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Attorney Advisor

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Department Of Transportation Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 3 months ago

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The Volpe Center seeks an Attorney-Advisor (General) for the Office of Legal Services. In this position you will be responsible for providing legal services and representation for all aspects of the Volpe Center's operations and programs, but especially in procurement/acquisitions and the ethics program. The attorney provides legal advice and services in connection with the Volpe Center's most complex procurement activities, including legal review of major contracts.

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The Attorney will responsible for rendering legal advice and service to all Volpe Center organizational elements on complex issues in one or more of the following areas: acquisition, labor and employment services, the Volpe Center's working capital fund, and/or appropriations law, as well as employee ethics, environmental law, technology transfer, and intellectual property, and/or the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts. There is opportunity for involvement in complex and novel legal issues in diverse fields of law due to the Center's unique status as a fee-for-service agency.

The Attorney Advisor (General):

  • Provides, or assists senior attorneys to provide, written and oral legal advice and representation in matters related to acquisitions.

  • Provides advice to the Volpe Center's acquisition, administrative, technical and managerial staffs on implementation of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Transportation Acquisition Regulations (TAR), and other laws and regulations bearing on the acquisition process, for example, use of proper procedures, inclusion of required or appropriate clauses, data rights, warranties, etc., and mixed law-and-fact issues (e.g., sufficient and soundness of determinations and findings (D&Fs), adequacy of statements of work (SOWs) and evaluation criteria, etc.) in connection with the complex procurements conducted by the Volpe Center.

  • Drafts contract clauses and other documents as incumbent determines necessary to achieve legally sufficient and sound procurements.

  • Provides extensive support to the Center's ethics program, including employee ethics training, review of confidential financial disclosure forms and providing written and oral guidance to employees on individual ethics matters.

  • May also be asked to provide legal advice in one or more of the following areas: labor and employment law; Working Capital Fund and Appropriations law; environmental remediation; technology transfer; intellectual property; and/or Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience providing legal advice and services to a federal organization particularly related to acquisition, appropriations, employee ethics, employment law, and intellectual property to ensure compliance with Federal statutes and regulations. Familiarity with public sector acquisitions, and especially the Federal Acquisitions Regulation, is also highly desirable. Experience in litigation and alternate dispute resolution is also desirable.

Volpe is committed to fostering an all-inclusive diverse workforce where employees feel valued for their unique backgrounds and qualities and have a sense of belonging and engagement in helping to advance transportation for the public good.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 10%

Supervisory status


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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.

  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • This is an Excepted Service position.

  • This position is not in the Union Bargaining Unit.


This is an Excepted Service position.

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • ETHICS/CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT: All employees are subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2635, including restrictions on owning financial interests that may conflict with performance of their duties. Some employees, like those involved in contracting or regulating non-Federal entities, are subject to Executive Branch Financial Disclosure requirements set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 263.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a two-year trial period.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the MANDATORY education and experience qualifications for the grade for which you are requesting consideration.


On Experience, you must have at least two years of equal or equivalent experience, it must include:

  • A law degree, bar membership and either two years of professional attorney experience that included providing legal services advice in connection with Federal acquisitions/procurement, including addressing legal questions such as use of proper procedures, inclusion of appropriate data rights, warranties, adequacies of statements of work, etc., as well as drafting of contract clauses and other documents to achieve legally sufficient and sound procedures.


On Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience to the GS-13, it must include:

  • A law degree, bar membership and professional attorney experience that included providing legal advice on implementation and interpretation of the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that addressed the full range of questions in connection with complex and difficult procurements affecting the terms and award of multi-million dollar contracts.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



Applicants must be citizens of the United States, possess a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school AND be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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