Senior Technical Advisor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 28, 2021
Closes
Sep 30, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Division of Financial Investigations (DFI), Office of Enforcement (OE), a major component of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), located in Washington, DC.

- This position is outside the bargaining unit.

- Relocation expenses will not be paid.

- Telework eligibility: Details to be worked out when selected.

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Responsibilities

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:

- Applies an advanced knowledge of EBSA's enforcement policies and procedures and the employee benefits industry to enhance the targeting and correction of ERISA violations.

- Examines the impact of possible regulations, exemptions, guidance, and legislation on the enforcement program.

- Analyzes data derived from the Enforcement Management System and other databases in performing duties. Provides recommendations for Program Operating Plan guidance and other planning.

- Provides technical assistance to EBSA field offices, OE staff and management, Solicitors' Office attorneys, and other EBSA components, based on thorough knowledge of EBSA investigative procedures (including the Enforcement Manual) and consistent with enforcement policy and applicable statutory provisions, regulations, and case law.

- Serves as advisor to OE staff on technical enforcement issues identified by OE or referred to OE by EBSA field offices.

- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships within OE, with other EBSA components, with the Solicitor's Office, with other Departmental agencies, and with other federal and state regulators to promote coordination of efforts aimed at targeting and correcting ERISA violations.

- Participates in case litigation by active liaison with SOL and provides technical assistance and guidance, represents the Division in negotiations and settlement conferences, and processes expert witness requests.

- Independently conducts investigations in accordance with EBSA investigative procedures (including the Enforcement Manual) and consistent with enforcement policy and applicable statutory provisions, regulations, and case law.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 15% of travel as needed.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14 - This position is at the Full Promotion Potential level (FPL).

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Position requires Public-Trust-Low Risk Background Investigation.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

Requires one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service as defined below:

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge (ERISA), skills, and abilities, to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. For this position, Specialized experience is defined as analyzing legal issues involving laws such as Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Federal securities laws, tax laws, banking laws, or other financial service-related laws; applying civil investigative techniques; providing technical guidance, reviewing and evaluating ERISA covered retirement plans and a variety of investment products and investment vehicles.

Education

Education is not a substitute for experience at the GS-14 grade level.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

- Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical - Competence in Employee Benefits Law- Knowledge of ERISA statute, regulations, and guidance; and the operation of employee benefit plans, EBSA mission & functions; and related Federal and State laws affecting employee benefit plans.

Oral/Written Communication - Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct, and organized manner.

Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. Demonstrates team effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others; e.g. diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Decision Making/Problem Solving - Employs strategic and critical approaches to problem solving, e.g. identifying, and considering issues/problems, determining accuracy and relevance of information, as well as generating, identifying, evaluating, and implementing alternative solution approaches, to resolve issues/problems, deliver services and provide value.

The inform you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resume are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. Cover letters are optional. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

- Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)

Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents

- Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):

(a) Military Spouses (MISP)

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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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