Social Solutions

  • Attorney

    Job Locations US-DC
    Posted Date 1 month ago(9/20/2018 9:04 AM)
    ID
    2018-1301
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Legal
  • Overview

    Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide. 

     

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

                     

    Title: 

    Attorney (This is a 1 year term temporary position with no benefits)

    United States Agency for International Development; Office of the General Counsel; Litigation & Enforcement Group (GC/LE)

     

    Location: Ronald Reagan Building-1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC

     

    Salary Range: $114,590 – $148,967 (GS-14 equivalent)

     

    Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled

     

    Background

     

    The litigation and Enforcement Group within the Office of the General Counsel supports USAID’s mission by providing timely legal advice and by representing the Agency in litigation and enforcement matters.  The attorneys in the Office are in need of support from an experienced, qualified, and licensed attorney for litigation and enforcement matters as well as support with matters relating to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

     

    The Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Enforcement (GC/LE) will be the USAID point of contact for the Contractor, who will be responsible for providing support with prosecuting, defending and advising the Agency regarding all aspects of litigation and enforcement matters, including means and methods of reducing the risk of litigation.  The Contractor will work on issues involving bid protests, litigation under Contract Disputes Act, False Claims Act, Federal Tort Claims Act, Freedom of Information Act, and other federal statutes before the Agency, Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, federal courts, and other fora and review and advise upon suspensions, debarments, and contractor responsibility issues generally.  

    Responsibilities

    Working in collaboration with attorneys and staff in the Office of the General Counsel, the Contractor will perform the following activities:

    • Litigation Related Activities - The Contractor will provide support and assistance to attorneys handling bid protests and administrative and federal litigation throughout the life of a case
    • Enforcement Related Activities – The Contractor will provide support and assistance to attorneys handling suspensions and debarments as well as administrative agreements, and matters involving contractor responsibility issues generally.
    • FOIA Related Activities – The Contractor will provide support and assistance to attorneys handling FOIA matters, including matters in litigation as well as provide advice to the FOIA Office and other Agency clients. 

     

    The Contractor will be responsible for performing the following deliverables:

    • Conduct legal research
    • Draft pleadings
    • Draft discovery requests and responses
    • Draft legal memoranda and briefs
    • Conduct thorough document reviews. This will include marking, redaction, transfer of documents to appropriate format for production, and production
    • Assist in determining the merits of the protest; developing the Agency’s factual and legal defenses and strategies; determining whether and to what extent remedial measures are necessary and appropriate; collecting, reviewing, preparing and filing relevant documents in connection with bid protests and litigation
    • Advise and assist the Office of Procurement in implementing policies, practices, and procedures to reduce the likelihood of future protests
    • Assist in analyzing claims filed with contracting officers. Make recommendations to the contracting office on the legal merits of the claim and whether the claim should be granted, granted in part, or denied.  Assist headquarters and the field in retaining technical expertise, as necessary and appropriate, to analyze claims and resolve claims at the contracting officer level
    • Assist in determining the merits of appeals filed with the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals; developing the Agency’s factual and legal defenses and strategies; collecting and reviewing Agency records and determining applicability of privileges; preparing motions, briefs, and memoranda for filing with the Board, serving and responding to discovery requests; and conducting depositions and trials
    • Advise on Freedom of Information Act issues

    Qualifications

    The Contractor shall have the following specialized experience and educational requirements:  

    • A minimum of a J.D. or LL.B. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is required
    • A minimum of eight (8) years of experience with a combination of litigation, Enforcement, and FOIA experience
    • An active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia
    • The contractor shall have a strong record of relevant accomplishment
    • Excellent research, analytical, oral and written communication skills
    • Effective time management and organizational skills
    • Must be a U.S. citizen
    • A Secret-level clearance is required ***Candidates with a current secret clearance is strongly preferred***

     

    Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz

     

    Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

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