Attorney Advisor, Governments Contracts Section, Commercial Division (2022-176; Open Until Filled )

Attorney Washington, District Of Columbia


POSITION TITLE: Attorney Advisor, Governments Contracts Section, Commercial Division (2022-176; Open until Filled) 


Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Commercial Division

Government Contracts Section

400 Sixth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

 REMOTE WORK STATUS: A hybrid remote telework/in-office schedule option is available.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) is committed to providing the highest quality legal and programmatic services to the district and its residents while ensuring the health and safety of employees, customers, clients, volunteers, contractors, and other visitors.

Please note that OAG currently has a vaccine requirement for individuals who must conduct in-person work.



OPENING DATE:  November 15, 2022
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled

SALARY RANGE: $91,673 - $119,195.

This salary is within the Legal Services salary schedule at Grade 12 Step 1 through Step 10. The salary will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations, and guidelines. 


TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:  Legal Services – Regular Appointment

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT:  This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  Open to the Public

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Commercial Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia provides legal advice and transactional and litigation support to the District Government in the core areas of community and economic development, real estate, procurement, tax, finance, bankruptcy, land use, and public works. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Government Contracts Section within the Commercial Division and provide legal advice and assistance to District agencies regarding procurement matters as assigned, including contract advice on the formation and administration of contracts, review of contracts for legal sufficiency, and litigation of contract protests and claims before the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board and the District of Columbia Superior Court.

 The Attorney Advisor:

  • Provides substantive review of proposed solicitations other procurement-related documentation for consistency with relevant laws, as well as agency standards and practice; reviews contract packages for legal sufficiency, performs legal research, and provides written and oral comments on procurement and contract matters.
  • Advising District agencies on complex procurements, including compliance with applicable laws and regulations relevant to District government contracting.
  • Keeps abreast of changes in District and federal laws and regulations related contract formation, administration, and litigation.
  • Monitors, and participates in the resolution of, legal issues for high-profile and priority projects.
  • Advises District agencies regarding contract claims, develops legal strategies for defending bid protests and contract appeals, research legal issues, and drafts memoranda and legal briefs.
  • Defends the District against protests of solicitations and contracts, as well as in appeals of contract claims and represents the District before the Contract Appeals Board and the Superior Court.
  • Performs all functions related to case and calendar management, e.g., case file entry and updating, documentation of actions taken, timely review of legal proceedings, and any administrative functions associated with conclusion of assigned matters.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


To qualify, applicants must have at least 1 year of substantive, demonstrated experience in the area of government contracting. Contract-related litigation experience is strongly preferred.

ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM’s Qualification Standards. However, to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

TIME-IN-GRADE RESTRICTIONS: Time-in-grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates must apply online by 11:59 pm of the closing date. All applications must include the completed questionnaire, along with a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references including supervisors. Please ensure that all required documents are included prior to submitting the application. 


GENERAL SUITABILITY SCREENING: The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

PRIORITY CONSIDERATION: Displaced Employee Priority Placement:  Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia’s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:  Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation), and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if the selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

RESIDENCY PREFERENCE:  A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Education Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District residents’ applications, unless the person declines the preference points.  If selected, the person shall be required to present proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment.  Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment. If the position you accept is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of employment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of employment.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE:  Applicants claiming veterans’ preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE:  Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after the conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:   All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information, or political affiliation.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY,  EQUITY, INCLUSION AND BELONGING The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering and maintaining a culture where every employee can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the best pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. We honor, respect, and celebrate all differences, both visible and invisible.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 etseq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, genetic information, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action. 


Important: Your COMPLETE application is important to OAG hiring process. Please ensure that you have read through the requisition in its entirety. Any REQUIRED document/s i.e. Resume, Cover Letter, DC2000RP, and/or KSAs as applicable, are included BEFORE you SUBMIT the application. You will NOT be able to re-submit. Thank you.