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Job Title:Associate General Counsel for General Law

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:DHS Headquarters

Job Announcement Number:CHCO-12-034-DHS-800796

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Friday, January 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0905-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 In today's interconnected world our country's security challenges are constantly evolving.  To meet these challenges, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fosters a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation.  For an overview of the diverse responsibilities DHS carries out within the Government, we welcome you to visit our website at http://www.dhs.gov/.

The incumbent of this position serves as the Associate General Counsel for the General Law Division of the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The General Counsel, who is 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.   The General Law Division within OGC is responsible for providing legal advice to the Department relating to: (1) acquisitions and procurement law; (2) labor and employment law; (3) appropriations and fiscal law, including grant programs and the Department's budget process; (4) administrative law; and (5) the activities of the Board for Correction of Military Records of the Coast Guard. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance
  • If selected, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure (SF-278) is required
  • If selected, a one-year SES probationary period may be required
  • A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) is required

DUTIES:

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The Associate General Counsel (AGC) for General Law provides legal advice and guidance to the General Counsel, the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, the Under Secretary for Management and  other senior DHS officials in the exercise of their responsibilities and authorities under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Executive Orders, and other related authorities necessary for DHS to carry out its complex mission.  Legal advice involves complex, novel, and precedent-setting issues.

 

The AGC directs legal research and analysis on a wide variety of court decisions, legislation, regulations and policies, and provides legal counsel in the development and negotiation legal determinations and policy in support of the Department's mission including, advice related to  (1) acquisitions and procurements, including bid protests and contract disputes; (2) labor and employment law, including legal actions before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Special Counsel; (3) appropriations law, fiscal law, including grant programs and the Department's budget process; (4) administrative law, including environmental issues, real property matters, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Federal Records Act, the Federal Vacancy Reform Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act; (5) the activities of the Board for Correction of Military Records of the Coast Guard; and (6) other general legal matters  

The incumbent is responsible for:

·     Supporting the General Counsel, and the Deputy General Counsels in providing legal advice on General Law Division matters to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary for Management, and DHS Headquarters offices.

 

·      Managing and directing Division staff, including two Deputy Associate General Counsels, several  Assistant General Counsels and the Chair of the Board for Correction of Military Records, in the provision of legal guidance, counsel, interpretation, and advisory services on acquisition and procurement law, appropriations and fiscal law, labor and employment law, and administrative law issues to DHS headquarters offices.

 

·      Representing OGC at various Departmental and interagency meetings and negotiations, as well as with Congressional staff, State and local agencies, and the private sector.

 

·      In conjunction with the Deputy Associate General Counsel for General Law, the Deputy Associate General Counsel for Acquisition and Procurement Law, and Assistant General Counsels, overseeing the provision of legal guidance and counsel on general law issues by the legal offices within the various operational components of the Department.

 

·      Overseeing General Law Division activities, including (1) providing litigation support to the Department of Justice and United States Attorneys in representing the Government's interest in court on employment and federal tort claim matters; and (2) representing 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 DHS headquarters.

 

·      Managing administrative and personnel matters for approximately 40 attorneys in the Division, including monitoring their workloads and resources, making recommendations on resource needs and allocation, and making recommendations on personnel actions.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the Technical and Executive Core Qualifications listed below in a supplemental statement to assist reviewing officials in determining the best qualified candidates to be referred to the selecting official.  Qualification and experience determinations will be based only on the information you submit. 

FAILURE TO MEET OR ADDRESS ANY ONE OF THE MANDATORY TECHNICAL OR EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATION STANDARDS WILL ELIMINATE A CANDIDATE FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

Please provide a narrative, not to exceed three (3) pages for the Technical Qualifications (TQ) below and no more than (2) pages for each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ). 

(If you are a current career Senior Executive, a graduate of an OPM certified Candidate Development Program, or a reinstatement eligible Senior Executive, you are not required to submit ECQs.  Please indicated your status on your resume.)

 

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.

Leadership Competencies:

  1. Creativity and Innovation
    Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.
  2. External Awareness
    Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.
  3. Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  4. Resilience
    Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
  5. Strategic Thinking
    Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
  6. Vision
    Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

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.

Leadership Competencies:

  1. Conflict Management
    Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
  2. Leveraging Diversity
    Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
  3. Developing Others
    Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
  4. Team Building
    Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

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.

Leadership Competencies:

  1. Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
  2. Customer Service
    Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
  3. Decisiveness
    Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
  4. Entrepreneurship
    Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
  5. Problem Solving
    Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
  6. Technical Credibility
    Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Leadership Competencies:

  1. Financial Management
    Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
  2. Human Capital Management
    Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.
  3. Technology Management
    Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

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.

Leadership Competencies:

  1. Partnering
    Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
  2. Political Savvy
    Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
  3. Influencing/Negotiating
    Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

Fundamental Competencies These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications.

Competencies:

  1. Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
  2. Oral Communication
    Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
  3. Integrity/Honesty
    Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
  4. Written Communication
    Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  5. Continual Learning
    Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
  6. Public Service Motivation
    Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.


Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at
http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp
 
Technical Qualification(s) - Mandatory

TQ-1: Experience in providing legal advice to the private sector or to government entities concerning some or all of the following General Law Division issues:  acquisition and procurement law, federal court or administrative litigation, appropriations and fiscal law, labor and employment law, and administrative law.  

 

TQ-2: Demonstrated management ability involving both legal and administrative matters in an agency, law firm, or other organization.   The ability to work with legal and other professionals to evaluate and develop policies, procedures, and objectives for an organization.


EDUCATION:  Juris Doctorate (J.D.) is required for this position.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

 

Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance

 

May be required to peform the duties as a member of the DHS Emergency Relocation Group (ERG).

 

 

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education.  Your resume will be evaluated by an SES rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.  The DHS Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.  Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur. 


BENEFITS:

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Working for 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.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

Probationary period: You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

 

1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

DHS is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences. 

DHS provides reasonable accomodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accomodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accomodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume

2. ECQ narrative statements

3. TQ narrative statements

4. Completed Online Occupational Questionnaire
(if your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM/QRB, you do not have to submit ECQs, however, TQs are required)

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 04, 2013.


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. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID  800796.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Your resume
  2. ECQ narrative statements
  3. TQ narrative statements
  4. Completed online occupational questionnaire.
    (if your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM/QRB, you do not have to submit ECQs, however, TQs are required)

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Michelle Monroe
Phone: (202)357-8431
Email: MICHELLE.MONROE@HQ.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Washington, DC
00000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.  

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number. Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however we can not process your application without it.


Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 800796


1. Title of Job

Associate General Counsel for General Law


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level (00-00) you will accept.


00

11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

16. Availability Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:


001 US Citizens

21. Geographic Availability

The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are intrested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Are you willing to take and be subjected to random drug testing?

A. Yes
B. No

2. A Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited institution is required for this position.  Do you possess a JD?

A. Yes
B. No

3.

Are you currently, or have you been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch?

A. Yes
B. No

4. Have you graduated from an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program? (If you selected 'yes', please include this statement at the top of your resume.)

A. Yes
B. No

5. Are you a current or former Career SES and your ECQs have been certified by OPMs Qualifications Review Board (QRB)?  (If 'yes', include this statement at the top of you resume).

A. Yes
B. No

6. As a former or current Career SES, have you completed a one-year Career-SES Probationary Period?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Not Applicable


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Job Announcement Number:

CHCO-12-034-DHS-800796

Control Number:

332798700