Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Position: Attorney Advisor, NOAA General COunsel (Deadline June 5, 2014, St. Petersburg, FL)

For original job ad link, see  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/370304500

Job Title:Attorney- Advisor General, GS-0905 - 11/12/13/14/15
Department:Department Of Commerce
Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:SO-OGC-2014-0003

SALARY RANGE: $57,982.00 to $149,333.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, May 16, 2014 to Thursday, June 05, 2014
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0905-11/15
POSITION INFORMATION: Excepted Service Position - Full-time Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy - Saint Petersburg, FL View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: All qualified United States Citizens.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Public Trust - Background Investigation

About the Agency
An extraordinary opportunity is available to serve as an Attorney Advisor in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of the General Counsel. The NOAA Office of the General Counsel employs approximately 110 attorneys at headquarters in the Washington, DC area and six regional sections. The Office provides legal advice to the NOAA Administrator and NOAA program offices on a wide variety of legal issues including U.S. and international fisheries, marine mammals, endangered and threatened marine species, preservation of coastal areas, marine sanctuaries, and licensing of commercial satellites. NOAA is a premier environmental agency located within the Department of Commerce and employs over 12,000 people nationwide. The agency's mission is to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources and to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment to meet the Nation's economic, social and environmental needs. For more information see www.noaa.gov

Occasional Travel
Position requires overnight domestic and may require foreign travel.


Applicants must successfully complete a background security investigation
Position is in the Excepted Service.
Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable. www.sss.gov.
Applicant must be a US citizen to qualify for this position.
Applicant must complete a one year probation period.

As an Attorney Advisor, in the Southeast Section, you will work closely with experienced biologists and fishery managers in among other things, developing and reviewing regulations, permits, and policies relating to the management and conservation of marine resources. This position requires interaction with other NOAA General Counsel Office attorneys, scientists , policy makers and technical staff, Department of Commerce officials, and other Federal and state agencies, members of the regulatory community representatives of public interest organizations. It also involves active participation, in concert with, U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, in defending NOAA cases brought under the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other similar laws. The work involves complex and challenging issues on important matters. 

Applicants must meet all Requirements (including Key Requirements) described above by three weeks from posting of this announcement.  Please do not apply to this position through USAJobs.  All documents must be sent to: GCSoutheast.vacancy@noaa.gov 

Applicants must have a J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member of a state bar or the bar of the District of Columbia. 
Applicants must have knowledge of or experience working with Federal environmental conservation or natural resources laws, similarly complex statutory schemes, as well as laws and regulations governing Federal agencies, such as the Administrative Procedure Act,  National Environmental Policy Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, Freedom of Information Act or other generally applicable federal laws. 

Knowledge of or experience working with the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, or the Federal Power Act will be favorably considered. Demonstrated interest in issues related to natural resources or the environment will al so be favorably considered.

Applicants must  have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to identify and resolve complex legal issues. Applicants also must demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team with clients, other attorneys, and support staff.  

Significant academic achievement in law school (such as graduation in top third of class, graduation with honors, judicial clerking experience, or participation in moot court or law review), or experience practicing environmental law will be favorably considered.

Applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Please do not apply to this position through USAJobs. All documents must be sent to GCSoutheast.vacancy@noaa.gov

Applicants will be evaluated based on the Qualifications described below.  Please be advised that NOAA Attorney positions are in the Excepted Service.  As such, these positions are not covered by the usual civil service hiring procedures.  There is no numerical rating system through which to apply veterans preference; however, the NOAA Office of General Counsel considers veterans preference eligibility as a positive factor in hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume, and to attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD Form -214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions. 
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In the cover letter, please explain in detail how your experience, education, tranining, activities or awards relate to the qualifications listed above.  Also please explain why you are interested in working for the NOAA Office of the General Counsel, Southeast Section.  Please include your email address and your day and evening telephone numbers, and indicate the best time to reach you by telephone.

Application is made by sending a resume and cover letter to Octavia Saine, NOAA Office of the General Counsel, Herbert C. Hoover Office Building, 14th & Constitution Ave., NW, Suite A100, Washington, DC or by e-mail to: GCSoutheast.vacancy@noaa.gov

Applications must be emailed or received by June 5, 2014. Please send your application material to the email address or mailing address provided in this vacancy announcement. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.  

A complete application consists of the following:

*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter; and writing sample.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship, and whether you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the  Federal Service, please include the grade level for the position(s).

*Education.  Prior to receiving a formal offer, you will be asked to submit an official law school 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/ApplicatlonOfStds-04.aspfor more information. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities  in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient  evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/college/diplomamills/diploma-mills.html#foreign-credential. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

Octavia Saine
Phone: 202-482-4080
Fax: 202-482-4893
Email: Octavia.saine@noaa.gov

Agency Information:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of the General Counsel, 14th & Constitution
Suite A100, Room A123
Washington, DC 20230
Fax: 202-482-4893

Applicants will not be notified that their application has been received. Interviews may be arranged at the discretion of the Office of General Counsel for those subject to further consideration based upon qualifications.

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