This position is located in the Office of Legal Affairs at the National Mediation Board. The National Mediation Board is responsible for promoting the flow of interstate commerce in the U.S.airline and railroad industries through mediation, representation, and arbitration of labor-management disputes.Learn more about this agency
- Conducts and oversees initial investigations of employee representation applications; including examination of authorization cards, determining voter eligibility, resolving craft or class issues, preparing election notices, and responding to inquiries in connection with an election.
- Conducts elections and tallies of ballots.
- Determining and certifying collective bargaining representatives of employees and ensuring that the process occurs without interference, influence, or coercion.
- Drafts decisions on representation cases after researching and analyzing the record, precedent, and relevant law.
- Conducts investigations into representation disputes, carrying out a full range of investigative activities.
- Provides legal advice to NMB officials on a variety of administrative and program matters.
- At the direction of the General Counsel, performs a variety of special assignments in administrative law, including procurement, EEO matters, and assisting in litigation.
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship is required.
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
- Direct Deposit of pay is required.
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
- Resume and supporting documentation has to meet specialized experience.
- J.D., LL.B., or LL.M degree from a law school accedited by the ABA
- Membership in a Bar as described in the Qualifications section below.
QualificationsFor a GS-12: The applicant must have two years of experience as a practicing attorney specializing in the field of U.S. labor law. The qualifying experience must have been obtained under one or more of the following US Federal, or comparable state, statutory schemes directly regulating the labor-management relationship: the Railway Labor Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the Federal Labor Relations Act, or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If within the Federal Government, experience must have been obtained as an Attorney in the GS-905 series.
For a GS-13: The applicant must have three years of experience as a practicing attorney specializing in the field of U.S. labor law. The qualifying experience must have been obtained under one or more of the following US Federal, or comparable state, statutory schemes directly regulating the labor-management relationship: the Railway Labor Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the Federal Labor Relations Act, or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If within the Federal Government, experience must have been obtained as an Attorney in the GS-905 series.
For a GS-14: The applicant must have four years of experience as a practicing attorney specializing in the field of U.S. labor law. The qualifying experience must have been obtained under one or more of the following US Federal, or comparable state, statutory schemes directly regulating the labor-management relationship: the Railway Labor Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the Federal Labor Relations Act, or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If within the Federal Government, experience must have been obtained as an Attorney in the GS-905 series.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
- Knowledge of US, or comparable state, labor law derived from direct practice experience.
- Ability to conduct legal research and analyze legal issues.
- Ability and experience in skillfully conducting legal investigations.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in formal legal writing.
- Ability to organize and manage a caseload of representation cases and other legal assignments.
- Experience which demonstrates an ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment.
Writing Sample: A writing sample is required as part of the application package and may not exceed three pages.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Basic Requirement: All applicants must possess the following:
Applicants must have obtained the first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or a U.S. territory. Note: proof of bar membership will be required before entry on duty.
Only education from institutions which are accredited may be used to meet education requirements.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.
Stipulations of Employment:
This position is under the Excepted Service. You may be required to complete a 2-year Trial Period.
If selected, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.
NMB uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.
If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and assessment questionnaire completed online) will be evaluated for the basic qualification requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in this vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Resume: A detailed resume that demonstrate your professional history, education and qualifications. Along with the state in which your active Bar membership is held. Note: Your resume must directly address the definition of specialized experience listed in the qualification section of this announcement and must NOT contain pictures.
- Writing Sample: A writing sample is required as part of the application package and may not exceed three pages (which may be a redacted document).
- Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal. See below for further details.)
Other supporting documents (not required, but recommended):
- Cover Letter
If selected, the following WILL be required prior to entry on duty:
- Transcripts - A J.D., LL.B., or LL.M degree from a law school accredited by the ABA.
- Certification of Bar membership: proof that you are a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
- If you are a current federal employee: a copy of your most recent performance appraisal issued with the past 15 months (or issued prior to your separation from Federal employment), including the evaluation/rating.
- If you are a current or former federal employee: a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current or most recent grade and position.
- Copy of DD 214 Form (Certificate of release or Discharge from Active Duty) only if claiming veteran's preference.
- SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference).
Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.
It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
- To verify the status of your application, 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 Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- You may preview the Assessment Questionnaire at: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10424874
Agency contact information
AddressThe National Mediation Board
1301 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
For status updates on your application, please follow the directions listed above in the How to Apply section. Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. If you are selected for an interview for this position, you will be contacted directly. A final job offer for this position is typically made within several weeks after the closing date of the vacancy announcement. After confirming a job offer, all other applicants will be notified of their non-selection.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
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.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/524390700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.