Attorney Advisor (NPPLD/IP)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 11, 2017
Closes
Aug 11, 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), National Protection and Programs (NPP) Law Division. NPPD leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation's physical and cyber infrastructure. As an NPP Attorney Advisor, the individual selected for this position will serve OGC as a legal advisor in support to the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and assist NPPD in the interpretation of laws, regulations, and other sources of authority as necessary for execution and oversight of NPPD program areas.

The Primary purpose of this position is to provide intellectual property law support to NPPD, with an emphasis on cybersecurity matters. The individual will be responsible for providing legal and policy advice and guidance to NPPD on matters relating to licensing, terms of service, data rights, particularly as set forth in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based clauses, copyright and trademark matters, and to a more limited extent, patent matters. The selected individual must be able to analyze complex legal and factual issues, perform underlying legal research, provide counsel to senior officials and must have excellent writing skills.
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.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • U. S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret w/ SCI Security Clearance
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
  • You must submit a Financial Disclosure Form
  • The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:

    Basic Requirements:
    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, examples of specialized experience include: negotiating and advising on licensing matters; advising on FAR-based data rights clauses; filing and negotiating trademark and patent applications; advising on copyright, licensing, data rights, open source software, common law intellectual property rights, patent and trademark law; working closely with scientists or computer programmers developing complex technologies and associated licensing schemes, especially in the computer science or cybersecurity fields; advising drafters of documents on copyright and related issues; advising on intellectual property issues relating to public speaking engagements; litigating intellectual property law-related matters. Applicants must have some intellectual property law experience similar to the above examples. The types and complexity of cases and the work involved in handling them are evaluated to determine the level at which applicants are performing.

    Please visit OPM's web site at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2- e4.htm#e4a for additional information on this topic.

    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.

    Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

    Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law school accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position.

    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 TOP SECRET w/ SCISECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this SPECIAL SENSITIVITY 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.

    Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

    Top Secret/SCI


    DUTIES:

    As a Attorney Advisor (NPPLD/IP) GS 0905 14/15, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:

    • Provide advice on the full range of intellectual property law, including copyrights, trademark, data rights, licensing, and to a more limited extent, patents.
    • Work closely with program officials, attorneys, and technical personnel developing, utilizing and deploying complex technologies in interpreting the scope of applicable licenses (including open source), terms of service, and government contracts to ensure that such agreements contain appropriate terms and account for related intellectual property issues. In particular, support the development and use of complex cybersecurity technologies by ensuring intellectual property law issues are identified and addressed.
    • Work closely with program officials drafting and publishing documents to ensure that NPPD's use of written materials, both internally and externally, accords with copyright law and other intellectual property rights. Advise NPPD Public Affairs personnel regarding intellectual property-related aspects of media and public speaking engagements, to include releases, content license agreements, and scope of fair use defenses.
    • Advise on the development and negotiation of information sharing and technological collaboration agreements, to ensure that intellectual property issues are appropriately addressed and risks mitigated.
    • Provide litigation support on intellectual property cases.
    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.

    To qualify for this position as a GS-14 and above, candidates must have at least 3 full years of Specialized Experience as a practicing attorney (equivalent in nature to the next lower level in the Federal service for the grade level applied for), where such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.