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Supervisory Attorney Advisor

Washington, DC
Full Time
Job #: PHMSA.PHC-2021-0003 Exp.: 5+ Years Salary: $144,128 - $172,500 Yearly
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), headed by the Administrator of PHMSA, is the administration within the Department of Transportation responsible for numerous transportation-related programs, including hazardous materials safety and pipeline safety. The principal legal advisor to the Administrator of PHMSA is the Chief Counsel of PHMSA.

This position is that of PHMSA’s Supervisory Attorney-Advisor for Pipeline Safety Law, with comprehensive responsibility for the direct supervision of staff. Under the direction and supervision of the Deputy Chief Counsel and Chief Counsel of PHMSA, you will lead and supervise the Pipeline Safety Law Division of the Office of Chief Counsel (PHC) and you will serve as the primary legal advisor to PHMSA’s Associate Administrator of the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) and the managers and staff of that organization.

As a Supervisory Attorney Advisor, you will:
  • Supervise or perform all legal functions relating to the regulation of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline facilities under the multiple statutes that comprise Federal pipeline safety law.
  • Supervise or perform all legal functions relating to enforcement activity under the pipeline safety laws.
  • Supervise or perform all litigation support services provided by the Pipeline Safety Law Division of PHC to the DOT Office of General Counsel and DOJ.
  • Represent PHMSA, the Office of Chief Counsel and the Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety at conferences, seminars, inter-agency negotiations, public hearings and meetings, administrative and judicial hearings, and in numerous other forums.
  • Provide legal advice, opinions and services with respect to all aspects of the pipeline safety program, including issues concerning the Administrative Procedure Act, Oil Pollution Act of 1990, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, Federal statutes and Executive Orders protecting the environment.

This position is perfect for an experienced supervisor with over 5 years of supervisory experience in a busy counsel's office in the federal government or the private sector. The ideal candidate is responsible for managing the case load of the office and attorney work product and therefore must be a strong program and project manager who has demonstrated skill in creating action plans, tracking milestones and ensuring outcomes are accomplished on time and within agreed upon parameters. In addition, the ideal candidate should have strong litigation and enforcement experience, in addition to strong knowledge of pipeline safety laws, environmental laws and rulemaking and regulatory expertise. This position requires strong writing and oral presentation skills.

Travel Required:
Not required

Supervisory status:

Promotion Potential:

Conditions of Employment:
You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration. Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date. This is an Excepted Service position. Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Trial Period: This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a two-year trial period.
  • Ethics/conflict of Interest Statement: All employees are subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2635, including restrictions on owning financial interests that may conflict with performance of their duties. Some employees, like those involved in contracting or regulating non-Federal entities, are subject to Executive Branch Financial Disclosure requirements set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 263.
  • PCS/relocation/recruitment: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.

  • To qualify, your experience should include experience and education equal or equivalent to the following:
  • To qualify for the GS-15, you must have: A law degree, bar membership in good standing and at least 1 year of professional attorney experience.

This experience must include:
  • Experience conducting briefings for and providing legal advice and assistance to executives and senior staff in carrying out the activities of their respective programs.
  • Experience managing attorneys in a legal department or program office.
  • Experience in Pipeline safety law, administrative law, rulemaking, legislation, litigation and environmental law.
  • Experience coordinating legal issues and professional application of legal principles, precedents and rulings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Oral Communication (*) - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  • Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, Government regulations, Executive orders, agency rules, Government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.
  • Manages Human Resources - Plans, distributes, and monitors work assignments; evaluates work performance and provides feedback to others on their performance.
  • Problem Solving (‡) - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

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.

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All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Mandatory Education Requirements:
In order to qualify for this position, candidates must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have a professional law degree, and must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.

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Closing Date: 26th April, 2021

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