This executive position is in DOE’s Office of the General Counsel and serves as chief legal advisor to the staff and leadership at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Golden Field Office (GFO). Acts as the GFO’s Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC), responsible for providing legal advice and representation in a number of legal areas such as: environmental and energy; contracting and procurement; administrative; and employment law.
As the Chief Counsel, Golden Field Office you will:
- Provide legal advice and counsel to the GFO Director, Deputy Director, and associated staff concerning the legal authority for and the legal implications of all activities.
- Provide or arrange for the provision of the full range of legal services including representation, advice and counsel, and program management in all areas of law practice, with a strong emphasis on environmental and energy law and contract management. personnel, labor relations, and fiscal law. Programs include litigation, contract fraud remedies, employee ethics, and legislation.
- Assist the GFO Managers and staff in developing solutions to technical and administrative problems which are often complex and unique in conformity with the legal policies and procedures of the Department.
- Participate in negotiations of contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, and regulatory compliance agreements to which GFO/EERE is a party, providing legal counsel and assistance to the GFO Managers and principal staff on all pertinent matters.
- Provide legal advice and assistance in the selection, negotiation, award, preparation, execution, and modification of contracts, subcontracts, interagency and compliance agreements.
- Prepare or review a wide variety of complex contractual instruments, including operating contracts, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost plus incentive fee and cost-plus-award-fee contracts, architect-engineer contracts, construction contracts, cooperative agreements, grants, fixed price contracts, automatic data processing contracts, contract modifications, and other types of instruments to assist Headquarters and to support programs, projects, and functions assigned to GFO/EERE.
- Serve as legal adviser to Source Evaluation Boards and GFO selection panels. Serve as chairman of the NREL M&O review performance committee and rates the performance of NREL counsel.
- Provide legal interpretation of statutes and regulations governing environmental restoration and environmental compliance, and negotiated and advertised procurements.
- Take appropriate legal action to protect the interests of DOE in litigation and adminstrative proceedings in which GFO has an interest.
- Supervise the conduct of litigation by or against DOE, and oversee lawsuits by or against its contractors.
- Represent DOE and the United States in Federal district court; assist the Department of Justice in representing the Department in Federal courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
- Advise on probable impact of new or revised legislation, recommend action or proposed alternatives as appropriate, and recommend an agency course of action.
- Advise on laws, regulations, Congressional legislation, etc., which may affect the mission and associated functions. Answer questions over interpretation of legal authorities and recognizes questions which require interpretation.
- Prepare responses outlining facts and applicable law when such material will become the agency’s justification for litigation.
- Provide legal advice and counsel to the managers and staff in all areas affecting the operation of GFO, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), safeguards and security, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, federal personnel, administrative review process, work for others, finance and budget, state and local taxes, environmental laws, contractor operations, health and safety, personnel actions, equal opportunity, labor laws, conflicts of interest and real estate.
- Coordinate with the Department of Energy’s Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property with regard to the patents and technical data clauses to be included in contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements originated by GFO.
- Serve as the first line supervisor for the GFO Office of Chief Counsel.
- Brief DOE General Counsel on legal policy matters and matters of national significance and provide support to the General Counsel.
Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be uploaded and attached to your application 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: Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of law, legal principles and precedents necessary to handle complex legal issues related to environmental and energy law (including regulations, practices and procedures applicable to client missions and programs), general law, personnel and employment law (to include civil rights law and labor law), Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, procurement, contract administration, administrative review processes, and finance and budget.
MTQ 2: Knowledge of environmental and energy laws and contract management sufficient to provide advice and guidance on activities, such as 1) non-nuclear energy research and development; and 2) environmental and energy regulations and compliance requirements established under NEPA, non-nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974 and other laws and regulations applicable to project completion oversight and direction. Inherent in this qualification is the demonstrated ability to interact with stakeholders, lead negotiations, interpret policies and procedures, and draft implementation requirements to support agreements and policies.
MTQ 3: Demonstrated skill developing a strategy to communicate, interpret, and advocate on complex legal matters arising in a broad range of legal practice (i.e. drafting and negotiating contracts; dispute resolution, litigation, administrative law); provide legal advice to leadership; assess and prioritize client and organizational need; and manage and supervise a full-service legal organization engaged in legal practice (i.e., drafting and negotiating contracts and other documents; dispute resolution; litigation; administrative law, including employment, procurement law; and providing legal advice to Agency executives and staff).