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Job Title:  Regional Counsel
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  General Counsel
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-840301-LMM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Waco, TX United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals


The Department of Veterans Affairs  is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from within VA, the Federal government and the private sector. We have streamlined our recruitment process and now only require you to submit a 5 page resume to apply for this position.  


This office is one of 22 Field Offices, each under the supervision of a Regional Counsel.  The Waco office is assigned clients (VA facilities) in the states of Oklahoma and northern Texas.  The website for this organization is


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 3 position and the salary range is $119,554-$165,300. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.


A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Appraised Value Offer may be authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee may be subject to geographic or organizational reassignment/travel
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report is required
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • One year probationary period for initial SES appointment


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The Regional Counsel is responsible to the General Counsel, through the Assistant General Counsel, Professional Staff Group VI, and the Deputy General Counsel.  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


• Plans, directs, and supervises the work of a professional staff providing legal advice and services to the heads of large, diverse, decentralized field facilities that develop and administer the multiple, varied missions and programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

• Exercises important policy-making, policy-determining or other executive functions by providing legal advice and assistance, and policy recommendations in all areas of legal responsibility of the office and directs and coordinates specific legal programs in the Region on behalf of the Department and its constituent facilities in the Region. 

• Exclusive legal authority for matters arising out of state laws within the Region and is the sole legal representative for the Department in all State and local court activities and cases, in coordination with the local US Attorney's Office.

• Reviews all program initiatives, policies, procedures and directives for consistency with State and Federal law, administrative soundness, efficiency and economic advisability; and recommends and drafts new regional or departmental policies and procedures in response to new or amended legislation involving departmental programs. 

• Responsible for legal services supporting business-management activities and administrative operations throughout the Region, including procurement, personnel matters, and claims by and against the Department. 

• Has been delegated full authority to finally compromise and settle certain types of claims under Federal law.






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The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills, share a broad perspective of government, and a public service commitment.


All applicants MUST SHOW in their 5 PAGE RESUME that they possess the licensure, the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) outlined below.


The target competencies deemed most pertinent to this position have been specified under each ECQ description below. It is highly recommended that your resume address your accomplishments in these specific competency areas. Remember, your resume must not exceed 5 pages including an optional cover letter. Any information in excess of 5 pages will not be considered or evaluated.  


The definitions of the SES ECQs and their underlying competencies can be found at:


 A.  Executive Core Qualifications



• Target Competency 1:  Strategic Thinking 

• Target Competency 2:  Vision 



• Target Competency 1:  Conflict Management

• Target Competency 2:  Leveraging Diversity

• Target Competency 3:  Team Building



• Target Competency 1:  Customer Serivce

• Target Competency 2:  Problem Solving



• Target Competency 1:  Financial Management

• Target Competency 2:  Human Capital Management



• Target Competency 1:  Partnering


B.  Technical Qualifications

1.  Demonstrated ability to find, analyze and apply relevant legal authorities in various aspects of Federal practice including Veterans-benefits law, business law, employment law, healthcare law, and information-disclosure law, and the law of applicable states regarding medical malpractice and other torts, workers' compensation, and guardianship.

C.  Licensure Requirement


An applicant MUST be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.  PROOF OF LICENSURE MUST BE UPLOADED IN USAJobs.  APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE PROOF WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.                                 


Step 1: Minimum ECQ-based qualifications

Step 2: Technical qualification screening

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking

Step 4: Structured interviews to determine Best Qualified (BQ) applicants

Step 5: Tentative selection by Nominating Organization (May include additional screening)

Step 6: Approval by the Selecting Official (May include additional screening)

Step 7: OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Certification

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career SES appointee, reinstatement eligible SES, or a QRB certified graduate of an SES candidate development program. Non-Competitive applicants must submit a complete application as noted under Required Documents.  The agency has the option of considering you noncompetitively or including you in the competitive process (steps 2-6).


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees.


Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service:

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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We strongly encourage you to apply online. Your complete application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.


To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, login in to your USAJOBS account at  and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue. 


If you cannot apply online:


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


2. Print your resume and required documents.


3. FAX to (478)757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up. You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, to provide your answers. Refer to the link below for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX. The form URL is at:


Please note you may also call USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 to have the OPM Form 1203-FX mailed to you; however, this is not a practical alternative if the announcement is nearing its closing date. After the introduction on the recording, press 1, and listen for instructions to request the form.


A complete application for this position includes the following items:


1.  Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY technical and executive core qualification requirement(s) for this position.  Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact.  Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated.  DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.  DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical and executive core qualifications.


2.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


3.  Proof of licensure.


4.  Non-competitive applicants:  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required.  Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and/or proof of certification of your executive core qualifications from the OPM administered QRB. Traditional method applications will NOT be accepted.


Lucrecia Murdock
Phone: (202)461-7887
Agency Information:
VA Corporate Senior Executive Management Office
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of the status of your application throughout the process. 

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