As a basic requirement, applicants must have a J.D. or LL.B. degree and must be, at the time of appointment or conversion, a current, active member in good standing of a bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or commonwealth of the United States and must comply with relevant ethical codes.
In addition, applicants MUST demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.
You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive. To be considered for this position, all applicants must address each of the technical qualifications listed below. Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the Senior Executive Service, or have successfully completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program approved by OPM and been certified by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. EACH TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION AND EACH ECQ SHOULD BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY. It is highly recommended that you follow the format provided at http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf (Adobe Acrobat required). Narrative statements should not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical and each individual ECQ.
1. Demonstrated proficiency in and originality of approach in interpreting and applying legal principles and resolution to judicial problems in one or more of the following areas: natural resources law, public lands law, environmental law, probate of estates, and Alaska Native and Indian affairs law.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act and the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act, as well as alternative dispute resolution programs, and experience with the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in the administrative hearings and appeals processes.
3. Demonstrated experience in managing attorneys and Administrative Law Judges as well as demonstrated experience with administrative hearings and appeals.
Executive Core Qualifications:
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: You must have demonstrated an 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: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations 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: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
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: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This ECQ 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: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating
FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants who meet all the ECQs and Technical Qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.