Assistant General Counsel for Ethics and Personnel Law

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 16, 2020
Closes
Sep 23, 2020
Function
Human Resources
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice, counsel, and support to the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and program offices throughout DOE to further the Department's mission of advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the United States through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

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Responsibilities

As the Assistant General Counsel for Ethics and Personnel Law you will:
  • Provide legal support and services for the Department of Energy (DOE) on crosscutting matters impacting Federal employees, including specifically matters of Federal labor and personnel law, and Federal Tort Claims Act, .
  • Supervises the representation of DOE in administrative litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and other similar fora.
  • Provides legal advice and counsel regarding the statutory provisions that are unique to the Department of Energy, including those found in the Atomic Energy Act, the Department of Energy Organization Act, and the National Nuclear Security Administration Act.
  • Administer the Department's ethics program for Federal employees including requirements pertaining to financial disclosure, conflicts of interest and other standards of employee conduct matters. Provides legal support and review with respect to the Hatch Act.
  • Program counsel for offices of the Chief Human Capital Officer, Economic Impact and Diversity, and the Ombudsman; provides legal support and review of DOE directives, delegations of authority, and other organizational matters; and provides legal support to DOE Federal Advisory Committee Act activities.
  • Serve as the principal legal advisor to the Deputy General Counsel of Administration with respect to legal matters within his/her designated areas of expertise and responsibility and directly supervises a staff of attorneys performing legal work in these areas, paralegal assistants and clerical support personnel.
  • Supervise the development, implementation, interpretation, and enforcement of conduct of employee regulations and other regulations pertaining to standards of employee conduct. Also supervise the services of staff attorneys and ethics program specialists who serve as ethics counselors to the Department's Headquarters employees and consultants.
  • Administer the Department's Federal employee conflicts of interest and standards of employee conduct program across the entire Department. The incumbent is designated by the Secretary to serve as the Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official for the Department of Energy.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel (1-5 nights per month) may be required to attend conferences, meeting and training.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • This employer participates in the eVerify program.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test; random testing after appointment.

  • CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant or QRB Writer to develop an ECQ narrative for submission to OPM.
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.
  • PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.
  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: You must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE-Q level security clearance.
  • DRUG TESTING POSITION: As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.


Qualifications

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be submitted separately addressing each MTQ below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments.


MTQ 1 - Experience providing advice and counsel, directly and by overseeing other attorneys, regarding analyzing complex and novel legal issues including statutory interpretation of the Atomic Energy Act, the Department of Energy Organization Act, or the National Nuclear Security Administration Act.

MTQ 2 - Experience providing legal advice and counsel, directly and by overseeing other attorneys, regarding the ethical restrictions that apply to all types of both career and Presidentially appointed civilian Executive Branch employees and reviewing financial disclosure reports, and providing legal advice and counsel regarding the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

MTQ 3 - Experience providing and overseeing (1) representation in administrative fora including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor Relations Authority and the Merit Systems Protection Board, and (2) legal advice and counsel regarding (a) federal personnel law, (b) labor relations, (c) equal employment opportunity, and (d) the Federal Tort Claims Act.


The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): the ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed as an SES; they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Your resume and application must demonstrate and address the ECQs and include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities; address the scope and complexity of the programs, activities or services managed; program accomplishments; describe policy initiatives undertaken; define level of contacts; convey the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; the results of actions taken. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the SES prior to appointment.
The five ECQs are as follows:
  • ECQ 1: Leading Change - Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision an dto implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • ECQ 2: Leading People - Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals, and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • ECQ 3: Results Driven - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • ECQ 4: Business Acumen - Ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.
  • ECQ 5: Building Coalitions - 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.

For additional information on ECQs, please review the detailed information provided by OPM at the following link: Executive Core Qualifications .

Education

Must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (L.L.B or J.D.).

Must be a current member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory or the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. You must provide a copy of this.

You must provide a copy of your transcripts from an accredited institution. Be sure to include those transcripts directly applicable to determining your meeting the education requirements. Failure to provide proof of education will result in non-consideration for this position. OFFICIAL ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS will be required to be provided prior to entrance-on-duty for individuals selected. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see Department of Education .

Additional information

  • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify ."
  • The Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
  • All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
  • You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.
  • Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
  • Faxed or e-mailed applications and/or resumes will not be accepted.
  • Veteran's Information
  • Telework: www.telework.gov


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

ALL applicants must submit a five (5) page ECQ-based Resume and a separate narrative addressing each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ). In addition, applicants have the option of submitting a cover letter (one page maximum). Fonts cannot be smaller than 10 point. Pages submitted in excess of the limits described above will not be considered. Substituting pages for other required documents in the application is not acceptable (e.g., submitting only a four-page resume but adding an additional page to address an MTQ). Do not use borders, provide photos or list a Social Security number or date of birth on any attachment.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education (if applicable). Your application will be rated and ranked by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) Panel, comprised of at least three SES members, using only the information submitted within the application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate in their application sufficient possession of the ECQs and MTQs will be determined ineligible for further consideration.

As part of the "Resume Based" recruitment method, the ERB panel conducts a structured interview for all applicants, both competitive and non-competitive, who are determined to be in the top category from the ERB Rating Panel. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined Best Qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

Once a candidate has been identified for selection, reference checks may be completed. The Department's appointing official(s) will make a final approval of the selection, an in competitive cases, OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must certify the ECQs before final appointment can occur. If OPM approval is required for the ECQs, the candidate is required to assist in the development of the QRB template for submission to the QRB. Verification of performance, suitability and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you will be rated "ineligible."
  • All applicants - Five (5) page ECQ-based Resume
  • All applicants - MTQ Narrative (no more than one page per MTQ)
  • Current or former career SES members must provide your SES appointment SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), and an SF-50 showing current status or reinstatement eligibility.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification.
  • Current or former Federal civilian employees, please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (non-award) documenting show the following: 1) Full position title; 2) appointment type; 3) occupational series; 4) pay plan, grade, and step; 5) tenure code; 6) service computation date (SCD).
    • Note: If you are a current DOE/NNSA employee, you do not need to submit an SF-50. This note does not apply to FERC and BPA employees.
  • All applicants - If this position has a positive education requirement, you must submit a copy of your transcript or a separate course listing showing the college name, course title, department, hours earned (quarter or semester), and grade. If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit Department of Education

  • Applicants will be prompted at the "Vacancy Documents" section of the application to add their required documents. Please review and follow the instructions listed to successfully submit your documents. Failure to submit the required documentation by 11:59 pm EST of the closing date will result in loss of consideration. Make sure you include the announcement number for this position. Incomplete applications will result in a loss of consideration.
    If you are selected for this position, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to verify your responses.

    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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