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Job Title:Supervisory Trial Attorney

Department:Department Of Housing And Urban Development

Agency:Office of General Counsel

Job Announcement Number:F12-EX-632236-1JA

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, March 23, 2012 to Monday, April 30, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

001 vacancy - Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

THOSE WHO APPLIED FOR THIS POSITION PREVIOUSLY UNDER ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER F12-EX-582748-1JA MUST RE-APPLY UNDER THIS NEW ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE CONSIDERED.

 

Join the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Team, if you are looking for a challenging career opportunity and want to be an impact player helping individuals achieve the American Dream!  HUD is an integral partner in revitalizing and improving communities across America.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED.  THE NEW CLOSING DATE IS 04/30/12.  ALL OTHER PROVISIONS REMAIN THE SAME.

 

HUD offers a broad array of benefits and program activities to develop your career, such as:  professional development opportunities; work assignments that may consist of projects related to different housing program; advanced technology; networking opportunities; and recognition and award for creativity, exceptional performance, and teamwork.

Our mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.  HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. 

 

For more information about HUD's mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at:  http://www.hud.gov/ .

 

Headquarters offices are conveniently located at L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop, and within walking distances to great restaurants and museums, and the National Mall.  We also have a fitness center, childcare center, credit union, eateries, and other work-life conveniences.

 

The incumbent of this position serves as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel, Office of Fair Housing, Fair Housing Enforcement Division.  The Fair Housing Enforcement Division is responsible for providing legal advice to the Department on all matters arising from the Fair Housing Act, including the development of significant legal opinions, and for litigating Fair Housing Act cases before HUD’s Office of Administrative Law Judges.  The Division also represents the Department in Petitions for the Secretarial review of administrative decisions.  The Division closely coordinates Fair Housing Act enforcement activities with HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD’s Regional Counsels, the Department of Justice’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, and other federal agencies.  The Division provides extensive public assistance, including but not limited to the development of guidance, regulations, training, and public speaking.

 

Salary listed reflects the salary range of GS-15 step 1 through step 10, including locality pay.  Pay will be set in accordance with pay setting regulations.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration if you are a male born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications Section).

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel reporting to and working under the general supervision of the Assistant General Counsel for Fair Housing Enforcement.   The incumbent functions as the managing attorney for the attorneys in the Division.  The incumbent supervises and provides guidance to staff attorneys about all aspects of the Fair Housing Act, including the most complex issues, such as fair lending, constitutional issues, and issues of first impression.  The incumbent also supervises and provides guidance to staff attorneys about all aspects of Fair Housing Act litigation, including drafting charges, developing litigation strategy, engaging in discovery and motions practice, trying cases and petitioning for Secretarial review.  Depending upon the workload and needs of the Division, the incumbent may have direct litigation responsibility for novel and complex cases before the administrative tribunal.  In addition, the incumbent supervises LAWS and TEAPOTS reporting of case activities; has lead responsibility for providing legal advice to FHEO’s Fair Housing Assistance Program; represents the Division at interagency and public forums, including monthly Interagency Lending Task Force meetings and monthly coordination meetings with DOJ’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section; reviews all correspondence and responses drafted by the Division staff to be sent to the public and Congress; coordinates discovery requested by the Department of Justice Housing and Civil Enforcement Section in its enforcement of the Fair Housing Act; coordinates subpoenas and requests for testimony of the Department’s fair housing employees in any governmental or private Fair Housing litigation; coordinates with DOJ’s Civil Rights Appellate Section on appeals involving Fair Housing Act issues; and reviews all Departmental clearances that have implications for the Department’s responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.  The incumbent maintains a thorough working knowledge of the Fair Housing Act, including case law interpreting the Act, regulations and policies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicant must possess the following qualifications to be considered for this vacancy:

 

First professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) plus five (5) years of specialized experience, at least one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is as follows:  (1) 5 years of legal activities involving the Fair Housing Act or other federal, state, or local civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination -OR- 5 years of legal activities involving civil litigation in federal or state court or before Administrative Law Judges, including experience taking depositions, writing and arguing summary judgment motions, and trials or evidentiary proceedings AND (2) A commitment to civil rights enforcement, which must be demonstrated by activities such as paid or unpaid work for an organization with a civil rights mission, representation of a plaintiff or complainant on a civil rights claim, legal writing on a civil rights topic (e.g. law journal article), or other activities demonstrating a similar level of commitment to civil rights enforcement.

