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Job Title:Supervisory Attorney-Advisor

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:DHS Headquarters

Job Announcement Number:DHSHQ13-843171-OGC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 01, 2013 to Wednesday, April 03, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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. 

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  The incumbent will serve as a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor with the title of “Assistant General Counsel for Chemical Security” within the National Protection and Programs Law Division of OGC.  The Supervisory Attorney-Advisor will provide legal advice to further the chemical security regulatory programs of the Department’s Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD), which is located within the Office of Infrastructure Protection of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).  The Supervisory Attorney-Advisor supervises a team or four attorneys and one paralegal and serves as a subject matter expert for OGC.  The position requires excellent technical, supervisory, management, collaboration, and leadership skills.

In particular, the individual selected for this position will provide advice, analysis, interpretations, and guidance on complex and sensitive legal and policy matters arising under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards regulations and other NPPD chemical security regulatory programs.

This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period.  Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Financial Disclosure Form is required.


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Major Duties:


As a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor, supports the General Counsel and the Associate General Counsel for National Protection and Programs in providing legal services related to the Department’s chemical security programs administered by DHS, in particular by the National Protection and Programs Directorate.   Your duties will include: 

·         Managing and directing the provision of legal support on infrastructure regulatory programs conducted by the National Protection and Programs Directorate and its subcomponents.

·         Providing advice, interpretations of law, and guidance on matters arising under the Homeland Security Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and other statutes and regulations related to NPPD infrastructure security programs.

·         Providing representation for the Department in administrative adjudications and civil litigation involving infrastructure regulatory programs.

·         Coordinating with other attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel to address supporting areas of law, including ethics, intellectual property, administrative law, fiscal law, and procurement law.

·         Representing the Office of the General Counsel, as assigned, in engagements with other agencies, the public, Congress, State and local governments, and the private sector to support Department programs.

·         Negotiating complex and unique issues to advance and benefit public programs.

·         Managing administrative and personnel matters, including monitoring workloads and resources, making recommendations on resource needs and allocation, and making recommendations on personnel actions.

·         Supervising and developing at least 4 employees.



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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.

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 Department’s 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 OPM’s web site at 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.


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.


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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:


Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level (GS-15). 


Excepted Service Position:  This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

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

Relocation Expenses will not be paid. 

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

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.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, April 03, 2013. 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.


1. Your résumé.
2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?


  • 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.

6. 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.


Paris Bryant
Phone: (202)357-8552
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
Washington, DC


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. 

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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