Office of Personnel Management

Attorney Advisor (General)

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  • Full Time
  • $82,764 - $181,216/year
  • District of Columbia, DC
June 11, 2024 Attorney

Job Description

As an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you will provide legal advice and representation to OPM leaders on a wide variety of issues relating to both the internal work of OPM, as well as OPM's government-wide policies, oversight, and programs that support more than 8 million Federal employees, retirees, and family members.


The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) seeks an attorney to join its dynamic, high-performing team. Attorneys at OPM have a diverse and interesting portfolio of work, providing legal advice and counsel to OPM leaders responsible for governmentwide leadership and direction in the strategic management of the Federal workforce. The attorney will be called upon to perform a wide variety of duties that may include:

  • Providing legal counsel on an array of Federal employee insurance, compensation, retirement, and other issues involving programs that serve more than 8 million Federal employees, retirees, and family members across the country.
  • In particular, the attorney will work on retirement, compensation, and leave issues. Expertise and experience with these issues is strongl preferred.
  • Representing the Agency in important and sensitive litigation, supporting the Department of Jusitce in Federal courts. Litigation experience is desired.

  • $82,764 - $181,216/year
Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • This position is not eligible for inclusion in a bargaining unit
  • Appointments made from this announcement are exempt from the competitive service.
  • Must be an active member in good standing of the Bar of a State, Territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia.

Qualifications Basic QualificationsAt the GS-12 level and above: Applicants with one or more years of post J.D. legal work experience as a practicing attorney, such as a judicial clerkship or in general law practice, must have:
  • A J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; and
  • At least one year of experience to qualify at the GS-12 level; at least two years of progressively responsible experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; and at least three years of progressively responsible experience to qualify at the GS-14 level.
At the GS-11 level: Applicants with less than one year of post J.D. legal work experience as a practicing attorney, such as a judicial clerkship or in general law practice, must have:
  • A J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association;
  • Academic standing in the upper third of the attorney's law school graduating class (to the extent an applicant's law school has class rank); and
  • Advanced educational attainment that indicates the ability to independently perform legal work, such as work or achievement of significance on a law school's official law review or journals; special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school (e.g., membership in the Order of the Coif or winning a moot court competition); full-time or continuous participation in a legal clinic program as opposed to one-time, intermittent, or casual participation; significant summer clerk experience; or other evidence of clearly superior accomplishment or achievement.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in Federal employee compensation, leave and/or retirement programs is strongly preferred.
  • The following are strongly desired:
    • The ability to provide excellent customer service and to exercise sound judgment and decision-making in challenging situations;
    • Strong oral and written communication skills;
    • High competence in legal research and analysis, including the ability to effectively integrate and synthesize facts and law to make legally sound decisions, including in compressed timeframes;
    • The ability to work both independently and as a team member in a demanding environment;
    • Willingness to consider diverse perspectives and ability to navigate changing circumstances;
    • Ability to effectively manage multiple work assignments and competing priorities concurrently; and
    • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships, both within and outside OGC.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Education If you are applying at the GS-11 level, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated, official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable. All materials must be submitted before your application will be considered complete. Other Information

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Incentive payments may be considered.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Resume;
  2. A Cover Letter, which includes an identification of the GS level(s) for which you are applying;
  3. Proof of active membership, in good standing, of the Bar of a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia;
4. Other supporting documents, as applicable:
    • Transcript: If you are applying at the GS-11 level, you will be required to submit your transcript before your application will be considered complete. If you are applying at the GS-12 level or above, you may be required to submit a transcript if you advance in the selection process.
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.)
    • Performance Appraisals: Current Federal employees must submit their last two performance appraisals.
Failure to submit any of the above-mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Please do not submit any other documentation.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above to the following email address: Please include in the subject line your last name, the job announcement number, and the GS level(s) for which you are applying. For example: Smith, 24-RJ-12435251-ATT, GS12 and 13.

You will receive an email acknowledgment when your application has been received. This is not an indication as to the completeness of your application; you are responsible for ensuring that you submit a complete application.


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