Job Opportunity one -14 CORE Trial Attorney

Personnel Law Branch (PLB)

Closing dates:
COB May 3, 2020

Work schedule:

Washington, D.C.

PLB is responsible for providing advice on personnel issues and policies and defending FEMA’s personnel actions and decisions in administrative hearings.

Duties may include:
• Supporting the Department of Justice in developing and presenting litigation in the federal courts, or state and municipal courts.
• Litigating cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, other administrative forums and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Represent the Agency before the FLRA and in Union arbitrations.
• Reviewing proposals, participating in negotiations and determinations of settlement of litigation, and recommending settlement of matters in accordance with agency, DHS, or OCC directives or policies.
• Preparing documentary evidence and witness testimony in support of dispositive motions or trial; preparing declarations and affidavits and directing investigations for the purpose of developing additional evidence in pending litigation.
• Preparing and providing trainings on various employment matters.
• Reviewing and making recommendations on proposed employment actions.
• Reviewing and making recommendations on legislation, regulations, or changes in existing policies, practices, and agency issuances to cure or eliminate problems

To qualify for this position at the IC-14 level, you must demonstrate:
At least three years of full-time professional legal experience gained after being admitted to the bar. The minimum three-year work experience requirement includes at least two years of specialized experience that is directly related to the position being filled. At least one of the two years of specialized experience must be at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the IC-13 level. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  1. Independently managing and litigating a heavy caseload of administrative cases;
  2. Independently producing well-articulated legal opinions, memoranda, and briefs regarding complex legal issues; and
  3. Evaluating proposed legislation and regulations and its effects on existing policies, programs and operations.

Interested applicants must send resumes to Ashley Darbo, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, at by COB May 3, 2020. Please ensure your resume or cover letter identify the relevant professional experience you believe qualifies you for the 14 grade.