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Office of General Counsel ATTORNEY ADVISOR/GENERAL ATTORNEY in Washington, District Of Columbia

Summary

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Office of Insured Housing, Single Family Mortgage Division.

Responsibilities

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

As a Attorney Advisor/General Attorney you will:

  • Work on cases or legal issues of a moderate to complex nature where the factual situation is often complicated and clear precedents are not readily available or apparent.- Analyzethe legal issue in question,develop the strategy to deal with the legal issue, and the content and means of delivery of the completed analysis of the legal issue.- Provide legal advice to high level agency officials and is responsible for effectively presenting the agency position before administrative or judicial bodies.- Independently conduct the investigation or negotiation, plan the approach, and develop the completed decision, report, brief, opinion, contract, or other product; or represent the Government at the conference, hearing, or trial.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC is the chief legal officer of the Department, the principal legal adviser to the Secretary and staff of HUD, and the head of the Departmental Enforcement Center. OGC provides legal opinions, advice, and services with respect to all Departmental programs and activities, and assists in the development of HUD programs and policies. OGC also provides functional legal counsel on defensive and affirmative litigation and the development of legislation and regulations.

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Basic Requirements: Applicants must (1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.; (2) be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and (3) meet all specialized experience requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.ANDSpecialized experience for the GS-14 includes: - Knowledge of and experience with FHA mortgage insurance programs and providing oral and written legal opinions on one or more related disciplines (agency housing programs, real estate law, corporate finance, bankruptcy, or federal litigation practice relating to housing or real estate finance). AND - Experience analyzing and interpreting federal, state or local statutes. AND - Providing effective legal advice on complex and novel legal issues. AND - Managing a heavy workload and developing and maintaining productive working relationships with clients, other agencies and stakeholders, and the public.

For the GS-14, you must: Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) plusfour (4) years of professional legal experience, at least one of whichmust be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.ORHave a secondprofessional law degree (LL.M.) plus three(3) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.ORHave a first professional law degree (LL.B., or J.D.), plus superior law student work (academic standing in upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the school’s official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plusthree (3) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for the GS-13 includes: - Knowledge of and experience with FHA mortgage insurance programs and providing oral and written legal opinions on one or more related disciplines (agency housing programs, real estate law, corporate finance, bankruptcy, or federal litigation practice relating to housing or real estate finance). AND - Experience analyzing and interpreting federal, state or local statutes, and conducting legal research. AND - Providing effective legal advice on complex and novel legal issues.

For the GS-13, you must:Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) plusthree (3) years of professional legal experience, at least one of whichmust be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.ORHave a second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus two(2) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.ORHave a first professional law degree (LL.B., or J.D.), plus superior law student work (academic standing in upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the school’s official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plustwo (2) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for the GS-12 includes: - Experience analyzing and interpreting federal, state or local statutes, conducting legal research and preparing legal opinions and other legal writings. AND - Experience providing effective advice on difficult and novel legal issues.

For the GS-12, you must:Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) plustwo (2) years of professional legal experience, at least one of whichmust be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.ORHave a second professional law degree (LL.M.) plusone(1) year of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.ORHave a first professional law degree (LL.B., or J.D.), plus superior law student work (academic standing in upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the school’s official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plusone (1) year of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/date/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

Education

Attorney positions do have an education requirement.

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.For positions with an education requirement,you MUST submit a copy of your transcriptsor equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.In addition you must provide proof of bar or your bar number in the vacancy questions.

Additional Information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.- Relocation expenses will not be paid. - This is a non-bargaining unit position.- This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).- HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:- A 2-year trial period is required. (unless already completed)- Must successfully complete a background investigation.- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.HUD employees are subject to a number of government-wide and HUD specific ethics laws and regulations, including restrictions on outside employment. To review applicable ethics rules, please visit https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/programoffices/generalcounsel/ethics
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