Attorney Advisor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Springfield, Virginia
Posted
Jan 21, 2023
Closes
Jan 28, 2023
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This Attorney Advisor position is located in the Chief Counsel Office, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Functions as Attorney (Transportation Security Law) and provides legal counsel on all activities and matters involving immediate and long-term Homeland Security initiatives, operations, programs, policies and litigation. Advises and serves as liaison to DHS and TSA staff, as appropriate.
  • Possesses considerable knowledge and experience in cybersecurity law and policy. Serves as legal consultant to TSA management, including the Chief Counsel, recommending approaches to legal issues where precedents and prior interpretations must be innovatively adapted.
  • Serves as the lead OCC representative on large interdisciplinary project development teams to implement new complex and/or sensitive policies and programs.
  • Prepares and/or reviews regulatory documents and other legal matters, including documentation of policy decisions and ensuring legal sufficiency, developing Memoranda of Understanding, Privacy Impact Assessments, Paperwork Reduction Act documents, System of Records Notices, legal opinions, guidance documents, and other documents on all aspects of rulemaking.
  • Provides expert legal advice and support for: Cybersecurity in all modes of transportation; assessing threats to transportation carrying out security responsibilities over all s of transportation, developing policies, strategies, and plans for dealing with threats to transportation security and coordinating countermeasures with appropriate departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States Government.
The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (J Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


Key Requirements:
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • Disclosure of your financial information is required.
  • This position requires that you (1) hold a first-level law degree (e.g., J.D. or L.L.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; you must indicate the type and year of degree(s) conferred, law school name and year of completion, proof of Bar membership; (2) be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States, and proof of Bar membership; and (3) a statement that you are an attorney in good standing. Failure to include this information may eliminate you from consideration for this position.
  • If you fail to meet the conditions of employment or any other pre-employment requirements, such as missing any of the scheduled appointments, the hiring agency may rescind their tentative offer of employment.

    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for TSA to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (0MB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    Qualifications

    To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-I or GS-13 Pay Band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialize experience is defined as:
    • Drafting legal documents, providing guidance and advice to clients, establishing policies and procedures; AND
    • Providing subject matter legal counsel and policy guidance to clients who manage programs related to intelligence, national security, or threats to transportation infrastructure and the traveling public.
    To qualify for the SV-K Pay Band (equivalent to GS-15), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-J or GS-14 Pay Band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialize experience is defined as:
    • Experience leading others in addressing diverse and complex legal issues; AND
    • Primary responsibility for drafting final legal documents, providing guidance and advice to management, establishing policies and procedures; AND
    • Providing comprehensive legal counsel and policy guidance to clients who manage programs related to intelligence, national security, or threats to transportation infrastructure and the traveling public.
    Specific experience for this position includes providing legal counsel, reviews and opinions concerning the application of the Federal laws, regulations, and policies to provide expert guidance on diverse and complex legal issues associated with cybersecurity (including implementation of recommendations; addressing identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities; compliance with federal, state, or international law; analyzing cybersecurity requirements and implications); , developing legal arguments and recommendations for policy positions, and effectively communicating sensitive operational and legal issues to senior attorneys, senior executive officials, and other stakeholders.

    Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Resumes must include the following:
    • Narrative description of duties with start and end dates (including the month and year) for work experience.
    • State the number of hours worked in a position (i.e. full-time or part-time). If part-time, state the total number of hours worked per week.
    • Performance level (i.e. band or grade)
    You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Education

    In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:

    Education Requirements:
    Applicants must have a Law Degree (e.g., J.D., LL.B.) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school. Must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

    For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses from an accredited college or university, which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. The information must be provided with the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the applicant must supply a transcript or certification of degree.

    Additional information

    Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov .

    To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

    More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

    If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.
    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

    Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.