Legislative Affairs Officer

Washington D.C.
Dec 10, 2018
Dec 10, 2018
Full Time

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

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


  1. All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  2. Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at http://ww.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens. For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
  3. All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check.
  4. You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment. This does not apply to current federal Judiciary employees.
  5. Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.
  6. More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience which shows competence in the qualifications listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which includes interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction. Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will constitute an incomplete application. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Post J.D. Experience: Applicants must also possess at least seven years of post J.D. experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least three years of specialized experience equivalent to the federal government GS-15, JSP-15 or CL 31 or executive-level private sector experience, which provides evidence of leadership responsibility that is indicative of executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed the announcement. Specialized experience for this position is defined as follows:
  • Demonstrated expertise in the political, administrative, and legislative processes of Congress.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic advice and communications with executive level officers.
  • Demonstrated executive level ability to solve complex and sensitive problems.
Selective Factor: The candidate selected for this position must have previous Capitol Hill experience. (This experience must be evident on your resume.)

ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT: Applicants who meet the specialized experience requirements also will be assessed on the following Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. These qualifications should be addressed and attached as an uploaded document to your application.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): Applicants seeking this AOES position must have experience that demonstrates the following:
  1. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with other executive levels both within and outside the federal sector, elected or appointed officials, and subordinates, on matters of the broadest organizational scope and complexity, such as policy management for judiciary or nationwide programs. Experience working with congressional staff and committees regarding high profile, highly complex and sensitive legislative matters and ability to make influential recommendations pertaining to such legislation.
  2. Demonstrated executive level ability to solve problems of broad scope and complexity, such as those that occur in managing and directing programs of federal agency-wide scope. Demonstrated executive level ability to manage the agency's congressional affairs program and possess a firm background in governmental affairs. Actively involved in implementing solutions to recurring problems and issues.
  3. Demonstrated executive level ability to advance legislation, communications, promote good relations, accountability, leadership, and service, among subordinate staff, in order to ensure operational effectiveness and streamline business processes. Bi-partisan and non-partisan accomplishments are important.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

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 & Innovation. External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

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.

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.

4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to strategically manage human, financial, and information resources.
Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.

5. Building Coalitions / Communication: 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.

Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/.

The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

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