Closing Date: 6th February, 2023

Description:

Summary:
About the Position: The Labor Counselor works under the supervision of the District Counsel; responsible for advising/rendering legal advice and support to management regarding Federal employment law and the labor-management relations of the District. The Labor Counselor represents the District in all labor disputes to include representation at mediation and arbitration. The Labor Counselor may also advise the District on various investigations, procurement matters, civil litigation and FOIA.

Duties:
  • Provides guidance and advice to District staff elements in the review of personnel administration, EE0 and labor relations policies and procedures.
  • Furnishes advice on complex legal problems related to the interpretation of labor agreements, promotes the resolution of labor grievances arising therefrom and unfair labor practice charges.
  • Reviews legal documents, contracts, supplemental agreements, change orders, and related instruments which involve a wide range of legal problems.
  • Investigates incidents resulting in tort, admiralty, maritime, or other non-contractual claims, and processes such claims against, or in favor of the Government involving injury to persons, loss, or destruction of Government or private property.
  • Actively participates in processing, negotiating and otherwise resolving discrimination complaints and participates as a member of the reasonable accommodation team.
  • Reviews environmental documents for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, other applicable Environmental Laws, and related regulations.
  • Prepares affidavits, interrogatories or replies thereto, various court documents, assembles factual and technical data, and assists U. S. attorneys during all phases of case, including settlement of cases.
  • Works directly with unions and union delegates during negotiations.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position requires incumbent be a member of Good Standing of a bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (You must submit a copy of your current certification.)
  • This position requires the incumbent to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • This is an Excepted Service Position.

Qualifications:
Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, your resume must address the experience below:
To be considered at the GS-12 grade level:
  • 1. Technical Knowledge:
  • A. Experience and/or knowledge in law applicable to employment matters and general litigation. This includes some experience with and knowledge of Federal employment law and anti-discrimination laws, regulations and policies.
  • B. Experience and judgment in handling legal problems including legal research, performing legal analysis, statutory interpretations, preparing legal documents, and reviewing document for legal soundness and accuracy sufficient for accomplishment of legal work.
  • 2. Other Indicia of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to advise and communicate effectively with senior leadership and management at all levels; ability to lead and manage the resolution of legal issues and operating effectively as a member of a team. Credentials as indicated in the résumé and other application materials (e.g., awards, support for diversity and EEO, performance ratings, educational achievements).

To be considered at the GS-13 grade level:
1. Technical Knowledge:
  • A. Experience and/or knowledge in the specialized body of law applicable to environmental, labor, employment, and fiscal law. This includes extensive experience with and knowledge of Federal employment law, regulations and policies.
  • B. Experience and mature judgment in handling legal problems including statutory interpretations, preparing legal documents, and reviewing document for legal soundness and accuracy sufficient for accomplishment of difficult, complex and varied legal work relating to complex litigation, ethics, fiscal law, and interagency agreements, labor and employment law, and administrative law.
  • 2. Other Indicia of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to advise and communicate effectively with senior leadership at all levels; ability to lead and manage complex legal issues, including reviewing work of legal subject matter experts. Credentials as indicated in the résumé and other application materials (e.g., awards, support for diversity and EEO, performance ratings, educational achievements).

Time-In-Grade Requirements: If currently employed as an Attorney in the Federal Government, must have completed 1-year at the next lower grade level within 30-days of closing date of this announcement.
  • To be considered at the GS-12 grade level, must have one-year time-in-grade at the GS-11.
  • To be considered at the GS-13 grade level, must have one-year time-in-grade at the GS-12.
  • You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence

VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Army considers veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at http://www.opm.gov/.)

Education:
Minimum Education Requirements:
  • Education: In order to qualify for this position, applicants must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD).
  • Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Experience:
  • At the GS-12 grade level: Applicants must have one or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience at the GS-11 grade level.
  • At the GS-13 grade level: Applicants must have two or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience at the GS-12 grade level.
  • FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

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