Overview

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Management Division, Washington, DC. Serves as the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Management) and functions as an expert legal advisor assigned to Office of the Associate Chief Counsel for Management and handles the most complex legal work within that division.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school and hold an active bar membership.

Serves as the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Management) and reports to the Associate Chief Counsel (Management). Is a senior expert legal advisor and is involved in the most difficult and complex legal issues relating to employment law, employee relations, acquisitions and contract law, appropriations law, and ethics and conflicts of interest laws. Provides legal advice to supervisors, managers and executives throughout the agency in all of these areas. Assists the Associate Chief Counsel in the administration of the Division, including monitoring case assignments and reviewing the work of other attorneys in the Division. In the absence of the Associate Chief Counsel, the Attorney may act as the Acting Associate Chief Counsel.

The Deputy, as the Divisions team lead, will be required to review work relating to acquisitions, procurement and contract law, and appropriations and fiscal law, including expert knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations and experience providing authoritative legal and technical advice to contracting officers and other agency officials during all stages of the contracting process, and experience representing federal agencies before administrative bodies in contract disputes.

To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have at least six years of specialized experience as a practicing attorney.

Required Specialized Experience includes:

Specialized Experience is defined as experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Superior research, analytical, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • To be creditable, applicant specialized experience must include experience in at least two of the three areas of legal practice of the Management Division:
  1. Extensive experience providing advice on employment law and employee relations, including experience providing expert counseling to federal agency supervisors in managing performance, developing proposed disciplinary and adverse actions, and complying with equal employment opportunity laws.
  2. Experience providing advice relating to acquisitions, procurement and contract law, and appropriations and fiscal law, including expert knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations and experience providing authoritative legal and technical advice to contracting officers and other agency officials during all stages of the contracting process, and experience representing federal agencies before administrative bodies in contract disputes.
  3. Experience providing legal advice relating to ethics laws, federal conflict of interest laws, the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch and supplemental agency standards, the Hatch Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your rsum.
http: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp – In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. If the SF-15 is not submitted, the documentation required by the form verifying the service connected disability (e.g. letter from the VA confirming the disability) must be submitted in order to receive 10-point preference consideration.

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