ASSISTANT SECTION CHIEF

Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Feb 18, 2021
Closes
Feb 27, 2021
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Section advises the Assistant Attorney General on environmental legal and policy questions, handles legislative matters related to the Division's work, litigates cases, coordinates responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, manages international matters; and other special projects. LPS also serves as the Division's ethics officer, alternative dispute resolution counselor, and liaison with state/local governments.
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Responsibilities

The Law and Policy Section (LPS) is seeking an Assistant Section Chief. LPS advises and assists the Assistant Attorney General on legal and policy questions, particularly those that affect multiple sections in the Division, coordinates the Division's response to legislative proposals and Congressional requests, and drafts and/or analyzes legislative proposals in connection with the Division's work. The section also assists with coordination of the Division's amicus cases, undertakes other special litigation projects, handles international legal matters, and assists the Office of the AAG in developing positions on policy matters related to the work of the Division. LPS represents the Division on numerous interagency workgroups on both domestic and international matters. LPS additionally is the Division contact for ethics, professional responsibility, FOIA, citizen suit reviews, pro bono work and other matters.

The Assistant Section Chief will assist the Section Chief in managing a portion of the Section's daily operations, which will include a mixture of legislative, policy, and litigation matters, as well as some administrative functions.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • Pre-employment drug testing required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit of salary.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a full field background investigation.
  • A one year supervisory probationary period is required, if not already served.


Qualifications

Applicants must have at least 8 years of post-JD legal experience; must possess a J.D. degree; be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction); and be a U.S. citizen or national.

Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of analysis of complex or novel legal problems, substantial litigation experience and the ability to supervise litigation matters, outstanding legal writing, the ability to balance a diverse workload, a demonstrated aptitude for leading, supervising, and/or mentoring others, initiative and creativity, and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards. Demonstrated experience working with federal agencies is desirable but not required.

YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement if you are using experience to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. Please ensure that your resume includes the month and year that you began and ended each position held or that position will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Education

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov .

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your resume. In order To determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/ . To verify your veteran preference entitlement, 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; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to resume@benderconsult.com, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at: www.benderconsult.com.

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. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov .

Suitability and Citizenship : It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please Note : Additional candidates may be selected if more positions become available in the Division within 90 days after the announcement closes.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience you report relative to this position.

Veterans : There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions.

Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s).

Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

  • Resumé
  • Cover letter highlighting relevant experience
  • Writing Sample
  • OF-306, Declaration of Employment
  • DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation, if applicable.
Your resumé MUST include full employment information such as periods of employment with month/year started and ended, title of position(s), PT hours worked, and description of duties. If Federal employment, include the grade of the position(s).

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