Federal Aviation Administration Assistant Chief Counsel for Employment and Labor Law in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Office of the Chief Counsel

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The Assistant Chief Counsel for Employment and Labor Law provides executive direction and oversight of Office of the Chief Counsel activities and functions related to litigation in all forums on human resources, equal employment opportunity and select labor matters. The Assistant Chief Counsel for Employment and Labor Law serves as the FAA Administrator’s primary legal advisor in support of over 47,000 employees and oversees a nationwide staff of managers, attorneys, and support professionals responsible for providing legal and administrative work in the legal interpretation and proper application of laws, executive orders, regulations, precedents and agency practices relating to human resource programs, equal employment opportunity, and labor policy and programs to include labor contract negotiations.

Additionally, the Assistant Chief Counsel for Employment and Labor Law contributes expertise to other legal practice areas such as regulations, enforcement, litigation, ethics and general law.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Directs planning, policy development, and execution of all legal aspects relating to human resources and labor law programs and litigation for the entire Office of the Chief Counsel.
  • Provides representation and legal services for senior management officials throughout FAA on legal issues related to employee rights and benefits, adverse actions, employee misconduct and complaints.
  • Serves as FAA's legal representative in select unfair labor practice, arbitration, mediation, impasse, negotiability, representation, and other labor relations proceedings involving complex legal issues.
  • Prepares legal briefs, office memoranda and other legal documents on complex, sensitive legal issues, including those involving questions of first impression.
  • Develops and executes legal aspects of FAA personnel programs and labor-management activities.
  • Renders opinions and interpretations of FAA’s independent personnel authority and labor statutes and personnel and labor law policies to ensure consistency with government statutes, Executive Orders and applicable Department of Transportation policies.
  • Directs and supervises a team of attorneys, paralegal specialists and support staff to provide representation and legal services in the areas of employment and labor law, to include the assignment and review of work, and assessment of employee performance.
  • Interacts routinely with high-level officials within the FAA, the Department of Transportation, other Federal agencies, the private sector, and with members of Congress and their staffs.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

Supervisory status


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

U.S. Citizens

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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.

As a basic requirement for entry into the FAA Executive System, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Leadership and Technical Requirements listed below.

Please provide specific examples in a narrative format that details how you meet each Leadership and Technical Requirement. Each example should detail a challenge you faced/problem you resolved, the environment in which you worked, the actions you took to overcome the challenge/problem and the result of your actions. These narratives can be written in the boxes immediately following each Leadership and Technical Requirement or be uploaded as a separate document. Applications that do not provide separate narratives addressing each Leadership and Technical Requirement will be deemed ineligible.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.

  • LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience in achieving operational results? If so, provide examples of ways you have exercised leadership to deliver significant results. Explain how you established goals, assessed outcomes, and improved products and services. Indicate how you identified and met customers' requirements and addressed the needs of stakeholders. Include examples of complex problems you solved or difficult obstacles that you overcame as a leader. Your description should include (1) the size and complexity of organizations you have led, (2) the scope of programs you have managed, and (3) the impact of your results on customers and other stakeholders.

  • LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience leading people? If yes, describe the size of the organization and number and types of positions you have managed. Discuss ways that you have established and maintained positive work environments and prevented or eliminated discrimination or harassment. Describe ways that you have mentored and developed employees and built individual and team performance. Discuss how you have established and led teams to deliver products and services. Include in your description experience in leading others in a matrix environment across organizations.

  • LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience building relationships? If yes, describe (1) the types of individuals with whom you routinely collaborate; and (2) the purpose and outcomes of the communication. Discuss your experience in communicating and cooperating with others to achieve goals. Provide examples of how you have built relationships to achieve consensus and how you were able to obtain the cooperation of others with competing priorities and perspectives. Describe how you effectively communicate information within and outside of your organization.

  • LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENT: Do you have experience leading strategic change? If yes, describe examples of strategic changes that you led for your organization; describe the entities that the change affected (agency, industry, organizational components). Discuss obstacles you encountered and how you overcame them to the benefit of the agency. Include in your description ways that you applied long-range vision, developed strategies, and applied innovative ideas and techniques.

  • TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Do you have demonstrated experience in practicing federal sector Employment Law? If yes, please provide examples of your work with federal sector Employment Law.

  • TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: Do you have demonstrated expertise formulating, coordinating, revising and executing timely and legally sufficient administrative policies, programs, and processes that align with agency objectives, priorities and policies, which may be of national significance? If yes, please provide examples of your experience.


In order to qualify for this position, candidates must have at least a Juris Doctor from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be admitted to practice before the bar of any U.S jurisdiction and be an active member of that bar. You must provide a copy of your official (or unofficial) transcript and an official certificate demonstrating you are an active member in good standing of a state bar. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to submit an official transcript.

Preview Job Questionnaire

Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

Additional information

Position may be subject to a background investigation. A one-year probationary period may be required. Veterans preference does not apply to the FAA Executive System. The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


Drug test required


  • Required Documents


Required Documents
  • A resume

  • An attachment addressing the Leadership and Technical Requirements. Please address each Leadership and Technical Qualification in a narrative format detailing specific examples of how you meet each Leadership and Technical Qualification Individually.

  • Proof of Education Requirement. This includes a copy of:

  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) and

  • Proof of good standing before bar association in a U.S. jurisdiction.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Received" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Received" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.

In addition to submitting a resume, applicants should address each of the leadership and technical requirements individually, describing work accomplishments that relate to each requirement. Leadership requirements reflect the FAA Executive Success Profile, which describes the behaviors and characteristics required of all FAA executives. Refer to the Executive Success Profile for examples of competencies that are associated with each leadership dimension. It is important that you describe actual accomplishments, rather than discussing your philosophy of the leadership dimensions. You are encouraged to use the "Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR)" model to address the requirements.

If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) or an FAA Executive System (FAES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES or FAES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM, you only need to submit a resume and narrative statement covering each of the Technical Requirements listed above. You do not need to submit a narrative on the Leadership Requirements. SES CDP graduates should submit a copy of their CDP program certification with their package.

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Agency contact information
Jimmy Chavez





Federal Aviation Administration Executive Resources Division AHF-300 800 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 523 Washington, DC US

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Next steps

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493862200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 04/03/2018

Service: Senior Executive

Pay scale & grade: EV 02

Salary: $127,900 to $180,000 per year Salary will be set within the range based on qualifications, experience and equivalent peer salaries in the organization. Locality pay will be added.

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time