Chief Administrative Judge, Interior Board of Land Appeals

Arlington, Virginia
Apr 27, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • Participation in direct deposit is required.
  • A J.D. or LL.B. degree is required.
  • Bar Membership: Active and in good standing is required.
  • Applicants must separately address the Mandatory Qualifications.
  • This is a high risk position and requires a BI level investigation.
  • Additionally, applicants must have at least seven years of progressively responsible professional legal experience. Qualifying experience must be of a type and level sufficient to demonstrate the applicant’s ability to render final decisions in appeals covering a wide range of complex, highly contested issues in an efficient and timely manner.

    As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Mandatory Qualifications below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Failure to meet basic qualification requirements and all mandatory qualifications listed automatically disqualifies an applicant.

    1. Broad legal knowledge and experience, including as (a) a judge or attorney for a court or quasi-judicial tribunal, (b) an attorney representing the government or private parties in litigation, and/or (c) an attorney advising government or private parties in legal disputes. Demonstrated ability to quickly develop a specialized knowledge of unfamiliar substantive areas.
    2. Understanding of (a) administrative law and procedure and (b) natural resources law, including relevant statutes, regulations and case law.
    3. A minimum of 1-2 years supervisory experience in a general counsel’s office, an administrative adjudication office, or equivalent. Experience should include supervision of attorneys or administrative judges, including giving oral and written feedback on attorneys’ work product, as well as experience in analyzing workload and managing resources to address workload challenges.
    4. Skills in analyzing and synthesizing voluminous and technically complex evidentiary materials, and in researching, considering, and correctly applying the law to decide cases.
    5. Skills in communications, negotiation, and consensus building that have been used in high-level consultative or collaborative situations, and the ability to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
    6. Ability to produce a high volume of quality work in a timely manner to meet individual or organizational goals.
    Applicants who meet all the Mandatory Qualifications may be evaluated by a panel of experts 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 statement for the Mandatory Qualifications described above.

    Note regarding 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 the Interior considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants claiming veteran’s preference must submit supporting documentation (e.g., DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and any other supporting documentation) which verifies their eligibility for preference. It is also recommended that you include this information in your cover letter or resume. Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet Guide.

    Applicants must have a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be current members in good standing of a bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or commonwealth of the United States. YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF THAT YOU MEET THIS REQUIREMENT.

    The applicant selected for 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.

    The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee. Prior to appointment, all applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, martial status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring authority directly. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (P.L. 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 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.

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

    Each applicant is required to submit a comprehensive narrative statement addressing each mandatory qualification individually. The narrative must demonstrate the necessary level of skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in this Senior Level position. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of assignments, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Applicants who fail to provide this narrative statement in the format requested will not be considered. EACH MANDATORY QUALIFICATION MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY and must not exceed two pages each. IF YOU EXCEED THIS LIMIT, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
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