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Job Title:Supervisory Attorney-Advisor, Chief, Northeast Section (General) GS-0905-15

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:SO-OGC-2012-0011

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:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 to Thursday, October 11, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Permanent "Excepted Service Appointment" - Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Gloucester, MA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine resources...it's all in a day's work at NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

An extraordinary opportunity is available at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's Office of the General Counsel (NOAA GC). NOAA GC employs
approximately 120 attorneys at headquarters in the Washington, DC area and at six
regional sections. NOAA GC provides legal advice to the Department of Commerce
Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA Administrator) and NOAA program
offices on a wide variety of issues including U.S. and International fisheries, marine
mammals, endangered or threatened marine species, preservation of coastal areas,
marine sanctuaries, and licensing of commercial satellites. NOAA is a premiere
environmental agency, which is located within the Department of Commerce, and
employs over 12,000 individuals nationwide. The agency's mission is to conserve and
manage coastal and marine resources and to understand and predict changes in the
Earth's environment to meet the Nation's economic, social and environmental needs.
For more information see www.noaa.gov. The National Marine Fisheries Service
(NOAA Fisheries) is one of the agency's largest program offices and is responsible
for implementing Federal laws to manage and conserve marine resources. NOAA
Fisheries Northeast Regional Office works with the Northeast Fisheries Center and
the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (NEFMC and MAFMC,
respectively) in developing proposals for conserving and managing marine resources
off the coast of the states from Maine through North Carolina. The attorney selected
for this position would lead the NOAA GC Northeast Section and would provide legal
analysis and advice to NOAA Fisheries in its development of regulations to implement
programs recommended by the NEFMC and MAFMC and approved by the Secretary of
Commerce. The attorney also would work closely with the U.S. Department of Justice
in conducting research and developing litigation strategies. For more information on
the NOAA GC Northeast Section, see www. gc.noaa.gov.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Position is in the Excepted Service.
  • Position requires successful completion of security investigation.
  • Some domestic and foreign travel required.
  • Applicant must complete one year probatioanry period.

DUTIES:

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The Northeast Section Chief will lead the Office of the General Counsel's Northeast
Section in all aspects of management and supervision of the Northeast Section and
its staff of one (1) Deputy Section Chief, six (6) staff attorneys and two (2) support
personnel in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  The attorney selected
for this position will have significant responsibilities for office administration and
advising NOAA Fisheries scientists and managers in their work to conserve and
manage marine resources off the coast of states from Maine through North Carolina.
Principal duties include providing legal analysis and written and oral legal advice to
NOAA Fisheries and NEFMC and MAFMC regarding requirements and responsibilities
for managing fisheries and protecting marine species and habitats under the
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Endangered Species
Act, and other statutes pertaining to domestic and International fisheries issues. The
attorney will also provide legal analysis and advice to NOAA Fisheries on a number
of other statutes pertaining to the actions taken by the agency;
these statutes include the National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative
Procedure Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, and Freedom of Information Act.
The position involves working closely with experienced biologists and fishery
managers in, among other things, developing and reviewing regulations, permits,
and policies. The position requires interaction with other NOAA GC attorneys,
policy makers and technical staff, the Department of Commerce, and other Federal
and state agencies, members of the regulated community, and public interest
organizations. It also involves active participation, in concert with U.S. Department
of Justice attorneys, in conducting research and analysis for the development of
arguments and strategies to defend NOAA fisheries in cases brought under the
above-referenced statutes. The work involves complex and challenging issues
on important matters. The position reports to the Deputy General Counsel,
Headquarters, Washington, DC.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must demonstrate an ability to manage a complex organization and tackle
challenging organizational issues that include: ability to manage a diverse workforce
that includes lawyers, non-lawyer professionals, and support staff; ability to establish
an organizational vision, develop a strategic plan and implement strategic change;
ability to develop and advance policy and regulatory initiatives; ability to build
coalitions, both within the organization and outside the organization, to effectively
implement the applicable statutory provisions; ability to identify and resolve complex
legal and technical issues; and ability to communicate effectively orally and in
writing.
NOAA seeks applicants with at least 5 years experience working with Federal or
state fisheries, environmental and/or marine resources statutes and regulations,
and with a strong interest in practicing as an attorney in a Federal regulatory
agency in these practice areas. A strong applicant for this position would have
experience with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management
Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal
Protection Act, Administrative Procedures Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, Freedom of
Information Act, and other generally applicable federal laws, as well as experience
representing an organization (e.g. government agency, corporations, tribe, etc).
An understanding of relevant biological principles, strong interpersonal skills, and
experience fostering multi-party agreements will be particularly valuable. Given the
importance of litigation to the position, significant federal judicial or administrative
litigation experience is desirable.
As this is a managerial position, prior experience managing a legal team or office
or serving as a first line supervisor is desirable. Experience in office management,
budget, administration, and personnel matters will also be favorably considered.
Applicants must have a demonstrative ability to communicate effectively orally and
in writing, and to identify and resolve complex legal issues. Applicants must also
demonstrate the ability to manage large projects independently, work as a member
of a team and as team leader, assimilate large amounts of material quickly, and
balance a diverse workload.
Significant academic achievement in law school (such as graduation in the top
third of class, graduation with honors, significant judicial clerking experience, or
participation in moot court or law review) or an L.L.M. degree will be favorably
considered.
Applicants must be a graduate (J.D. degree) from a full course of study in a School
of Law accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member in
good standing of a bar of a state, United States territory, the District of Columbia,
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and have a J.D. from an accredited law school,
and be an active member in good standing of a state bar or the bar of the District of
Columbia.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens to qualify for this position.


Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school, and be an active member in good standing of a state bar or the bar of the District of Columbia.

Applicants must meet the basic entry requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule (GS) Positions Policies and Instructions:

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applications will be evaluated based on the Qualifications described below. Please be advised that NOAA Attorney positions are in the Excepted Service. As such, these positions are not covered by the usual civil service hiring procedures. There are no numerical rating system through which to apply veterans preference; however, the NOAA Office of the General considers veterans preference eligibility as a positive factor in hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume, and to attach supporting documentation. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to manage a complex organization and tackle challenging organizational issues that include the ability to: (1) supervise a diverse workforce that includes lawyers, non-lawyer professionals, and support staff; (2) establish an organizational vision, develop a strategic plan and implement strategic change; (3) develop and advance policy and regulatory initiatives; (4)build coalitions, both within the organization and outside the organization, to effectively implement the applicable statutory provisions; (5)identify and resolve complex legal and technical issues; and (6)communicate effectively orally and in writing.
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BENEFITS:

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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program,
with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/
jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB.
Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/
jobextrainfo.asp#life
Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info:
http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci
New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement
System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by
CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/
jobextrainfo.asp#retr
You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/
jobextrainfo.asp#VACA
You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV
You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of
duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI
If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.
Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program
is run.



OTHER INFORMATION:

NOAA GC will not pay relocation expenses or moving costs.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Application may be made by sending a resume, and cover letter to Octavia Saine, Executive Officer, NOAA Office of the General Counsel, Herbert C. Hoover Office Building, 14th & Constitution Ave., NW, Suite A100, Washington, DC, 20230 or by e-mail to: GCNortheast.vacancy@noaa.gov.

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by October 12, 2012.  In your cover letter or an attachment, please explain how your experience, education, training, activities, or awards relate to the qualification listed above.  Also explain why you are interested in working for the NOAA Office of the General Counsel. Please include your e-mail address and your day and evening telephone numbers, and indicate the best time to reach you by telephone.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following: *Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship, and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal Service, please include the grade level for the position(s). *Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/college/diplomamills/diploma-mills.html#foreign-credential. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Octavia G. Saine
Phone: 202-482-0743
Fax: 202-482-4893
Email: octavia.saine@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Oceans Client Services Div
1305 East-West Highway
SSMC4
Silver Spring, MD
20910
US
Fax: 202-482-4893

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applicants will not be notified that their application has been received. Interviews may be arranged at the discretion of NOAA for those subject to further consideration based upon qualifications.

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Job Announcement Number:

SO-OGC-2012-0011

Control Number:

326197500