Attorney Advisor, KD-Exc Svc
Department Of The Interior - Lakewood, CO

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With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department's Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys licensed in forty states, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department's diverse and wide-ranging mission.

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? NO

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This is an excepted appointment not-to-exceed 2 years, for which all qualified applicants, with or without Federal status, may apply and be considered. This appointment may be extended for additional periods of time without further competition.
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.
  • Must be an active member of the bar.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a 2-year trial period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

DUTIES: This position is located at the U.S. Department of the Interior (Department), Office of the Solicitor (Office), Denver Regional Office, in Lakewood, CO. He/she will serve as a legal advisor handling Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) contract reviews and provide advice to the various contracting officers represented by the office.
  • Will represent the Department of the Interior in matters before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and assists the U.S. Department of Justice in contract matters before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
  • Will provide advice on matters involving grants, cooperative agreements, and partnering relationship between Department bureaus and public or private sector entities.
  • He/she will be directly responsible for a significant employment law caseload before the MSPB and the EEOC and assists the U.S. Department of Justice in these matters before the District Court.
  • Will be required to advise Departmental and bureau officials on and handle legal matters in all programs of the Department pertaining to federal employment litigation and policy including, Title 5 of the United States Code, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, labor relations pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act, and various executive orders and regulations pertaining to employment actions, equal opportunity and labor relations as they pertain to federal employees.
  • Will be required to provide superior and well-organized opinions, briefs and motions in a quick turnaround time for review by the supervisor prior to submission to the client bureau or filing in the court or administrative forum.
  • Clients include every bureau within the U.S. Department of the Interior.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Basic Qualification Requirements

Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND be admitted to the Bar.

Applicants must also meet one of the following:

--possess at least 1-year of professional legal experience following law school graduation; OR

--have a second professional law degree; OR

--meet any of the criteria indicated below:

(a) academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;

(b) graduation with academic honors;

(c) significant participation on the law school’s law review;

(d) significant participation in the law school’s moot court competition;

(e) significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;

(f) significant summer law office clerk experience; or

(g) other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.


In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements described above, applicants must also have the following additional years of post-J.D. legal experience professional experience for the grade level indicated:

--GS-12 = 1 year

--GS-13 = 2 years

--GS-14 = 3 ½ hears

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees. You will be asked to provide verification of graduation, bar admission and and copies of transcripts upon selection. If you wish to provide unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement, documents may be uploaded, faxed or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .

Desired Qualifications:
  • Must be well versed in the FAR, ancillary statutes and regulations relative to FAR contracts, and the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreements Act.
  • Must have experience providing advice and litigating matters involving employment law.
  • Must be able to develop well-organized opinions, briefs and motions in a quick turnaround time for review by the supervisor prior to submission to the client bureau or filing in the court or administrative forum.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: The information and materials you provide will be used to evaluate that you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position.

Basis of Rating: Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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BENEFITS: Working for the DOI, Office of the Solicitor offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more

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OTHER INFORMATION: Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


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