Associate General Counsel

Washington, D.C
Jul 21, 2021
Jul 29, 2021
Full Time


The Associate General Counsel (AGC) is a core member of the Office of the General Counsel's (OGC) senior leadership team, is a primary advisor to the General Counsel (GC) and Deputy GC, and heads one of two legal divisions: Compensation or Merit Systems. The AGC oversees significant matters at the request of the GC or Deputy GC and represents the office when the GC and Deputy GC are unavailable and may be called upon to take on additional responsibilities as needed. Responsibilities may include:
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  • Supervises the provision of advice and assistance concerning the rules and guidance established by OPM for other agencies on a host of complex matters affecting the Federal workforce;
  • Supervises advice on matters involving OPM and its employees, including for example, procurements, contract administration, appropriations law, and, through an interdivisional team, ethics;
  • Supervises representation of the agency in administrative litigation concerning Governmentwide matters, including the administration of Federal workforce compensation and benefit programs;
  • Supervises representation of the agency in administrative litigation concerning internal personnel matters;
  • Oversees the coordination of litigation support to the Department of Justice when matters affecting programs concerning the Federal workforce arise in or are appealed to the Federal courts;
  • Assists the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in responding to Justice inquiries concerning how best to frame particular arguments that implicate statutes OPM administers and whether to seek further review in particular matters;
  • Arranges representation with Justice?s Torts Branch when current or former OPM officers or employees require representation;
  • Makes recommendations to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel concerning retirement matters before the Merit Systems Protection Board;
  • Manages and sets the strategic director for Compensation and Merit Systems divisions:
  • Oversees legal issues and matters pertaining to Federal employee benefits, compensation, leave, retirement, health/life insurance, ethics, debt collection, and torts;
  • Oversees legal issues and matters pertaining to SES issues, procurement matters, appropriations law, garnishment of Federal pay and related administrative litigation;
  • Oversees legal issues and administrative law matters in areas of staffing; governmentwide suitability, fitness, credentialing programs and internal national security program;
  • Oversees legal issues and administrative law matters pertaining to performance; EEO; Hatch Act administration and ethics, reduction in force, and the Administrative Law Judge program; and
  • Handles related administrative litigation, plus adverse and performance-based actions, grievance and arbitration, suitability appeals, internal and government-wide labor relations, collective bargaining, FOIA and Privacy Act appeals.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • A law degree (For full details on this requirement, see Qualifications section)


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must have earned a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member of a Bar in good standing, and you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications listed below. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

The Executive Core Qualifications are required for entry to the Senior Executive Service; to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below:
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: 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.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at

Please ensure that your resume emphasizes your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions relating to the qualifications described above. An example of a resume showing possession of the ECQs is available at

Please DO NOT submit separate statements addressing the ECQs as they will not be considered.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Please see Qualification section

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid. Current OPM employees may qualify as an exception .
  • Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications
  • Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service unless required probationary period has previously been served
  • Selected candidate is required to file a SF-278, Public Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days after his/her appointment, in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978
  • Veteran's Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service

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.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Resumes will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a structured interview and undergo a reference check. The OPM Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the approving authority.

Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume - the format is at your discretion but must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). You resume should also include the following:
    • Vacancy Identification Number: 11097519
    • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education ( )
    • Information about your paid and non-paid work experiences related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
    • You may also include information about honors, awards, and special accomplishment
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable), current or former career SES members must submit official documentation of their SES status.
    • Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Development Program must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility.
    • Proof of bar membership - you must submit proof of active bar membership in good standing from any state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico with your application.
    • Current or Former Political Appointees (if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach an SF-50. 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 or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information.
  • Failure to submit any of the above-mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Please do not submit any additional information not requested above.

    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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