Attorney Advisor (General)

US Office of General CounselFort worth, TexasFull TimeRemote


Duties

  • The incumbent will support senior attorneys and clients for commercial real estate transactions including acquisition and disposal of real property interests and/or commercial property lease procurement and administration. Provides legal assistance to real estate professionals concerning lease, construction, and building service acquisitions, and other lease administration and compliance matters.

  • The incumbent will provide consultation on virtually every aspect of the procurement process including procurement planning, the preparation of solicitation documents and any associated justifications or determinations, as well as matters of contract administration in accordance with the GSA Order on legal review.

  • Provides consultation on contract actions, such as incremental funding, period of performance extensions, Government-ordered changes, stop work orders, cure notices/show cause letters, terminations, and administrative claims.

  • The incumbent represents the interests of the Government in hearings before federal and state regulatory commissions, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), Government Accountability Office (GAO), Agency Protest Official, Court of Federal Claims and other administrative boards.

  • Incumbent determines facts, defends agency action against claims of discrimination, harassment, prohibited personnel practices, or retaliation, disputes arising under labor agreements, charges of unfair labor practices and other miscellaneous personnel/employment issues.

  • Serves as Deputy Standards of Conduct Counselor and ethics official within the Legal Division and provides ethics advice, opinions, and training on matters such as post-employment conflicts, gift rules, and the Hatch Act.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Meet all eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must have registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.
  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES politcal appointee
  • Serve a two year trial period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. If selected and you are a current GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination if this requirement has already been met.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 45 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency’s telework policy.

Qualifications

For each job on your resume, provide:

  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.

TheGS-11 salary range starts at $69,684.00 per year.

TheGS-12 salary range starts at $83,523.00 per year.

TheGS-13 salary range starts at $99,319.00 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must possess all of the following:

  • Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and possession of at least a professional law degree (J.D., LL.M., or, S.J.D.); AND
  • Bar Membership: You must be an active member of the Bar and in good standing in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; AND
  • GS-11 - Experience: Applicant must have at least 1 or more years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the bar. Experience must include work in the fields of Federal litigation, appropriations laws, procurement/acquisition law, interagency agreements, information technology, real estate law, resolving claims, ethics laws, and/or employment law. Experience must demonstrate working on large projects, assimilating large amounts of materials quickly, balancing competing priorities, and working effectively in a team with other attorneys and support staff.
  • GS-12 - Experience: Applicant must have at least 2 years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the bar. Experience must include work in the fields of Federal litigation, appropriations laws, procurement/acquisition law, interagency agreements, information technology, real estate law, resolving claims, ethics laws, and/or employment law. Experience must demonstrate working on large projects, assimilating large amounts of materials quickly, balancing competing priorities, and working effectively in a team with other attorneys and support staff.
  • GS-13 - Experience: Applicant must have at least 3 years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the bar. Experience must include work in the fields of Federal litigation, appropriations laws, procurement/acquisition law, interagency agreements, information technology, real estate law, resolving claims, ethics laws, and/or employment law. Experience must demonstrate working on large projects, assimilating large amounts of materials quickly, balancing competing priorities, and working effectively in a team with other attorneys and support staff.

Education

Note: 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. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

Bargaining Unit: Not Applicable

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. It is excluded from provisions of the career transition assistance program.

Before being hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application if you have not done this. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subjected to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:

  • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
  • Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior non-Federal work experience or uniformed service experience.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

We are currently filling only one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area, as needed; through other means, such as reassignment, transfer, reinstatement, or a noncompetitive action, or not at all.


  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the 'Best Places to Work' in the Federal Government'. LEARN MORE about why you should choose GSA.

    You will have access to many benefits including:

    • Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
    • Life insurance coverage with several options
    • Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
    • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
    • Flexible work schedules and telework
    • Transit and child care subsidies
    • Training and development
    • Flexible spending accounts
    • Long-term care insurance
    • Training and development

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will be rated according to qualifications, general experience, specialized experience, demonstrated ability and willingness to meet requirements of position, and demonstrated interest in the practice area. Eligible candidates are evaluated on your resume to assess your overall possession of the competencies/knowledges, skills, and abilities listed below.

