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Attorney-Adviser (General) at Solicitor Office

Solicitor Office


Senior Level

Lakewood, CO, USA

$119.384 - $159.286

30 Aug → 29 Sep


Job Description

The selectee will serve as an Attorney providing legal advice, guidance, and support to the Department of the Interior and its bureaus with an emphasis on developing and providing training on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Travel Required

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

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.

In order to better assess your qualifications for this position, when preparing your resume please be sure to address your experience in or familiarity with the following areas of legal work: researching and writing legal memoranda and opinions and providing legal advice or recommendations to clients, judges, and/or senior attorneys; designing and conducting training on the application of legal requirements; and evidentiary privileges and e-discovery, including familiarity with technology associated with the electronic search, retrieval, and review of documents. In addition, please address your experience in or familiarity with the following subject matter areas and legal authorities: Federal administrative law issues, such as matters arising under the Administrative Procedure Act (including rulemaking), the Freedom of Information Act, and the Privacy Act.

Basic Qualification Requirements
Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND applicants must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

To qualify for a GS-14 applicants must possess at least 4.5-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation.
For any of the grade indicated above you can substitute one year of experience with any of the following:
have a second professional law degree; OR

meet any of the criteria indicated below:
academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;
graduation with academic honors;
significant participation on the law school's law review;
significant participation in the law school's moot court competition;
significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;
significant summer law office clerk experience; or
other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.

Candidates should have excellent oral communication, writing, research and analysis skills, and the ability to work effectively with other people, and exercise sound judgment.

All applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Job Responsibilities

  • As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Departmental FOIA Office (DFO), located in either Washington, DC or Lakewood, CO your specific duties will include:
  • Serving on the DFO's Coordination and Oversight Team (COT) as the Department's FOIA Training Program Manager, creating and conducting training on FOIA requirements for Department employees across the country, using various media;
  • Serving as a legal adviser for the Department's FOIA Community, advising and developing training materials that properly address legal issues pertaining to FOIA including procedural requirements and the proper application of exemptions;
  • Leading evaluations of the Department's FOIA training resource needs;
  • Assisting the head of the COT in establishing FOIA training goals and annual strategy and ensuring that training goals are met;
  • Developing a suite of FOIA resources designed to train all levels of the Department's federal workforce to understand their FOIA responsibilities;
  • Coordinating FOIA training activities for bureau/office-level FOIA Officers and records custodians that specialize on the types of records that are maintained by the bureau, the FOIA issues that most commonly surround them, and agency-specific internal administrative practices;
  • Collaborating with the DFO's Policy Chief and FOIA Technology Program Manager to meet training needs on FOIA-related policies and technology tools;
  • Developing training/explanatory content for the DOI FOIA website and DOI FOIA Intranet sites;
  • Incorporating the effects of changes in law or regulations on the operations of the Department's programs and FOIA implications to ensure training materials stay up to date, incorporate such changes, and make recommendations for improvement;
  • Preparing briefing materials for senior Department leaders to effectively convey key information concerning the Department's FOIA resources, obligations, and expectations during the FOIA process;
  • Mentoring and training agency and bureau FOIA personnel and employees on the proper and effective application of the FOIA;
  • Providing training on drafting concise, clear, and accurate legal memoranda and pleadings as needed, including answers, declarations, and Vaughn indices.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.

  • Must be an active member of the bar.

  • Selectee may be subject to serving a 2-year trial period.

Benefits/What We offer

  • 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.

  • Health insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Flexible spending account

  • Paid time off

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