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Posted on: 6 Mar 2020 427 views
: Associate Chief Counsel
: $131,239 t
: 1
  • Open & closing dates  - 03/03/2020 to 03/17/2020
  • Service- Excepted
  • Pay scale & grade- SL 00
  • Salary- $131,239 to $181,500 per year
  • Appointment type- Permanent
  • Work schedule- Full-Time


This position is located in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of General Counsel, Personnel Law Group. The Associate Chief Counsel (Personnel Law) will serve as a national expert on all legal matters relating to labor law and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) pay cases.


The Associate Chief Counsel (Personnel Law) serves under the general direction of the Chief Counsel, Personnel Law Group. The responsibilities include, but not limited to the following:

A. LEGAL ADVICE - Particularly regarding some of the most difficult, sensitive cases, the selectee, without the need for technical supervision, provides legal advice and direction on matters involving labor-management relations and FLSA cases.

B. COORDINATION- The selectee oversees the Department's coordinated approach to labour-management relations and FLSA cases, including researching and interpreting applicable Federal statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, case law, and other precedential opinions, as well as State and Local Laws; reviewing, for legal sufficiency, internal Department regulations, directives, manuals and other instructions; and preparing and reviewing (for legal sufficiency) Department correspondence to outside entities and individuals.

C. TRAINING -The selectee develops and delivers regular labour-management relations and FLSA training programs for use with VA's Learning University and Talent Management System and for broadcast on VA's network stations as well as client and internal OGC training as needed for personnel law matters.

D. LITIGATION -The selectee serves as the senior agency counsel and/or advisor for cases involving labour-management relations and the FLSA.

E. LEGAL POLICY - The selectee represents the General Counsel in legal policy discussions with the senior leaders of the FLRA and FMCS, including their General Counsel, the Department of Justice, and other Federal agency General Counsels.

F. LEGISLATION- The selectee handles sensitive matters involving labour-management relations and the FLSA with significant Congressional and media interest, representing the General Counsel and the Department's interests.

G. CLIENT RELATIONS -The selectee is the primary agent in identifying the key clients in this area of law. The incumbent learns the client's responsibilities and determines what the Office of General Counsel might do to be more effective in helping them meet those responsibilities.

H. WORKLOAD MANAGEMENT AND OFFICE WORK PROCESSES -The selectee works with the Chief Counsel and other attorneys in the Personnel Law Group and OGC, management, and support personnel, to make more efficient work processes which support the provision of legal services in this personnel law subject area.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of drug screening required.
  • Subject to Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.


Applicants must have one or more years of specialized experience that clearly demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities below. This training and/or experience MUST be reflected by descriptions of your experience in your resume. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to perform all legal work associated with the representation of an organization to include conducting legal research, preparing authoritative legal opinions, analyzing proposed legislation, and conducting all facets of litigation in the following subject-matter areas:
    • Labor Law, including the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, master collective bargaining agreement contract matters, grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practices and matters before the Federal Labor Relations Authority
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Back Pay Act


  • Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree and be licensed to practice law.
  • Please submit proof of bar licensure.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Step 1: Review of resume for minimum qualifications (not to exceed 5 pages).

Step 2. SES Panel review to determine Best Qualified applicants for a referral to the selective official.

Step 3. Approval by the Selecting Official (may include additional screening such as interviews, background and reference checks)

Required Documents

A complete application for this position includes the following items:

1. Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for this position. Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact. Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five-page resume will not be evaluated. DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume. DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical qualifications.

2. Your resume should include three references with at least one being the current or prior supervisor. Reference(s) will not be contacted without your permission.

3. Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

4. Proof of competitive status: (Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career/career-conditional status in the competitive service.)

5. Documentation in support of eligibility under a special hiring authority. (e.g. DD-214 for VEOA, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A authority, etc.).

6. Proof of bar licensure.

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are on a current career Senior Level (SL) appointment; an individual with SL reinstatement eligibility; or a current career Senior Executive Service (SES) member who has competitive service reinstatement eligibility (at any grade level) to any position in the competitive service. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the qualifications requirements. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career/career-conditional status on an SL appointment, or SES General or SES Career Reserved status and for SES members, proof of Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certification.

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