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General Law Attorney - U.S. EPA Region I

The New England Regional Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking applicants with strong academic credentials and interest in employment and labor law, public service, and supporting the Agency's mission, for a full-time staff attorney position in the Office of Regional Counsel.  You would advise managers who are addressing discipline and performance problems, allegations of discrimination, and labor-management relations.  You would represent the Agency when necessary in administrative litigation.  In addition your practice will include handling other areas critical to the Region's operations, such as ethics, procurement or information law.  Join a diverse organization with family-friendly, flexible working conditions and a mission of promoting environmental progress. Work with committed colleagues of the highest caliber; get substantial responsibility early to handle your own cases. 

Applicants who have not yet passed the bar exam are eligible, but will be expected to pass the bar within 14 months of being hired.  The starting salary will be at the GS-11 level (minimum salary currently $62,758; maximum salary currently $81,583), with promotion potential to the GS-14 level (salary currently $105,702 at GS-14, step 1, with the potential to rise to the GS-14, step 10, currently $137,410).  The duty station will be the Region 1 Office in Boston, Massachusetts.  No moving expenses or travel per diem will be provided.

Employee/labor relations experience strongly preferred; demonstrated commitment to public service a plus; and strong oral communication and writing skills are essential.  The general law attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel undertake a wide range of legal tasks, including counseling management on employee relations, labor relations, and other matters, such as ethics requirements, representing the Agency in administrative proceedings before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and negotiating settlements.

To apply, please email (region1.glawattorney@epa.gov), no later than September 14, 2012,  a resume, a copy (official or unofficial) of your law school transcript if you have been a practicing attorney for two years or less, and a cover letter explaining your interest in this position to Sally Burt, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 5 Post Office Sq. Suite 100, Mail Code ORA18-1, Boston, MA  02109-3912, phone: 617-918-1090. EPA can review email documents in Word, Wordperfect, or PDF formats. Email submissions should include "2012 General Law Attorney Application" in the subject line of the message.  Please do not send a writing sample at this point.  If you are invited for an interview, you will need to submit a writing sample and documentation showing bar membership in good standing in any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution or a pending bar application.  Interviews will be in the Region's Boston office.

EPA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please call Sally Burt prior to September 14, 2012. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case‑by‑case basis.

EPA is an equal opportunity employer.  Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences unrelated to merit. EPA encourages people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply.  If you qualify for veterans preference and you want the Agency to  consider that preference as a positive factor in  reviewing your application, you must include in your application appropriate documentation such as DD214(copy 4), your VA letter, or Standard Form-15 (disabled veteran).

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