Attorney Advisor, GS-905-13/14 (Excepted Service) ARC
Department Of Transportation - Washington, DC

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Vacancy is limited to the first 200 applications and will close early at midnight on the day we receive the 200th application.

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You will serve as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Chief Counsel (HCC), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and will be responsible for providing advice and counsel to the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Joint Program Office (JPO) within the Office of Innovative Program Delivery (OIPD), on complex credit, surface transportation project finance, and legal matters involving multiple creditors under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT or Department) TIFIA Credit Program.

The TIFIA Credit Program provides secured (direct) loans, loan guarantees, and standby lines of credit to borrowers seeking to develop major surface transportation projects that meet certain creditworthiness and other eligibility standards. See 23 U.S.C. §§601-609.

The responsibilities of the position involve complex factual and legal matters involving surface transportation project finance, Federal and State law, contractual interpretation, and coordination with FHWA, the Federal Transit Administration and other U.S. DOT modal administrations, State departments of transportation, private concessionaires, and outside counsel on matters of significance to FHWA and the U.S. DOT. Many of the highway, transit, rail, and intermodal projects being financed with TIFIA credit assistance are in excess of $1 billion, with the U.S. DOT providing up to 49% of the total eligible project costs per transaction, generally on a subordinate basis.

You will serve as an Attorney Advisor to the TIFIA JPO and the OIPD in reviewing, advising, and structuring complex credit transactions, and, as a member of the negotiating team, will review, comment, and, often in conjunction with outside counsel, draft revisions to credit agreements and associated legal documents for surface transportation projects awarded TIFIA credit assistance. You may also work on cross-cutting OIPD policy and administrative matters related to innovative procurement, revenue generation and financing strategies.

The ideal candidate is a transactional attorney who has worked on numerous bond and bank financings with multiple creditors with a transaction value of at least $50 million each, is well versed in inter-creditor issues including bankruptcy and secured transactions, and has experience with subordinated debt and mezzanine finance structures. Transactional experience involving transportation user-based revenues is beneficial, as is experience working with Federal or State transportation agencies, municipal issuers, and banking entities, and previous experience working on TIFIA financings.


You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.

Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date

Position is telework eligible.

Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

As an Attorney Advisor, you will:
Prepare opinions and provide legal services relating to surface transportation project finance and loan administration, including amendments to credit agreements and waivers and consents related to loans in the TIFIA Credit Program portfolio.

Provide legal advice and expertise in the following areas as may be needed: debt financings, including tax-exempt and bank loan structures; contracts; concession agreements; bankruptcy and debt restructuring; secured transactions; and inter-creditor arrangements.

Provide advice and counsel to the TIFIA JPO in negotiating credit and inter-creditor agreements.

Analyze legal issues, including compliance with applicable statutory, regulatory, contractual, and policy requirements in connection with U.S. DOT’s consideration and evaluation of a project sponsor’s TIFIA Credit Program application and its impact on U.S. DOT’s financial and programmatic interests.

Assist in the due diligence review of project sponsors and other key parties including, but not limited to, any material agreements related to the project, corporate formation and governance documents, material litigation and regulatory approvals.

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 meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.


To qualify, your experience should include experience equal or equivalent to the following:


3 years of legal experience on highway, transit, or other surface transportation project finance or comparable project finance or transactional experience involving significant work on transactions with a value of at least $50 million each. The experience should include project finance involving multi-tiered creditors (including municipal issuers and bank consortia) and inter-creditor legal issues including bankruptcy and secured transactions.


3 years of legal experience on highway, transit, or other surface transportation project finance or comparable project finance or transactional experience involving regular and significant work on transactions with a value of at least $50 million each. The experience must include having served as the lead attorney for a project financing involving multi-tiered creditors (including municipal issuers and bank consortia) and inter-creditor legal issues including bankruptcy and secured transactions.

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

You must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have a professional law degree (LLB or JD).
In addition to the specialized experience, all applicants must satisfy the following in order to meet the minimum qualifications requirements for this position: (1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with a LL.B., J.D., or equivalent; and,(2) be an active member in good standing of the bar in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.

GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

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 are subject to a two-year trial period.

Proof of Bar membership is required .

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. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.
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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here .
This position is telework eligible.

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority
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