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Maritime Administration Attorney-Advisor (Contracts) in Washington, District Of Columbia


This position is located in the Division of Litigation and General Law, Office of Chief Counsel, Maritime Administration (MARAD).

This position is established to provide advice and representation on a full range of fiscal law issues,general government law, maritime and admiralty law.


The Attorney Advisor (Contract): Serves as the authoritative resource for the agency relative to legal issues.

Participates in review of procurement contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, financial assistance agreements, interagency agreements, loan guarantees, charters, operating agreements, or non-procurement contracts as assigned.

Assists in litigation that involves or may involve MARAD. Assistance includes, but is not limited to: development of litigation strategy and tactics, the preparation or assembly of administrative records, discovery documents, and other documentation required by the litigation; preparation of appropriate pleadings, motions, notices, stipulations, briefs, and Conducts legal research regarding matters before the Office, including but not limited to: review of relevant regulations, legislative histories, case law, administrative records, canons of statutory construction, and the laws of the United States.

Directly and actively participates in briefings for Agency senior leadership, including the Administrator and Deputy Administrator.

Represents the Office in meetings within MARAD, the Department of Transportation, and other Government agencies and with transportation industry stakeholders. The ideal candidate for the Attorney Advisor (Contracts) position available in the Office of Chief Counsel, Division of Litigation and General Law, should have:

  1. Experience interpreting procurement statutes and regulations related to U.S. federal government contracts, including the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); and be currently admitted to legal practice in a State or other jurisdiction of the United States;2. Experience reviewing for legal sufficiency and preparing documents to assure compliance with Federal procurement statues and the FAR;3. Knowledge and understanding of issues related to the litigation associated with contracts by the Federal Government;4. Experience litigating a case including: discovery (depositions, document collection, review and production); motion practice (motion to dismiss, summary judgement, motion to compel); and trial practice;5. Strong interpersonal skills: Must be able to interact and communicate with clients, colleagues and others within the Federal Government and represent the agency in the public;6. Ability to research and write clearly with respect to correspondence and to provide sound and succinct legal analyses; and7. Ability to present briefings, oral or written, in a clear and concise manner to supervisors and other senior leadership and capably represent the agency as necessary before various legal fora.


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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: SELECTIVE SERVICE:Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service.

TRIAL PERIOD:This is anExcepted Serviceposition. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. Applicants selected for an excepted serviceposition 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.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORM:This position requires completion of OGE-450, Financial Disclosure Form.


To qualify, your experience should include experience and education equal or equivalent to the following:

GRADE 12 -Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent experienceresearching facts, statutes, regulations, policies, and case law, and composing papers presenting facts, analysis, and conclusions concerning Federal Procurement law and working knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

GRADE 13 -Experience, you must have at least two years of equal or equivalent experienceresearching facts, statutes, regulations, policies, and case law, and composing papers presenting facts, analysis, and conclusions concerning Federal Procurement law and working knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

GRADE 14 -Experience, you must have at least three years of equal or equivalent experience post-graduation, during which time the candidate must have provided advice and representation on a full range of Federal acquisition law issues relating to government programs; worked on a wide range of legal concepts, principles, and practices; developing and presenting written and oral legal analyses and conclusions of law; and interpreting complex statutory framework with significant expertise with regard to the Federal laws and regulations relating to acquisitions AND experience in procurement litigation either in Federal court, a Board of Contract Appeals, or with respect to bid protests before the General Accountability Office.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.For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date. Other 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. For new graduates, admission to the bar is required within 14 months after graduation from an accredited law school.

Additional Information

TELEWORK: Managers may exercise discretion to allow a limited amount of regular or task-based telework for this position.EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT)maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.