The incumbent of this position is responsible for handling litigation to which the Smithsonian is a party and providing legal advice in areas that may include federal anti-discrimation laws, federal procurement and construction contracts, bid protest, real property, leasing, federal tort claims and other federal laws affecting the Smithsonian. These duties are performed in a fast-paced environment and the incumbent works under the supervision of the General Counsel.
Represents the Smithsonian in litigation, hearings and administrative proceedings pending before federal administrative (e.g. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and judicial bodies involving federal employment discrimination claims (e.g. title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Rehabilitation Act), government contract claims, including bid protests, federal tort claims and other litigation as needed.
Assists the Department of Justice in litigating civil actions and represents the Smithsonian in administrative actions by responding to subpoenas, conducting discovery, preparing witnesses, drafting motions and memoranda of law.
Provides legal advice to Smithsonian leadership and staff in areas of federal employment and procurement law, construction contracts, including bid protests, leases, federal tort claims and other federal laws applicable to the Smithsonian.
Monitors administrative and judicial opinions, decisions and regulations to determine applicability to, and impact on, the Smithsonian and advises appropriate officials as needed.
A. Qualified candidates must (1) possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Association of Law Schools, and (2) be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State or the District of Columbia.
B. In addition to degree requirements above, candidates must possess the following: At the GS-14 level, candidates must have four years of specialized legal experience relevant to the duties of the position or education beyond the first professional degree which included courses directly related to the duties of the position and which has enabled the applicant to step into complex legal work and to operate with a substantial degree of independence and responsibility at the grade 14 level.
For this position, specialized experience is defined as experience working as a licensed attorney providing advice in a General Counsel's office of a federal or other government agency or in a law firm with a minimum of ten attorneys or private sector organization with an annual operating budget of at least $25 million.
Those persons found eligible and selected for interviews will be required to submit a writing sample.
Interested candidates can submit resume and application to: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478620400
Applications for this position will close at 11:59 PM EST on 9/19/2017.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.
This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, OGC, Smithsonian Institution, which provides legal advice to the Smithsonian Board of Regents..., the Secretary, and other executive and program officers on matters involving the administration of the Smithsonian.