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Job Title:  Deputy General Counsel
Agency:  Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Job Announcement Number:  13-002

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

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$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 29, 2013 to Friday, June 07, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
All qualified citizens of the United States


Come join the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board!

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) is an independent agency in the executive branch chartered with the responsibility of providing recommendations and advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy regarding public health and safety issues at Department of Energy (DOE) defense nuclear facilities.  The Board reviews and evaluates the content and implementation of health and safety standards, as well as other requirements, relating to the design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of DOE’s defense nuclear facilities to ensure that these activities are carried out in a manner that protects the public, workers, and the environment. 
As Deputy General Counsel, you will be a senior legal officer and advisor to the Board and will supervise the operations of the Office of the General Counsel.  You will be responsible for conducting Board hearings and court litigation, reviewing Board documents for legal sufficiency, and enforcing the applicable sections of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (as amended), and other relevant statutes.  As directed by the General Counsel, you will represent the Board before Congressional Committees in hearings on proposed legislation, in investigations, and in interactions with the press and the general public.  In addition, under the direction of the General Counsel, you will be responsible for managing legislative matters and the Board’s Ethics and Alternative Dispute Resolution programs.

For additional information about the Board, visit our web site at

Applicants who are members of the Senior Executive Service will retain their current rate of basic pay, if higher than $165,300, if selected for the position.”


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q” level security clearance.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required.
  • Allowable relocation expenses will be paid.
  • You may have to complete a 1-year SES probationary period.


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• Manage a highly-trained professional legal and support staff engaged in a wide range of legal issues.

• Provide expert advice and counsel to the Board on legal, ethical, and policy questions arising from the conduct of Board activities; advise the Board on procedural and substantive questions of law.  Formulate and recommend the Board’s position regarding difficult and complex legal problems and issues that may be controversial and of significant public interest.

• Lead and/or participate in investigations and reports to the Board on those investigations.  Jurisdictional questions may involve a broad variety of questions of interpretation of state or Federal statutes, and legislative history.  Assist Board Members in conducting public hearings. 

• Prepare regulations on behalf of the Board; and review, analyze, and report to the Board on proposed legislation and bills passed by Congress.  Represent the Board before Congressional committees in hearings on proposed legislation and investigations.

• Direct and coordinate the preparation and review of opinions, memoranda, reports, recommendations, briefs and other documents for the Board on a wide variety of subjects, including:  matters of civil, criminal, and administrative law, policy, and procedures under the statutes governing and administered by the Board; and legal questions arising from the relations between the Board, other Federal agencies, and the public.

• Ensure Board compliance with Federal laws and regulations in a variety of areas, including information and privacy law, administrative law, ethics law, procurement law, fiscal/appropriations law, employment law, and other legal matters related to Federal agency practice.

• Represent the Board in legal disputes in U.S. District Courts to enforce compliance with subpoenas and the Board's rules and regulations; represent the Board in the U.S. Court of Appeals on appeals from suits in District Courts related to these matters.  In association with the Department of Justice, prepare all necessary documents for proceedings before the United States Supreme Court. 


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1. All applicants must possess a law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a Federal court of general jurisdiction.  In addition, at least 5 years of post J.D. legal experience is required.

2. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and four mandatory Technical Qualifications listed below.  Please provide this information in the order the elements are presented.

Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications:  All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs.  Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and the results of your actions.  You must address each ECQ separately.  Additional information on the development of ECQs is available at

You are required to respond to each of the ECQs.  If you fail to do so, you will be rated as “ineligible.”  The narrative statement for your ECQs should not exceed 10 total pages and should be prepared in at least 11-point font.

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.

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.

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.

ECQ 4—Business Acumen:  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

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.

Applicants serving in SES career appointments, eligible for reinstatement to the SES, or who have successfully completed an SES candidate development program may omit the Executive Core Qualifications, but must attach a copy of Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting the SES career appointment.  Graduates of Office of Personnel Management (OPM)-approved candidate development programs must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications:  All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications.  You must address each technical qualification separately.  The narrative statement for your Technical Qualifications should not exceed two (2) pages for each technical qualification (a total of 8 pages) and should be prepared in at least 11-point font.  You are required to respond to each of the technical qualifications.  If you fail to do so, you will be rated as “ineligible.” 
1. Demonstrated executive management and legal experience managing a professional legal and support staff engaged in a wide range of legal issues such as administrative law, fiscal/appropriations law, ethics law, procurement law, privacy and information law, employment law, and other legal matters related to Federal agency practice.

