Attorney-Advisor (General)
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field - Cleveland, OH

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This position is assigned to the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) located in Cleveland, OH. The incumbent provides legal services covering all matters of law and legal policy that affect the programs and operations at GRC to include but not limited to providing counsel on planning and implementation strategies that serve the best interest of the Center's mission, goals and objectives. Assignments require the employee to work with responsible officials at all levels within GRC, NASA Headquarters, other federal agencies, state and local governments, universities and private industry. The selected candidate will participate in a variety of legal activities designed to assure adequacy and propriety in Center activities and documentation; protect legal and financial rights of the Government and parties affected by NASA activities; prevent or minimize litigation risks, claims, or other controversy.

  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Must possess a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.)
  • Must be a member in good standing of a State Bar
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Must complete a financial disclosure statement

DUTIES: Back to top Serves as an Attorney-Advisor at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) working closely with senior attorneys to review a variety of legal and administrative documents for legal sufficiency. Prepares and reviews legislation, reports, and statements to be submitted from the Office of the Chief Counsel. Conducts research on legal issues, preparing drafts of pleadings, motions, interrogatories, fact finding, and other related documents.

Analyzes factual issues and perform legal analyses based on research and experience with statutes, judicial, and administrative opinions, policies, and practices in both the government and private sectors. Reviews contracts or agreements between the agency and individuals, organizations, or institutions, government and private. Legal documents include, but are not limited to, contracts, memoranda of understanding, grants, and agreements. Represents NASA before Administrative Boards and Commissions. Provides assistance to the Department of Justice on litigation involving NASA in Federal Court.

Assists in preparing and drafting Space Act Agreements, contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and other legal documents, including statements of work and specifications, terms and conditions, regulatory directives, and other matters. Prepares legal memoranda reflecting legal research performed, and legal and factual analysis; and prepares legal opinions.

Provides legal services, advice and representation in the areas of Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Space Act, labor relations, personnel law, alternate dispute resolution, equal employment opportunity, fiscal law, security, Standards of Conduct, environmental law, international law, export control and commercialization, intellectual property, technology transfer, and other general legal matters.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top In addition to the basic education requirements described below, applicants must have one year of professional legal experience; or the second professional law degree (LL.M.) which requires one full year of graduate study; or the first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.), provided the applicant's record shows superior academic achievement including but not limited to: academic standing in the upper half of the law school graduating class. Your resume must clearly state all qualifications and or you may lose consideration for the position .

NOTE: Later in the selection process, you will be required to provide:
1. Official transcripts indicating acquisition of your undergraduate and law school degrees.
2. Proof of membership in good standing of a State Bar.
3. Contact information for two (2) references.

To qualifiy for GS-11 consideration :
Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Your resume must clearly state these qualifications and or you may lose consideration for the position .

U.S. citizenship is required.

Must be a member in good standing of a State Bar

Position is Excepted Service and is exempt from competitive appointment procedures. In addition, it is excluded from CTAP/ICTAP provisions.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Qualified candidates will be rated by comparing each candidate¿s demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience to the knowledge, skills and experience pertinent to the position to be filled. There is no numerical rating system through which to apply veteran¿s preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service. However, veteran¿s preference eligibility will be considered as a positive factor in hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran¿s preference are encouraged to include that information in their resume

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

OTHER INFORMATION: This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. Recruitment for this position will follow guidelines established by the Office of Personnel Management for use of Direct Hire authority.

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Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will 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.