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Archive for February 21st, 2012

Administrative Counsel to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), U.S. House of Representatives

Job Summary:

The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) provides operations support services and business solutions to the community of 10,000 House Members, Officers and staff. The CAO organization comprises more than 600 technical and administrative staff working in a variety of areas, including information technology, finance, budget management, human resources, payroll, child care, food and vending, procurement, logistics and administrative counsel.

The Administrative Counsel to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) provides legal advice and analysis to the CAO, the CAO business units and, in specific instances within the CAO’s “operational and financial responsibility for functions as assigned by the Committee on House Administration,” to the Committee on House Administration. Specifically, the Administrative Counsel reviews and advises on transactions, leases, contracts, laws and regulations within the CAO’s jurisdiction. The Administrative Counsel must provide timely, thorough and well-reasoned assistance in developing and articulating administrative policy and procedural changes for the Office of the CAO, and in support of the House of Representatives. The position has senior management and supervisory responsibilities.

The position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives, and indirectly to the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.

Primary Responsibilities & Duties:

1) Supervise, oversee and manage Associate Administrative Counsels; write and/or review legal opinions, processes and contracts as required. Demonstrate sound judgment, knowledge of legislative and business procedures and practices. Review draft policies, contracts and procedures to assure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements.

2) Maintain productive working relationships with House Counsel, House Employment Counsel, Counsel(s) to Committee on House Administration and Counsels to other House Officers, avoiding unnecessary overlap and conflicting advice.

3) Duties do not include employment law matters except when specifically requested by the CAO.

4) Provide legal advice and counsel to the Chief Administrative Officer, CAO senior management and other CAO staff as requested. Draft and/or review correspondence, policies and other communications as requested to assure compliance with outstanding legal requirements. Conduct legal research and analysis to stay current with legislative and policy changes as they affect CAO operations.

5) Keep the CAO and Deputy CAO fully informed of pending issues and projects, especially sensitive or unusual matters arising from Committee, CAO or Member staff requests.

6) Prepare or assist in the preparation of background briefings, opinion briefs and memos.

7) Understand and appropriately apply procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies.

8) Understand linkage between administrative competencies and CAO mission. Keep current on issues, practices, and procedures in all relevant specialized or technical areas, e.g. procurement law and regulation, contract law, Members Congressional Handbook, vehicle and commercial office leases.

9) Exercise good judgment in structuring and organizing work and setting priorities. Balance the interests of stakeholders and readily readjust priorities to respond to customer demands.

10) Act decisively to promote customer service and/or the quality of programs and services. Identify opportunities to develop and introduce new services within or outside of the CAO.

11) Performs other official duties as assigned.


Undergraduate and legal degrees from an accredited college or university. Evidence of admission and current standing in at least one State bar.

Ten years legal experience and five years senior level executive/leadership legal experience, familiarity with federal legislative and administrative processes, business law and contracts. Three to five years of supervisory experience, of legal staff, required.

Proven experience in providing quick, thorough and cheerful service to internal and external customers. Proven ability to track multiple projects, appropriately delegate and hold subordinates fully accountable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Thorough knowledge of the U.S. House of Representatives’ environment; extensive administrative, contractual and transactional legal experience. Experience with information technology legal and contract issues preferred, but not required.

Ability to anticipate business and customer needs and proactively identify issues needing attention.

Foster collaboration and creativity, and recognize role is to provide advice, not undertake operational decisions or actions.

Strategic thinker who can identify the synergies between services and customers, and capitalize on these through effective legal analysis and advice.

Ability to meet the minimum physical requirements (lifting, bending, crouching, standing, etc) of the job. Availability to work additional hours as required.

Applicant Instructions:

Qualified candidates please submit your resume HERE (reference announcement# IO-001-12). If you are unable to submit your resume online, please fax a cover letter and resume (reference announcement# IO-001-12) to 202-226-7514.

Hiring for this position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act. Applicants seeking veterans’ preference consideration should contact a CAO Human Resources representative at for further information.


All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including marital or parental status), disability, or age.

Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactorily completing a criminal history records check (or other applicable security clearance) and a pre-employment drug-test (pre-identified position only).

Title 1 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended (5 U.S. C app§ 101 et seq.) requires certain House employees, to file Financial Disclosure Statements, for information please visit