Attorney Advisor (General)
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel occassionally for this position
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
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/SCI clearance as a condition of placement in this Special Sensitive 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.
You as an applicant must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia, and be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
And, meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated below.
1. The first professional law degree-Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (J.D.)-plus superior law student work. Superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following:
- Academic standing in the upper third of the attorney's law school graduating class.
- Work or achievement of significance on one of the attorney's law school's official law reviews or journals.
- Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school (e.g., membership in the Order of the Coif, winning a moot court competition, or membership on the moot court team that represents the attorney's law school in competition with other law schools).
- Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-time, intermittent, or casual participation.
- Significant summer law office clerk experience.
- Other evidence of clearly superior accomplishment or achievement.
1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD), plus one year of professional legal experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) or one year of judicial clerkship; or
2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.), plus one year of professional legal experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) or one year of judicial clerkship.
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 two years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position or two years of judicial clerkship.
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.
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, specialized experience is experience providing legal advice and support on matters comparable to those encountered in homeland or national security related programs, including but not limited to programs involving the conduct of intelligence activities, administrative or legal compliance and oversight of agency operations, the sharing and safeguarding of sensitive information, and programs for ensuring official agency activities are undertaken in a manner that protects individuals' privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties interests.
Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.
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.
Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 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. If qualifying based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position.
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. If qualifying based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage. 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. .
For Alternate Application Information please go to: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."
Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS-15. This position may be filled at the GS-11, GS-12, GS-13, GS-14 or GS-15 level. If selection is made at the GS-11/12/13/14 level, promotion to the GS-12/13/14/15 level may occur without further competition.
This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the initial issue date of the referral list. Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.
By applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for other similar positions.
You may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DHS.
All applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal use of drugs prior to receiving a final offer of employment. A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result. Random drug testing is only for designated positions as indicated on the position descriptions
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:
1. Ability to work with legal, policy, administrative and other professionals to support a broad range of programs and activities.
2. Ability to work cooperatively with others, develop partnerships and rapport with those who can provide information and assistance, and effectively assist in negotiating among varying views of interested parties in a manner that fosters the professional and efficient conduct of activities undertaken by supported institutional elements.
3. Experience working closely with institutional clients in support of their organizational efforts and missions.
4. Knowledge of or experience working with public laws and regulations concerning federal, state, or local government agency programs.
5. Ability to identify legal issues during the development of initiatives undertaken by the supported client elements; synthesize applicable facts and legal requirements; and provide clear, concise, and well-reasoned oral and written advice on those issues and initiatives.
You will then be placed within one of three categories based on your responses: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified. If you are placed in the Best Qualified category, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.