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Job Title:  Assistant General Counsel, Group II
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  General Counsel
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-14-1090363-LMM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 to Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All groups of qualified individuals
Top Secret


The Department of Veterans Affairs  is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from within VA, the Federal government and the private sector. We have streamlined our recruitment process and now only require you to submit a 5-page resume to apply for this position.  


This position is one of seven Assistant General Counsels serving in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the General Counsel (OGC).  The position is responsible for the management of employees in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and certain employees working from remote locations.  The position manages deputies, other supervisory personnel, attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and other administrative support staff.  The website for this organization is


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a pay band 2 position and the salary range is $120,749-$175,400. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.


A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Appraised Value Offer may be authorized.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 25% or less


  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee may be subject to geographic or organizational reassignment/travel
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report is required
  • One year probationary period for initial SES appointment
  • Possession of a current and unrestricted license to practice law


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The Assistant General Counsel, Staff Group II is responsible to the General Counsel, through the Principal Deputy General Counsel. The position requires the effective and economical direction, control, and operation of Staff Group II. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Plans, directs, and supervises the work of a professional staff furnishing legal and litigation services in assigned subject matter areas to the Secretary and senior officials in VA, and the judges and staff of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, customers and stakeholders including Congress, top officials of other Government agencies, including the Department of Justice, and Veterans and their representatives.
  • Assigned subject-matter areas include Compensation & Pension Benefits, Insurance, Regulatory Law, Accredidation and Fee Issues, and legal matters pertaining to VA's National Cemeteries.  Assists the Department of Justice in defending cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Oversees the provision of all legal advice to include researching and interpreting applicable Federal Statutes, Executive Orders, case law, and precedent opinions, as well as State and local law. Communicates that advice orally or in writing, either formally or informally, upon request or spontaneously as the need is perceived. Reviews, for legal sufficiency, internal VA regulations, directives, manuals, and other instructions; and prepares and reviews (for legal sufficiency) VA correspondence to outside entities and individuals.
  • Oversees drafting of proposed legislation, Executive Orders, and proclamations together with letters of justification and other supporting material. Evaluates proposed legislation, Executive Orders, and proclamations submitted by congressional committees or other agencies in terms of foreseeable effects on VA programs, policies, regulations, methods, extent of operation, and existing legislation.
  • Oversees the drafting of legislative reports to the Congress or to the Office of Management and Budget on proposed legislation after formulation and coordination of the Secretary's policy and position.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with the senior officials in the Veterans Benefits Administration and Board of Veterans Appeals, drafts drafts language and other communications relating to Congressional bills or amendments, develops VA presentations, including testimony, exhibits, and related material for hearings before congressional committees; and advises and assists congressional committees and their staffs in drafting legislation and in the preparation of committee legislation reports.
  • Provides guidance and cooperative assistance to OGC's Office of Regional Counsel to assist them in providing legal services related to Staff Group II's practice areas.


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The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills, share a broad perspective of government, and a public service commitment.


All applicants MUST SHOW in their 5-PAGE RESUME that they possess the licensure, the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) outlined below.


The target competencies deemed most pertinent to this position have been specified under each ECQ description below. It is highly recommended that your resume address your accomplishments in these specific competency areas. Remember, your resume must not exceed 5 pages including an optional cover letter. Any information in excess of 5 pages will not be considered or evaluated.  


The definitions of the SES ECQs and their underlying competencies can be found at:


A.  Executive Core Qualifications




• Target Competency 1:  Flexibility

• Target Competency 2:  Vision 



• Target Competency 1:  Leveraging Diversity


• Target Competency 1:  Accountability

• Target Competency 2:  Decisiveness

• Target Competency 3:  Technical Credibility



• Target Competency 1:  Human Capital Management



• Target Competency 1:  Partnering

• Target Competency 2:  Political Savvy

• Target Competency 3:  Influencing/Negotiating


A. Technical Qualifications

Ability to perform all legal work associated with the administration of the Department's disability and death-benefit programs for veterans and their survivors, to include conducting legal research, preparing authoritative legal opinions, analyzing proposed legislation, and conducting all facets of litigation.


C.  Licensure Requirement


An applicant MUST be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.  PROOF OF LICENSURE MUST BE UPLOADED IN USAJobs.  APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE PROOF WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.                                 


Step 1: Minimum ECQ-based qualifications

Step 2: Technical qualification screening

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking

Step 4: Structured interviews to determine Best Qualified (BQ) applicants

Step 5: Tentative selection by Nominating Organization (May include additional screening)

Step 6: Approval by the Selecting Official (May include additional screening)

Step 7: OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Certification

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career SES appointee, reinstatement eligible SES, or a QRB certified graduate of an SES candidate development program. Non-Competitive applicants must submit a complete application as noted under Required Documents.  The agency has the option of considering you noncompetitively or including you in the competitive process (steps 2-6).


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees.


Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service:

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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We strongly encourage you to apply online. Your complete application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.


To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, login in to your USAJOBS account at  and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue. 


If you cannot apply online:


1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2. Print your resume and required documents.


3. FAX to (478)757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up. You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, to provide your answers. Refer to the link below for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX. The form URL is at:


Please note you may also call USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 to have the OPM Form 1203-FX mailed to you; however, this is not a practical alternative if the announcement is nearing its closing date. After the introduction on the recording, press 1, and listen for instructions to request the form.


A complete application for this position includes the following items:


1.  Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY technical and executive core qualification requirement(s) for this position.  Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact.  Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated.  DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.  DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical and executive core qualifications.


2.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


3.  Proof of licensure.


4.  Non-competitive applicants:  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required.  Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and/or proof of certification of your executive core qualifications from the OPM administered QRB. Traditional method applications will NOT be accepted.


Lucrecia Murdock
Phone: (202)461-7887
Agency Information:
VA Corporate Senior Executive Management Office
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of the status of your application throughout the process. 

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