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Job Title:Associate General Counsel (General Law Office)

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:EPA-SES-2014-0042

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to Friday, September 12, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0905-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Any U.S. citizen may apply.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position in the Office of General Counsel (OGC), General Law Office located in Washington, D. C. The General Law Office, under the supervision of the Principal Deputy General Counsel, provides legal counsel, opinions, and litigation support with respect to information law (under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Records Act, and other authorities), Federal employment law, labor relations, patents, copyrights, trademarks, technology transfer, cyber security and other general law issues. The Office also provides such legal support to Agency organizations located in Cincinnati and Research Triangle Park through staff located in those areas.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • This position involves occasional travel.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.

DUTIES:

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1. Program Planning: Incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Principal Deputy General Counsel and is responsible for providing legal counsel, opinions, legal services, and negotiation support with respect to information law (under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Records Act, and other authorities), Federal employment law, labor relations, patents, copyrights, trademarks, and technology transfer, and other general law issues.
2. Program Organization: Formulates and provides legal advice and policy for EPA in regard to issues concerning information law (under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Records Act, and other authorities), Federal employment law, labor relations, patents, copyrights, trademarks, technology transfer, cyber security and other general law issues.
3. Program Coordination: Represents EPA and participates in negotiations with outside parties, including litigants and other Federal agencies. Guides coordination of OGCs legal advice to EPA programs and to other Federal, state, and local government agencies, industry groups, and the public.
4. Program Direction: Directs and manages staff to accomplish assigned responsibilities and achieve objectives. Develops staffing patterns and operating plans, establishes internal policies and procedures, allocates resources, and resolves operational problems.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this position; and it should have offorded you significant experience and the opportunity to provide legal advice and counsel on general and information law issues at EPA, other Federal, state or local agencies, or in non-government or quasi-government organizations and private practice.

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications. Please provide a narrative not to exceed two pages per ECQ and not more than 10 pages.

You must be a U.S. citizen.


The incumbent must have an LL.B or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U. S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. The incumbent must have significant experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA, other Federal, state or local agencies or in private practice.

If you are a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee, or a graduate of a SES career development program certified by the Office of Personnel Management, you are not required to address the Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs), or the Desirable factors (DQs) if listed. However, it is strongly encouraged that you address the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs) and the Desirable factors (DQs) as supplemental statements to your resume. Please limit your responses to no more than 2 pages per each TQ and DQ listed. All other applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications statements (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs) in order to receive consideration for the position. Addressing the Desirable factors (DQs), if listed, is not required but failure to do so will impact your rating score. Additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf
When responding to the Mandatory Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

Your narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs) should not exceed two pages per each ECQ and not more than 10 pages total.

Your narrative responses to the Mandatory Technical and/or Desirable factors should not exceed two pages per each factor.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All five ECQs must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application. Your responses should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility. Leadership competencies for each ECQ can be found at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf

A. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)- Mandatory -- Note: Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. 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. 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. 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. Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. 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.
B. Technical Qualifications (TQs) -- Mandatory -- Note: Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.
TQ1. Demonstrated experience serving as the principle legal advisor in an organization, or as a partner in a law firm, with demonstrated proficiency in analyzing complex and novel legal problems and formulating solutions by sound and thorough legal analysis.
TQ2. Demonstrated legal experience with respect to one or more of the following: 1) information law under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Records Act, and other authorities; 2) federal employment law; 3) labor relations; 4) patents, copyrights, trademarks, technology transfer, and cyber security; and 5) general law issues.
TQ3. Demonstated experience supervising and/or managing the work of attorneys and/or a legal office.
C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional (Note: Addressing the Desirable Qualifications is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating.)
DQ1. Experience in dealing effectively with high-level officials in Congress, Federal, State and/or local government, civil society organizations, and/or industry groups.
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BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

ETHICS: The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Must complete 1-year SES probation period, if not previously completed.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you are a male and hired, and if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act and must submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, upon assuming the position, annually, and upon termination of employment.
TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION AND RELOCATION: In accordance with Federal and Agency travel regulations, the candidate selected for this position will not be reimbursed for travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position.
TELEWORK/FLEXIPLACE: This position has portable work; therefore, the selectee will be eligible for telework.
BACKGROUND/SECURITY INVESTIGATION: If you are selected, a pre-employment background investigation is required.
DRUG TESTING: If you are selected, a pre-employment drug test is required.
TRAVEL: Position involves travel.

HOW TO APPLY:

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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position. You must provide specific examples of your education, experience, training and awards in the manner and order instructed below which are applicable to each: (A) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), (B) Technical Qualifications (TQs), and (C) Desirable Qualifications (DQs). Response to the five ECQs and TQs is mandatory. Failure to address the ECQs and TQs will result in your application being disqualified. Addressing the DQs is optional; however, not addressing them will impact your rating. To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement. All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature. If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement. For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

If you are a current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employee, or a graduate of a SES career development program certified by the Office of Personnel Management, you are not required to address the Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs), the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs), or the Desirable factors (DQs) if listed. However, it is strongly encouraged that you address the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs) and the Desirable factors (DQs) as supplemental statements to your resume. Please limit your responses to no more than 2 pages per each TQ and DQ listed. All other applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications statements (ECQs) and the Mandatory Technical factors (TQs) in order to receive consideration for the position. Addressing the Desirable factors (DQs), if listed, is not required but failure to do so will impact your rating score.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Executive Resources Div
Phone: 202-564-0394
Fax: 202-564-9612
Email: barnett.howard@epa.gov
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
OHR, Executive Resources Division, Mail Code 3606A
Washington, DC
20460
US
Fax: 202-564-9612

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualifications (TQs), and Desirable Qualifications (DQs), and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. If your application meets the basic qualifications, it will then be forwarded to a three member Rating Panel consisting of SES career members here at EPA for further review. The Rating Panel decides which Best Qualified applicants will be forwarded to the Selecting Official to make a selection. Interviews are arranged through the Selecting Official. If your application is not forwarded to the Rating Panel, you will be notified of the outcome of your application. You may call Howard Barnett, Lead Human Resources Specialist, Executive Resources Division on (202) 564-0394 to get the status of your application.

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Job Announcement Number:

EPA-SES-2014-0042

Control Number:

378229200