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This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens. NASA is looking for an exceptional attorney who possesses the talents, experience, commitment, and enthusiasm to assure mission success as the nation plots its course for space exploration in the 21st century. If you want to work in a dynamic environment that is both exceptionally challenging and rewarding, then come join the NASA legal team at Kennedy Space Center where you will have an opportunity to use your current skills, build new ones, and make significant contributions to our nation's future. We are an industrious team of public servants who are focused on results while embracing camaraderie, cooperation, mutual respect, diversity, sound perspective, a sense of humor, passion for the practice of law, and compassion for each other. As an added benefit, you would be joining an agency ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation. A financial disclosure statement is required for attorney positions. A one-year trial period may be required. Active member in good standing of the Bar. Occasional travel may be required Permanent Full Time Serves as a senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel, advising Kennedy Space Center (KSC) officials on a broad range of legal and policy issues affecting KSC operations. The incumbent is responsible for planning and completing all assigned legal services in a manner that is timely and responsive to the needs of management and the Agency. Incumbent is assigned to work on teams comprising of attorneys, support staff, and other NASA employees from a variety of disciplines and professions, and may be called upon to assist senior attorneys or provide legal services independently on projects such as Source Evaluation Boards or litigation teams. In performing legal services, incumbent works under the supervision of the Chief Counsel, and is expected to work more independently as experience and expertise is gained. The position entails legal advisory services as well as representation in litigation arising from the formation and administration of government contracts, personnel actions under Civil Service and Civil Rights Laws, and other areas of federal agency practice. Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association (LL.B. or J.D.) and be a member in good standing of the Bar of any state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and be admitted to practice before a state or federal court.
Your resume must clearly state these qualifications (qualifying law degree, state bar registration number)
within the resume or you will lose consideration for the position. If selected you will be required to submit
official transcripts along with proof of membership in good standing of the bar.
U.S. citizenship is required. Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the
candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will
be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described
in this announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a
complete resume. NASA will not accept separate KSA statement.
A category rating method will be used to evaluate candidates. All candidates will be assigned to either a 70,
80, or 90 pt. quality category based on the degree to which their competencies meet the position
requirements. All candidates in the 90 pt group, which is the highest quality category, may be referred for
consideration. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be
referred to the selecting official. In certain instances when a large candidate pool exists within the highest
quality category, additional weighting of scores may occur to further distinguish best qualified candidates.
To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have a minimum of five years of experience in one or more of the practice areas discussed below. An advanced law degree, such as an LL.M. in Federal government contract law, may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.
Professional legal experience includes experience in advising on the formation and administration of Federal government contracts, including experience in any resulting bid protest or claims litigation before the GAO, Boards of Contract Appeals, or the Court of Federal Claims. Experience in other than Federal government contract law (e.g., general contract law, commercial contracts, or state and local government contracts) is not equivalent to experience in Federal government contract law, and will not qualify an applicant for consideration or appointment.
Professional legal experience also includes advising on laws and policies applicable to civil service employee hiring, promotion, and discipline, as well as Title VII discrimination complaints, and any resulting litigation before the MSPB or the EEOC.
Professional legal experience also includes experience in the formation and administration of agreements, leases, and concessions involving the provision of NASA services and/or property under the National Aeronautics and Space Act and/or the Commercial Space Launch Act.
Professional legal experience also includes experience in advising on compliance with ethics laws and policies as they apply to agency operations, including the acceptance of gifts, from outside sources, financial disclosure requirements, conflicts of interest, and post-government employment.
Professional legal experience also includes experience in advising on federal agency compliance with environmental and/or energy laws, compliance with fiscal laws governing the use of appropriated and non-appropriated funds, disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, and/or experience with claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Additionally, the successful candidate must possess strong written and oral communications skills as well as interpersonal skills.
Your resume must clearly state these qualifications or you may lose consideration for the position.
This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 32,000 characters including spaces. NASA does not accept resumes uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source or documents attached through USAJOBS' document attachment feature.Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements. If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested. All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration. Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a 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.At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.U.S. citizenship is required.This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. Recruitment for this position will follow guidelines established by the Office of Personnel Management for use of Direct Hire authority.Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.
This position is in the excepted service. Should a competitive service employee be selected for this position,
he/she will be required to convert to the excepted service upon appointment. This appointment is subject to
the satisfactory completion of a one-year trial period and recommendation for continued employment at the
end of such trial period.
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Pay may be set in accordance with the General Pay Provisions delineated in NPR 3530.1C.
This position is in the excepted service and exempt from competitive appointment procedures.
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

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