This position is located within the Office of the General Counsel, Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) Unit. The primary function of the position is to provide legal advice and representation, in formal and informal settings, for EOIR management on various legal matters relating to employment laws and regulations including labor and employee relations, equal employment opportunity, discipline, performance management and related actions.
- Performs trial attorney responsibilities in sensitive cases concerning all facets of federal employment laws.
- Provides advice on sensitive and difficult legal issues presenting novel issues, complex factual scenarios in an area with evolving case law and the absence of clearly applicable precedents.
- Coordinates and/or directs the development and presentation of agency representation from initial complaint or charge until conclusion of the administrative process.
- Establishes case strategy and tactics.
- Conducts research in connection with cases pending administrative hearing to analyze factual and legal issues and to determine what further facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable.
- Develops the EOIR position on litigation issues that arise in conjunction with federal court and administrative tribunal proceedings, to include: pre-trial discovery, motion practice, pleadings, trial, and the analysis of attorney fee requests by individuals who are prevailing parties in litigation against the agency; the review of actions to ensure that the agency complies with remedies that are awarded to individual or labor organizations to include reinstatement, back pay, cease and desist orders, protection against reprisals, and implementation of "make whole" remedies.
- Conducts direct negotiations regarding settlement with complainants and attorneys.
- Prepares or reviews settlement documents and monitors agency compliance.
- Develops legal memoranda in connections with hearings and post-hearing briefs, appeals, or responses.
- Provides legal counsel, guidance and advice regarding specific phases of employment law.
- Develops guidance and advice on the interpretation and application of employment law decisions for consistent application and implementation throughout EOIR.
- Provides and prepares oral and written advice and technical legal guidance and opinions on extremely complex legal issues or factual questions, often involving conflicting interests.
GS-14 and GS-15
Education: Applicants must possess a LL.B. or a J.D. degree.
Licensure: Applicants must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (include the date of your admission to the bar on your resume).
GS-14 - Three (3) years post-J.D. specialized legal work experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level performing duties related to: 1) providing legal advice and representation on various matters concerning labor and employment law; 2) participating in labor and employment litigation, preferably before the Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and/or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and 3) developing an agency's position on employment law litigation issues that arise in conjunction with federal court and administrative tribunal proceedings, including advising on settlements . (Must be reflected in resume)
GS-15 - Four (4) years post-J.D. specialized legal work experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level performing duties related to: 1) providing legal advice and representation on various matters concerning labor and employment law; 2) representing clients as a trial attorney in federal sector labor and employment litigation; 3) coordinating and/or directing the development and presentation of agency representation from initial complaint or charge until conclusion of the administrative process; and 4) developing positions on litigation issues that arise in conjunction with federal court and administrative proceedings, to include conducting direct negotiations regarding settlement with opposing parties and attorneys. (Must be reflected in resume)
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1. Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Transcripts (include your name, college name/address, type of degree, major, date degree conferred, courses, grades, semester/quarter hours, G.P.A. etc.), if qualifying based on education
4. Proof of active bar membership
5. Writing sample
6. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):
- CTAP/ICTAP documents
- Veterans' documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), dated VA Letter, SF-15)
- SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of their SF-50 which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form, which shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old.)
- Non-Competitive or Special Hiring Authority documentation. For further information, click here