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Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Attorney-Advisor (Assistant General Counsel)
Open Period:
01/06/2014 - 01/27/2014
AD - 0905 03
$89033.00 - $140259.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Few in
  • Arlington, VA, US
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Who May Apply:
Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.
Security Clearance Required:
Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:
NSF is on the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, the agency also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF ensures that research is fully integrated with education so that today's revolutionary work will also be training future scientists and engineers.

We are also at the forefront of federal business and operations best practices, ensuring accountability and efficacy of the work we do.
More about NSF.
"Monster/Hiring Management will be unavailable/offline on Sunday, January 12, 2014. You will not be able to apply for this job announcement during this time."

Applicants wishing to apply for the AD-905-04 position should see Job Announcement OGC-2014-0004.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

The NSF is seeking qualified candidates for the position of an Assistant General Counsel within the Office of the Director (OD), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Arlington, VA. The OGC is the legal advisor and advocate for the Foundation, providing legal advice and assistance on all aspects of the Foundation's programs, policies, and operations, as well as areas affecting science and technology more broadly. Advice is provided in a wide variety of areas, such as: grants, contracts and cooperative agreements; intellectual property; conflicts-of-interest; employee and labor relations; civil rights; health, safety and environment; public regulation of research; Federal fiscal and administrative law and procedure; international law and agreements; and national security restrictions of scientific research (including export controls). The OGC also provides litigation expertise to the agency coordinating each phase of complex litigation with various divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice.

More information about OGC can be found at
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Authorized:

Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.

Key Requirements:

Background investigation. Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.


The individual selected for this position will serve as an Assistant General Counsel. The Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for providing advice and guidance related to the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), PRIVACY ACT, AND/OR FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT (FACA). Additionally, the Assistant General Counsel will:

  • Counsel top management of Directorate(s) with respect to legal and policy aspects of major awards and declined proposals.

  • Author and present substantive, procedural, and administrative regulations and policies. Determines need for implementation of rule- making procedures. Consults with and renders opinions to all levels of management in interpreting and applying such regulations.

  • Provide legal representation for the Foundation in difficult negotiations with contractors and their attorneys in attempting to settle disputes and claims arising from contracts and grants. Negotiates settlements.

  • Provide legal representation for the Foundation in negotiations of terms of contracts and grants in difficult situations when requested by the Contracting or Grants Officer.

  • Identify facts and issues to determine the nature of the legal problem, conducts legal research, and provides written and oral legal advice.

  • In disputed cases, prepare Foundation's case and present it before the appropriate tribunal, which may be administrative, trial or appellate.

  • Determine approach after analysis of legal theories. Plan and conduct investigations. Weigh the evidence. Determine alternative legal strategies.

  • Prepare proposed complaints and other legal documents such as trial briefs, subpoenas, motions, answers, depositions, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, and appeal briefs.

  • Select and prepare witnesses. Examine and cross examine lay and expert witnesses.

Qualifications and Evaluations

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.
You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors

  1. Knowledge of Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

  2. Ability to analyze legal problems, including consideration of applicable legal rules, the issues they present, the policy considerations that underlie them, and the legal and programmatic benefits and risks that arise from them.

  3. Ability to represent the Agency in administrative and judicial proceedings, interagency and executive branch meetings, and negotiations as demonstrated by an ability to write and argue clearly, succinctly, and persuasively.

  4. Ability to manage a varied workload and work concurrently and collaboratively with other attorneys and staff.

  5. Knowledge of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, federal grant and contract practice, and federal ethics and financial disclosures.

  6. Ability to understand and effectively advocate on behalf of the National Science Foundation.

Candidates must have a J.D. from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), plus after award of the J.D., six or more years of professional legal experience. 

Candidates must have expertise related to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, and/or Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

Bar Membership: Member in good standing of the bar of a State, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Also, desirable, but not required, is experience involving: Paperwork Reduction Act, Administrative Procedures Act, Federal Grants and Contracts law and practice, Federal Ethics and Financial Disclosures law and regulation.

Benefits and Other Info

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Additional Benefits:
A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

•        Pre-tax parking
•        Public transportation subsidy
•        Child development center on site
•        Child care subsidy
•        Flexible working hours
•        Telecommuting
•        Physical fitness facility on site
•        NSF Federal Credit Union on site
•        Health services unit on site
•        Employee assistance program
Other Information:

If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

This Assistant General Counsel position is not in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
Your application must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact Information below for special instructions on how to submit your application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.

Required Documents:
In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit  to their application.  Non-Citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non-Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form. This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).
What to Expect Next:
Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.