Closing Date: 30th November, 2023

Description:

Summary:
The position is the Deputy Assistant General Counsel (DAGC) for General Law, principal supervisory/managerial assistant to the Assistant General Counsel, who serves as a primary advisor to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel on legal matters involving a range of the Department's administrative operations. The DAGC will participate with the highest officials of the Department to resolve problems within the Office's subject matter expertise and to prioritize the work of the Office.

Duties:
The Supervisory Attorney-Adviser:
  • Assists the Assistant General Counsel for General Law in monitoring and overseeing the general law activities of the Department including ethics; equal employment opportunity and other internal and external civil rights matters; Federal personnel and employment; real property and asset management; and intellectual property issues.
  • Aids in the supervision of all aspects of work performed by the attorneys and administrative staff in the Office of General Law, as well as any temporarily assigned honors attorneys, law clerks, and interns. Under the supervision of the Assistant General Counsel for General Law, the Supervisory Attorney reviews and assigns projects, directs, and evaluates performance, acts on recommendations, furnishes advice and assistance, approves, or overrules proposed actions, and exercises all other appropriate supervisory functions.
  • Ensures that the Office renders effective legal advice and recommends the most appropriate way to develop or to implement new or amended policies, or new or changed Department policy. The Supervisory Attorney is also responsible for ensuring that these policies are consistent with the intent of the law and are administratively sound, efficient, and economical in operation.
  • Performs legal research and analysis, conducts necessary conferences and consultations prepares memoranda and opinions, and maintains continuing contact with Departmental officials and others affected to assure understanding of the legal and policy positions involved.
  • Renders expert written or oral counsel, opinions, or decisions on the legal aspects of matters within the purview of the Office of General Law.

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated, self-reliant, and skilled individual willing to work in a challenging, fast-paced environment with experienced professionals committed to ensure that our nation has the safest, most efficient and modern transportation system in the world. The individual should have a keen interest in the broad range of legal issues involving the Department's administrative operations including equal employment opportunity and civil rights issues, personnel law, ethics, intellectual property, drug and alcohol testing and control issues and real property and asset management issues. The ideal candidate can handle multiple projects and issues simultaneously. The ideal candidate exercises a high degree of initiative and must be creative and imaginative in coping with exceptionally difficult legal and policy problems and must have the ability to set priorities in the exercise of assigned responsibilities.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.

Conditions of Employment:
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a two-year trial period.
  • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
  • ETHICS/CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT: All employees are subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2635, including restrictions on owning financial interests that may conflict with performance of their duties. Some employees, like those involved in contracting or regulating non-Federal entities, are subject to Executive Branch Financial Disclosure requirements set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2634.
  • WRITING SAMPLE: If called for an interview, a writing sample will be requested to support your application (no more than 15 pages).
  • TELEWORK: This position may be eligible for occasional and/or regularly scheduled telework. The number of telework days approved will be determined by your immediate supervisor or manager following the agency's telework policy and guidance. If participating in the telework program, you will be required to sign a telework agreement detailing agency telework policy requirements, working conditions, and expectations for the position.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position may involve occasional travel. A government contractor-issued travel card may be issued and must be retained for official business only.

Qualifications:
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the Grade 15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:
  • Be a graduate of an accredited law school with a LL.B., J.D., or equivalent AND at least four (4) years of professional legal work experience
  • Be an active member in good standing of the bar in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Technical - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the job experience to perform one's job: works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues
  • Communication - expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information for example, technical sensitive controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

For all types of consideration, 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). 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.

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education:
Mandatory Education Requirement for Attorneys:
  • Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with a LL.B., J.D., or equivalent;
  • Must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Additional Information:
EEO Statement:The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

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

Describing Your Experience: Please Be Clear and Specific. We Will Not Make Assumptions Regarding Your Experience. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level

For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements.

Applicants will not be rated or ranked.

All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers.

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Required Documents:
ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and responds to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy.

The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.

PROOF OF BAR MEMBERSHIP

TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements.

Veterans: Department of Transportation attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Transportation considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with supporting documentation, e.g., SF15, DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation.

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

How to Apply:
You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than 11:59 pm (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.

If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at: Transjobs@dot.gov