1. Knowledge of GSA authorities, including 40 U.S.C. 501 et. seq., Freedom of Information Act, Small Business Act, Competition in Contracting Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulations, General Services Acquisition Regulation, the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, Government Accountability Office regulations, the rules of the CBCA and all other laws and regulations applicable to the mission and programs of GSA to review contracts and documents for legal sufficiency, to give opinions on contract matters, to determine validity of protests and contract claims, and to present the Government's position before the, CBCA, GAO, or other fora.

2. Knowledge of agency policy and GSA regional program functions as they relate to incumbent’s assigned areas of practice.

3. Ability to apply judgment in assessing the practical implications or alternative solutions to complex legal problems.

4. Ability to interact and influence individuals and groups effectively.

5. Knowledge and training, reflected in part by admission to the bar, to recognize issues, analyze facts and apply applicable law in rendering advice and opinions.

6. Knowledge of all phases of regional GSA legal activity to coordinate activities and to maintain uniformity.



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  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the 'Best Places to Work' in the Federal Government'. LEARN MORE about why you should choose GSA.

    You will have access to many benefits including:

    • Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
    • Life insurance coverage with several options
    • Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
    • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
    • Flexible work schedules and telework
    • Transit and child care subsidies
    • Training and development
    • Flexible spending accounts
    • Long-term care insurance
    • Training and development

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    • If you are claiming veterans preference:

    a. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.

    b. If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:

        • completed SF-15 form; and
        • proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
    • If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
    • If you are ICTAP/CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
    • Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit your SF-50.
    • Current or Former Federal Employees: Submit your latest SF-50 or similar agency form that shows the position, title, series, and grade.
    • College Transcripts: Submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s)/law school transcript(s) if the qualifications for this announcement have an education requirement, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education. See Application of Qualification Standards at OPM's General Schedule Qualification Policies website for information on crediting education
    • Bar Membership: Submit proof of active membership in good standing (Copy of Certification) of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar.

    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.

  • How to Apply

    Submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job.

    To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.


    • Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.
    • Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.
    • Click the Apply To This Vacancy and complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete. If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.
    • Note: Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the “Fax instructions” provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).
    Need Assistance in Applying? Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions.

    Agency contact information

    Michael Lowery

    Phone

    202-227-5396

    Email

    michael.lowery@gsa.gov

    Address

    GSA, Office of General Counsel
    General Services Administration
    OHRM, Staff Offices HR Services Center
    1800 F Street, NW,
    Washington, District of Columbia 20405
    United States

    Next steps

    After the closing date/deadline:


    • ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS:
      Your application will be reviewed for all requirements.
    • REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT: If you meet all the requirements, you may be referred to management for review and a possible interview.
    • SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER: If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or security background investigation process.
    • FINAL JOB OFFER: Once our security office determines you can come on board, you will be given a final offer, which is typically 40 days after the announcement closes.
    • FINAL COMMUNICATION: Once the position is filled, we will notify you of your status. You may also check your status by logging into USAJOBS. Go to My USAJOBS and then to Applications.
    Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!
  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

  • If you are claiming veterans preference:

a. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.

b. If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:

      • completed SF-15 form; and
      • proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
  • If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
  • If you are ICTAP/CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit your SF-50.
  • Current or Former Federal Employees: Submit your latest SF-50 or similar agency form that shows the position, title, series, and grade.
  • College Transcripts: Submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s)/law school transcript(s) if the qualifications for this announcement have an education requirement, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education. See Application of Qualification Standards at OPM's General Schedule Qualification Policies website for information on crediting education
  • Bar Membership: Submit proof of active membership in good standing (Copy of Certification) of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar.

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.


Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)

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