Senior Attorney Advisor – Washington


Serves as a Senior Attorney Advisor, responsible for providing legal support and advice to AmeriCorps’ management officials on a broad range of legal matters in a collaborative, fast-paced and complex environment.

Education for this position is a requirement and applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or Master of Laws (L.L.M.) degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school. A copy of the transcript is required.

NOTE: You must submit an unofficial copy of your law school transcript. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards. Failure to provide this material or evidence will result in your receiving no further consideration. Documentation required to validate qualifications received by the closing date of this announcement. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http: All education claimed by applicants will be verified.

Major Duties:

  • Provides legal support and advice to AmeriCorps staff on questions of law and administrative policy, and extremely complex and time-sensitive legal matters.
  • Acts as the principal attorney to advise AmeriCorps management on complex legal questions of law and administrative policy in the areas of appropriations, budget, financial management and other related issues.
  • Plans and carries out legal research, and prepares written memoranda, advisory opinions, correspondence, and represents the agency in consultations with the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Department of Treasury, and Congressional Staff related to AmeriCorps’ appropriations, budget, financial management and financial and programmatic audits.
  • Reviews AmeriCorps’ policies concerning all appropriations and financial management activities, decisions and/or actions to ensure that they are legally sufficient and do not exceed AmeriCorps’ discretionary parameters.
  • Provides expert advice to AmeriCorps management on compliance with the requirements of OMB Circular A-11 regarding apportionments and administrative control of funds for AmeriCorps’ appropriations.

To qualify for this position the applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (J.D. or L.L.B.), a bar certification, and be a current member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Applicants must have three (3) or more years of post-J.D.

Specialized legal experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the mid NY-04 pay band (at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 level) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include demonstrating the following:

  • Significant knowledge of laws and administrative policies in the areas of appropriations, budget, financial management and other related issues.
  • Significant knowledge of Appropriations Law as it relates to budget, financial management and financial and programmatic audits.
  • Experience working with OGC leadership and providing clear legal advice to executives or senior officials to help agency leadership think strategically about our practices and policies to minimize organizational risk.
  • Experience in drafting or revising organizational policies, based upon continuing review of case law, appropriate legislation, and regulatory implementation, to minimize organizational legal risk.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant’s resume.

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