of Information Act or other generally applicable federal laws, will be favorably considered. Knowledge of or experience working with the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, or the Federal Power Act will be favorably considered. Demonstrated interest in issues related to natural resources or the environment will also be favorably considered.

Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to identify and resolve complex legal issues. Applicants also must demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team with clients, other attorneys, and support staff.

Applicants must meet all qualifications by the closing date of this announcement. Please do not apply this position through USAJobs.gov. All documents must be sent by email to: GCHonors.Program2015@noaa.gov


Applicants must be a current third-year law student or graduate law student who will receive his/her degree by June 30, 2015; or a recent law school graduate who will complete a judicial clerkship or a legal fellowship by on or about October 2, 2015.

Significant academic achievement in law school (such as top 20% class rank), graduation with honors, judicial clerking experience, or participation in law review, will be favorably considered.

Applicants must pass a bar examination and be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) within 14 months of entry on duty in Fall 2015.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be evaluated based on the Qualifications described above. Please be advised that NOAA Attorney positions are in the Excepted Service. As such, these positions are not covered by the usual civil service hiring procedures. There are no numerical rating system through which to apply veterans preference; however, the NOAA Office of the General Counsel considers veterans preference eligibility as a positive factor in hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume, and to attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD Form-214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.
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BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Attorneys in the Honors Program are hired at the GS-11 pay grade. If you served as a judicial law clerk or in a legal fellowship for at least one year or earned an advanced law degree with one year of post-law school graduate study (LLM or equivalent), you will start at the GS-12 pay grade. Attorneys joining the Attorneys Honor Program following multiple-year judicial clerkships may be hired at the GS-13 pay grade on a case-by-case basis. Please check OPM's salary tables for current salaries for the Washington, DC area: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/pdf/2014/DCB.pdf


If you have passed the bar by the time you enter on duty in Fall 2015, you will join the NOAA Office of the General Counsel as an Attorney-Advisor. If you have not yet passed the bar, you will join as a Law Clerk at the GS-11 pay grade, and will become an Attorney-Advisor once you pass the bar. You must pass a bar examination and be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) within 14 months of entry on duty in Fall 2015.

During the first 18 months of the program, you will participate in three six-month rotations in the legal sections located in the Washington, D.C. area. You may voluteer to work in a regional office as your third rotation. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your preference for rotations, consistent with the needs of the Office.

At the end of the third rotation, you will be permanently placed in a specific legal section in the Washington. D.C. area. You may also volunteer to work in one of the six regional offices as your permanent placement. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your preference for your permanent placement, consistent with the needs of the Office. If a permanent placement involves a change in location, you will be responsible for your personal relocation costs.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Application is made by sending a cover letter, resume, and unofficial law school transcript to Octavia Saine, NOAA Office of the General Counsel, by e-mail. Please copy following address into email: GCHonors.Program2015@noaa.gov
Applications must be emailed by September 15, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following:

Cover Letter, resume and unofficial law school transcript. Please include your GPA and class rank in your resume, if available. Your resume must indicate your citizenship, and whether you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.

Please note that prior to receiving a formal offer, you will be asked to submit an official law school transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Octavia G. Saine
Phone: 202-482-4080
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: Octavia.Saine@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Department of Commerce, NOAA, OGC
14th & Constitution Ave NW
Suite A100 Room A123
Washington, DC
20230
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applicants will not be notified that their application has been received. Interviews may be arranged at the discretion of NOAA for those subject to further consideration based upon qualifications.

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Job Announcement Number:

SO-OGC-2014-0015

Control Number:

378418800