<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?</strong><br /><br />This position will serve in a critical role as a legal adviser within the Dept of the Interior. The incumbent advises top officials and program managers within the Department's bureaus on legal matters, specifically related to the Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>As an Attorney-Advisor with the Department of the Interior, Office of the </strong><strong>Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs, Branch of Trust services located in Washington, DC your specific duties will include:</strong><br /><br />The incumbent advises top officials and program managers within the Department's bureaus on legal matters, specifically related to the Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations. The incumbent will also be responsible for<br /> <ul> <li>Knowledge of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations, the Cobell Settlement, the statutes and regulations undergirding the trust relationships</li> <li>Providing legal advice to the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations</li> <li>Preparing legal memorandum on a range of topics impacting the Land Buy Back Program, including but not limited to appraisals, title, jurisdiction, grants, cooperative agreements, debt collection, privacy act, FOIA, and probate</li> <li>Effectively providing oral communications to the Land Buy-Back Program tailoring such communications to the audience</li> <li>Understanding of the necessary processes and desired outcomes consistent with Buy-Back Program goals</li> <li>Building trust and collaborative relationships through, effective communication skills and provision of accurate and complete information</li> <li>Advising and counseling during negotiations with other Federal agencies, states, and tribes</li> <li>Demonstrating a commitment to resolving complex issues and disputes fairly and promptly</li> <li>Representing the United States, the Secretary of the Interior, and other officials of the Department in quasi-judicial and administrative proceedings involving interests of the Department's bureaus and agencies</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Average 1-2 night per month<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.</li> <li>Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.</li> <li>Must be an active member of the bar.</li> <li>Selectee may be subject to serving a 2-year trial period.</li> <li>More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?</strong><br /> <ul> <li>A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.</li> <li>Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Basic Qualification Requirements</strong><br />Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees <strong>AND</strong> applicants must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.<br /><br /><strong>Applicants must also meet one of the following:</strong><br />–possess at least 1-year of professional legal experience following law school graduation; OR<br />–have a second professional law degree; OR<br />–meet any of the criteria indicated below:<br />(a) academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;<br />(b) graduation with academic honors;<br />(c) significant participation on the law school's law review;<br />(d) significant participation in the law school's moot court competition;<br />(e) significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;<br />(f) significant summer law office clerk experience; or<br />(g) other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.<br /><br /><strong>GS-12/13/14:</strong><br />In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements described above, applicants must also have the following additional years of professional legal experience for the grade level indicated:<br /><br />–GS-12 = 1 years<br /> –GS-13 = 2 years<br /><br />–GS-14 = 3 ½ years<br /><br />Candidates should be a proficient communicator with strong collaborative skills and writing abilities, with the capacity to analyze complex statutes and fact. <br /><br /><strong>All applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.</strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><ul><li>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, including volunteer experience.</li><li>Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http: www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html .</li></ul> <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.</li> <li>The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.</li> <li>DOI 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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify . </li> <li>THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />–The information and materials you provide will be used to evaluate that you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position. <br /><br /><strong>–Basis of Rating:</strong> Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. <br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />–A 1-2 page cover letter is desired expressing your interest and qualifications for this position.<br /><br />–You must provide information in your resume regarding the state in which your active Bar membership is held. <br /><br />–If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.<br /><br />–If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide .<br /><br />–Required documents may be:<br />1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information")<br />2) uploaded directly from your desktop<br />3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').<br /><br />– Auto-Requested Fax : allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.