Attorney-Advisor (Assistant General Counsel)
Trade and Development Agency - Arlington, VA

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Welcome to U.S. Trade and Development Agency!

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. We link U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. To learn more about USTDA, please visit .

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to join our team of legal professionals. Attorney-Advisors at USTDA are involved in every aspect of the agency's program and operations, resulting in a legal practice that is challenging, diverse, and that has significant impact at home and abroad. Ideal candidates will have exceptional analytical skills, an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, will be skilled at developing and maintaining excellent client relationships, and want to work in a fast-paced environment.


US Citizenship is required.
Background and security/suitability investigation at the Top Secret level.
Resume and supporting documents to meet specialized experience requirement.
J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school accredited by the ABA.
Membership of a Bar as described below in Qualifications. DUTIES:

Serving as an Assistant General Counsel, the Attorney-Advisor is responsible for providing guidance in support of USTDA's implementation of its statutory mandate to promote U.S. private sector participation in economic development projects throughout the world. As such, the incumbent provides advice on the legal aspects of the agency's program and administration. Among other duties, the incumbent may perform the following:

  • Advise program staff on project structure, on issues arising during project implementation and on project close-out, as necessary;
  • Participate in grant preparation, review and negotiation;
  • Review contracts between partner countries and U.S. companies for the performance of USTDA-funded projects;
  • Analyze and resolve issues arising under the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and other laws relevant to U.S. trade and foreign assistance programs;
  • Negotiate inter-agency agreements with representatives of other U.S. government agencies;
  • Interpret federal administrative statutes and regulations, and provide counsel on matters such as Ethics, Privacy Act, Equal Employment Opportunity, FAR Contracts, and FOIA;
  • Prepare agency administrative reports, policies and guidelines; and
  • Participate in agency and inter-agency working groups, and represent the agency in dealings with a variety of USTDA stakeholders. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
The following qualifications are required:
1. Your resume must demonstrate that you possess:
  • A minimum of three years post J.D/LL.B. legal experience in one or more of the following areas: corporate or commercial law; international transactions; project finance; administrative law; and government contracts or grants.
  • Skill in research and analysis of complex legal issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience in drafting memoranda of law, regulatory documents, or corporate legal documents.
  • Possession and application of strong negotiating, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience addressing legal and factual issues for which there are limited precedents and require balancing of conflicting or competing interests.
  • Experience performing routine legal assignments independently.
  • Experience independently managing caseloads and completing activities within established schedules.
2. You must be an active member in good standing of the Bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

3. You must be a U.S. citizen in order to qualify for this position.


These qualification requirements are condensed from the OPM Operating Manual "Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions" which is available at . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the following competencies (previously referred to as, knowledge, skills, and abilities) required of this position:

Legal, Government, & Jurisprudence - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.’

Contracting/Procurement - Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.

Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Reasoning - Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.

Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Interpersonal Skill - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Oral Communication - Expresses information (e.g., ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g., technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Written Communication - facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.

Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

To preview the assessment questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

USTDA offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits including life insurance, a wide variety of health insurance plans, a retirement plan, a thrift savings plan (similar to a 401(k)) which includes employer-matched contributions, annual vacation and sick leave, and training opportunities. For general information on major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit . OTHER INFORMATION:

Conditions of Employment:
Selection for this term position may require serving a 1-year trial period.

This position may require approximately 6 -10 nights of travel per month.

Be required to complete a Confidential Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450, upon entrance, and on an annual basis thereafter.

Applicant must be eligible to obtain and keep a security clearance. Appointment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Work Schedule:
This position will be filled as full-time.

Relocation Expenses:
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will not be paid by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Veteran's Preference:
USTDA is not required to apply Veteran Preference in filling this Excepted position; however, the agency will follow the principle of Veteran Preference to the extent administratively feasible. Applicants eligible for veteran preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. DD Form 214, SF-15 or other substantiating documents )to their submissions.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

We may hire at any of the grades shown on this announcement. New employees to the Federal Government usually enter at the Step 1 of the grade. Applicants may identify the grade level(s) for which they wish to be considered. - 2 years ago - save job