Federal Aviation Administration Staff Attorney in Washington, District Of Columbia

  • Duties



Serves as a Staff Attorney performing assignments in multiple legal practice areas supported by the Office of the Chief Counsel, specifically in employment and labor law, general law, ethics and public disclosure (Freedom of Information Act).

Business Component:

Office of the Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel for Litigation and Employment Law, Assistant Chief Counsel for Employment and Labor Law Division (AGC-100)

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  • Represent the Agency before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and works with Department of Justice in United States District and Appellate Court matters.
  • Perform assignments under the direction and supervision of the EAGLE HQ, East and West Team Managers, or a higher level attorney, who provides specific guidance and direction as to approach, available source material and Agency policies, precedent related to an assigned matter.
  • Conduct thorough legal research by appropriately identifying and analyzing relevant legal and factual issues and arguments.
  • Assess legal strengths and weaknesses of available arguments to provide accurate, complete and practical legal advice and conclusions. Identify and learn emerging issues, principles and practices relevant to legal practice area.
  • Produce written and oral communications that are well-organized, clear and persuasive. Provide oral or written advice tailored to the client and requirements of the Agency.
  • Demonstrate inter-personal skills needed to develop and maintain strong client relationships. Actively participate with clients to identify and meet client goals and objectives.
  • Proactively identify and appropriately pursue solutions to effectively represent Agency’s interest in responding to high priority areas.
  • Develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key client business processes, priorities and objectives relevant to practice area. Accurately identify client’s business objectives and issues when providing legal advice.
  • Demonstrate skill in representing the agency. Consistently put forth effort needed to accomplish tasks, producing work that is timely and of professional quality. Give guidance to others on achieving work.
  • Effectively prioritize work such that priorities are achieved and deadlines are met. Use available staff resources and technology to manage workflow and product.
  • Incumbent will also perform other duties as assigned.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

Supervisory status


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

FAA Employees - Agency Employee; Internal Employee

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • #### Job family (Series)

0905 Attorney

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Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Position requires 5% travel.

To qualify for this position, ALL applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

(1) have a JD Degree from an accredited law school;

(2) be admitted to practice before the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction or within the District of Columbia;

(3) be an active member of that bar; AND

(4) demonstrate at least 52 weeks of specialized experience in the work to be performed at the next lower level for this job series. Specialized experience is defined as that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled.

To qualify at the FV-H pay band level, applicants must demonstrate at least one year (or 52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED experience equivalent to the next lower grade/pay band (FG/GS-12 or FV-G) in the Federal Government.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience conducting legal research, providing clear and concise oral and written legal communications, and fostering client relationships.

You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


This position has a positive education requirement.

All applicants must provide proof of a completed JD degree from an accredited law school.

College Transcripts: Applicants MUST provide a copy(ies) of their unofficial or official transcripts(s). If selected, you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges/universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence at the time of application. For additional information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Applicants who are not currently in the 905 occupational series (Attorney) in the Federal Government and fail to provide a copy of an unofficial or official transcript will not receive further consideration for this vacancy. Upon selection, if not currently employed in the 905 occupational series (Attorney), you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to appointment. If you do not have an official transcript (original, with the raised seal), you should contact your school immediately to request it.

Preview Job Questionnaire

Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions. Position may be subject to a background investigation. A one-year probationary period may be required. The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.


1) As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA section, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a human resource specialist as appropriate.

2) This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.htm.

3) This Level 1 (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment.

4) Some, all, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

5) Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; or (3) alphabetical, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

ALL applicants MUST submit the following:

(1) resume with complete work history;

(2) proof of active membership to the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction or within the District of Columbia. Please provide bar association number(s) and verification of active status.;

(3) writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages in length); and

(4) copy of unofficial or official transcript from an accredited law school verifying JD degree (if not currently in the 905 occupational series).

For guidance on how to create a Federal resume, visit http://www.archives.gov/careers/jobs/forms/resume-guide.pdf.

All required documents MUST be uploaded on or before the closing date of this announcement and should reference the vacancy announcement number. Failure to do so will result in a finding of ineligible. We are not responsible for illegible, incomplete or missing documents.

Please DO NOT email your application documents. We cannot accept documents received via the email system. Documents sent via email will NOT receive consideration.

Veterans preference does not apply to Attorney positions. PLEASE do not submit documentation related to veterans preference.

If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system https://eopf.opm.gov/dot/.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Received" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Received" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

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Agency contact information
Janet Haywood

(202) 267-2932




Federal Aviation Administration HQ Human Resource Services Division (AHF-100) 800 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC US

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Next steps

Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493729600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 03/19/2018

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: FV H

Salary: $68,585 to $106,310 per year The salary listed above includes a 28.22% locality payment for the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time