General Counsel

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Falls Church, Virginia
Posted
Jul 17, 2019
Closes
Jul 24, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Incumbent serves as the General Counsel, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) responsible for providing legal counsel and services in support of the EOIR's miision and personnel. The incumbent is also responsible for directing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Program, the Attorney Discipline Program, the Fraud and Abuse Prevention Program, the Employee/Labor Relations Unit, the Ethics Program, and the Immigration Unit.
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Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Directs the Immigration Unit, which handles a variety of immigration related issues for EOIR. Ensures the program provides litigation support to the Office of the Solicitor General, Offices of the U.S. Attorneys, the Office of Immigration Litigation, and the Civil Division's Torts Branch.
  • Directs the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Privacy Act program for the agency. This includes overseeing attorney and other staff who respond to FOIA requests; ensuring that all processing of records is conducted in accordance with applicable laws and polices; and maintaining data tracking systems and preparing reports concerning same.
  • Directs the Attorney Discipline Program. Responsible for the development of rules and procedures governing the program, and ensures that the program investigates alleged misconduct associated with attorneys practicing before EOIR.
  • Serves as the Deputy Designated Ethics Official for the agency, directing the agency's ethics program.
  • Directs and supervises the Employee and Labor Relations Unit, which advises on employee matters, such as performance and disciplinary issues and accommodation requests. Represents the various components of EOIR on personnel matters with the Office of Professional Responsibility, the Inspector General, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
  • Ensures that resources are effectively and efficiently utilized, including both personnel and budgetary resources.
  • Oversees, conducts, and assists in all litigation matters to which EOIR is a party or is otherwise involved.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Probationary period: May apply - For those entering the SES career service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Will be required to file a Financial Disclosure.
  • Salary payments must be by direct deposit to a financial institution.
  • Managerial qualifications of those not a current or former SES employee must be approved by OPM before appointment.
  • Those who completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have ECQ's certified by OPM must provide a copy with the application.


Qualifications

In order to qualify for the General Counsel position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: Applicants must possess a LL.B. or a J.D. degree.
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Licensure: Applicants must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (include the date of your admission to the bar).
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Experience: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must have practiced as an attorney, post-bar admission, for a minimum of seven (7) years at the time the application is submitted with at least 1 year of experience at a level equivalent to the GS-15 in the Federal service.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here .

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

ECQ 1- LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification encompasses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity--to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.

Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, Continual Learning, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Service Motivation, Strategic Thinking, Vision

ECQ 2- LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.

Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Cultural Awareness, Integrity/Honesty, Team Building

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.

Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4- BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making.

Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Technology Management, Human Resources Management

ECQ 5- BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.

Leadership Competencies: Influencing/Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Partnering, Political Savvy, Written Communication.

Mandatory Technical Qualification Requirements:

In addition to the ECQs above, qualified candidates must possess the following technical qualifications. Possession of these technical qualifications must be clearly documented in your application package and should be addressed separately.

1. Ability to interpret cases, statues and administrative regulations and apply them to an organizations mission.
2. Comprehensive knowledge of immigration law and procedure, with particular expertise in administrative and judicial case law and regulations.
3. Ability to represent an organization in administration hearings and proceedings, and at labor negotiations.
4. Demonstrated decision-making, problem- solving, and legal writing skills.
5. Ability to create a customer-service driven organization.

Education

ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation by clicking here . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.) You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here .

Translated transcripts are required.

Additional information

Conditions of Employment: Only U.S. Citizens or Nationals are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, whose job location is with the U.S., must meet the residency requirement. For a total of three (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S., 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving oversees.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 80 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria and must submit proof of eligibility for the special selection priority. Additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here .

EEO Statement
Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Veteran's Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume. In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214; official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient or claiming military spouse preference, you must submit a Standard Form 15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
1. Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. For those entering SES career service for the first time must submit mandatory statements to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ).
4. All applicants are required to submit the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ) as well.
5. Current SES must submit SF-50 and/or SES certificate to show current or prior service.
6. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):
  • CTAP/ICTAP documents
  • Veterans' documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), dated VA Letter, SF-15)
  • SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of their SF-50 which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form, which shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old.)
  • Non-Competitive or Special Hiring Authority documentation. For further information, click here .
Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as: Employer name and location; From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each description of experience, with grade level held, if applicable, education, training etc.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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