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Job Title:General Attorney (LELD Employment)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:OPLA-WFM-1099630-LP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,621.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 21, 2014 to Monday, May 05, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View 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 is a key position within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to


Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Labor and Employment Law Division (LELD), Washington, D.C.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

Please note that due to the high volume of inquiries and requests, we will return your voice message(s) as time permits.

If you have questions in regards to this application please send an email to


  • Occasional Travel
  • This position may require you to travel.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass background investigation and drug screen for federal employment
  • Selective Service registration for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)


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This attorney position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Labor & Employment Law Division (LELD), Washington, DC.

ICE OPLA is seeking an attorney for a position within the Labor & Employment Law Division (LELD). As an LELD attorney, the selectee will provide assistance and support to ICE program offices on Federal employment law issues. The responsibilities of the position will consist primarily of:

  • providing legal advice, training, and support to ICE programs, including top-ranking officials, on Federal employment law issues, including performance and conduct issues; complaints of prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation/reprisal; and prohibited personnel practices and whistleblower retaliation; and
  • serving as agency counsel in proceedings before administrative and judicial forums, including arbitration, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Special Counsel, and the U.S. Federal Courts.

The selectee must possess significant experience in practicing Federal employment law, including Title VII, FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, USERRA, and other employment statutes. In addition, the selectee must possess the ability to represent ICE in high-level meetings and to provide legal advice to top-ranking officials. The position may also require duties related to Federal labor law.

Applicants must possess the following characteristics and competencies: integrity, judgment, organizational skills, communication skills, reliability, perseverance, decisiveness, initiative, professionalism, the ability to function independently and as part of a team, interpersonal relationship skills, outstanding written and oral advocacy skills, and superior knowledge of information disclosure law and procedures. The selectee will be required to have or be able to obtain a security clearance at the Secret level.



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Applicants 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.

Applicants with fewer than five (5) years of experience practicing law must submit a copy of their law school transcript and grade point average or class ranking as part of the application package.

Educational Requirements:

Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school.  If you have less than five (5) years practicing law, you must submit a copy of your transcripts to prove that you possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school.  

Qualifications by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement, Monday, May 05, 2014. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Your qualification for this position will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire and other required documents as part of the application process for this position.

All the information you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, including the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in the hiring process.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package: 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 and select "benefits".


This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service.

Travel: This position may require you to travel.

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this announcement, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade.

Probationary Period:  New attorneys to the Federal government will be required to serve a trial period of up to 2 years.

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

Important! All the information you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, including the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 05, 2014

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. 
 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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1099630.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Documents emailed or mailed to the contact listed on this announcement will not be accepted. Please follow the "How to Apply" section of the announcement



In addition to completing an on-line questionnaire and submitting an on-line résumé, the following supporting documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement.

Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your transcripts to prove that you possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school if you have less than 5 years or experience practicing law.

Bar Membership: You must submit proof of your current membership (card or other documentary evidence). This documentation must be submitted with your application package. 

Writing Sample: A writing sample must be submitted as part of your application package.

Cover Letter: You must submit a cover letter detailing the skills, legal experience, and interests that qualify you for the position with your application package. It must contain the following information:

  • your full name;
  • home address;
  • home and work e-mail addresses;
  • home, work, and cell telephone numbers;
  • name of law school, year of graduation, and year admitted to the bar.

If you are a current or former Federal employee, please provide a copy of your SF-50 or equivalent.

It is your responsibility to verify that information is entered, uploaded, or faxed (e.g., résumé, veterans documentation, completed assessment, and SF 50's) is received and accurate.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the individual listed on this announcement at least one day prior to the closing date for further instructions. You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Also if you do not provide an email address, you will not be notified of the outcome of your application.


Lynn C. Phillips
Phone: (214)905-5311
Agency Information:
Office of the Principal Legal Advisor
7701 N Stemmons Freeway
8th Floor
Dallas, TX


We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation

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