Assistant General Counsel
Judicial Branch - Washington, DC

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The Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial Branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States. The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts.

AO positions are classified and paid under a broad-banded system with the exception of positions in the AO Executive Service. Salary is commensurate with experience. Most AO employees are eligible for full Federal and Judiciary benefits.

The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the Third Branch of government. We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.

Applicants who were found qualified under announcement #13-OGC-787258 will automatically be considered and need not re-apply.

This is an open until filled announcement. A cut-off certificate will be issued January 31, 2013 and every two weeks thereafter. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to maximize their opportunity for consideration.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • Selectees may be subject to a one-year trial period.
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

DUTIES: The incumbent of this position will be an attorney specializing in Federal procurement law issues. The subject areas to be assigned likely will vary over time, but are anticipated to include Federal procurement, with an emphasis on appropriations law, Economy Act and non-Economy Act agreements, property management/disposal, Federal building security, privacy, FOIA, and Federal records management.

The incumbent must have excellent legal research and analytical skills; the ability to write clearly and succinctly; the ability to plan, organize, and work effectively under demanding circumstances and time constraints; the ability to identify and resolve problems effectively; and the ability to communicate effectively with judges and other Judiciary personnel as well as members of the Executive and Legislative Branches and outside entities.

Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing legal research and providing advice in the subject areas handled by the Office;
  • Responding to written, telephonic and other inquiries from judges, court executives, AO personnel and other Judiciary officials on a wide range of subjects;
  • Representing the AO in defense of protests filed with the Government Accountability Office or coordinating with the Department of Justice in defending contract dispute litigation in Federal court;
  • Assisting in the provision of counsel and staff support to Judicial Conference committees represented by the Office; and
  • Drafting and analyzing proposed legislation, Judiciary regulations, and similar material.
  • The Office of the General Counsel provides legal counsel and services to the Director and AO staff, the Judicial Conference of the United States and its committees, judges and other court officials. The Office is responsible for rendering legal opinions and advice on a wide range of issues in the field of Federal judicial administration, such as personnel, ethics, appropriations, procurement, and sentencing and correctional supervision.

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Federal Court of general jurisdiction. In addition, at least three years (preferably six) of post J.D. legal experience is required.

    Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience (preferably two) which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience for this position is demonstrated experience as a practicing lawyer for the Federal government in Federal procurement and appropriations law.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on any application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • All information is subject to verification.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/noncitizensemployment.asp . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf .
  • If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if selected, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  • All new employees of the AO must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • If selected for first-time appointment to the Federal government, you may be required to serve a trial period. Failure to complete successfully the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If selected for a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to serve a probationary period. Failure to complete successfully the probationary period can result in return to a position comparable to the one held immediately before upervisory assignment, or if you were not a Federal employee before the assignment, then you may be moved to a position one level below the supervisory position. An employee serving a trial period may be removed from employment under provisions of the AO's trial period policy.
  • If this position is temporary, management may have the discretion of converting this position to a permanent position depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses will not be provided.
  • T he selectee of this position will be assigned to an official duty station in the Washington DC metro area.


  • HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    BENEFITS: The AO offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington , DC has an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria. Located in the Capitol Hill area next to Union Station, the AO is accessible by public transportation, including Metro and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. As an AO employee, you may be eligible to participate in the following benefits programs: http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Careers/aopd/AO_Benefits.pdf

    OTHER INFORMATION: The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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