The incumbent will serve as a Deputy Associate General Counsel for the General Law Division, Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The General Counsel, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the Department's chief legal advisor and principal legal advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security and, as such, has final authority and responsibility for legal policy determinations within the Department and its components.
Deputy Associate General Counsel for General Law provides legal advice and guidance on labor and employment law, including legal actions before the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Office of Special Counsel; administrative law, including environmental issues, real property matters, the Federal Tort Claims Act; the Federal Records Act; the Federal Vacancies Reform Act; and the Federal Advisory Committee Act; the activities of the Board for Correction of Military Records of the Coast Guard; and advice for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and senior DHS officials in the exercise of their responsibilities and authorities under the U.S. Constitution and applicable statutes and regulations.
The incumbent is responsible for:
- Supporting the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and the Associate General Counsel for General Law in providing legal advice on General Law Division matters to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary for Management, and DHS Headquarters offices.
- Supporting the Associate General Counsel in, and sharing in the responsibility for, managing and directing Division staff, including managing 45 supervisory and staff attorneys.
- In conjunction with the Associate General Counsel, the Deputy Associate General Counsel for Acquisition and Procurement Law, and the Assistant General Counsel for Appropriations and Fiscal Law, overseeing the provision of legal guidance and counsel on all general law issues to the DHS headquarters offices and by the legal offices within the various operational components of the Department.
- Overseeing and managing litigation support to the Department of Justice and United States Attorneys in representing the Government's interest in Federal court on employment and labor matters, Federal Tort Claims Act matters and environmental law matters; and the representation of DHS in administrative litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Merit Systems Protection Board, Office of Special Counsel, and arbitrators in cases arising out of the Headquarters Office.
- Managing administrative and personnel matters for the Division, including monitoring Division workloads and resources, making recommendations on resource needs and allocation, and making recommendations on personnel actions.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.
You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
Selectee will be required to complete form OGE-278, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Form.
As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualification(s) and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.
To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) listed below. We recommend that your résumé and ECQ responses emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.
The application process used to recruit for this position is the Traditional-Method, Therefore , provide separate narrative responses, not to exceed two (2) pages for each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and no more than two (2) pages for each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs).
**If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES member or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST provide separate narrative responses addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES members, please include with your application a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting your career appointment to the SES. SESCDP graduates, please include a copy of your OPM certificate. **
Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory
You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE:
This core qualification involves 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.
Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE:
This core qualification involves 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.
Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN:
This core qualification involves 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.
Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN:
This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS:
This core qualification involves 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.
Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating
These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.
A sample executive resume and ECQ narratives can be viewed on this OPM link (resume indexed on pages 30-39 and ECQ narratives indexed on pages 9-22) http://www.opm.gov/ses/reference/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf
Detailed information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp
Technical Qualifications - Mandatory
You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:
Experience in providing legal advice to the private sector or to government entities concerning some or all of the following General Law Division issues: significant Constitutional issues of first impression, federal court or administrative litigation, labor and employment law, administrative law, and environmental law.
Demonstrated management ability involving both legal and administrative matters in an agency, law firm, or other organization. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work with legal and other professionals to evaluate and develop policies, procedures, and objectives for an organization. Candidates also should demonstrate the ability to generate and review outstanding written legal work product under tight deadlines.
FAILURE TO MEET OR FULLY ADDRESS EACH MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE AND TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Current or Former Political Appointees:
The Office of Personnel Management (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 to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
This position has a basic education requirement
A Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited institution is required for this position.
You must possess a law degree from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia, and must not be under any order of any court suspending, enjoining, retraining, disbarring, or otherwise restricting you in the practice of law.
Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx
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; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage .
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more. ( https://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2016/08/newly-established-leave-policy-gives-disabled-veterans-more-time-to-address-medical-issues-1/)
Background Investigation :
To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this Critical Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
Veteran's Preference - Veteran's Preference does NOT apply to the SES positions.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.
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 and experience. Your resume, ECQ and TQ narrative statements will be evaluated by an SES rating and ranking panel, and afterwards highly qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official. The DHS Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority where final interviews and reference checks may occur. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by an OPM/QRB before appointment can occur.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
Your Resume should not exceed five (5) pages. Exceeding the specified page limits may result in lost consideration.
Your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications - Written narratives addressing each ECQ generally not to exceed 2 pages per ECQ for a total of no more than 10 pages. NOTE: If you are graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program or are a current or former Career Senior Executive Service member, you do not need to respond to the ECQs.
Your responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications - Written narratives addressing the Mandatory Technical Qualification(s) (MTQ) not to exceed two (2) page for each MTQ.
Are you a current or a former career Senior Executive Service (SES) member? You must provide a recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing their current status or reinstatement eligibility.
Are you a current or a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility? You must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and eligibility.
Are you a graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program? - Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification. Your status must be clearly stated in your resume.
A complete online Occupational Questionnaire.
Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? You must submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
- Position title
- Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
- Beginning and ending dates of appointment
FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
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