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General Attorney

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Vacancy ID: 1239018
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. _The VA is committed to hiring Veterans_ .
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are _I_ ntegrity, _C_ ommitment, _A_ dvocacy, _R_ espect and _E_ xcellence (" I CARE ").
America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go /.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job You may be required to serve a probationary period Background investigation may be required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Serves as principal investigative and recommending attorney in Federal Torts Claims Act administrative actions and dispositions: Investigative facts
Search legal precedents
Define legal and factual issues
Draft necessary legal documents
Develop and present Investigative reports
Report conclusions and recommendations to the Regional Counsel or Torts Specialty Team leadership as designated.
Serves as principal legal liaison and adviser to senior client representatives at client facilities
Serves as principal hearing attorney in administrative cases related to:
Title 5 U.S.C. adverse action employment
Title 38 adversary proceedings against healthcare professionals, discrimination;
Unfair Labor Practice complaints;
Workers Compensation (OWCP) claim disputes;
Probate actions;
Involuntary civil commitments;
Guardianship matters;
Procurement and construction contract disputes; and
Debt, garnishment, and third party collections.
Represents the Department before:
The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
The VA Disciplinary Appeals Board
The Equal Employment Opportunity Board
State courts VA Board of Contract Appeals; and
US District Court
Develops and is responsible for deadlines, projects, and work to be done.
Investigate facts
Search legal precedents
Define legal and factual issues
Draft necessary legal documents
Develop conclusions and recommendations
Work Schedule: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Bar Membership Requirement: Possess a Doctor of Law or Juris Doctor degree from a law school or be awarded such before appointment. Be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Where the duties of the position call for appearance in court, be a member in good standing of the bar, or be eligible for admission to the bar, of the State or Territory of the United States or the District of Columbia which they will serve. (Must submit school transcripts and proof of bar membership)
Licensing Requirements: Qualified applicants must be licensed in at least one State, the District of Columbia, or Territory of the U.S. and that Georgia or South Carolina admission is desirable but not required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
GS-11: To be considered minimally qualified for this position at the GS-11 grade level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Service performing work involving:
Practice of law or other legal experience of a responsible nature in any or a combination of the following:
As a law clerk; in legal research; in analysis of statutes; or in examination, investigation, or adjustment of claims arising under law, contract, or governmental order. In the military, naval, or other Federal service in the disposition of legal problems, as a reviewing officer, as a member of courts or boards, or investigation activities. OR Graduation in the upper one-third of his/her law class or one of the six alternate options of the Superior Law Student Program: Work or achievement of significance on his/her school's Official Law Review; Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif; Winning a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team which represents the law school in competition with other law schools; Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-shot, intermittent or causal participation; significant summer law-office clerk experience; or
_GS-12:_ To be considered minimally qualified for this position at the GS-12 grade level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service performing work involving:
Providing legal advice and services with respect to regulations, practices, law or other legal matters; formulation of opinions involving the analysis and interpretation of Federal, State and local l laws; composing correspondence on legal, litigated, legislative matters under consideration by Federal and State officials, attorneys, private parties and service organizations; litigation and legislation with respect to Federal civil rights laws and procedures; rendering recommendations or opinions regarding complex and difficult legal questions and factual issues involved in interpreting statues and court decisions; preparing pretrial briefs, motions, pleadings, responses, and other documents to present the issues independently with little or no direct supervision.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Ability to analyze facts and research legal issues.
Knowledge of policies and procedures regarding legal matters, hearings, and motions.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to communicate orally.
Ability to utilize information technology systems.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please .
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete theView Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onFriday, October 31, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents : You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is1239018.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at .
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit theVA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website /.
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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