Federal Aviation Administration Staff Attorney in Washington, District Of Columbia

Federal Aviation Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

Office of the Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel for Litigation & Employment Law (AGC-400)


As a staff attorney, the incumbent performs the following duties that include, but are not limited to:

Conducting thorough legal research by appropriately identifying and analyzing relevant legal and factual issues and arguments. Assessing legal strengths and weaknesses of available arguments to provide accurate, complete and practical legal advice and conclusions. Identifying and learning emerging issues, principles and practices relevant to legal practice area.

Producing written and oral communications that are well-organized, clear and persuasive. Providing oral or written advice tailored to the client and requirements of the Agency. Maintaining the appropriate balance between providing oral and/or written advice. Effectively adjusting oral and/or written advice to meet the audience expectations and level of understanding.

Demonstrating inter-personal skills needed to develop and maintain strong client relationships. Actively participating with clients to identify and meet client goals and objectives. Seeking consensus with client as to the timing and scope of work. Proactively identifying and appropriately pursuing solutions to effectively represent Agency’s interest in responding to high priority areas. Putting forth effort to meet established proficiency level goals and objectives. Keeping client informed of developments, to include why and when an extension may be necessary.

Developing and demonstrating knowledge and understanding of key client business processes, priorities and objectives relevant to practice area. Accurately identifying client’s business objectives and issues when providing legal advice. Providing appropriate alternative solutions as needed to meet client’s strategic business objectives. Providing legal risk/reward analysis in support of business decisions. Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of when and the willingness to go to more senior-level of client based on risk levels. Demonstrating skill in representing the agency. Consistently putting forth effort needed to accomplish tasks, produce work that is timely and of professional quality.

Keeping practice area and AGC management informed of client issues and activities that may or should be discussed at a higher management level. Keeping supervisor timely informed of developments on legal matters. Educating clients about efficient and effective use of legal resources. Effectively prioritizing work such that priorities are achieved and deadlines are met. Delegating work to the appropriate level for competent and timely completion. Using available staff resources and technology to manage work flow and product. Seeking feedback from clients regarding quality and timeliness of service. Pursuing new ideas or approaches to strengthen personal professional effectiveness. Following established office administrative policies and procedures. Effectively participating in appropriate training or learning activities.

Providing legal advice and counsel to FAA Management on all information/general law matters {Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, e-discovery, records management, and Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)}; representing the agency in FOIA and Privacy Act litigation in conjunction with the Department of Justice. Providing legal advice to FAA management including high-level agency officials, regarding any and all matters within their area(s) of expertise. Providing review and analysis of complex and significant issues within their practice areas to ensure compliance with existing laws, statutes, regulations and agency policies. Performing other duties as assigned.

Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Position requires 25% travel.

To qualify for this position, ALL applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

(1) have a JD Degree from an accredited law school;

(2) be admitted to practice before the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction or within the District of Columbia;

(3) be an active member of that bar; AND

(4) demonstrate at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band (FG/GS-11/FV-F) in the Federal Government or non-Federal equivalent in the work to be performed at the next lower level for this job series. Specialized experience is defined as that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled.

*Those who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria*AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.**

You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


This position has a positive education requirement.

All applicants must provide proof of a completed JD degree from an accredited law school.

College Transcripts: Applicants MUST provide a copy(ies) of their unofficial or official transcripts(s). If selected, you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges/universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence at the time of application. For additional information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Applicants who are not currently in the 905 occupational series (Attorney) in the Federal Government and fail to provide a copy of an unofficial or official transcript will not receive further consideration for this vacancy. Upon selection, if not currently employed in the 905 occupational series (Attorney), you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Office of Civil Rights (ACR)


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Other Information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions. Travel may be required. Position may be subject to a background investigation. A one-year probationary period may be required. The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.


1) As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA section, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a human resource specialist as appropriate.

2) This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.htm.

3) This Level 1 (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment.

4) Some, all, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

5) Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; or (3) alphabetical, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

6) Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

7) This vacancy announcement is limited for the receipt of applications. Once at least 250 applications are received, the announcement will close at 11:59p EST on that date, or on the established closing date, whichever occurs first.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

Salary Range: $52,581.00 to $81,507.00 / The salary listed above includes a 24.78% locality payment for the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Series & Grade: FV-0905-G/G

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 453382100

Job Announcement Number: AWA-AGC-17-0002JH-49880