Specialized Experience: To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
Applicants must have five years of specialized experience in private industry, public service, non-profit or volunteer work that is equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14) in the Federal service. This experience must have provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, candidates must possess significant experience providing legal advice and support on matters related to chemical security, infrastructure protection, or regulatory programs or enforcement in the Federal Government, State or local government or the private sector.
Applicant must also have at least five years of experience as a practicing attorney.
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. Act as advisor and counsel to high-level officials of the Office of the General Counsel and the Department. Must be able to present cogent arguments regarding the Departments position to other Federal agencies and the Executive Office of the President.
2. 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. Conduct and direct complex legal research, engage in sound legal analysis, and present the results in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner, both in writing and verbally.
4. Work collaboratively with legal and policy professionals and staff from other backgrounds to clarify agency policy objectives and program goals.
5. Knowledge of the law applicable to federal infrastructure programs, including such matters as the Homeland Security Act, information protection and sharing, and information security.
For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.
In addition, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Chief Human Capital Office offers Career Transition Assistance Placement (CTAP) coverage to Attorneys within the Department of Homeland Security. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. If you are eligible under CTAP, you must submit a copy of your certificate of surplus status, certificate of expected separation, or your specific Reduction-in-Force notice establishing your eligibility under CTAP, a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, series, grade level and duty location. You must clearly indicate the grade from which you separated or declared surplus.
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 Wednesday, April 03, 2013 which is the closing date of this announcement.
Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service.
The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
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.If qualifying based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position.
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. Please visit OPMs web site at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a for additional information on this topic.
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 Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this Non-Critical 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.