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Department:Department of the Navy

Agency:Naval Sea Systems Command

Job Announcement Number:NW30905-00-9565814I674801-S

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, September 11, 2013 to Friday, October 25, 2013




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


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


All groups of qualified individuals - Actual salary may vary depending on the scope and the complexity of the qualifications and current compensation of the selectee.


This position is in the Senior Executive Service, a small elite group of top government leaders.  SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.  As an executive, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.



The Office of Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is responsible for providing legal advice, services and representation, and giving necessary legal approvals, opinions, and interpretations to NAVSEA and its field offices and activities in such areas as business and contract law, environmental law, intellectual property law, civilian personnel and labor law, fiscal law, standards of conduct and ethics, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, and conflicts of interest, and for coordination of all such matters within the Command.  The Office of Counsel is also responsible for providing all legal support to the Program Executive Officers who are associated with NAVSEA, and to the Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.    



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.


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This executive position is the Deputy Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command located at the Washington Navy Yard.  The Counsel serves as special staff assistant and chief legal adviser to the Commander.  The Deputy Counsel, NAVSEA, serves as the alter ego to Counsel, NAVSEA, participating fully in planning, organizing, and directing the legal program for the Command.   The NAVSEA Office of Counsel is the largest within the Office of the General Counsel with approximately 115 headquarters and field attorneys, including approximately 70 attorneys in 20 field offices throughout the U.S.  The incumbent formulates, coordinates, and administers a general  legal program on all matters pertaining to the accomplishment of the plans, policies, and programs of the Command, including  bid protests, claims, and litigation; provides legal advice and services  in connection with NAVSEA business and commercial activities and all other  legal matters; ensures a system  of controls is established whereby NAVSEA transactions  that may involve legal issues are made subject to scrutiny; develops a program to manage  the operations of field attorneys; serves as NAVSEA liaison  with other  military departments, the Government  Accountability Office, the General Services Administration, and other Government agencies; serves as senior  legal advisor  to the Commander; monitors  proposed  legislation and other congressional  activities; prepares or reviews, as to legal, policy, and procedural issues, NAVSEA congressional correspondence and testimony; and interprets statutes, Executive Orders, and regulations.


Deputy Counsel, NAVSEA is a senior executive and is a member of the Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  Deputy Counsel, NAVSEA serves as a member of the OGC Executive Steering Group.


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These factors are required, and must be addressed for the incumbent to perform the duties of the position.  The mandatory technical qualifications must be met to be rated eligible for this position.


Must be a U.S. citizen, have graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.



The applicant is to provide a separate narrative response which describes fully, but concisely, how his/her experience supports each of the following technical factors.  Failure to address these qualifications in a separate narrative response will eliminate you from consideration: 

1. Ability to analyze and organize complex factual and legal matters for oral and written presentations, including legal work experience demonstrating professional competence through such qualities as sound judgment, initiative, and industry.


2. Ability to establish effective working relationships with persons having differing interests and to manage, organize, and direct others.


3. Knowledge of and experience in (a) one or more of the substantive areas of law practiced by this office:  Government contracts, federal employment, environmental, fiscal, intellectual property, and associated litigation; and (b) organizational relationships, missions, and procedures of the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy.

Applicants will be assessed on the depth, breadth, quality, and diversity of their experience in the principal substantive areas of law practiced by OGC, especially their potential for professional growth and ability to meet challenges.  Experience with major weapons systems acquisition law is strongly preferred.EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service, and are in addition to the specific technical factors listed above.  To assess the executive experience of each candidate, applicants who are applying for their initial career appointment in the SES must demonstrate, with specific examples, how their experience is relevant to exercising leadership in each of the five competencies.  Current or former SES Career employees are not required to address the ECQs.  A concise executive summary must show where and when the qualifications were obtained, the organizational setting in which the experience was acquired, (e.g. organizational size, level, and assigned fiscal resources), and a narrative discussion of the qualifications.  The ECQs must not exceed 10 pages.

1. Leading Change:  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.

2. Leading People:  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.

3. Results Driven:  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.

4. Business Acumen:  The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions:  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.

These ECQs must be addressed in a separate narrative statement. Specific instructions for preparing your statement and definitions of these core qualifications are available at



Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service unless required probationary period has been served.

In accordance with Executive Order 12564, applicants selected are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment

Travel may be required.

Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Selectee will be required to complete and submit an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to entering the position and annually thereafter.


All newly appointed career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES in accordance with DoD Directive 1403.03.

This position is in the 0905 career field.



Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality and extent of their experience, training, and/or education indicated on their resume and responses to the technical and executive qualifications listed above.   Resumes will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a structured interview. The Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the approving authority.


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The Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.


Male applicants born after Dec. 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service law (see


This vacancy is subject to hiring freeze limitations.


Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.


Routine PCS/Relocation expenses (mileage, household goods, etc.) are authorized.  Other relocation expenses are subject to negotiation.


Veterans' preference does not apply to the SES.  


Federal annuitant information:

The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants.  Policy information may be found at:


Filling of this position is not subject to the provisions of the DOD Priority Placement Program (PPP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).


Please click here to download a copy of the Background Survey Questionnaire form to include in your application package.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 
- Complete Resume.
- Complete Assessment Questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire.

- Other supporting documentation as required.  Please see the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" section and review the applicant checklist link to determine if there are other documents you are required to submit. 


Failure to submit a complete application (resume, assessment questionnaire, and all supporting documents) by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, October 25, 2013, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.  Please follow all instructions carefully as missing application information will not be requested. 


If more than one resume is received, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed.

If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents.

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 unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: 


This Vacancy ID is 956581.


Do not email or send hard copy resumes/applications to the Contact Information or Agency Information listed in this vacancy announcement.  All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy announcement.


1. Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional): You must submit a resume, the format is at the discretion of the applicant.  Your resume should also include the following:


  • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers (Do not include your SSN or personal photo on your resume)
  • Country of citizenship
  • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education:
  • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experiences related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary
  • Three references with contact information
  • You may also include information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments


2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire.


3. A separate narrative statement to each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications listed above.  In order to receive further consideration for this vacancy, this information must be attached as supporting documentation, as outlined in the How to Apply section of this announcement.


4. Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Development Program must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility.

5. Current or former Federal employee must provide a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service.  DOD employees can access their SF-50 at:  My Biz

6.  You must submit transcripts or sufficient documentation that indicates you have graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and that you are an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

*You are highly encouraged to upload/save all your documents in your USAJOBS resume builder account: You only have to upload/save documents once and you can to apply to jobs quickly at the click of a button.


*For instructions on how to upload/save documents please review this link: How do I upload/save documents?


**It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all information in their resume and documents, whether uploaded or faxed, are received, legible, and accurate.  HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant.   Missing application information will not be requested.**


Jennifer M. Schiller
Phone: (360)315-8094
TDD: 858-577-5723
Agency Information:
42192 Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE
Washington, DC


Our evaluation will be based on the information you provide. You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability and security information and take that information into account in making employment offers. You will be notified of the outcome after final approval of the selectee.

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