Attorney-Advisor (General)

US Government, Department of Homeland Security

This position is in the Office of General & Ethics in the Legal Division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The incumbent serves as an Attorney-Advisor who will routinely provide guidance on Bureau wide operational matters and policies, as well as represent the CFPB in administrative litigation.

 

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Job Grade: 51
Total Openings: 2

Duties:

The following are the duties of this position at the CN-53, broadly equivalent to the GS-13. If you are selected at a lower grade level, your duties will be adjusted accordingly. Attorneys at CFPB may be eligible for promotions subject to the Bureau’s Attorney Hiring & Promotion Policy. Provide confidential legal and policy advice in the area of general law, which includes but not limited to, fiscal, employment, EEO, labor, procurement, government ethics, rules of professional conduct for attorneys, travel, and information (such as intellectual property, data rights, government records, information security, privileges, privacy and FOIA). Represent the Bureau in labor and employment matters including serving as the Bureau’s representative in administrative forums and federal courts. Counsel clients, including senior Bureau staff, with respect to legal compliance, litigation risk, and other legal and policy issues. Plan, research, and analyze legal issues arising from policy options and CFPB procedures. Develop tactical and strategic plans for straightforward proposed actions and agency activity. Draft for review straightforward proposed agency decisions and provide legal guidance and advice on straightforward personnel matters and other given legal specialty areas. Lead certain aspects of matters with minimal guidance. Manage competing priorities with minimal guidance from supervisors and more senior attorneys.

Qualifications:

*Each grade is at its Full Performance Level.* Minimum Qualifications for the CN-53/CN-52/CN-51: 1. Law Degree: Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B., J.D. or equivalent; AND
2. Bar Membership: Applicants must be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; AND
3. Years of related legal experience or specialized experience substitution for each grade you apply to: For the CN-53 you must have: Three (3) years of related legal experience. Such experience must include experience as a licensed attorney in order to be creditable, (post-JD legal clerkships are qualifying for the experience requirement, pre-JD law clerk experience is not qualifying for the experience requirements); OR – You must have twelve months of specialized experience at the CN-52 level (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. For the CN-52 you must have: Two (2) years of related legal experience. Such experience must include experience as a licensed attorney in order to be creditable, (post-JD legal clerkships are qualifying for the experience requirement, pre-JD law clerk experience is not qualifying for the experience requirements); OR – You must have twelve months of specialized experience at the CN-51 level (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. For the CN-51 you must have: One (1) year of related legal experience. Such experience must include experience as a licensed attorney in order to be creditable, (post-JD legal clerkships are qualifying for the experience requirement, pre-JD law clerk experience is not qualifying for the experience requirements); OR – You must have twelve months of specialized experience at the CN-40 level (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of a Law Degree, Bar Membership, and years of related experience/specialized experience substitution, you must meet the specialized experience listed below:
Specialized Experience for the CN-53/CN-52/CN-51: Experience conducting legal research and analysis in one or more of these related fields; fiscal, employment, EEO, labor, procurement, government ethics, rules of professional conduct for attorneys, and information (such as intellectual property, data rights, government records, information security, privileges, privacy and FOIA); AND Experience communicating legal concepts and issues both orally and in writing to staff and management. The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume. A new hire’s direct and overall experience are critical factors in determining a salary offer, it is important that your resume fully reflects all of your work experience. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau determines the salary offer for each selectee based primarily on three key factors: The selectee’s directly related experience at the same level as the position The selectee’s overall experience in a particular industry or area The salaries of other Bureau employees in similar positions and with similar levels of experience. We also take the selectee’s skill set into account. Applicants should note that salary offers seldom fall near the upper end of the salary range as listed in this vacancy announcement. Salary may be set from the minimum of the salary range to the midpoint of the salary range. In some instances, based on a selectee’s extensive experience directly related to the position, salary may be set at or above the mid-point up to the maximum salary for that band level. See information on our base pay ranges and salary structure.

Job Requirements:

Key Requirements: Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National A Public Trust background investigation will be required. A trial period may be required. Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency. Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so. Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form i-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel. The Bureau is currently offering expanded telework opportunities to all staff. Additional work location and schedule flexibilities will be available to Bureau staff starting in the fall of 2022.

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