Job Title:Attorney-Advisor (General)

Agency:Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:12A-CR-297813-OTH-OGC


This position is located in Office of General Counsel, OGC, Smithsonian Institution, which provides legal advice to the Smithsonian Board of Regents, the Secretary, and other executive and program officers on matters involving the administration of the Smithsonian’s nine research centers, 19 museums and the National Zoological Park.  The incumbent of this position is responsible for providing legal advice in a fast-paced environment under the supervision of the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel.

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • Completion a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Submission of a Cover Letter


Provides legal oversight for the planning, initiation, and direction of Smithsonian programs, including the impact of legal issues on Institutional policy.

  • Provides guidance to Smithsonian officials and external organizations seeking assistance from the Office of General Counsel. 
  • Drafts, reviews, and negotiates a broad range of contracts and other transactional documents, both federal and non-federal, with an emphasis on all aspects of procurement, construction contracts, and real estate transactions.
  • Advises Smithsonian officials on matters related to privacy; represents the Smithsonian Institution in legal matters and administrative proceedings pending before a variety of agencies and administrative forums.


There is no OPM qualification standard established for positions in the Attorney-Advisor 0905 series, and agencies may establish their own standards for these Excepted Service positions. The Office of Human Resources, Office of General Counsel, Office of the Inspector General, and Office of Contracting and Personal Property Management established the following qualifications criteria for Smithsonian attorney positions:
A. Qualified candidates must (1) possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or equivalent degree from a law school accredited by the American Association of Law Schools, and (2) be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State or the District of Columbia.