Director of Office of Appeals
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 their 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.
The Director, Office of Appeals is charged with responsibility on behalf of the General Counsel, for providing a review of all appeals which is completely objective, impartial and independent of the action taken by Regional Directors. Final decision on some appeals are made by the Director after receiving recommendations from the Appeals staff. Appeals requiring more authoritative recommendations are submitted to the Associate General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel. These decisions and recommendations, when adopted by the General Counsel, become the final resolution of the issue and there is no further appeal. While many appeals deal mainly with substantive evidence questions, numerous cases involve close, complicated or novel legal issues and provide guidance for future proceedings. The Director also reviews and advises the General Counsel concerning appeals from Regional Directors' acceptance of pre-complaint or post-decision settlement of unfair labor practice charges filed by members of the public.
The Director reports directly to the Associate General Counsel, Division of Enforcement Litigation, and directs the Office of Appeals, which is comprised of attorneys, including a Deputy Director, Supervisory Attorneys, experienced labor law attorneys, and administrative professionals.
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ALL CANDIDATES MUST FULLY ADDRESS ALL ITEMS UNDER 'TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS' TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.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 expert knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), as amended, Administrative Procedure Act, Federal and State laws affecting the administration of the NLRA or pertaining to the field of labor-management relations; comprehensive knowledge of Board and Office of General Counsel policy, procedures, functions and organization, Board and Court decisions, rules of practice in Federal Courts; and a comprehensive knowledge of the field of labor relations including industrial and labor practices and procedures and labor management organizations.
2. Exemplary analytic and writing abilities; outstanding ability to evaluate the evidence and assess the importance of legal and policy questions that may arise in the case, and to make decisions relative thereto; and outstanding ability to recognize need for development or revision of policy and to formulate and recommend policy. Extensive experience and knowledge of legal practices and procedures governing hearings and rules of evidence.
3. Expert ability to deal tactfully and effectively with Federal officials at the highest policy level, labor and management groups, and the general public; and strong collaboration and problem solving skills.
4. Demonstrated strong leadership ability in directing, supervising, and evaluating the activities of a significant organizational unit (including recruitment, selection, performance management, and imposition of disciplinary actions as necessary); ability to manage a staff many of whom telecommute up to three days a week.
5. Demonstrated ability to interface with a complex electronic case management system.
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.
Particular care should be taken when addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) described under Qualifications and Evaluation, as that information must also be reviewed and approved by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB). Be sure to include professional and volunteer experience, education, training, and awards that demonstrate your skills in a particular ECQ. Please do not submit additional materials such as position descriptions, publications, course descriptions, or OPM literature. Materials other than those discussed under How to Apply will not normally be included in the application package when forwarded to the Executive Resources Board for evaluation.
Additional information on the ECQs is available at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf. Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your personal level of responsibility, the challenges and/or scope of complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions
HELPFUL INFORMATION ON ECQs:
The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential, not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. Please provide your examples using the Challenge- Context- Action- Result (CCAR) model when describing your accomplishments; as described below:
- Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
- Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with and/or the environment in which you worked address the challenge or goal.
- Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address the challenge or goal.
- Result - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.
SUPPLEMENTARY VACANCIES: Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The National Labor Relations Board is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, handicap, age, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact, the Agency's Selective Placement Coordinator by email firstname.lastname@example.org. NLRB offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities. (Note: for additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website, https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants who are current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, OPM certified graduates of a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), or who otherwise meet the mandatory requirements (Executive Core Qualifications and Professional Technical Qualifications), will be considered qualified for this position. Rating and Ranking to determine "Best Qualified" will be conducted by a panel of experts and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ECQs and PTQs. Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, OPM certified graduates of a SES CDP will be considered noncompetitively. Those applicants who are determined Best Qualified will be sent to the selecting official for possible interview. If selected, your ECQs must be certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, unless you are a current SES executive or have graduated from an OPM approved SES CDP. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed in this announcement. Applicants must address all ECQs to be eligible for consideration. Your ECQ statements MUST NOT EXCEED A TOTAL OF 10 PAGES and should focus on accomplishments that support possession of each ECQ. See the SES Handbook for more information on ECQ's.
Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility and OPM certified graduates of a SES CDP, who meet the professional/technical qualifications requirements will 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 submit their most recent performance appraisal, resume, address the professional/technical qualifications and complete the online questionnaire.