OR  

Second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus four (4) years of specialized experience, at least one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is as follows:  (1) 4 years of legal activities involving the Fair Housing Act or other federal, state, or local civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination -OR- 5 years of legal activities involving civil litigation in federal or state court or before Administrative Law Judges, including experience taking depositions, writing and arguing summary judgment motions, and trials or evidentiary proceedings AND (2) A commitment to civil rights enforcement, which must be demonstrated by activities such as paid or unpaid work for an organization with a civil rights mission, representation of a plaintiff or complainant on a civil rights claim, legal writing on a civil rights topic (e.g. law journal article), or other activities demonstrating a similar level of commitment to civil rights enforcement.

OR 

Superior law student work (academic standing in upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the school's official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus four (4) years of specialized experience, at least one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. (1) 4 years of legal activities involving the Fair Housing Act or other federal, state, or local civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination -OR- 5 years of legal activities involving civil litigation in federal or state court or before Administrative Law Judges, including experience taking depositions, writing and arguing summary judgment motions, and trials or evidentiary proceedings AND (2) A commitment to civil rights enforcement, which must be demonstrated by activities such as paid or unpaid work for an organization with a civil rights mission, representation of a plaintiff or complainant on a civil rights claim, legal writing on a civil rights topic (e.g. law journal article), or other activities demonstrating a similar level of commitment to civil rights enforcement. 


 

In addition to meeting the above Qualification Requirements, all applicants MUST provide evidence of active membership in good standing in the bar of a state or territory of the United States or of the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Acceptable evidence may be a copy of your bar card, letter from the bar, or a written statement self-certifying your active membership status.


REQUIRED WRITING SAMPLE:


All candidates MUST SUBMIT a legal writing sample of between 5 -10 pages containing legal analysis in order to receive consideration for this vacancy.  Writing samples in excess of 10 pages may be truncated by the system.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All applicants will be evaluated using the following factors. Evidence that the applicant possesses the required knowledge, skills and abilities should be present in the application submitted.
 
1.  Knowledge of laws, regulations and authorities governing the Department’s enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and/or other federal civil rights laws.

 
2.  Effective litigation skills, including demonstrated skill
drafting civil rights-related complaints, conducting and responding to discovery, including written discovery practice and conducting and defending depositions, experience in trial advocacy at administrative hearings or in federal or state court, drafting of motions, including substantive legal briefs (e.g., summary judgment briefs, post-hearing or post-trial memoranda, or petitions for Secretarial review or appellate briefs).

 

3.  Ability to supervise attorneys and support staff providing a full range of legal civil rights related activities, including the ability to supervise litigation.

 

4.  Demonstrated ability to provide effective oral or written legal advice.  Experience demonstrating ability to obtain successful conclusions to complex and sensitive legal matters through effective oral arguments or negotiations.

 

5.  Demonstrated commitment to civil rights enforcement, as evidenced by activities such as paid or unpaid work for an organization with a civil rights mission, representation of a plaintiff or complainant on a civil rights claim, legal writing on a civil rights topic (e.g. law journal article), or other activities demonstrating a similar level of commitment to civil rights enforcement. 

 

6.  Ability to represent the Department in a variety of public forums and to coordinate activities with officials within HUD, the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies.
 
The basis of determining the applicants who appear to be best suited for this position will be an evaluation of the applicants' experience and/or training as reflected in the application package, which must include a resume and writing sample. The amount of experience or training will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification. The application materials submitted must demonstrate the relatedness of the education and/or experience to the duties of the position and the ability to successfully perform these duties.


