ATTORNEY-ADVISOR
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Kennedy Space Center, FL

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Serves as a mid-level Attorney Advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel, advising Kennedy Space Center (KSC) officials on a broad range of legal and policy issues affecting KSC operations. The incumbent is responsible for planning and completing all assigned legal services in a manner that is timely and responsive to the needs of management and the Agency.

This position is in the excepted service and exempt from competitive appointment procedures. This
appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a one-year trial period and recommendation for
continued employment at the end of such trial period.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • A financial disclosure statement is required for attorney positions.
  • A one-year trial period may be required.
  • Active member in good standing of the Bar.
  • More than one vacancy may be filled.

DUTIES: Serves as a mid-level Attorney Advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel, advising Kennedy Space Center (KSC) officials on a broad range of legal and policy issues affecting KSC operations. The incumbent is responsible for planning and completing all assigned legal services in a manner that is timely and responsive to the needs of management and the Agency. Incumbent is assigned to work on teams comprised of attorneys, support staff, and other NASA employees from a variety of disciplines and professions, and may be called upon to assist senior attorneys or provide legal services independently on projects such as Source Evaluation Boards or litigation teams. In performing legal services, incumbent works under the supervision of the Chief Counsel, and is expected to work more independently as experience and expertise is gained. The position entails legal advisory services as well as representation in litigation arising from the formation and administration of government contracts, personnel actions under Civil Service and Civil Rights Laws, and other areas of federal agency practice.
The work of this series requires admission to the bar of any state or the District of Columbia or within one year after appointment to the position .

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: This position may be filled at either the GS-13 or GS-14
level, depending on the qualifications of the applicant selected. Only experienced attorneys with experience in at least one or more of the following practice areas will be considered.

Experience in Federal government procurement and contract law and associated contract bid protest and claims litigation, and
experience or training in fiscal law is required. Experience in other than Federal government contract law
(e.g., general contract law, commercial contracts, state and local government contracts) is not equivalent to
experience in Federal government contract law and will not qualify an applicant for consideration or
appointment. Responsibilities of the position may also include ethics and standards of conduct, bankruptcy,
civilian personnel law, labor law, environmental law, FOIA, Privacy Act, transportation law, foreign and
international law, and general litigation. Experience in contract fraud programs, ethics and standards of
conduct, FOIA, Privacy Act, and environmental law is desirable but not required.

Experience in Laws and policies applicable to civil service employee hiring, promotion, and discipline, as well as Title VII discrimination complaints and associated litigation before the EEOC or MSPB;
Experience in the formation and administration of agreements, leases, or concessions involving the provision of NASA services and/or property under the National Aeronautics and Space Act and/or the Commercial Space Launch Act;

Experience in advising on compliance with ethics laws and policies as they apply to agency operations, including acceptance of gifts from outside sources, financial disclosure requirements, conflicts of interest, and post-government employment;

Experience in advising on federal agency compliance with environmental and/or energy laws, compliance with fiscal laws governing the use of appropriated and non-appropriated funds, disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, and/or experience with claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have a minimum of five years of
professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the Bar, in Federal acquisition law and
associated litigation; and experience or training in fiscal law. An advanced law degree such as an LL.M. in
Federal government contract law may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.

For the GS-13 level, applicants must possess at least 3 years of professional legal experience as is
commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position listed above and at least 2 years of federal
procurement and government contract administration experience.
Additionally, the successful candidate must possess strong written and oral communications skills as well as
interpersonal skills.
Your resume must clearly state these qualifications or you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar
Association (LL.B. or J.D.) and be a member in good standing of the Bar of any state or territory of the
United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and be admitted to practice
before a state or federal court.

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

BENEFITS: NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE .

OTHER INFORMATION: Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.
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.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

This position is in the excepted service. Should a competitive service employee be selected for this position,
he/she will be required to convert to the excepted service upon appointment. This appointment is subject to
the satisfactory completion of a one-year trial period and recommendation for continued employment at the
end of such trial period.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

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

Pay may be set in accordance with the General Pay Provisions delineated in NPR 3530.1C.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.