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Senior Counsel – Office of Senate Chief Counsel for Employment

Job Title: Senior Counsel for Employment
Department:Legislative Branch
Agency:Legislative Branch – Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number: 4152015
SALARY RANGE:    $118,915.00 to $169,459.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:    Monday, April 20, 2015 to Wednesday, May 20, 2015
SERIES & GRADE:  AD-0901-15
POSITION INFORMATION:  Open – Full-Time Employment
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 15
DUTY LOCATIONS:  1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
WHO MAY APPLY:  All those who meet minimum qualifications can apply. See announcement located here: http://www.senate.gov/employment.
This vacancy announcement is open until filled.
SECURITY CLEARANCE:    Not Applicable
SUPERVISORY STATUS:    Yes
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

NATURE OF WORK

This is supervisory, professional work in the Office of Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. Serves as defense attorney in labor and employment law matters to offices of United States Senators, the Vice President, Committees, Senate Officers, and other Senate employing offices. Work requires litigating cases as first chair in trial and appellate courts, the Supreme Court, and at administrative hearings; advising clients of their legal obligations; giving employment law seminars; and doing legal research and writing. Work requires high-level thinking in the application of law to facts. Work is bound by Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Senate rules, and Secretary of the Senate policies and procedures, but requires independent judgment in setting priorities and handling unusual assignments.
KEY REQUIREMENTS

DUTIES:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Under supervision of the Chief Counsel and the Deputy Chief Counsel, takes first-chair responsibility in defending offices of Senators, the Office of the Vice President, Senate Committees, and other Senate employing offices throughout the country in employment law cases from the inception of the case through Supreme Court review.

Researches complex legal issues and writes accurate, persuasive legal memoranda and briefs.

Provides legal advice to Senators, the Office of the Vice President, Chiefs of Staff, Administrative Directors, Senate Officers, and other Senate managers regarding employment law issues.

Maintains current, accurate knowledge of all employment law cases and statutes, identifying how new cases and laws modify existing law applicable to the Senate.

Develops, prepares and conducts seminars regarding employment-related legal issues; prepares and presents oral and written reference materials and audio-visual materials for seminar participants.

Supervises work of second-chair counsel, litigation secretary and paralegal.

Prepares legal newsletters, memoranda, policies and forms to keep clients informed of and in compliance with existing laws.
Maintains current knowledge of the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment Office’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan; participates in periodic exercises and drills.

Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Work requires Juris Doctorate degree, and a minimum of eight years experience defending employment claims and advising employers regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws. Work requires the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of federal employment laws, labor laws, constitutional law, and rules of court.

Demonstrated ability to research and analyze complex legal issues.

Demonstrated ability to write coherent, accurate and persuasive legal briefs and motions for trial and appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Knowledge of modern legal practices and research resources, including LEXIS and/or WESTLAW.

Ability to operate a computer and utilize applicable software packages.

Ability to provide accurate legal advice and to exercise independent judgment in defending clients at trial and appellate court levels.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Senators, staff of the Office of the Vice President, Chiefs of Staff, Administrative Directors, and Senate Officers.

Ability to exercise independent judgment in determining and implementing the client’s best defense strategy in lawsuits.

Ability to professionally handle confidential/sensitive matters and materials.

Ability to concentrate for long periods of time and to pay careful attention to detail.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on a one-on-one basis, to large groups, and before courts.

Ability to assign, direct, and review work of subordinate staff.

Ability to work extended and unscheduled hours as dictated by caseload.

Qualifications-See posting on website.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once selected, you will receive a phone call from Human Resources to set up a panel interview.
BENEFITS:

You can review our benefits at: https://jobs.mgsapps.monster.com/mgsjobs/index.htm/vacancy/preview!benefits.hms?orgId=287&jnum=14661
Health Insurance, Life Insurance, TSP, Parking or Metro Subsidy and Student Loan Repayment. Optional benefits: FSA, Federal Long-Term Care Insurance, Dental and Vision.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Online Application site: The online application can be found in the Employment section of Senate.gov – http://www.senate.gov/employment. All applicants should complete a Secretary of the Senate Application for Employment and attach a cover letter and current resume to the link listed above. Qualified candidates will be contacted if selected for an interview. Do NOT mail. No phone calls please.

Veterans’ Preference:
Hiring for this position will be governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (“VEOA”), as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. Pursuant to the VEOA, qualified applicants who are not current employees of the Office of the Secretary of the Senate and who are disabled or who have served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in certain military designated campaigns (“veterans”) may be eligible to receive a preference over non-veterans in hiring decisions. Family members of veterans may also be eligible to receive a veterans’ preference if the veteran cannot claim his or her veterans’ preference. To be eligible for a veterans’ preference, applicants must meet all of the requirements set forth in the VEOA and applicable regulations. Those eligibility requirements are summarized in the Application for Veterans’ Preference, which may be obtained by accessing the on-line application and completing the checklist. If claiming a veterans’ preference, an applicant must indicate that he/she is preference eligible on the application or resume and must submit a completed copy of the Application for Veterans’ Preference along with the supporting documentation specified on that form. If the Office of the Secretary of the Senate does not receive the Application for Veterans’ Preference and supporting documentation by the closing date, the applicant’s claim for a veterans’ preference may be denied. Applicants may obtain a copy of the Office’s Veterans’ Preference in Appointments policy by submitting a written request to vets@sec.senate.gov. Individuals who are entitled to a veterans’ preference are invited to self-identify voluntarily. This information is intended solely for use in connection with the Office of the Secretary of the Senate’s obligations and efforts to provide veterans’ preference to preference-eligible applicants in accordance with the VEOA. An applicant’s status as a disabled veteran and any information regarding an applicant’s disability, including the applicant’s medical condition and history, will be kept confidential and will be collected, maintained and used in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as made applicable by section 102(a)(3) of the CAA, 2 U.S.C. §1302(a)(3). An applicant who declines to self-identify as a disabled veteran and/or to provide information and documentation regarding his/her disabled veteran’s status will not be subjected to an adverse employment action, but the individual may be ruled ineligible for a veterans’ preference.

HOW TO APPLY:
Online Application site: The online application can be found in the Employment section of Senate.gov – http://www.senate.gov/employment. All applicants should complete a Secretary of the Senate Application for Employment and attach a cover letter and current resume to the link listed above. Qualified candidates will be contacted if selected for an interview. Do NOT mail. No phone calls please.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
Online Application site: The online application can be found in the Employment section of Senate.gov – http://www.senate.gov/employment. All applicants should complete a Secretary of the Senate Application for Employment and attach a cover letter and current resume to the link listed above. Qualified candidates will be contacted if selected for an interview. Do NOT mail. No phone calls please.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Donna Weed
Phone: 202-224-3625
Fax: 202-228-3603
Email: resumes@sec.senate.gov
Agency Information:
U.S. Senate
Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: 202-228-3603
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
If selected, you will receive a phone call to set up your interview.

Control Number: 401659400

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