Deputy Chief Counsel

Washington D.C.
May 15, 2019
May 15, 2019
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Occasional travel - When required

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation may be authorized based on the availability of funds.

  • Top Secret Clearance required.
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • New SES appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • MOBILITY PLAN:  New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement.  The purpose of ATF’s mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness.  To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful performance.  Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.  

    You must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). 

    Failure to meet these qualification requirements and all executive and technical qualifications for the position, by the closing date of this announcement, automatically disqualifies an applicant.

    The individual selected will be subject to the necessary security investigation for a critical position and reporting requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. The selectee will be required to complete an executive branch Personal Financial Disclosure Report, SF 278. The selectee may also be subject to post-employment conflict of interest restrictions under 18 USC 207 (c). You must complete a one-year probationary period unless already completed.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Mandatory (Current members of the career SES, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and OPM/QRB certified candidates need not address the ECQs).  You are required to submit information describing your experience in each of the five ECQs. The narratives should be clear, concise, and illustrate your overall record (professional and volunteer experience, education and training, accomplishments, awards and potential) in these ECQs. Be sure to furnish examples and describe the context in which you applied your knowledge, discuss how you used skills relevant to the position, indicate the complexity and scope of your work, discuss the impact of your work, note the level of people with whom you interacted, and explain the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed. Structure your statements in terms of the challenges you faced, the context or environment in which the actions were taken, the actions taken, and the outcome or results from such action (i.e., Challenge-Context-Action-Result {C-C-A-R} Model).  Additional information on the ECQs is available at
    Executive Core Qualifications - Please attach written responses, limited to two pages per ECQ (i.e., for a total of ten typewritten pages for all five ECQs).
    1.  Leading Change - Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
    2.  Leading People - Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
    3.  Results Driven - Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
    4.  Business Acumen - Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information services strategically.
    5. Building Coalitions - 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.

    Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory - Please attach written responses, limited to one typewritten page per TQ.
    1.  Demonstrates experience and expertise in interpreting Federal statutes and rendering authoritative opinions on a wide variety of complex legal issues.

    2.  Demonstrates broad management experience in planning, developing, administering, and directing an organization, including overall responsibility for short and long range program planning, and allocation of human and material resources, development of operational guidelines and policies, and creation of new methods and measures to solve complex management problems.

    3.  Demonstrates experience in oral and written communications involving extremely sensitive and controversial issues to a wide variety of audiences, such as the organization head and Executive Staff members, Members of Congress and their staffs, counterparts in other agencies, Departmental officials, and industry groups.

    4.  Demonstrates experience and a broad understanding of all aspects of civil, criminal and administrative litigation.

    You must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). 

    • 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. See
    • EEO Statement:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation or non-merit based factors.
    • Reasonable Accommodation Statement:  ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760.  The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.
    • Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation.
    • Relocation expenses may be paid.
    • Filling the position is subject to any hiring freeze or funds availability.

    Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.

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

    Your application will first be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications. A rating and ranking panel of senior executives will review your application and evaluate your qualifications for this position. It will determine the extent to which your professional and volunteer experience, education and training, and awards or professional recognition indicate you possess the required executive and technical experience. Candidates determined to be highly qualified will undergo at least one interview. Prior to selection, candidates will undergo a reference check.
    Note: All applicants must thoroughly address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications. Current and former SES members, and other applicants who have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications. However, they must provide documentation of certification in the form of a SF-50 showing career SES status or an OPM issued SES qualification certificate.
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    Read more Security clearance Top Secret

    Drug test required Yes

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