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ProfileAttorney Adviser (Labor), GS 13 - 14 Duties: Principally provide legal assistance to the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) in connection with a wide variety of employment and training programs authorized or funded by WIOA and various other statutes. Provide legal advice regarding these programs to ETA and VETS and participate in any needed rulemaking and legislative drafting. Provide legal advice on the administration of the formula and competitive grants that are used to fund the programs, and represent the Department in any administrative litigation that arises from these grants. May also provide legal assistance to a variety of other programs within the responsibility of the Division, including the Job Corps program, programs administered by the Office of Apprenticeship, the Federal-State unemployment compensation program and related Federal unemployment benefit and assistance programs, and to the Office of Foreign Labor Certification regarding issuance of temporary and permanent labor certifications under the INA. Incumbent may also assist with issues related to DOL’s functions for the protection of employment rights under USERRA, and legal issues arising from the Department’s international activities. The position requires knowledge of the basic programs administered by DOL in the aforementioned areas, the exercise of independent judgment and discretion in the discharge of duties subject to the overall supervision of a Division Counsel. Incumbent drafts formal and informal legal opinions; reviews guidance, grant solicitations, and other documents drafted by the agencies; reviews and/or drafts rulemaking documents; and advises, on a continuing basis, on legal and basic policy matters affecting the statutes and programs in the field of incumbent’s expertise. Incumbent prepares legal opinions on very difficult, highly complex and/or controversial questions involving problems of statutory construction and novel questions of law which govern the administration of the client agencies’ programs. Incumbent from time-to-time meets with Federal officials in such agencies as the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Government Accountability Office. Advice is provided directly to DOL officials about legal issues in the program areas assigned to the incumbent. Incumbent may participate in drafting Federal legislation, in furnishing technical and legal assistance to Congressional committees considering legislation, and in assisting with the preparation or review of testimony to be delivered by Department officials. Incumbent also participates with and advises the client agencies in regard to a variety of other issues that arise in the administration of the client agencies’ programs.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the Bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.
GS-13: Must have 2 years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.
GS-14: Must have 3 years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. 1+ year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.
Note: The public; U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.; Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL); Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee; Federal employees - Excepted service; Current excepted service federal employees can apply.
Announcement number: EX-18-SOL-05. Apply online, No emails.
U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor (SOL)
200 Constitution Ave.,
NW, , Frances Perkins Building,
Washington, DC 20210