2. Demonstrated experience in negotiating, drafting and reviewing policies, procedures and agreements and rendering legal advice and opinions to senior officials on a broad spectrum of complex governmental and/or corporate issues.

3. Demonstrated experience in executive level communications, including negotiating and persuading to gain consensus under difficult, complex legal circumstances.  This includes the ability to work with a wide variety of people, effectively communicate progress on a regular basis, and gain buy-in at cross-organizational levels towards a common goal.

4. Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and implementation, use of "best practices" methods to support organizational cultural change, innovative training and education for legal professionals and support staff.

Education or training in a technical field (e.g., science, engineering) or employment experience at an agency or organization that performs technical work is desirable, but not required.




Applicants will be screened for basic eligibility according to the mandatory ECQs and mandatory Technical Qualifications, and will be rated and ranked by a panel using only the information submitted for consideration.  Failure to document demonstrated experience, training, and education in support of the mandatory ECQ’s and mandatory Technical Qualifications will adversely affect your chances for further consideration.  The best qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official.  Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before an appointment can occur. 


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Veterans’ preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

This is a career position in the Senior Executive Service (SES).  As a condition of employment, the individual selected will be required to enter the SES, if not already a member, and have his or her ECQs approved by OPM.  New career appointees to the SES will be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.  Upon completing the required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

Prior to appointment, applicants are required to undergo screening for illegal drug use.  After, employment, individuals are subject to random drug testing.

Security/Suitability.  The selectee will occupy a Critical Sensitive position requiring a background investigation leading to the granting of a “Q” level security clearance.  Applicants are required to obtain and maintain a “Q” level security clearance.

The selectee must file an Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278, upon entering the position and each year thereafter.

Some travel is required.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law, as a condition of employment.

The Board does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Please notify us if you require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process.  The decision to grant reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



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E-mailed resumes must be received before midnight Eastern time on June 7th, 2013, to be considered.  You may also mail or personally deliver your resume to:  Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Division of Human Resources, 625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004.  Mailed or personally delivered resumes must be received by 5:00 pm on June 7th, 2013.  We do not accept resumes by fax nor do we subscribe to an on-line application process.  Resumes and all other materials mailed using Government postage will not be considered. 


1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications.  Applicants typically provide the following information in their resume:

• Job Announcement number (13-002)
• Full name, e-mail and mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
• Educational information including the name, city, and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of any degree received.  Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website:
• Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including:  job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
• Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. Mandatory ECQ Statement:  A narrative statement, not to exceed ten (10) pages, specifically addressing each of the individual ECQs.  In lieu of the narrative statement, current and former career SES members must provide a Standard Form 50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.  SES candidate development program graduates must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

3. Mandatory Technical Qualifications:  A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification.  The statement should not exceed two (2) pages per Technical Qualification.

4. A copy of your most recent supervisory performance appraisal or equivalent.

Candidates who do not submit completed application packages will be eliminated from consideration.

All materials submitted with your resume become the property of the U.S. Government and will not be returned.

NOTE:  If you are a current career member of the SES, or are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES candidate development program and obtained OPM Qualifications Review Board certification, you can apply to be considered competitively and/or noncompetitively.  To be considered competitively, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the ECQs and technical qualifications, and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.  To be considered noncompetitively, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the technical qualifications, a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, and a copy of a recent Standard Form 50 documenting SES career status.  When applying noncompetitively, you are not required to submit written statements addressing the ECQs.

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.  Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered. 


Deborah Biscieglia
Phone: (202)694-7041
Agency Information:
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
625 Indiana Avenue NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC


Applicants will be notified about the status of their application.

After all application packages have been received, we will review your application to ensure you meet minimum qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets minimum qualifications on the information provided and may interview the best qualified applicants.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. 

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