Role: Assistant General Counsel
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National Labor Relations Board
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States (on-site)
15 days ago
National Labor Relations Board
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
Spotlight Preferred
15 days ago
$147,649.00 - $221,900.00
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Assistant General Counsel



Continually reviews and evaluates operations of field offices to determine their qualitative and quantitative adequacy and effectiveness in all respects, including: thoroughness and objectivity of investigations, prompt disposition of cases, effectiveness of efforts to obtain informal disposition of cases without recourse to formal action, sound and impartial preparation of cases for trial, effectiveness in conducting litigation and other proceedings before Administrative Law Judges, the Board and the courts, effectiveness of program to achieve voluntary compliance with Board Orders and court judgments, timely and accurate preparation of representation case decisions in accord with legal precedent, thoroughness and objectivity in conduct of representation hearings and elections, accurate interpretation and uniform application of Agency policy and objectives. To accomplish this, field office visits are conducted by each Assistant General Counsel.

Provides the central point in the Agency for the receipt, consideration and disposition of communications and materials to, from, or concerning field offices within the district. Provides solutions directly on problems presented and makes independent decisions on proposed actions wherever possible. Approves on behalf of the Associate General Counsel correspondence, instructions, and other communications to field offices. Serves as the frontline representative of the General Counsel for Agency level consideration and resolution of problems and inquiries presented by Members of Congress, Congressional Committees, the labor bar, and business and labor leaders at the highest level concerning any matterswhich relate to field operations within the District. Keeps thoroughly abreast of external labor management developments and conditions within the District through contacts with local and national representatives of both labor and management groups.

The Assistant General Counsel participates extensively in all aspects of case processing conducted by the field offices and by the headquarters units of the Office of the General Counsel. By virtue of this position, the incumbent is required to possess and maintain a commanding knowledge of both procedural and substantive law. Directly coordinates Regional Office case handling with the other Legal Divisions in both substantive and procedural matters. Is responsible for all aspects of the representation case pipeline, providing continuity and coordination of the issues and problems that will be encountered as a representation case is investigated, the handling of elections and any related pre- or post-hearing matter.

The incumbent participates with the Associate General Counsel and the Deputy Associate General Counsel in formulating General Counsel policy for the institution and administration of various Government-wide programs in the NLRB field organization, and monitor such, programs to insure their effective and uniform implementation at the regional level.

Incumbent shares responsibility for and assists the Associate General Counsel and the Deputy Associate General Counsel in the overall management of field office personnel, funds and services.

In addition, the Assistant General Counsel:

  • Performs a wide variety of regular and non-recurring assignments, many of a confidential nature, to assist the General Counsel in the discharge of administrative and substantive law responsibilities.
  • Upon assignment by the Associate General Counsel, formulates and develops long-range goals, objectives, and policy planning for the efficient operation of field offices and the effective administration of the Act.
  • On behalf of the Associate General Counsel, develops and supervises the implementation of national training programs, conferences, and seminars for field office employees at all levels up to and including Regional Directors and for the attorneys of the headquarters case handling divisions of the Office of the General Counsel. In particular, the Assistant General Counsel formulates nationwide training programs for administrative professionals, trial attorneys, hearing officers, investigators, supervisors, administrative staff, compliance experts and management officials.
  • Continuously reviews Agency policy and takes action to recommend revision of case handling and administrative manuals as necessary to reflect changes in policies and practices of the Agency and continuing developments in substantive law.
  • On special assignment from the General Counsel or the Associate General Counsel, supervises the preparation of analyses, reports and statements of position, or with respect to recommendations of study groups or task forces, bar associations or other groups, for issuance by the General Counsel.
  • Represents the General Counsel or Associate General Counsel in meetings with top level representatives of other agencies for the consideration of problems of mutual concern.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Initial SES Career appointee is subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Must have a J.D. from an accredited school.
  • Active member of the bar, proof of good standing is required.
  • The position may be filled outside the District of Columbia.
  • SUPPLEMENTARY VACANCIES: Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
  • All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit. http://www.OPM.Gov/retire/asd/pdf/99-106A.pdf
  • Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report OGE-278e. You will need to provide the information annually.


THIS POSITION IS IN THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES): This is a Career-Reserved position and therefore must be filled by a career appointee. Candidates are not required to have previous SES career service before applying. The selected candidate executive/managerial qualifications must be certified by the Office of Personnel Management prior to an initial SES career appointment. Positions in the SES are ungraded.

To qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements:

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Professional/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. For this position, all candidates must be an active member of the Bar in good standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the US Constitution.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirements and all Professional/Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically eliminate the applicant from further consideration.


A. PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS PTQs: A narrative statement specifically to show possession of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Responses should summarize the applicants experience in relation to the PTQs and specific examples of accomplishments. Total length of narratives should not exceed 3 pages.
  • PTQ 1. Demonstrated knowledge of the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947, as amended, Fair Labor Standards Act, Administrative Procedure Act and State labor relations laws.
  • PTQ 2. Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply the National Labor Relations Act, 1935, as amended, related case law, and precedent in order to handle the most complex legal issues relating to the statute.
  • PTQ 3. Knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended and Agency Policies and Procedures.
  • PTQ 4. Ability to coordinate, manage, and participate at the highest level in case handling involving Regional Offices and Washington Headquarters offices to achieve maximum productivity, quality case processing and effective service to the public.
  • PTQ 5. Demonstrated ability to manage the human, financial, information, and other resources of an organization, and lead staff in accomplishing the organization's strategic goals.

B. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS - ECQs: Candidates must also submit a separate narrative statement to show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Total length of narratives should not exceed 10 pages.
  • ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
  • ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
  • ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.
  • ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
  • ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating.

Particular care should be taken when addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) described under Qualifications and Evaluation, as that information must also be reviewed and approved by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB). Be sure to include professional and volunteer experience, education, training, and awards that demonstrate your skills in a particular ECQ. Please do not submit additional materials such as position descriptions, publications, course descriptions, or OPM literature. Materials other than those discussed under How to Apply will not normally be included in the application package when forwarded to the Executive Resources Board for evaluation. Additional information on the ECQs is available at Executive Core Qualifications (

The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential, not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. Please provide your examples using the Challenge- Context- Action- Result (CCAR) model when describing your accomplishments; as described below:
  • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
  • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with and/or the environment in which you worked address the challenge or goal.
  • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address the challenge or goal.
  • Result - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.
Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your personal level of responsibility, the challenges and/or scope of complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions.


Applicant must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be a member of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The selectee will be required to provide proof of current bar membership prior to appointment. ALL APPLICANTS must submit proof of successful completion of education requirements. This proof may consist of a law school transcript, copy of diploma from the applicant's law school, or other documentation which provides clear and specific proof of education, such as a current SF-50 demonstrating that the applicant is currently occupying a position in the 905 series. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements for this position if you can show 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 by the closing date of the announcement.

Additional information

The National Labor Relations Board is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sex orientation), age, disability, genetic information, political affiliations, or any other non-merit factor. Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Agency's Selective Placement Coordinator by email here. NLRB offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities. (Note: for additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website here.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION POLICY: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow instructions in the job announcement.

PLACEMENT POLICY: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Click here for additional information and benefits for SES employees.

Privacy Act Information: The application materials you submit for this position contain information subject to the Privacy Act of 1978 (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a). We are required to provide you with information regarding our authority and purposes for collecting the data; the routine uses which will be made of it, the effect, if any, of nondisclosure. You are entitled to the same information, as it pertains specifically to disclosure of your social security number.

The National Labor Relations Board offers career opportunities that feature competitive starting salaries and the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle. You will enjoy a range of comprehensive and competitive employment benefits that include Work/Life Balance Programs (Alternative Work Schedules, Telework, Employee Assistance Program, and the Child Care Subsidy Program), the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life Insurance, Long-Term Care Insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, and the Transit Benefit Program.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants who are current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, OPM certified graduates of a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), or who otherwise meet the mandatory requirements (Executive Core Qualifications and Professional Technical Qualifications), will be considered qualified for this position. Rating and Ranking to determine "Best Qualified" will be conducted by a panel of experts and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ECQs and PTQs. Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, OPM certified graduates of a SES CDP will be considered noncompetitively. Those applicants who are determined Best Qualified will be sent to the selecting official for possible interview. If selected, your ECQs must be certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, unless you are a current SES executive or have graduated from an OPM approved SES CDP. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed in this announcement. Applicants must address all ECQs to be eligible for consideration. Your ECQ statements MUST NOT EXCEED A TOTAL OF 10 PAGES and should focus on accomplishments that support possession of each ECQ. See the SES Handbook for more information on ECQs.

Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility and OPM certified graduates of a SES CDP, who meet the professional/technical qualifications requirements will be considered for this position on a noncompetitive basis. Applicants for noncompetitive consideration are NOT REQUIRED to submit a supplemental statement addressing their ECQs. However, they must submit a Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, to establish proof of eligibility for noncompetitive appointment and submit their most recent performance appraisal, resume, address the professional/technical qualifications and complete the online questionnaire.

Required Documents

In addition to your responses to the occupational questionnaire and your resume, you must submit the following additional documents specific for this vacancy:

  1. Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire,
  2. Your resume; (Content of Resume: Your resume that you choose to describe your job-related experiences will be used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that the information be specific, detailed where appropriate, and complete. Your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.)
  3. A separate narrative statement specifically addressing each Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) requirement AND Executive Core Qualification (ECQs) requirement. Please address each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) separately from the Executive/Managerial Core Qualifications (ECQs). Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility and OPM certified graduates of an SES CDP need to submit PTQs only.
  4. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (indicating highest grade level held, tenure group, promotion potential and salary. Reinstatement eligibles should submit their SF-50 documenting their career appointment to SES if applying for noncompetitive consideration).
  5. Most Recent Performance Appraisal (Current federal service employees: If performance appraisal is not dated within the last year or if you are unable to provide a performance appraisal, an explanation why must be provided).
  6. Proof of Active Bar Certification is required,
All materials must be received by 06/17/2024 to be considered for this announcement.

Incomplete applications will not receive consideration for this Notice of Vacancy.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  1. Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Resume (See Content of Resume)
  3. Written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  4. Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) narrative responses
  5. Any additional required documentation
Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting your complete application package. Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all instructions before you begin.

To begin the process, click the APPLY button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the SUBMIT MY ANSWERS button at the end of the process.

If you have never applied through USA Jobs for a position with the Federal Civil Service, you will need to create a USA Jobs account. To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. New or updated resumes are considered "incomplete" applications until the required virus scan is cleared. To check the status of your application, log into your USA Jobs Account, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

Your complete application package (including required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE: OPM Form 1203-FX no longer exists

Job ID: 73775386

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