Attorney Advisor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 17, 2019
Closes
Sep 24, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The ideal candidate for this position has experience in agency rulemaking. This position starts at a salary of $83,398 (GS-12), with promotion potential to $99,172 (GS-13 grade level). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Chief Counsel team within FEMA.

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Responsibilities

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

In this position, you will serve as a Regulatory Attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and will be responsible for analyzing the legal issues in question, the development of a strategy to deal with the legal issues, and the content and means of delivery of the completed analyses of the legal issue. Typical assignments include:
  • Provides legal advice and participates in the development of FEMA regulations, policies, directives, and procedures concerning office matters.
  • Proposes reform of existing law and Federal regulations, as needed, to meet the office requirements.
  • Drafts regulatory and legislative language, prepares justifications for changes, and works with Departmental officials, officials of other agencies, members of Congress and their staffs, and representatives of interested groups, to bring about desired changes.

Promotion Potential: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
  • Proof of law degree and bar membership is required.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.

Qualifications

The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

All applicants must possess the following:
  • A J.D. or LL.B. degree from an ABA accredited law school; and
  • An active membership, in good standing, of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

  • You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level (starting salary $83,398) if you possess the following:
  • A LL.B. or J.D degree plus one year of full-time professional legal experience gained after being admitted to the bar; or
  • A LL.B. or J.D degree plus a second professional LL.M law degree which requires one full year of graduate study; or
  • A LL.B. or J.D degree, which includes confirmation of superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Academic standing in the upper third of the law school graduating class; or
    • Work or achievement of significance on his/her law school's official law review; or
    • Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school such as election to the Order of the Coif; or
    • Winning of a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team which represents the law school or in competition with other schools; or
    • Full time or continuous participation in a legal aid program (as opposed to one-time, intermittent, or casual participation); or
    • Significant law clerk experience with a major law firm, federal judge, U.S. Attorney's or Federal Public Defender's Office, or other federal offices.

  • You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $99,172) if you possess the following: a minimum of two years of full-time professional legal experience (after Bar admission); and one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12) in the Federal Service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are not limited to:
  • Experience with the Administrative Procedure Act, Executive Order 12866, as revised (Regulatory Planning and Review), and other Federal agency rulemaking requirements
    and procedures;
  • Experience developing and drafting of Federal agency rules;
  • Experience justifying, defending, and negotiating to settle matters involving controversial regulatory issues; and
  • Experience demonstrating strong legal writing and verbal communication skills.

  • 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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here .

    Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

    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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

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    Education

    Additional information

    • To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Public Trust clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined ( Mythbuster ), review of 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. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/faqs/topic/investigate/?cid=56d6e92e-6e27-4b6a-8969-4a7a1bfba76d .
    • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
    • DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.
    • The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
    • A one year probationary period is required for new Federal service employees and new supervisors and managers.
    • If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location; and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation program within 90-120 days of hire, at a location to be determined. Travel associated with the orientation portion of this requirement may be at FEMA's expense.
    • This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Direct Hire authority will be used to fill this position. Veterans' preference, category rating and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this announcement.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) / Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligible: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. View information about CTAP/ ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the well-qualified standards for the position. A well-qualified applicant must satisfy the following criteria: In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, including selective factors, education, and experience requirements, the applicant must be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements at the grade level for which they are applying will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration.

    Interview Requirement. Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

  • Your resume.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire - You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position.
  • Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)? Submit:
    • a copy of your agency notice,
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
  • Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position Title
    • Type of Appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee)
    • Agency
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment


  • 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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