General Counsel

US Department of Defense - Alexandria, VA4.3

Full-time
Duties
Summary
This position is in the Senior Executive Service, a small elite group of top government leaders. SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations. As an executive, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

Responsibilities
Serve as the principal legal advisor to the Inspector General (IG), and provides oversight, guidance, and direction regarding OIG legal matters.
Renders definitive legal opinions on policy matters concerning the DoD OIG that require the IG's personal attention.
A substantial number of these opinions are on matters of the greatest significance, requiring policy decisions by the Secretary of Defense and/or referral to the President.
Participates in major planning and policy deliberations at top levels within the OIG.
Analyzes the plans and procedures presented for consideration and participates in debates and discussions regarding the merits of proposals, and their impact on DoD programs.
Reviews the DoD Legislative Program, with direct responsibility for initiating action to establish and present the views of the DoD IG and provide the basis for integration of the Legislative Program with recommendations made by the DoD IG.
Provide advice and legal opinions on matters that have an impact on virtually all substantive and operational programs of the DoD IG that are directly or indirectly influence the nature, scope, and methods of conducting DoD business and operations.
Serves as the Designated Ethics Official (DAEO), executing the OIG Ethics Program.
Ensures accurate reporting of financial interests by suspense dates established in law, rule or regulation; effective annual ethics training; and timely, responsive ethics advice and information to OIG employees.
Supervises the OIG's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act Office. Serves as the FOIA Appellate Authority. Responsible for implementation of all statutory and regulatory requirements relating to processing requests for OIG information.
Assists in preparing the IG and other senior officials to testify before Congressional committees.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Job family (Series)
0905 Attorney

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Must be a US Citizen
Position has been designated as Special Sensitive; incumbent is required to be eligible (and maintain eligibility) for a Top Secret with Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
Selected candidate will be subject to a two-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service unless required probationary period has been served. Selectee may also be subject to a records review prior to being appointed to this position.
Applicants selected are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. Incumbent is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with the DoD OIG.
Selectee will be required to complete and submit an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to entering the position and annually thereafter.
All newly appointed career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES in accordance with DoD Directive 1403.03
Incumbent may be required to travel both in the Continental United States, as well as overseas locations
Qualifications
Qualifications include both leadership skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical responsibilities specific to the position.

Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the responsibilities of this position. The best qualified candidates will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation panel of subject matter experts referencing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). All factors are mandatory unless stated otherwise. These factors are required, and must be addressed for the incumbent to perform the duties of the position. The mandatory technical qualifications must be submitted to be rated eligible for the position.

This position has been evaluated to be a Tier A position under the DoD OIG SES Personnel Management and Compensation System.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs):
The applicant is to provide a separate narrative statement to each of the following technical qualifications which describes fully, but concisely, how his/her experience supports each of the following qualifications. Each technical qualification narrative should not exceed 2 pages. Failure to address these specific qualifications in a separate narrative statement will eliminate you from consideration:

1. Management experience in leading and motivating a highly trained professional legal staff.

2. Diversified experience dealing with highly complex issues within a number of the subject areas relevant to the OIG, which include: appropriations and fiscal law; procurement/contract law; constitutional law; criminal law; and administrative law.

3. Comprehensive knowledge of DoD and/or government organization and operations and OIG responsibilities, policies, and business processes.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) : The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service, and are in addition to the specific technical factors listed above. To assess the executive experience of each candidate, applicants who are applying for their initial career appointment in the SES must demonstrate, with specific examples, how their experience is relevant to exercising leadership in each of the five competencies. Current or former SES Career employees are not required to address the ECQs (SES Career employees include only those appointed under Title 5 U.S.C. 3393). A concise executive summary must show where and when the qualifications were obtained, the organizational setting in which the experience was acquired, (e.g. organizational size, level, and assigned fiscal resources), and a narrative discussion of the qualifications. The ECQs must not exceed 10 pages.

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.
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.
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.
4. BUSINESS ACUMEN. The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
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.

These ECQs must be addressed in a separate narrative statement. Specific instructions for preparing your statement and definitions of these core qualifications are available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp.
Education

Accreditation: Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Additional information
Male applicants born after Dec. 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service law (see www.sss.gov).

Actual salary may vary depending on the scope and the complexity of the qualifications and current compensation of the selectee.

PCS/Relocation expenses, if authorized, will be in accordance with Joint Travel Regulations.

Veterans' preference does not apply to the SES.

Military retirees seeking to enter civil service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they are within 180 days following their official date of retirement (5 United States Code 3326.)

Filling of this position is not subject to the provisions of the DOD Priority Placement Program (PPP).

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.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality and extent of their experience, training, and/or education indicated on their resume and responses to the technical and executive qualifications listed above. Resumes will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and best qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a structured interview. The Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the approving authority.

In addition to meeting basic qualification requirements, applicants must have substantive experience which provides knowledge of the principles of organization, management and administration; and substantive specialized experience in a type of work or combination of functions directly related to this position.

All applicants are required to submit a narrative statement addressing each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

NOTE: Current Career SES members, Career Senior Executive Reinstatement Eligibles and graduates of OPM certified Candidate Development Program (CDPs) are not required to submit the narrative statement for Executive Core Qualifications. Acceptable documentation to verify this information is included in the How to Apply Section.Please provide a well-written qualification statement. To give readers, executive resources staff, rating and selecting officials, and the Qualification Review Board (QRB) members specific information about your achievements. For more detailed information please click on the following link:

http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Top Secret/SCI

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

Required Documents
1. Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional): You must submit a resume, the format is at the discretion of the applicant. Your resume should also include the following:
Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers (Do not include your SSN or personal photo on your resume)
Country of citizenship
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
Information about your paid and nonpaid 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 accomplishments.
2. A separate narrative statement to each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications . In order to receive further consideration for this vacancy, this information must be attached as supporting documentation, as outlined in the How to Apply section of this announcement.
3. Executive Core Qualifications narrative.
4. Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Development Program must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility (Failure to submit will eliminate you from further consideration).
5. Current or former SES Career employees, appointed under Title 5 U.S.C. 3393, must include a copy of their SF50 that indicates their SES Career appointment under Title 5 (Failure to submit will eliminate you from further consideration).
6. Current or former Federal employee must provide a copy of a recent SF-50 , Notification of Personnel Action, which indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. DOD employees can access their SF-50 at: My Biz
7. J.D. Transcripts, and Active Bar Membership
8. Most recent performance appraisal
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**It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information in their resume and documents, whether uploaded or faxed, are received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant. Missing application information will not be requested.**

WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by 11:59 PM (EST) on 30 November 2018, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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.

Benefits

Benefits
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