Company name: US Department of Agriculture.

The Supervisory Attorney Advisor serves as the key legal Advisor to the Director and Deputy Director on legal and regulatory matters impacting USDA program appeals and decisions. The Supervisory Attorney Advisor supervises a team of attorneys and administrative staff whose primary responsibility is to draft legally sufficient decisions for the signature of the Director and Deputy Director.

Responsibilities
Provide expert legal advice, counsel, recommendations, and reviews regarding all functions and activities, both programmatic and administrative.
Independently plan, analyze, and render legal opinions and final decisions on complex legal and regulatory matters.
Provide first-level supervision over a team of attorneys and administrative staff.
Ensure satisfactory performance on the part of employees: performance plans, elements and standards, training, caseload management, and priorities.
Attend to the most complex, sensitive , and controversial legal problems that arise incident to the activities of NAD.
Resolve difficult legal disputes between agency program participants having outcomes with significant impact on the public.
Examine determinations made by hearing officers on adverse decisions to determine if the hearing was conducted in a manner which obtained facts, applied the correct law, and addressed substantial evidence review issues.
Recommend key or precedent setting decisions for dissemination in training systems, as well as proposed policy and procedure changes.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel occasionally for this position.
Supervisory status
Yes
Promotion Potential
15
Job family (Series)
0905 Attorney
Requirements
Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
Selective Service registration is required.
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
Must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position.
May be subject to periodic random drug testing.
Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a supervisory probationary period for one year.
Qualifications
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience for the respective grade level(s) in which you are applying:

To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have in excess of four (4) years of relevant legal experience that includes: 1) reviewing evidence, identifying and analyzing legal problems, and rendering opinions on complex legal issues which implicate multiple areas of law for which there is often no clear precedent; 2) preparing decisions for approval and signature by upper management; 3)managing the performance of a team of employees, such as attorneys, paralegals, or administrative staff, and ensuring that the mission and functions of an organization are carried out successfully; 4) proving written and oral communications that are clear, convincing, and in an organized manner. (Must be reflected in resume.)

To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have in excess of five (5) years of relevant legal experience that includes: 1) reviewing evidence, identifying and analyzing legal problems, and rendering opinions on complex legal issues which implicate multiple areas of law for which there is often no clear precedent; 2) preparing decisions for approval and signature by upper management; 3) managing the performance of a team of employees, such as attorneys, paralegals, or administrative staff, and ensuring that the mission and functions of an organization are carried out successfully; 4) proving written and oral communications that are clear, convincing, and in an organized manner. (Must be reflected in resume.)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

In addition to meeting the specialized experience for the GS-14 and GS-15 level, applicants must have a law degree from an ABA accredited law school and be licensed to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory or the District of Columbia. Applicants must present a copy of their diploma or transcripts as proof of law school graduation. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in non-consideration for this position.

AND

Must be an active member in good standing of the Bar and admitted to practice in the highest court of State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory or DC. Applicants must provide evidence of their good standing of the bar and admittance to practice. You must provide proof of active Bar Membership including your date of admission to the Bar. Failure to provide this information will result in non-consideration for this position.
Education
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information
Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a supervisory probationary period for one year.

OHA offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. OHA is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Veterans Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney positions in the excepted service; however, the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers veteran's preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their resume or cover letter and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD-214 Member Copy 4). Although the "point" system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. For further information, see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

Selective Service Information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/fair-and-transparent/selective-service/

E-Verify: USDA uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement.

In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Required
Drug test required
Yes
Required Documents
Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your resume
2. Your responses to the assessment questionnaire in its entirety
3. College transcript(s) or copy of diploma
4. Proof of active Bar Membership including your date of admission to the Bar
5. Writing Sample

You must submit a writing sample with your resume. Submit a sample of your writing following the guidelines outlined below. Reflect carefully on the various documents you have written and submit a sample that best represents your level of competence in writing and how it supports the qualifications for this position. Your writing sample will be considered with your other application materials to assess your qualifications.

The writing sample must have been written within the last five years. The sample must be substantially your own work and should best reflect your ability to communicate in writing. NAD expects that legal written work goes through a draft writing and review process before publication. Please indicate parts of the document that required modification and editing.

Length and Format of Document: Your document MUST be at least 3 pages but no more than 10 pages long (not including the cover page) in an MS Word program or PDF format. To ensure consistency in the length requirements of documents, the sample MUST be in a 12-point font, double spaced. For example, do NOT change a 20-page, double spaced document to a 10-page, single spaced document. You may use a portion of a larger work, but please be sure to indicate this in the cover page of your submission. Please ensure the portion of the document you submit will be understood by the reader as a stand-alone product.

6. Other supporting documents:


Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the close date of 02/18/2020.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Benefits
Benefits
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