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Job Title:Attorney Advisor (General)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:DHS Headquarters

Job Announcement Number:DHSHQ13-955579-GC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, September 09, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Within the Washington D.C. Commuting Area

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve the Office of the General Counsel as a legal advisor.  

 

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Technology Programs Law Division.

The individual selected for this position will be responsible for providing legal advice for government contracts, inter-agency agreements, and grants entered into by DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate (“S&T”) in the areas of research, development, test, and evaluation.  S&T’s contracts are issued in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) or DHS’s Other Transaction Agreement authority and relate to a broad portfolio of S&T programs, including cybersecurity and biosecurity.  The individual selected for this position will also be responsible for providing legal advice for intellectual property issues related to S&T’s programs, including intellectual property issues in government contracts, grants, international agreements, and technology transfer agreements.

 

S&T is the primary research, development, test, and evaluation component of the Department. The work carried out in S&T, in partnership with the private sector, national laboratories, universities, international partners, and other government agencies, helps push the innovation envelope and drives development and use of high technology in support of the Department’s operational units.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • You must be a graduate of an accredited law school.
  • You must be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State or D.C.
  • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing

DUTIES:

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  • Provides legal advice to contracting officers, program managers, and senior officials concerning the laws applicable to all phases of the research and development contracting process, including solicitation and award, contract administration, and the resolution of disputes. Provides legal advice to grants officers, program managers, and senior officials concerning the laws applicable to all phases of the research and development grants process, including solicitation and award, grants administration, and the resolution of disputes.
  • Provides legal advice for the full range of issues arising in the fields of research and development contracting, acquisition, grants, and procurement, including intellectual property, technical data, claims, disputes, fiscal law, information security, protection of governmental rights and property, privacy, environmental issues and other related areas which arise in furtherance of and in connection with the mission of Science & Technology (S&T). 
  • Researches, renders, and generates authoritative written and oral legal opinions; opinions involve complex and difficult legal problems resulting from the formation and management of government contracts and grants, including related intellectual property law issues. Researches, renders and generates authoritative written and oral legal opinions with respect to S&T’s cybersecurity research and development portfolio.
  • Provides legal advice for intellectual property and technology transfer issues related to S&T’s programs and laboratories, including: advising and assisting S&T and contractor employees on rights in inventions, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, technical data and computer software; and negotiating and preparing licenses, assignments, cooperative research and development agreements, commercial test agreements, nondisclosure agreements and other instrument for the transfer of S&T technology.

Perform other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:

OGC will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate’s qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

 

For this position, specialized experience is providing legal advice and support on matters related to government contracts, grants, and intellectual property law issues in the Federal Government. 

At least three years of experience as a practicing attorney is desired. 

Applicants with less than five years of practice experience must submit a law school transcript and grade point average or class ranking with the application materials.

Additional information on the qualifications requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM’s web site at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

 

Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

 

Education:

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 https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a for additional information on this topic.

 

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


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 Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this Noncritical 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:

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.

Your resume and other applicant information must reflect your length of experience and/or training in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of the areas of law and policy as detailed in the Major Duties section above.
  2. Ability to address a substantial volume of work within required deadlines, use creative problem-solving to address client needs, and maintain organizational and planning skills.
  3. Ability to quickly 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. Ability to act as advisor and counsel to senior officials of OGC and DHS, and officials of other Federal agencies while keeping supervisors fully informed.


Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach support documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/content_multi_image_0016.shtm."



OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS-15.


This position may be filled at the GS-14, or GS-15 level. If selection is made at the GS-14 level, promotion to the GS-15 level may occur without further competition. Promotion to the GS-15 level is granted at the discretion of management and is not guaranteed.


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

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

Relocation and/or Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

This position is designated as an drug testing position.
The Department of Homeland Security is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Department of Homeland Security provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.


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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Monday, September 30, 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 , 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Your résumé.
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Applicants with less than five years of practice experience must submit a law school transcript and grade point average or class ranking with the application materials.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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 and a copy of your most recent Performance Appraisal.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Markie Everett
Phone: (912)267-3536
Email: MARQUENETTE.EVERETT@FLETC.DHS.GOV
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
DO NOT SEND POSTAL MAIL
Washington, DC
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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. 


Note: 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. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

 

All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.


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Job Announcement Number:

DHSHQ13-955579-GC

Control Number:

351079300