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This is an acquisition demo position, NH-0905-III, equivalent to GS-12 thru GS-13. This announcement may be used to fill position in any of the following tiers: Tier 1 has a typical salary range of $63,600 -$83,214 and Tier 2 has a typical salary range of $63,600 - $98,317 (not including locality). Other incentives available dependent upon qualifications.
Specialized Experience: Candidates must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to federal service at the NH-2 (or equivalent grade level, pay schedule, pay band, etc.) or higher level. Specialized experience is defined as providing legal advice in the area of Federal employment and labor law, with an emphasis on civil rights issues, to include employee discipline, grievances, workers' compensation issues, collective bargaining agreement interpretation, and other related matters, to Personnel and management officials.
The description of your work experience in your application (resume with acceptable format) must clearly demonstrate that you have gained and currently possess the following knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position being filled:
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, precedents, and procedures related to government-related litigation and federal employment and labor issues and to effectively interpret and apply law and recommend changes in legislation, policy, or regulations.
- Ability to communicate effectively and skill in writing briefs, appeals, motions, oppositions and other writings intended to be persuasive to a neutral third-party or to clearly and precisely reflect agreements or positions..
- Ability to direct, coordinate, and review the concerted efforts of teams of specialists and to recognize and appropriately handle issues of precedent-setting nature, delicacy, or importance to agency goals, national and international importance, or high public interest.
- Ability to research case law and regulations relating to legal issues, inclusive of computer-based research tools.
- Skill in developing negotiation strategies and negotiating settlement agreements and in presentation of, and opposition to, evidence and arguments made in third-party proceedings.
- Provides Litigation Representation - Provides counsel and advice covering full range of employment, labor, and personnel law matters to management, including required representation for the Air Force in third-party administrative proceedings concerning employment-related disputes involving commands and/or positions located at Tinker Air Force Base. These administrative proceedings include appeals to the MSPB, EEO investigations and hearings before the EEOC and unfair labor practice charges before the FLRA. In providing representation before administrative tribunals, the incumbent serves as counsel on assigned cases and is responsible for independently formulating the Air Force's position and arguments to be asserted. Representation includes the full range of litigation activity including, for example, case preparation, questioning and cross-examining witnesses, making decisions concerning position to assert, filing pre- and post-hearing briefs and motions, responding to and making discovery requests, mediation, and settlement strategies. The incumbent is also responsible for formulating and filing the Air Force's appeal or response to an appeal with the head of the applicable adjudicative agency (e.g., responses to petitions for review, exceptions or oppositions to exceptions, appeals to the Office of Federal Operations of the EEOC, etc.). With respect to appeals or exceptions filed in behalf of TAFB from unfavorable decisions, the incumbent assesses the likelihood of success of appealing, along with the positive/negative effect that may result from the filing or declination to file the appeal or exception, and the specific bases for the appeal or exception.
- The incumbent makes recommendations to file or not file an appeal or exception. The outcome of cases handled at this level may have an effect throughout the Agency and federal government. Lastly, the incumbent is required to provide assistance to the DOJ on employment-related issues being pursued in U.S. District Court or in an applicable U.S. Court of Appeals. This assistance consists of the preparation and submission of litigation reports to AFLOA/JACL, the preparation of witness declarations, and identifying and securing relevant evidence.
- Provides Opinions And Advice - Serves as legal advisor on employment and labor matters. The incumbent provides legal opinions/advisories relating to employment, labor, and personnel law to affected organizational clients and management on matters including, for example, employee disciplinary actions, reasonable accommodation, requests for information, mediation, reviews of grievances pursuant collective bargaining agreement(s) and/or administrative grievance process, labor agreement negotiability disputes, management-retained rights, the duty to bargain with recognized unions, acceptance and/or rejection of EEO complaints, and personnel policies and practices. The goal is that the advice be clear, thorough, well-reasoned, consistent with law and/or policy, and timely provided. On occasion, issues involved are of such a nature that there is no clear precedent with which to develop an answer but, instead, the incumbent must make a thorough analysis of applicable statutes, their legislative histories, and analogous case law to provide an opinion. The issues involved may concern matters of the utmost importance and distinction to the continuing vitality of TAFB.
- Negotiates, Drafts, And Reviews Settlement Agreements - As the agency representative in employment disputes, the incumbent engages in settlement negotiations, as appropriate, with opposing parties. These discussions may be bilateral or occur through mediation or other assisted processes. In such negotiations, the incumbent fully communicates settlement proposals and progress with the affected client(s), and develops and implements negotiation strategies to attempt to obtain agreements that are lawful and protective of the Air Force's interests in the case, analyzes cases to determine when and under what circumstances settlement may or may not be in the interest of the Air Force and when appropriate, prepares settlement agreements that are comprehensive, thorough, and professionally written and drafted in such a manner as to clearly and completely reflect the matters agreed to.
- Performs Legal Assistance And Other Duties As Assigned - Provides assistance and guidance to eligible legal assistance clients regarding personal civil matters under AFI51-504 (Legal Assistance, Notary, and Preventive Law Programs), in the areas of, for example, wills and estates, powers of attorney, probate forms, divorce, annulment, separation agreements, affidavits, change of name forms, consumer affairs, landlord-tenant law, real property, taxes, and other general civil law matters. Responsible for researching, analyzing, and interpreting, when necessary, federal, state, and/or local law, decisions, and case law to provide clear and accurate advice advancing the client's legal interests and recommending legal courses of action. Incumbent may need to counsel clients in person, and is to maintain currency in applicable law, while completing education and training requirements as detailed in AFI51-504 and other AF/JA guidance. May provide legal advice and counsel regarding FOIA, administrative investigations, and other civil law matters as assigned.
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.
- Are You Using Your Education To Qualify? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
- Part-Time Or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
- Volunteer Work Experience: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.