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Job opening: Chief Counsel

Salary: $193 819 - 221 900 per year
Published at: Mar 26 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The "Required Documents" section of this announcement identifies all documents that must be uploaded in order to be considered a complete application package. Applicants who do not submit a complete application package will receive an incomplete application rating. Incomplete packages will not receive further consideration. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please reach out to the Executive Consultant listed in the "Agency Contact" section below.


The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of the General Counsel is looking for a dynamic, innovative, seasoned executive to lead and provide legal counsel to the ARPA-E Director and Deputy Directors and associated staff. Serve as a supervisor and senior legal specialist in providing information, counsel, advice, opinions, and determinations to ARPA-E management. As the Chief Counsel you will: Lead and provide legal, policy and business support for ARPA-E's process of competing, awarding, and implementing research awards, including drafting RFIs, Merit Review Plans, R&D Funding Opportunity Announcements. Lead and provide legal support in awardees, and negotiation and administration of resulting awards (e.g., grants and cooperative agreements). Lead and provide legal support of ARPA-E's Science and Engineering Support Services (SETA) procurement contract. Provide legal advice to ARPA-E leadership and contracting team on contract completion, negotiations, interpretation, conflict of interest affecting contractor employees, and contract amendments. Lead and provide legal support for ARPA-E's Small Business Investment Research (SBIR) Program, including competing and awarding SBIR research projects, ensuring compliance with SBA statutory and policy requirements Lead legal activities designed to assure adequacy and propriety in ARPA-E activities and documentation, and protection of legal rights of the Government and parties affected by ARPA-E activities on a wide variety of topics. Provide legal support for hiring and on-boarding ARPA-E technical and other personnel using ARPA-E's special hiring authority. Serve as ARPA-E's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Official responsible for addressing and responding to all FOIA requests related to ARPA-E. Serve as ARPA-E Audit Liaison for all audits and investigations related to ARPA-E, including by GAO and IG. Serve as ARPA-E's NEPA Compliance Officer, providing environmental reviews of ARPA-E projects, and leading Environmental Assessments.



The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Applicants must show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the entire application package. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) listed later in this section below must be addressed in a separate narrative. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The five (5) ECQs described below were designed to assess executive-level experiences and potential not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. 1: Leading Change: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 2: Leading People: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 3: Results Driven: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. 4: Business Acumen: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. 5: Building Coalitions: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): As part of your application package, asupplemental narrative must be uploaded addressing each MTQ listed below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs. Failure to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the MTQs may cause your application to be deemed incomplete and not be considered. MTQ 1: Describe your comprehensive knowledge of law, legal principles, and precedents necessary to handle complex legal and policy issues related to funding high risk research and development (R&D) programs, particularly in energy and energy-related technologies, including a demonstrated understanding of the business perspectives of both public and private sector partners, and the principles necessary to protect the Government's interests in administering such programs. MTQ 2: Demonstrate your knowledge of legal principles and practice including federal financial assistance, federal procurement, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracting; "other transactions" agreements, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), ethics, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act, personnel law, intellectual property, administrative law, finance, and appropriations law. Inherent in this qualification is the demonstrated ability to lead negotiations and execution of highly complex financial assistance agreements and other arrangements, as well as influence senior officials. MTQ 3: Demonstrate your skill in developing a strategy to communicate, interpret, and advocate on complex legal matters arising in a broad range of legal practice areas; provide legal advice to leadership; and assess and prioritize client and organizational needs.


Must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (L.L.B or J.D.).

You must provide a copy of your transcripts from an accredited institution. Be sure to include those transcripts directly applicable to determining your meeting the education requirements. Failure to provide proof of education will result in non-consideration for this position. OFFICIAL ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS will be required to be provided prior to entrance-on-duty for individuals selected.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see Department of Education.


  • Address Office of the General Counsel P.O. Box 5088 Oak Ridge, TN 37831 US
  • Name: Rashida Smith
  • Email: [email protected]


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