Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Oct 16, 2018
Closes
Oct 24, 2018
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • U. S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain a TOP SECRET/SCI Security Clearance
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
  • You must submit a Financial Disclosure Form
  • You will be required to undergo random drug testing
  • Basic Requirements:
    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.

    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.

    Specialized Experience:

    For this position, specialized experience includes experience in litigation at the trial and/or appellate level. Experience as a judicial law clerk and experience managing or supervising other litigation attorneys is preferred. Applicants must have specialized experience in private industry, public service, or non-profit that is equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants must have seven or more years of relevant post-JD experience.

    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.

    Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

    All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    Selectee may be required to serve a two-year trial period
    Selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory 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.

    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.

    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."

    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 SENSITITVE 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.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. 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 this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

    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.

    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.

    Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level.

    This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.

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

    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. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    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. Applicants must possess exceptional writing skills, and frequently will be called upon to provide well-reasoned and thorough legal analysis on short deadlines.

    2. Applicants must all possess strong oral advocacy skills, as the incumbent will be required to give briefings on legal matters of interest, and may represent DHS in meetings, negotiations, and conferences with representatives of other Executive Branch departments and agencies, industry, and the public.

    3. Applicants must be able to work well with a team, but also must be able to work independently with minimal guidance and oversight.

    4. Applicants must be comfortable working under short deadlines and providing quick advice.

    5. Applicants must possess sound legal and professional judgment.

    6. Applicants should demonstrate aptitude with federal litigation and familiarity with all aspects of the civil litigation process, including pre-trial, trial, and appeals.

    7. Applicants should demonstrate a capacity to effectively manage other litigation attorneys and support staff.

    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.

    Read more Security clearance Top Secret/SCI

    Drug test required Yes


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