The position is located in the Regional Counsel’s Office. The incumbent is responsible for providing comprehensive legal services, counsel, recommendations, reviews, and opinions regarding all functions and activities, both programmatic and administrative, assigned to personnel within the incumbent’s assigned area of service which may include multiple offices or states.
As a Supervisory Attorney Advisor (General) , you will:
-The incumbent identifies and analyzes problems and renders legal opinions on complex legal questions including questions which implicate multiple areas of law for which there is often no clear precedent. The incumbent actively participates in setting policy in all matters affecting HUD programs and administration in the regional office jurisdiction and exercises independent judgment and discretion in formulating responses to novel legal issues, often involving matters of first impression that involve substantial monetary sums. The legal advice provided often is precedent setting with program wide implications. The incumbent renders advice and recommendations to all levels of the organization, including the General Counsel, Assistant Secretaries, regional and field managers and directors as appropriate.
-The incumbent personally attends to the most complex, sensitive, and controversial legal problems that arise incident to the activities of the Office. The incumbent functions as the office’s liaison with the U.S. Department of Justice, meeting frequently with representatives of that agency, including the U.S. Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Assistant States Attorneys General, attorneys representing other federal state and local agencies, including public housing agencies, state finance agencies, and members of the private bar to develop useful solutions to challenges which cut across Departmental programs as well as those that impact outside agencies and entities, both state and federal.
-The incumbent provides advice to program directors, managers and staff to ensure that the established policies, standards, and procedures pertaining to legal matters are appropriately carried out and performed. The legal support and advice provided often involve the HOCs and Hubs within the Regional Office’s area of operation that may expand to multiple states.
-The incumbent is responsible for advising on and ensuring that policies, procedures and regulations are consistent with the intent of the law and are administratively sound, efficient, and economical in operation. In developing the details of operations the incumbent considers the needs, desires, and attitudes of administrators, state and local officials, industry representatives, the general public, or others who may be affected by new or revised programs. In this capacity, the incumbent has the lead responsibility for, and serves as the staff expert on, all legal aspects pertaining to the operations of the office divisions and the programs they administer.
Basic Requirements: Applicants must (1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.; (2) be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and (3) meet all specialized experience requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D. plus five (5) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service; OR Have a professional law degree (LL.M.) plus four (4) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal Service; OR Have a first professional law degree (LL.B., or J.D.), plus superior law student work (academic standing in upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the school’s official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus four (4) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be specialized experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for the GS-15 is defined as:
• Legal experience with federal, state and local regulations affecting single family and multifamily mortgage insurance programs, Healthcare Programs, public and assisted housing, FHA property disposition, FHA multifamily loan management, Fair Housing compliance, or community development block grant programs. AND
• Experience leading or supervising attorneys or paralegals, or comparable management and leadership experience. AND
• Experience in coordinating assigned activities of the office and discuss the activities with the staff assigned to both the regional and field offices.
A desirable candidate should have at least one year experience at the GS-14 grade level and has demonstrated legal knowledge in one or more of the areas described above, and has ongoing experience providing effective legal advice on complex and novel legal issues, managing a heavy workload and developing and maintaining productive working relationships with clients, other agencies and stakeholders, and the public.
The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/date/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.