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Chief Counsel

Washington, DC
Full Time
Job #: DE-10834026-20-PMC Exp.: 5+ Years Salary: $131,239 - $181,500 Yearly
The incumbent of this position serves as Chief Counsel and legal advisor to a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (Authority) and provides legal advice to the Member on a wide variety of legal and policy matters that come before the Member. These include especially sensitive matters, where discretion and confidentiality are essential. The incumbent is also responsible for the overall operation, direction, and management of the Member's Office.

  • The incumbent undertakes a wide variety of special, policy, or confidential assignments for the Member. In carrying out such assignments, the incumbent is required to be thoroughly familiar with the personal attitudes, approaches, legal policies and underlying objectives of the Member.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of written materials reflecting the Member's viewpoints and objectives for the Member's use in appearances before the Congress and various groups and organizations.
  • Represents the Member in dealings with other Member Offices, the Authority staff, other components within the FLRA, as well as the public and outside organizations.
  • In all personal dealings, the incumbent must represent the Member in such a way as to obtain maximum cooperation and professional respect both within and outside the agency.
  • Provides legal advice and policy guidance to the Member regarding cases before the Authority. Prepares recommendations for the Member's consideration or action, based on review and analysis of issues, reports, draft decisions, recommendations, or studies. 
  • Reviews issues memoranda and draft decisions from other Member Offices to ensure that they reflect the views of the Member, address all issues raised, and are legally correct.
  • Prepares or has prepared independent studies, reports, or projects as requested by the Member.
  • Responsible for the overall management of the Member's Office.
  • Responsible for ensuring that draft decisions prepared by the Member's staff: (1) accurately address all issues raised by the parties, (2) have been thoroughly researched so that the legally correct result is reached and appropriate precedent has been cited, (3) reach a result in harmony with the views of the Member, and (4) are in the appropriate format and free of errors.
  • Responsible for managing the timing, progress, and flow of cases to ensure that the case processing goals of the Member's Office and Authority component are met.
  • In consultation with the Member, responsible for establishing program priorities and goals, developing operational plans and policies, and communicating pertinent direction, guidance, and instruction to achieve them.
  • As appropriate, represents the Member or the Authority in speeches before agency, employee, and/or union groups in workshops, conferences, and/or seminars. Performs other duties as assigned by the Member.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Background Investigation required.
  • Must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school.
  • You must be a current member of the U.S. Bar
  • New attorneys to the Federal government will be required to serve a trial period of 2 years.

  • Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determination and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity.
  • Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional/technical qualifications necessary to qualify for a Senior Level position.
  • 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.
  • The incumbent must possess high level experience in the area of labor relations and labor law.
  • This position will include some supervisory and related managerial duties. These managerial duties occupy less than 25 percent of the incumbent's time.

Candidates must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Applicants must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing and have at least 5 years post-J.D. experience.

Closing Date: 15th June, 2020

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