STAFF COUNSEL/HEARING OFFICER

United States Postal Service - Arlington, VA

Full-time
United States Postal Service
External Publication for Job Posting 10364614

If this job requires qualification on an examination, the number of applicants who will be invited to take or retake the

examination may be limited.

Branch

Deputy Postmaster General

Job Posting Period

11/12/2019 - 11/22/2019

Job Title

STAFF COUNSEL/HEARING OFFICER

Facility Location

HEADQUARTERS, JUDICIAL OFFICE

2101 WILSON BLVD STE 600

ARLINGTON, VA 22201-3078

Position Information

TITLE: STAFF COUNSEL/HEARING OFFICER

GRADE: U - 01

FLSA DESIGNATION: Exempt

OCCUPATION CODE: 0905-4038

NON-SCHEDULED DAYS: Saturday/Sunday

HOURS: 08:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M.

SALARY RANGE: 86,600.00 - 118,500.00 USD Annually

FINANCE NUMBER: 516400

BENEFIT INFORMATION: The salary will be based on previous experience, salary history, and current postal pay policies.

We offer excellent benefits including health and life insurance, retirement plan, savings/investment plan with employer

contribution, flexible spending, flextime scheduling of core work hours, annual and sick leave.

Background Check

The Inspection Service criminal background check is conducted using United States information resources only (e.g., FBI
fingerprint check, state and county checks). A criminal background check involves a 5-year inquiry for any location where
the individual has resided, worked or gone to school within the United States or its territories. As a result of this limitation,
the criminal background checks of individuals who have not resided in the United States or its territories for the preceding
5-years may not be considered complete. The Inspection Service may be able to process inquiries for U.S. Citizens only,
but only if their time spent out of the country was spent as: a trailing spouse or dependent of someone working for the U.S.
government (military or civilian), a missionary, a student attending school in a foreign country, a Peace Corps participant, or
as an employee of a U.S.-based employer/company. If the Inspection Service is unable to perform a complete background
check because of residency outside the United States, such individuals will be ineligible for Postal employment.

Functional Purpose

Participates in the judicial functions of the Judicial Officer Department including cases before the Postal Service Board of

Contract Appeals, Administrative Procedure Act proceedings, and quasi-judicial proceedings which the Judicial Officer

Department handles as delegated by the Postmaster General, by statute or by regulation. Provides legal research,

recommends decisions, and provides advice and support for judges. Hears and decides cases as hearing official.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Conducts legal research and prepares written and oral materials on evidentiary and substantive legal issues for use by

Judicial Officer Department judges.

2. Hears cases and issues or recommends decisions as assigned. Assists in preparing decisions, Board of Contract appeals

decisions, procedural orders and decisions, false representation orders, and cease and desist orders.

3. Conducts and monitors the administrative processing of cases arising under the Administrative Procedure Act, Contract

Disputes Act, and other applicable laws.

4. Assists in administering appeals before the Board of Contract Appeals and cases before the Judicial Officer, reviewing

and evaluating pleadings, motions, briefs, and evidence and assembles and analyzes appropriate precedential materials.

5. Assists in prehearing conferences and hearings as directed by presiding judges. Conducts non-dispositive telephone and

video conferences, prepares findings of facts, analyzes the evidence, drafts orders and decisions on behalf of judges.

Performs these functions and all dispositive functions independently when assigned cases as a hearing officer.

6. Assists in processing cases seeking issuance of supplemental orders or modified orders and in cases alleging breach of a

consent agreement.

7. Monitors Judicial Officer Department cases subject to appeal and provides draft appellate materials as assigned.

Monitors external appeals of decisions issued by the Board of Contract Appeals. Provides opinion and advice regarding

provisions and procedures under Administrative Procedure Act, Contract Disputes Act, and other applicable laws and

regulations.

8. Partners with and develops collaborative working relationships involving regular contact with the public, private and

government attorneys and judges in connection with conferences, hearings and appeals.

9. Administers and maintains the electronic tracking system for case files; coordinates with personnel (e.g., IT, contractors)

to ensure the system is properly maintained.

SUPERVISION

Associate Judicial Officer

The United States Postal Service has the following excellent and challenging employment opportunity for highly motivated
and innovative individuals. Successful candidates must demonstrate through a combination of education, training, and

experience the following requirements:
Requirements

1. Ability to conduct legal research to gather and interpret information and ensure accuracy of details; using resources such

as internal and external documents, archives, electronic databases, and interviews.

2. Ability to prepare drafts of orders, decisions, and other documents to present and analyze legal and factual issues

independently with little or no direct supervision.

3. Ability to provide legal recommendations and services with respect to regulations, practices, or other legal matters, and

formulate opinions involving the analysis and interpretation of precedent, and federal, state and local laws.

4. Ability to litigate cases as advocate at the trial or appellate levels or to do so on behalf of judges, and ability to prepare

legal documentation (e.g., briefs, motions, decisions or judicial orders).

5. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing at a level sufficient to conduct and participate in meetings with

judges and in conferences with attorneys for parties, and to interact with employees, attorneys and judges.

6. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with high level department officials, supervisors, organization staff,

and the general public sufficient to collaborate with, gain buy-in and support for, and/or provide technical advice regarding

complex issues.

7. Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and materials.

8. EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: At least 1 year of relevant legal practice experience, which may be satisfied in a judicial

context, such as a clerkship or internship.

9. Ability to administer electronic filing or docketing systems, including coordination of system maintenance with information

technology personnel.

10. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Qualified applicants must possess a Juris Doctor from an American Bar

Association-accredited law school, and must be a current member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States,

District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar Association.

11. WRITING REQUIREMENT: Qualified applicants must submit a writing sample that includes no more than 10 pages.

**Reimbursement of relocation expenses will NOT be authorized.**

**Special Conditions: Juris Doctor from American Bar Association - accredited law school.**

**This position requires a NACI clearance. This process can take up to 6 weeks from the date the offer letter is returned.**

This is a two step application process requiring you to create a profile and submit an application for the position you are

applying for.

You will receive two email confirmations:
1. An email confirming your profile is complete.

2. After submitting your application you will receive a second email confirming your application has been successfully

submitted.

For additional information, please contact Rita Lee at Talent@usps.gov

Qualified applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening to meet the U.S. Postal Service's requirement
to be drug free. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Central Time, of the posting's closing date. Applicants claiming veterans'
preference must attach a copy of member copy 4 (only) of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form
214) or other proof of eligibility if claiming 10-point veterans' preference. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an
equal opportunity employer. The USPS provides reasonable accommodation for any part of the application, interview, and/or
selection process, please make your request to the examiner, selecting official or local manager of Human Resources. This
request can also be made by someone on your behalf. Explain the nature of your limitations and the accommodation
needed. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

SPECIAL NOTE: Current career Postal Service employees are ineligible to apply to this posting.