Deputy Chief Counsel

Washington D.C.
Jul 27, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Executive, Chief
Full Time

About the Agency

Become a part of a prestigious and elite Agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law for relations between unions and employers in the private sector. The National Labor Relations Board is an independent Federal agency that has daily impact on the way America's companies, industries and unions conduct business.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is looking for a dynamic and energetic leader to join its Senior Executive Service (SES) Corps. The SES is comprised of men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution.

NOTE: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility and OPM certified graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), who meet the professional/technical qualifications requirements, may be considered for this position on a noncompetitive basis. Applicants for noncompetitive consideration are not required to submit a supplemental statement addressing their ECQs, however, they must submit a Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, to establish proof of eligibility for noncompetitive appointment; and current career SES members must also submit their most recent performance appraisal; and address the professional/technical qualifications.

This position is located on the Board-side, Office of Board Chairman Miscimarra, Washington, DC.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Selectee must pass a background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Initial SES Career appointee is subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
  • Must have a J.D. from an accredited law school.
  • To qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements:

    As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Professional/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. For this position, all candidates must be an active member of the Bar in good standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the US Constitution.

    Failure to meet the basic qualification requirements and all Professional/Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically eliminate the applicant from further consideration.

    A. PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS PTQs: A narrative statement specifically to show possession of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Responses should summarize the applicants experience in relation to the PTQs and specific examples of accomplishments. Total length of narratives should not exceed 3 pages.

    (1) Demonstrated knowledge, skill and ability related to the handling of cases that fall under the purview of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), as amended.
    (2) Demonstrated skill and ability to promote harmonious and productive work relationships.
    (3) Demonstrated knowledge of the mission of the National Labor Relations Board, and skill and ability to develop a staff that effectively supports the mission, especially with respect to the formulation of Board opinions.
    (4) Demonstrated skill and ability to acquire an understanding of, and to implement, Agency programs and objectives including equal employment opportunities.

    B. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS - ECQs: Candidates must also submit a separate narrative statement to show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Total length of narratives should not exceed 10 pages.

    • ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision.
    • ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building.
    • ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility.
    • ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management.
    • ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating.

    Applicant must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be a member of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The selectee will be required to provide proof of current bar membership prior to appointment. ALL APPLICANTS must submit proof of successful completion of education requirements. This proof may consist of a law school transcript, copy of diploma from the applicant's law school, or other documentation which provides clear and specific proof of education, such as a current SF-50 demonstrating that the applicant is currently occupying a position in the 905 series. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements for this position if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence by the closing date of the announcement.


    All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit. http://www.OPM.Gov/retire/asd/pdf/99-106A.pdf

    THIS POSITION IS IN THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES): This is a Career-Reserved position and therefore must be filled by a career appointee. Candidates are not required to have previous SES career service before applying. The selected candidate executive/managerial qualifications must be certified by the Office of Personnel Management prior to an initial SES career appointment. Positions in the SES are ungraded.

    Visit www.opm/ses for additional information and benefits for SES employees. Visit for Examples of Qualifications Narratives for SES candidates.

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    The selectee of this position is responsible for performing the following duties:

    • The Deputy Chief Counsel (1) regularly assists the Chief Counsel in advising the Board Member on questions of law, policy, and procedure in cases requiring the Board Member's decision, and in advising the Board as a whole in all aspects of the Board's judicial functions, which typically culminate in published opinions; (2) serves as alternate and substitute for the Chief Counsel during long-term absences and on other occasions on a regular basis, exercising, in such instances, all of the responsibility and authority of the Chief Counsel's position, including participating in panel or full Board meetings at which cases are decided; (3) is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the work of the Board Member's legal staff.

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