Attorney-Advisor (General), GS-0905-13/14
Environmental Protection Agency - Washington, DC

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This position is located in the Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM), Office of Human Resources (OHR), Immediate Office, Labor and Employee Relations Staff (LERS), Washington D.C.
For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/oarm.html
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications Section).
  • You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply).
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

DUTIES: At the full performance level of this position, you will:
  • Provide legal advice on strategic, regulatory, statutory, and procedural matters central to the effective functioning of the agency's labor-management/employee relations program.
  • Provide direct support to LERS and to the Director OHR in the analysis of case law, relevant legal precedents, and other labor/employee relations issues before the agency.
  • Serve as a designated agency representative in unfair labor practice cases, bargaining unit definition and designation questions, arbitrations, negotiation impasses, and other third party proceedings.
  • Serve as negotiator, principal bargaining team member, and/or principal advisor to negotiation teams at the national or local level of negotiation on collective bargaining agreements.
  • Monitor and analyze national and local level agreements for consistency with national policies, management direction, procedures, and labor-management strategies.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You need a degree as described below to qualify for this position.

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time specialized professional law experience defined as experience in providing legal advice and counsel pertaining to Federal labor law; developing legal positions on labor and employee relations policies; resolving complex legal labor or employee relations matters.

To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full time specialized professional law experience defined as experience in providing expert-level legal advice and counsel on highly complex and sensitive issues related to labor and employee relations; analyzing and advising on labor partnership policies, activities, and direction.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Federal labor law and related matters within the purview of labor and employee relations.
  • Ability to render legal advice on strategic, regulatory, statutory, and procedural matters central to labor and employee relations.
  • Ability to analyze and make recommendations with respect to courses of action and responses related to labor and employee relations such as union-initiated issues, grievances, and demands to bargain.
  • Ability to communicate information orally.
  • Ability to communicate information in writing.
  • Skill in dispute resolution and negotiation such as consultation, mediation, and facilitation.


  • You must have a LL.B. or J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association.

    As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

    You must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and must maintain active status/good standing as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions .

    This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

    If you are selected, you must complete a one year trial period.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You only need to meet the qualifications for this position to be referred for consideration. Questions provided in this vacancy announcement are for informational purposes only.
    To preview questions please click here .

    BENEFITS: Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

    To find out more visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    To learn more about us, visit: http://www.epa.gov/careers/

    OTHER INFORMATION: This position is not in the bargaining unit.

    EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm .

    This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

    If you have part-time work experience, read this: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

    If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

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