Associate Solicitor for Water Resources

Washington D.C.
Mar 05, 2018
Mar 05, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - -

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens
  • More requirements are listed within the Qualifications and Evaluations Tab.
  • -A public trust background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    - Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.
    -The incumbent of this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest (DI-278). All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position.
    -Persons selected for initial appointment to the career Senior Executive Service must have their Executive Core Qualifications certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate the specialized legal experience for this position and demonstrate experience directly related to managing a legal program including responsibility for the development, implementation, monitoring, and review of policies, procedures, and operations of a legal program. A qualified candidate must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability as outlined under the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement, all of the executive and technical qualification factors, and education requirement will automatically disqualify an applicant.

    You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of an executive. All applicants must address each of the TQs listed below. Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and been certified by OPM, you must also submit a narrative statement covering each of the ECQs listed below. EACH TQ AND EACH ECQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. The narrative addressing ECQs should follow the format provided at Narrative statements may not exceed 2 pages for each individual TQ and 10 pages total for the ECQs. If you exceed these limits or fail to address TQ or ECC specifically, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Applicants who use "see resume" as a response will not receive consideration for this position.

    Technical Qualifications
    1. Knowledge of water law, Tribal water rights and trust responsibilities, and Reclamation Law.
    2. Ability to manage a geographically dispersed legal program; to provide responsive client legal services; and to coordinate litigation and administrative proceedings involving water rights and operations of federal water facilities.
    3. Ability to provide professional legal advice and counsel to high-level officials.
    4. Knowledge of legal issues, laws, and legislation impacting the Department’s interests, programs, and goals in the area of water and power, Indian water rights, and Federal facilities compliance.
    Executive Core Qualifications

    ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an 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 & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.
    ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate 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 ECQ 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 ECQ 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.

    FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.

    You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. Proof of bar certification will be required prior to appointment.

    -Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    -Veterans Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service SES
    -Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.
    --The duties of this position are suitable for telework with supervisor approval.
    --If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, upon selection, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
    --OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants who meet all the mandatory technical and executive core qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical and executive core qualifications.
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