This position is located in the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in the Office of General Counsel (OGC), Division of Administrative Law. The position serves as the Attorney Advisor (Labor and Employee Relations).
More than the number of positions listed may be filled through this vacancy announcement.
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As a Attorney Advisor (Labor and Employee Relations), you will:
- Advise all management levels, including senior agency officials, on matters of responsibility and recommend courses of action, including the type of administrative action to be pursued in labor and employment matters involving the agency
- Provide legal advice and counsel related to personnel matters including performance- and conduct-based actions, matters pertaining to employee compensation and benefits programs under Title 5, as well as programs unique to financial regulatory agencies with independent pay and benefits authorities.
- Represent the NCUA in all aspects of administrative proceedings before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Special Counsel, and other employment-related administrative bodies.
- Prepare or oversee the preparation of pleadings, briefs, memoranda, and legal documentation, including settlement agreements, and correspondence for all labor and employment matters involving the agency.
- Provide expert guidance, advice, counsel, or training for management officials or supervisors, related to collective bargaining.
- Work closely with Office of Human Resources labor and employee relations specialists, staffing and classification specialists, and benefits and work life staff.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position for conferences or training.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Suitable adjudication of background/security investigation is required.
- A trial period may be required.
- A financial disclosure is required.
- Current member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Specialized Experience Requirement:
To qualify at the CU-14 level , you must have two full years of post-law school legal experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the work at the CU-14 level. At least 18 months of the legal experience must have been equivalent to the CU/GS-13 level in federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include providing legal advisory services related to labor relations, employee relations, AND equal opportunity laws and regulations.
In addition to meeting the specialized experience, top candidates are considered those with a resume that provides sufficient details and performance history demonstrating experience in several of the items detailed below and will be able to provide distinct examples of this experience if interviewed:
- At least two years of recent experience performing the full range of professional litigation tasks involved in reviewing, preparing, and presenting matters before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, AND the Office of Special Counsel.
- At least two years of recent experience advising senior management on labor relations and collective bargaining issues.
- At least two years of recent experience providing legal advice to senior management concerning performance- and conduct-based actions and matters pertaining to employee compensation and benefits programs under Title 5.
Applicants much also meet the following basic requirements:
- You must have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D) from an accredited law school.
- You must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Note: You do not need to provide official documentation at the time of application; however, official transcripts and proof of current and active bar membership will be required if selected.
You must meet the qualifications for this position by the closing date of this announcement.
All education must be received from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with an education requirement) therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees received from schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website: (see application details) .
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for federal employment.
SALARY : Pay will be set using NCUA's Compensation policy. The salary range shown is NCUA's Local Pay Rate (LPR) which includes a locality rate of 48.87% for the Alexandria, Virginia geographical area.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. You may register or check status of your registration by visiting the Selective Service website at: (see application details) .
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
NOTE: Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES (political) employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the point of contact listed on this vacancy announcement.
Applicants may be considered for other positions within the agency that require similar qualifications and are in the same series and at the same grade level of this position.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to determine if the required specialized experience has been met. If met, the application package will be submitted to the selecting official for consideration. An interview may be conducted with some, none, or all candidates. Prior to final selection, all required documents to support Bar and education will be verified.
Veterans Information : There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the National Credit Union Administration considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their submissions.
Excepted Service Position : This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, pay plan and grade level (for Federal positions), dates of employment and duties performed.
2. Other supporting documents:
- Cover Letter, optional but recommended;
- If selected, an official copy of college transcript(s), including a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D) of an accredited law school will be required;
- If selected, proof of current and active bar membership will be required.
YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement. When describing your experience in your resume, please be specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Please ensure that your resume includes the grade (if you are a current or previous federal employee), month and year that you began and ended for each position held or that position may not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.
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- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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