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This position is located in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC., in the Office of the General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel for Ethics and Administration (GC/EA) at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The Office of the General Counsel (GC) provides legal advice, counsel, and services to the Agency and its officials and ensures that USAID programs are administered in accordance with legislative authorities. GC serves as the Agency's chief legal officer and is the principal advisor to the administrator on Agency-wide policy matters. GC also advises on legal matters concerning the operation and administration of USAID programs, and on matters relating to legislation or proposed legislation affecting USAID.
As an Attorney Advisor, your duties may include:
- Providing legal advice, guidance, and opinions to the Chief Human Capital Officer and subordinate staff within the Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM) on a day-to-day basis regarding all phases of personnel operations;
- Providing legal advice and guidance on the administration and implementation of the Civil Service Reform Act;
- Representing the Office of the General Counsel in discussions or correspondence with personnel or their attorneys on legal problems regarding their employment with USAID, such as terminations for cause, disciplinary actions, personnel performance deficiencies domestically or overseas, and legal interpretation of applicable statutes;
- Representing the Agency in all administrative hearings before the Foreign Service Grievance Board, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other administrative fora;
- Representing the Agency with the Department of Justice (DoJ) on personnel matters which involve USAID or in which USAID is a party to a suit;
- Counseling employees and providing legal opinions on employee conduct, responsibilities, ethics, and conflict of interest; reviewing Confidential Statements of Financial Interest and Executive Financial Disclosure Reports; and
- Providing training on ethics and personnel law issues.
Occasional travel - Amount of travel will vary depending on the needs of the Office, but will not exceed 25% of the incumbent's time. Travel includes domestic and international locations.
15 - The full performance level of this position is the GS-15 grade level.
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Conditions of Employment
- United States Citizenship is required.
- Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
- Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
- Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
- You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
You must be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
- A J.D. degree,
- Be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing, and
- Specific grade level requirements:
- GS-15: At least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include experience: (a) independently rendering legal advice on extremely complex matters pertaining to personnel operations, administrative law and government ethics laws; (b) representing an organization in discussions with employees or their legal representation regarding such topics as employment discrimination, disciplinary actions, grievances, administrative matters, and legal interpretation of applicable employment and ethics statutes; (c) independently preparing the necessary legal analysis and documents, such as pleading and briefs, for submission to Administrative Judges and panels involving difficult and or complex personnel matters; and (d) conducting highly complex litigation as the principal attorney including independently exercising responsibility for the development and presentation of the case.
- GS-14: At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include experience: (a) independently rendering legal advice on complex matters pertaining to personnel operations, administrative law and government ethics laws; (b) representing an organization in discussions with employees or their legal representation regarding such topics as employment discrimination, disciplinary actions, administrative matters, grievances, and legal interpretation of applicable employment and ethics statutes; and (c) independently preparing the necessary legal analysis and documents, such as pleading and briefs, for submission to Administrative Judges and panels involving personnel matters; and (d) conducting complex litigation as the principal attorney including independently exercising responsibility for the development and presentation of the case.
- GS-13: At least three (2) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include experience: (a) rendering legal advice on matters pertaining to personnel operations, administrative law and government ethics laws; (b) representing an organization in discussions with employees or their legal representation regarding such topics as employment discrimination, terminations for cause, disciplinary actions, administrative matters, grievances, and legal interpretation of applicable employment and ethics statutes; and (c) preparing the necessary legal analysis and documents, such as pleading and briefs, for submission to Administrative Judges and panels involving personnel matters; and (d) conducting litigation.
Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Secret security clearance.
Preferred: The successful applicant should also have:
- Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
- Complex litigation experience;
- Experience rendering legal advice about the Privacy Act, cybersecurity laws and regulations, the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Advisory Committees Act, or any other Federal Government Administrative Law experience.
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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.
A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.
You must be a graduate of an accredited law school. Transcripts to support your education are required for the Agency to consider you for this position.
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed, when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to
people the world’s most vulnerable. USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter-Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit http://www.state.gov/g/tip.For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) under the Agency’s approved Drug Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.
Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.
Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:
EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement.
Veterans' Information: Veterans Information.
Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the USAID 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 nonservice-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).
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- Resume showing relevant experience.
- Certificate of Good Standing in the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the U.S.
- Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibilities (veterans’ preference and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act).
- If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs).
- If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit a copy of your transcript(unofficial 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. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position.
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.
Working for USAID offers comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life and health insurance, and the Federal Employees Retirement System. You can explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/. USAID's headquarters is in downtown Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., on the Federal Triangle Metro Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines. The office is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums, and Washington Monument. A physical fitness facility and food court are on site. You will be eligible for telework in accordance with Agency policy.
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
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must notify the agency contact name herein office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You will be provided an alternative application method. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods may not be granted.
Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the materials received by the closing date.
Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement. Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.
Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov)
-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement. For resume tips, click here.
-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.
Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.
Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.
Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.
Step 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.
Document Upload: You may upload documents in one of two ways:
1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or
2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.
If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at email@example.com. The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST daily, excluding Federal holidays.
Agency contact information
J. Kory Contreras
AddressUnited States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , District of Columbia 20523-0016
Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system. After determining basic eligibility, a subject matter expert will be used to review applications and identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.
You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
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.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
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.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/567314300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.