Attorney Advisor (General)

Employer
Department Of Homeland Securi...
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Mar 04, 2017
Closes
Mar 27, 2017
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), General Law Division (GLD).

The Primary purpose of this position is to provide legal advice, counsel, and to litigate cases in the area of labor and/or employment law for DHS Headquarters activities. To do so effectively will require in depth knowledge and understanding of internal policies and practices and expertise in labor and/or employment law.

This is a permanent appointment in the Excepted Service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.

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 (OMB) 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.

Job Interview Correspondence
As you may be aware, the President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we may not make a selection for this vacancy announcement. In addition, any offers of employment made will be contingent upon that offer's consistency with applicable authorities concerning hiring, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive guidance and government-wide plans.


Who May Apply:

U.S. Citizens

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • (up to 5 days per year)

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • This position may be subject to random drug testing.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Basic Requirements:
    GS-13:
    1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or
    2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND
    3. Specialized professional legal experience in excess of two years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position or two years of judicial clerkship.
    GS-14 or GS-15:
    1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or
    2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND
    3. Specialized professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual's background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.

    Specialized Experience:
    The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:
    OGC will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate's qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

    For this position, specialized experience is experience providing legal advice and support on matters related to labor and/or employment law matters.

    Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

    All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    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.

    Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

    If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this Non-Critical Sensitive Level position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

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