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Attorney Advisor - District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Office of the General Counsel, LA-905-13 | 14 (Depending on Experience)



This position is located in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Office of the General Counsel. The position serves as an Attorney Advisor responsible for providing proficient legal advice within the Office of the General Counsel. This involves handling the more complex and difficult matters. 


The incumbent reviews various legal documents and relevant case laws to determine whether execution or non-execution of proposed actions is in the best interest of the District of Columbia government.  The incumbent will also draft legislation, rulemaking, Mayor’s Order, Departmental Orders, and other related documents.   The incumbent will also advise, support, and draft documents to support the agency’s grant making process.


The incumbent examines and analyses proposed orders, regulations, legislation and other legal documents from various sources for legal sufficiency, both as to the form and substance of rulemaking decisions. Performs the aforementioned research and provides oral or written opinions resulting from such analysis.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with senior staff to review any budget-related matters that need to be included in the annual budget support act.  The incumbent also works with the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Finance on any budgetary modifications.
  • Works closely with the Policy and Legislative Affairs Division of DDOT to develop regulations, and when necessary, legislation to help the agency meet its goals.  Coordinates any regulatory and legislative review with the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs.  Identifies needs for Mayor’s Orders and Departmental Orders and drafts documents accordingly.
  • Serves as the legal adviser to the Public Space Committee (PSC), offering advice on matters related to permit requests received by the PSC based on authorizing legislation and the Mayor’s Orders defining the role of the PSC.  Assists DDOT planners to presents to the Board of Zoning and the Zoning Commission regarding planned unit developments and other projects that impact the public space in the District.  Provide legal review of issues raised by DDOT staff related to public space permits and vault bills.  Works closely with attorneys at the Office of Chief Financial Officer related to the collection of public space fees.
  • Serves as the legal representative on the DDOT Grants Committee, which reviews grants that the agency disseminates to local organizations.  Develops and modifies procedures for DDOT grant managers to follow when advertising, selecting, awarding and monitoring grants.  Addresses any legal questions raised during grant committee meetings regarding prospective grants.  Drafts grant agreements and works closely with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to ensure the grant agreements meet the District’s accounting standards.
  • Reviews records of hearings, including briefs filed, exceptions taken, rulings made, tentative decisions, as well as reports of findings of fact and conclusions of law.  Analyzes same and provides recommendations to supervisor as appropriate.
  • Prepares memoranda on legal questions and proposals, and drafts tentative documents of final decision for consideration by concerned administrative agencies. Consults frequently with officials of various administrative agencies providing advice as to the extent of their legal duties and power.
  • Prepares and/or reviews complaints, citations and other documents related to pleadings, as the basis for administrative hearings.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.




  • In-depth knowledge of several titles of law, agency policies, regulations and procedures; Federal and State laws related to functions of the Office/Division/Section; as well as precedent agency and judicial decisions. 
  • Skill in drafting legislation and rulemaking in adherence to the Council of the District of Columbia Legislative Drafting Manual and District rulemaking standards.
  • Skill in interpreting and applying legal knowledge in various situations. Highly developed skills in the analysis and resolution of difficult legal issues in an orderly, systematic, and effective manner.
  • Skill in interpreting and applying applicable laws, regulations and practices, including agency policies and relevant judicial decisions.
  • Skill in drafting grants.
  • Skill in interpreting agency budget and financing documents. 
  • Skill in applying sound judgment in review and analysis of matters assigned and deriving logical conclusions.
  • Skill in communicating precisely and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Extensive knowledge of general administrative and management principles, practices and techniques. Skill in applying this knowledge, and the ability to assume administrative and managerial functions. 




  • Graduated with a Juris Doctor from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) at the time of appointment.  Must be an active member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or have the ability to waive in and be admitted within 360 days of appointment. 
  • An appointee to the Legal Service position shall remain a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar during his/her employment in Legal Service.
  • Individual must have two years of legal experience or one year of related specialized experience at the CS-905-12.


Licensures, Certifications and Special Requirements


This position has been designated as an essential/emergency employee position under the

provisions of District Personnel Manual Chapter 12. As such, your services may be required in

emergency situations to perform crucial duties, i.e., snow removal, debris removal, transportation,

shelter operation, food distribution, and communication. These duties may be performed when the

government is closed or when most employees are dismissed early.


This position is subject to criminal background checks and/or driving records, as well as random drug and alcohol testing pursuant to D.C. Act 15-620.


Collective Bargaining Unit: This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403 and you may be required to pay union dues through direct payroll deduction.



Work Experience

Highly Desirable:

  •  Experience in interpreting and applying applicable laws, regulations and practices, including agency 

       policies and relevant judicial decisions.


  • Experience in drafting legislation and rulemaking.


  • Experience in interpreting budget and finance documents. 


  • Experience in grants and grant making and non-profit law.



Salary Range for the Position: 

LA-905-13 ($94,915 - $123,335)

LA-905-14 ($112,155 - $145,755)

Interested individuals should remit a cover letter (which specifically addresses the applicant’s experience in those areas listed in the qualification criteria), resume, writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages) and a copy of your most recent performance evaluation by email:




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