General Attorney - EXC

US Other Agencies and Independent Organizations - Washington, DC

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary
This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), General Litigation and Employment Law Group (GLEL) at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Responsibilities
As a General Attorney in the General Litigation and Employment Law Group (GLEL) in the Office of General Counsel (OGC), you will do the following:

Support OGC’s mission by providing representation, legal advice and counsel for the Director, the Corporation, and its constituents on employment law issues such as employment and personnel, labor management relations (including collective bargaining), and equal employment opportunity matters.
Oversee internal investigations of alleged violations of laws, regulations, or policies in anticipation of litigation.
Investigate facts, research issues, review pertinent laws, legal opinions and precedents, and draft memoranda on sensitive matters, outlining cases and explaining and justifying the application of legal principles, recommendations, and conclusions.
Prepare cases for litigation including drafting all motions, memoranda, briefs and other pleadings stating the facts, analyzing the legal issues, identifying policy concerns, and justifying the legal action.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Less than 10%

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Job family (Series)
0905 Attorney

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen
You may undergo a personnel security background investigation
Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
Applicants selected for employment will be required to complete an OF-306
A 2 year trial period is required unless met during prior Federal service
Qualifications
In addition to the education requirement, you must also have the following in order to qualify for this position: GS-13: Specialized experience is defined as one year of experience at the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the private sector demonstrating the following:

The ability to provide legal advice and counsel for management on labor and employment law issues, such as personnel matters, representation before arbitrators and administrative bodies, representation for management at the table in collective bargaining, and equal employment opportunity matters.
The ability to conduct internal investigations of alleged violations of laws, regulations, or policies in anticipation of litigation.
The ability to investigate complex facts; research issues; review pertinent laws, legal opinions and precedents; and draft memoranda on sensitive matters, outlining cases and explaining and justifying the application of legal principles, recommendations, and conclusions.
The ability to prepare cases for litigation, including the drafting of motions, memoranda, briefs and other pleadings stating the facts, analyzing the legal issues, identifying policy concerns, and justifying legal action or settlement.
GS-14: Specialized experience is defined as one year of experience at the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the private sector demonstrating the following:

The ability to provide legal advice and counsel for the Director, the Corporation, and its constituents on complex and/or sensitive issues arising under the laws governing Federal employment. Examples may include equal employment opportunity, merit systems principles, labor relations (including representation for management at the table in collective bargaining), employment law issues, personnel matters such as grievances, disciplinary and adverse actions, and representation before courts, arbitrators and administrative bodies.
The ability to oversee internal investigations of alleged violations of laws, regulations, or policies in anticipation of litigation.
The ability to investigate complex facts; research issues extensively; review pertinent laws, legal opinions and precedents; and draft memoranda on sensitive matters, outlining cases and explaining and justifying the application of legal principles, recommendations, and conclusions.
The ability to prepare cases for litigation, including the drafting of motions, memoranda, briefs and other pleadings stating the facts, analyzing the legal issues, identifying policy concerns, and justifying legal action or settlement.
Education

In order to qualify for this position, you must possess:
A J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

In addition to the education requirement, you must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a State, a Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. (https://www.ed.gov/accreditation?src=accred)

Additional information
To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Schedule A appointing authority for persons with disabilities; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities.

PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC’s Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 229-3637 or schedulea@pbgc.gov. TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 229-3637.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities (i.e., veterans eligible under the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW), disabled veterans with 30% or more disability, persons with disabilities and others who are eligible for special appointing authorities) procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume, supporting documentation submitted and their responses to the assessment questionnaire.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents
RESUME: You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience and knowledge and skills so that we can determine your qualifications for this position. Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.

COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.

LAW SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT(S) (REQUIRED): You must submit transcripts to verify that you meet the educational requirement for this position. Information on the specific education requirement can be found under Education in the vacancy announcement. Your transcripts should include course titles, school name/location, date completed, grades, and number of credits earned. Applicants who obtained their qualifying education outside of the U.S. and its territories must provide proof that their degrees have been validated as equivalent to a degree conferred by a college or university in the U.S. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application; however, you must bring official transcripts with your first day if you are hired. Please see the Education section of this announcement for additional information.

PROOF OF BAR MEMBERSHIP (REQUIRED): This position requires you to be an active member of the bar (of any jurisdiction) and in good standing. You must submit proof of your membership to verify that you meet this requirement. In the event that you do not have a valid certificate of bar membership or good standing available at the time of application, please submit other evidence of bar membership (e.g., proof of payment of bar dues, a printout from a website indicating active bar membership) with your application; however, you must bring an official, valid certificate with you on your first day if you are hired.

WRITING SAMPLE (REQUIRED): Each applicant must submit an original sample of their unedited written work that does not exceed ten pages in length (double or single spaced). The writing sample should demonstrate legal analysis. A filing with either the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), an arbitrator, or a U.S. District Court is preferred but not required.

Failure to submit the required documents will result in an incomplete application.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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.

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.

Benefits

Benefits
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