Saturday, September 13, 2014

Position: Attorney-Advisor, US EPA Office of General Counsel (General Law Office) (Wash. DC, Deadline: Sept. 19, 2014)

The position is with EPA, in a part of the General Law Office of the Office of General Counsel.  The primary responsibilities are not environmental law related (see position description below).   Given the GS grade level, position is probably for a fairly senior/experienced lawyer.

Here's the link to the web page:

Job Title:          Attorney-Adviser
Agency:           Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:RTP-OGC-OT-2014-0014
SALARY RANGE:          $106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:            Friday, August 29, 2014 to Friday, September 19, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:        GS-0905-14/15
POSITION INFORMATION:      Full-time - Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS:      2 vacancies - Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:       Any U.S. citizen may apply.
SECURITY CLEARANCE:           Public Trust - Background Investigation
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These positions are located in the Office of General (OGC), General Law Office (GLO), Employment Law Practice Group (ELPG), Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website:

GLO is one of eight law offices that comprise OGC and consists of three practice groups, one of which is the ELPG. This group provides a broad range of employment and labor law-related services to EPA managers. Issues/statutes covered include: Federal employee anti-discrimination and whistleblower protection statutes; Agency representation before the EEOC, FLRA, MSPB, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Courts, and arbitrations; employee discipline and performance matters; and Federal personnel law issues. Together with attorneys from the Department of Justice, OGC lawyers also defend EPA in employment litigation in Federal court.

This position is in the excepted service. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status. However, this position is covered for the purpose of federal retirement and benefits.

If you are selected, you will be expected to report to work as soon as practical but no later than thirty (30) days from the date you receive a final job offer. Extension of this reporting requirement may be granted only under extraordinary circumstances.

You must be a U.S. citizen.
If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
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Under the administrative supervision of the Associate General Counsel, you will provide legal advice to Agency managers and supervisors on employment, personnel, and labor law matters, including issues arising under:

-The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, as amended;
-The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended;
-The Equal Pay Act of 1963;
-The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990;
-The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989; the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012; the whistleblower protection provisions of a wide range of environmental statutes;
-The Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, as amended;
-The Labor Management Relations Act of 1947, as amended and;
-Other relevant statutes, Executive Orders, regulations, policies, and procedures.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

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Applicant must have an LL.B. or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. Incumbent must have substantial experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA, other federal, state or local agencies, or in private practice.

In addition:

Applicants must have significant legal experience if hired at the GS-14 grade level, or one year of equivalent experience at the next lower grade level; or substantial legal experience if hired at the GS-15 grade level, or one year of equivalent experience at the next lower grade level; or equivalent experience outside the federal government.

The ideal candidate will possess a comprehensive knowledge of the ELPG’s practice, particularly employment, personnel, and labor laws.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

Initially you will be evaluated based on the information contained in your resume packet. If an interview is granted, you will be evaluated based on the responses you provide during an interview. In responding to interview questions, you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did and the outcome.
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Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

The following information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information

If you have part-time work experience, read this: (

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information
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Please mail a resume, a written statement (no more than two single-spaced pages) specifically addressing your qualifications for this position, writing sample of no more than 10 pages and names of three professional references.

This information must be mailed to Angela Perkins, Attorney Hiring Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Mail Stop 2311A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460. For Fedex or UPS: 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 4315N, Washington, DC 20004.
Applications must be postmarked by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

Applications will not be considered if submitted via USAJOBS.

Documents to be submitted:

-Please send a resume, a written statement (no more than two single-spaced pages) specifically addressing your qualifications for this position, writing sample of no more than 10 pages and names of three professional references.
-Copy of bar certification.
-Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.
--Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.

Additional information can be found on our web site:
Kyle Lindey
Phone: 800-433-9633
Fax: 919-541-0724
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
Research Triangle Pk, NC
Fax: 919-541-0724

The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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