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Job Title:Supervisory Attorney Advisor

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:DHS Headquarters

Job Announcement Number:DHSHQ12-747341-GC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 27, 2012 to Monday, October 29, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The incumbent serves as the Executive Secretariat for the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  The incumbent will be responsible for oversight and management of OGC’s system for the coordination, review, tracking and quality control of agency action documents and correspondence, including identification of legal issues and coordinating resolution of same over a wide variety of subject matter areas. The incumbent serves as the primary liaison for the Office of the General Counsel with the Office of the Secretary, Executive Secretariat, on agency action documents and correspondence.  The incumbent communicates with others, both orally and in writing, to identify and communicate legal issues in agency action documents and correspondence and to resolve problems or issues in relation to those documents.  In addition, the incumbent will supervise approximately three correspondence analysts in their assigned duties.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

DUTIES:

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As an Attorney Advisor you will:

  • Support the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of the Secretary, Executive Secretariat by coordinating legal review and quality control of agency action documents and correspondence, including identifying, addressing, and facilitating resolution of legal issues identified under such review.
  • Establish and manage OGC policies and processes for efficient review and coordination of executive correspondence and agency action documents.
  • Serve as the primary liaison for the Office of the General Counsel with the Office of the Secretary, Executive Secretariat, on agency action documents and correspondence.
  • Supervise approximately three correspondence analysts.
  • Address other related matters as are assigned by the Managing Counsel for the Office of the General Counsel.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:
OGC will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate’s qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The following factors are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas as part of their application.

For this position, specialized experience is experience providing legal advice and support on matters related to administrative law in the Federal Government, with particular emphasis on experience in providing legal advice on immigration, law enforcement, national security, or homeland security law matters.

Applicant must have a J.D. or LL.B. degree and a minimum of three years post-J.D. in the practice of law. 


ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES WILL BE EVALUATED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
Your resume and other applicant information must reflect your length of experience and/or training in the following areas:

  1. Ability to act as advisor and counsel to high-level officials within the federal government.
  2. Ability to address a substantial volume of work within required deadlines, often under extreme time pressure and changing priorities, and the ability to maintain superior organizational and planning skills. 
  3. Ability to conduct legal research, engage in sound legal analysis, and present the results in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner, both in writing and verbally. 
  4. Ability to work collaboratively with legal and policy professionals and staff from other backgrounds to clarify agency policy objectives and program goals.


Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.
The qualifications requirements must be met by 11:59 on Monday, October 29, 2012 which is the closing date of this announcement.


Education:
Applicant must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by Monday, October 29, 2012 the closing date of this announcement.  


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 a Top Secret/SCI clearance as a condition of placement in this Special 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX , document your responses to the assessment questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX coversheet found here.
Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


To view the online questionnaire,View Assessment Questions.

Note: Failure to reflect your responses to the questionnaire in your resume will reduce your chances of being referred to the selecting official.

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Homeland Security offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here: http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/content_multi_image_0016.shtm.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level.

Selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.

Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form. 

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses  will not be paid.

Veterans, Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Monday, October 29, 2012. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX found here , document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX coversheet found here.

Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1. Your résumé.
2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
3. A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.
4. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.   Those with foreign education, click this link.
5. Are you a veteran? Submit a copy of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) that shows your type of discharge and character of service and/or documentation of service connected disability.   Click here for more veterans' information.
6. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?

Submit:

  • a copy of your agency notice,
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
  • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, duty location and full performance level.

7. Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tamara Williams
Phone: (202)357-8500
Email: TAMARA.WILLIAMS1@DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Washington, DC
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

The process of consideration of applicants may take several weeks.

Notification Process:
  Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail.


Note:
To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

DHSHQ12-747341-GC

Control Number:

326741400