BENEFITS:

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HUD offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), Flexible spending Account, retirement plan, life and long-term care insurance, Employee Assistance Program, personal leave days and paid Federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules, telework, tuition reimbursement, transportation subsidies, health and wellness programs, and fitness centers.  HUD is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and development opportunities.  For more information, go to http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:

Background Investigation:  To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, HUD requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet these standards, selected applicants must successfully complete and maintain a background investigation.  Failure to meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Travel:  Occasional travel may be required.

Relocation Expenses:  May not be paid.

Trial Period:  Candidate selected may be required to serve a two-year trial period for initial excepted service appointment.

Supervisory Probationary Period: If the individual selected for this position has not previously served as a supervisor or manager in the Federal Service, he/she will be required to serve a probationary period. This period will not exceed 1 year. If the individual does not satisfactorily complete the probationary period, he/she will be reassigned to a position of no lower grade and pay than the position from which transferred, reassigned, or promoted. New appointees to the Federal service or to HUD may be subject to removal for failure to complete the probationary period.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):  Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position:  No

Selective Service Registration:  All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system.  Please visit https://www.sss.gov/ for more information.

HUD employees are prohibited from owning Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities and from owning or acquiring property subsidized by Section 8 tenancies.  HUD employees are also prohibited from the active participation in a business dealing with or related to real estate.  This includes the sale and management of real estate.  These interests are prohibited under the HUD Supplemental Standards of Conduct regulation at 5 CFR 7501.  Certain HUD employees are required to file a financial disclosure report.

HUD provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Representative listed on the vacancy announcement.  The decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online' button and follow the prompts to register or sign into Application Manager.  Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation.  Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional information.  All application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, April 30, 2012.

 

You are not required to submit official documentation as part of your application package.  However, if selected, you must provide the required official documentation prior to appointment.

 

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you are unable to upload your supporting documents, please complete and use the cover page located at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and fax them to 1-478-757-3144.  Please include on the cover sheet the following information:  the vacancy ID 632236, your SSN, the name you used to complete your assessment questionnaire, and your address.  If your documents were successfully uploaded into Application Manager, it is not necessary for you to fax those documents. 

If you are unable to apply online, please follow the steps below.

1.      Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2.      Print this 1203 FX form, http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf , and provide your responses to the assessment questionnaire

3.      Fax the completed 1203 FX form along with any required and supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

If any part of your application is not received, it will be evaluated solely on the information available.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English.  It must contain your full name, address, phone number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number, a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.
  • Completed online self-assessment questionnaire.
  • Evidence of active bar membership as described in the Qualifications Section fo this announcement.
  • Legal writing sample as described in the Qualifications Section of this announcement.
  • Veterans Preference:  To apply for veteran's preference you must submit the following proof of eligibility:
  1. Five Point Preference:  DD Form 214 showing dates you served, type of discharge, and any campaign badges or expeditionary medals you may have earned
  2. Ten Point Preference:  DD Form 214, as described above, and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference).  Click this link for a copy of the SF-15:  http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF-15.pdf.
  3. If you are currently serving on active duty.  A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.  If selected for this position, your preference will be verified using your separation DD Form 214, as described above.  For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:  http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.
  • If you are a Federal employee submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action, Form SF-50, which shows tenure group, position and grade.

 

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate.    Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.  Please ensure that all documents are legible.

  

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or e-mail.  The address below is for inquiries only.  You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Vanessa Y. Willis
Phone: (202)402-4939
Email: VANESSA.Y.WILLIS@HUD.GOV
Agency Information:
HUD RSD Branch 1 MP Only
451 7th Street SW
Washington , DC
20410
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the announcement has closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your eligibility and qualifications.  The qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Please use your USAJobs account to monitor the status of your application.  If you are referred to the selecting official for further consideration you may be contacted for an interview.

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Job Announcement Number:

F12-EX-632236-1JA

Control Number:

312664100