Closing Date: 8th July, 2022

Description:

Summary:
This position is located within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of the General Counsel (GC). The individual selected for this position will serve as an attorney responsible for professional legal staff work, legal advice, and counsel in areas of law and legal procedures arising out of NNSA programs, projects, and functions.

Duties:
As a General Attorney, you will represent the NNSA General Counsel (GC) in trials, administrative hearings, and legal proceedings. Duties include:
  • Providing professional legal staff work and legal advice and counsel to DOE/NNSA officials and employees in complex areas of law and legal procedures arising out of NNSA programs, projects, and functions.
  • Performing litigation-related duties such as: drafting briefs and pleadings, performing research, and preparing for and conducting the examination of witnesses and oral argument before courts and administrative bodies.
  • Providing legal support on procurement and acquisition activities to ensure that these activities are legally authorized.
  • Coordinating the response to assigned legal actions involving procurement and financial assistance matters with relevant offices such as NNSA Field Counsel, DOE Office of the GC, Contracting Officers, and other NNSA and DOE officials.
  • Preparing and reviewing NNSA agreements with other agencies, other levels of government, private entities, and foreign governments, and participate in negotiations.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • Subject to Random Drug Testing
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Favorable suitability determination required.
  • Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q level Security Clearance.
  • A one year trial period may be required.
  • More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
  • You must be an active member of a State of District of Columbia bar and be in good standing.
  • Telework may be available in accordance with NNSA Policy.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Qualifications:
In addition to the educational requirements discussed below, a qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience to the next lower NNSA Demonstration Project pay band or GS grade level in the Federal Service, i.e. , NQ-02 or GS-12.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience in performing professional legal staff work and counsel in complex areas of law and legal procedures pertaining to one or more of the following: litigation (federal court and administrative litigation), government contract and procurement law, state and local governmental relations, national security issues, and/or regulations and policies.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience for this position may include, but is not limited to:
  • Providing legal advice and counsel to clients and/or leadership of an organization.
  • Engaging in settlement discussions, negotiations and mediations.
  • Independently conducting detailed legal research, including laws, regulations, case law, directives and legislative history and drafting legal briefs.
  • Analyzing complex legal problems and organizing facts independently to resolve problems or recommending an appropriate course of action.
  • Working on legal matters involving Federal procurement and acquisition.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following competencies. Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence
Oral Communication

Writing:
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education:
Educational Requirement: This position has a positive education requirement. A professional law (LL.B. or J.D.) degree is required and; the applicant must be an active member in good standing of the bar of any State or the District of Columbia.

To receive full credit for your educational background in determining qualifications, you MUST provide a copy of your law school transcripts and proof of current membership (in good standing) in a state bar by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

You MUST upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts with your application. You will lose consideration if all required documents are not submitted.

EDUCATION: Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website, and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

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.
  • If you are selected, official transcripts will be required.
  • FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website, and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Please Note: If your foreign education has already been accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution as part of a degree program with that institution, you do not need to provide an evaluation of foreign education but must submit a copy of the transcripts listing the degree from the U.S. accredited institution that accepted your foreign 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.

Kindly refer to the below link for a detailed description of the job - https://www.usajobs.gov/job/661615600