Assistant General Counsel (General Law, Ethics & Regulation)
This position is one of four Assistant General Counsels reporting to the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsels. The Assistant General Counsel (GLER) provides legal advice to the Assistant Secretary (Management) and Chief Financial Officer, and to the Departmental Offices generally, with respect to all areas of Departmental administration. As the Designated Agency Ethics Official incumbent leads the Department’s ethics program.
The incumbent manages, among others, two Deputy Assistant General Counsels:
The Deputy Assistant General Counsel (General Law and Regulation) serves as the principal Deputy Assistant General Counsel and participates with the Assistant General Counsel (GLER) in providing executive direction for all of the activities of GLER, except for ethics. These areas include procurement/contract law; appropriations and fiscal law; litigation; the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; Federal Records Act; the Federal Tort Claims Act; the Administrative Procedure Act; administrative law; personnel, labor relations and equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws;; and constitutional law.
The Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Ethics) and staff provide legal advice concerning ethics and the Hatch Act to officials at all levels within the Departmental Offices. Working with the Assistant General Counsel (the Designated Agency Ethics Official) and the Ethics Program Manager, the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Ethics directs the Department’s Ethics program and is the Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official.
The incumbent also manages the Chief Counsels of the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
- Not Required
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, candidates must possess specialized experience at a senior level which demonstrates ability to perform the duties described above; including progressively responsible supervisory or managerial experience demonstrating ability to manage people and resources. Candidates are strongly encouraged to address each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's) separately. Candidates who choose not to address both the ECQ's and MTQ's separately will not be disqualified; but must ensure their resume addresses each sufficient for evaluation. Your responses and/or resume must demonstrate possession of these qualifications; typically acquired through education, experience or training, and reflect progressive development and achievement in managing the business operations of a large organization. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and are in addition to the specific mandatory technical qualifications listed below. Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at ECQs. Your response must be limited to two pages for each ECQ.
ECQ 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. Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
ECQ 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. Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
ECQ 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. Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.
ECQ 4 - Business Acumen - The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
ECQ 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.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): The MTQs describe the necessary technical knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to show clearly that the candidate possesses the required professional and technical qualifications and core qualification set forth below. Your response must be limited to two pages for each MTQ.
MTQ 1- Ability to supervise a professional staff engaged in providing legal advice and representation to senior officials.
MTQ 2- Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex legal and policy issues. Examples of relevant subject matter areas include the following: government ethics, litigation, procurement/contract law, appropriations and fiscal law, the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, Federal Records Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, administrative law, personnel, labor relations and equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws or constitutional law.
MTQ 3- Working knowledge of and experience working with other government agencies, including the Department of Justice, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Government Ethics, Office of Personnel Management, Office of Special Counsel, Merit System Protection Board, EEOC and Federal Labor Relations Authority.
You must be a graduate of an accredited law school and have an active bar membership.
You must have at least one year of experience as an attorney at the GS-15 (or equivalent) level of difficulty in the Federal service or private sector.