Associate General Counsel for Children, Families and Aging Division

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 23, 2022
Closes
Jun 28, 2022
Function
Childcare
Hours
Full Time
Duties

ABOUT THE POSITION

Serves as top legal officer for a great portion of the Department's Federal-State Cooperative program including the Administration for Children and Families which consists of the Office of Family Assistance, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Office of Child Support Enforcement, Office of Community Services, the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, the Administration for Native Americans, the Administration on Aging, and the Administration on Development Disabilities.

Responsible for interpretation and evaluation of statutes which govern the various programs served, and for original pioneering work, typically without legal precedent, to establish legal standards for interpretations in new fields into which applicable Federal human resources (HR) programs are projected. Participates in an advisory capacity and prepares pleadings and briefs in litigation conducted by the DOJ, United States Attorneys, and private counsel in matters concerning the statutory responsibilities of the Department in the field of HR.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • This employer participates in the E-Verify Program
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test; random testing after appointment
  • This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM.
  • Executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with an HHS Executive Consultant, or QRB Writer to develop an ECQ narrative for submission to OPM
  • You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.
  • Must possess J.D. or LL.B degree
  • Active Membership or admission to the bar is required


Qualifications

Open to all groups of qualified individuals from the public. Current employees within the Federal Civil Service. Current Career SES and SES reinstatement eligibles. SESCDP graduates may also apply for noncompetitive consideration.

As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Professional/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors will automatically exclude you from further consideration.

All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ's), listed below. It is recommended that your resume emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments and results.

Fundamental Competencies:

Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

1. Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ's):

This position also requires that you possess PTQ's that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following PTQ's must be evident in your resume.
  • Demonstrated high level of litigation experience and expertise; trial experience, including experience serving as first chair in complex civil trials; familiarity and experience in working in or with DOJ; executive judgment, initiative, and decision making
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with all stages of litigation, including investigation, negotiation, discovery, expert-witness discovery, and trial. Demonstrated significant experience in developing litigation strategy.
  • Demonstrated sound knowledge of the policies, regulations, and legislation that govern the DHHS legal program.
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with litigation including, by way of example, Administrative Procedure Act, First Amendment issues, civil rights and freedom of conscience issues and health care finance issues
  • It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/#url=Overview

    IF SELECTED, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs and be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you WILL NOT need to draft the ECQs.

    Education

    Must possess J.D. or LL.B degree.

    and

    Licensure Applicants must be licensed and authorized to practice law under the laws of a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territorial court established under the United States Constitution. Judicial status is acceptable in lieu of "active" status in States that prohibit sitting judges from maintaining "active" status to practice law. Being in "good standing" is acceptable in lieu of "active" status in States where the licensing authority considers "good standing" as having a current license to practice law. Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.

    Additional information

    Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range may be found at the top of this announcement. This position may be eligible for performance bonuses and performance based pay adjustments.

    Probationary Period:

    An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one year probationary period.

    Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

    HHS inspires public confidence by maintaining high ethical principles, and all Federal Government employees are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct , that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 also requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278 , prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

    Security and Background Requirements

    If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees .

    Equal Opportunity Employment

    Equality is held as one of the most important values at HHS. Selection for this, and any other position, will be based solely on merit. HHS does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

    If applying online poses a hardship to you, you may submit your application by contacting Gregory Stewart .

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact: . Requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Veteran's Preference

    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    Mobility

    Individuals selected for senior executive positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

    Selective Service

    As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.