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AFGE - American Federation of Government Employees

AFGE
American Federation of Government Employees


Staff Counsel
National VA Council (NVAC)

Based in Washington, DC


American Federation of Government Employees
National President
Office of the General Counsel
Washington, D.C.
Exempt

CLASSIFICATION:
Staff Counsel – National VA Council (NVAC)
G-11A/12A/13A/14A (Bargaining Unit Position)

I. INTRODUCTION:
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), General Counsel’s Office (GCO) provides a broad range of legal assistance to AFGE, including its officers and employees, and affiliates.

GCO provides legal assistance to all affiliates of AFGE with regard to legal questions, unit determinations, election protests, standards of conduct rules and regulations of the Assistant Secretary of Labor, unfair labor practice proceedings, AFL-CIO Articles XX and XXI proceedings, negotiability appeals, federal sector arbitration, arbitration awards appeals, requests for policy guidance from the Federal Labor Relations Authority, agency rules and regulations implementing the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA), rules and regulations of the Merit Systems Protection Board, rules and regulations of the Office of Special Counsel, proposed legislation on labor-management relations and federal personnel matters, the review and analysis of proposed agency regulations, court litigation, litigation pursuant to the standards of conduct under the CSRA and Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, internal AFGE disputes, trusteeship proceedings, issues concerning the AFGE Constitution, and all other advice and guidance that is necessary concerning the CSRA, all regulations implementing that Act, and all other legal matters pertaining to AFGE's operations.

GCO represents AFGE and its members in state courts, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. Claims Court, and U.S. Supreme Court, as well as in administrative litigation and arbitration at all levels.

The Staff Counsel (NVAC), in conjunction with the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel/NVAC Managing Attorney, is responsible for providing a broad range of legal advice and representation, while engaged in a broad spectrum of legal work on behalf of NVAC performed by GCO. The General Counsel sets overall objectives and policies, specifies resources and provides administrative and litigation direction.

II. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
At the G-11 through G-13 levels, the incumbent performs legal research, litigates before arbitrators and in judicial and administrative proceedings, and advises NVAC or AFGE officials regarding the interpretation and application of the laws, regulations, constitutions, and other legal matters referenced in Section I. above, under a level of supervision from the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel/NVAC Managing Attorney appropriate to the incumbent's experience and grade level. The incumbent also acts as a spokesperson for AFGE and its affiliates in meetings with agency officials, administrative judges, state and federal judges, Congressional staffs, and officials of AFGE affiliates and other unions.

Incumbents at all grade levels represent AFGE/NVAC in direct negotiations and conferences with senior government officials, including Department of Justice lawyers and agency General Counsel, National union offices, retained co-counsel who may be from any state or federal jurisdiction, members of the United States Attorney's staff, opposing counsel and court and agency personnel.

Performance of assigned duties requires extensive experience in appellate arguments and briefing techniques and expert knowledge of federal sector labor law precedents, as well as a thorough knowledge of AFGE/NVAC policies, structure and procedures, and union objectives.

III. WORK ENVIRONMENT
This job operates in a professional environment working to establish Federation and Departmental goals. The incumbent will routinely use standard office equipment such as computers, fax machines, scanners and phones. Long hours are periodically required. Travel is required. The employee will periodically be required to do some lifting and/or move items over 10 pounds.

IV. CONTROLS OVER WORK:
The incumbent reports to the Deputy General Counsel/NVAC Managing Attorney who directly supervises the work of the incumbent.

V. OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS:
As the incumbent moves from Grade 11 through Grade 13 assignments and cases generally will require him/her to successfully handle progressively more difficult and complex issues and challenges. In order to obtain Grade 14, the practicing attorney must have representational court experience to demonstrate the capability to handle complex judicial litigation independently, with minimal supervisions. Qualifications for this position are:

At the G 11 level:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree and LL.B. or J.D. degree;
  • Admitted to practice in one of the jurisdictions of the United States;
  • Admitted to practice or eligible to be admitted to practice in the bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia;
  • Possess the ability to meet and deal appropriately with clients, government officials at the departmental level, staff for members of Congress, AFGE or NVAC managers and staff, members of AFGE's National Executive Council, AFGE affiliates' officials, and officials of other unions.
  • Knowledge of arbitration and litigation as well as written and oral advocacy skills

At the G 12 level:

  • A minimum of 1 years’ experience as an attorney litigating extensively at the administrative and judicial levels;
  • A minimum of 1 years’ experience in labor law and 1 years’ experience in federal personnel law;
  • A minimum of 1 year at the G 11 or equivalent level.
  • Experience in arbitration as well as written and oral advocacy

At the G 13 level:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience as an attorney litigating extensively at the administrative and judicial levels;
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in labor law and 2 years’ experience in federal personnel law;
  • A minimum of 2 years at the G 12 or equivalent level.
  • Demonstrated success in arbitration as well as written and oral advocacy

At the G 14 level:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience as an attorney litigating extensively at the administrative and judicial levels;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in labor law and 2 years’ experience in federal personnel law;
  • A minimum of 1 year at the G 13 or equivalent level;
  • Demonstrated success in arbitration as well as written and oral advocacy;
  • Representational court experience demonstrating the capability to handle complex judicial litigation independently, with minimal supervision.

EEO STATEMENT
AFGE provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, gender identity and/or gender expression. In additional to federal law requirements, AFGE complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

To Apply
Please submit résumé and cover letter to: jobs@afge.org.

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