The incumbent serves as General Counsel (GC) to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and reports directly to the Chairman.Learn more about this agency
As General Counsel, you will:
-Monitor, research, and interpret legislation, regulations, court decisions, contracts, grant and cooperative agreements, trademark, technology use, privacy, interagency agreements, and other official documents reflecting or affecting the policies of the Arts Endowment. Analyze impact and determine to what extent Endowment policies are affected. Prepare recommendations, for use by Chairman, in arriving at the agency's position regarding such issues.
-Participate in the development of agency policy and advise the Chairman on a broad spectrum of policy and procedural proposals in terms of legal requirements in areas such a appropriations law, grant operations, information technology, records management, agency reporting and disclosures, contract management, employee relations and public-private partnerships. Interpret and apply new legislation to existing policies and procedures, and modifying and/or extending them as necessary.
-Serves as agency expert on all legal matters relating to Civil Rights, EEO, employment, conflict of interest/standards of conduct laws and regulations. Work with the Chairman, the Department of Justice, and others as necessary, in any matters involving potential or actual litigation.
-Responsible for agency responses to Freedom of Information Act requests.
-Engage with other federal agencies on government operational matters and with private entities and foundations due to the agency's statutory authorities in some areas. Lead agency discussions during interactions with counsel of state and local governments, and grant recipients on critical programmatic matters.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Public Financial Disclosure Report
- Males born after 12/31 1959 must be registered with Selective Service
- One year probationary period for initial SES appointment
- Successful completion of background investigation (Special Sensitive Clearance)
- You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date.
- If you are a GS-15 and tentatively selected for appointment to this SES position, your ECQs must be approved by OPM.
- You must be a current member of the Federal civil service to be considered.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of 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. In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the Specialized Experience requirement, Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ's), and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) shown below.
You must have at least one year of specialized experience directly related to this position at or above the GS-15 grade level, with experience managing professional staff engaged in providing legal advice to senior officials in at least two of the following areas: 1) federal appropriations; 2) grant and cooperative agreements; 3) contracts, trademarks, technology use, privacy, interagency agreements, conflict of interest; 4) EEO, civil rights; 5) agency reporting and disclosures? (This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated research, and analytic skills, superior written and oral communications, good judgement and experience in interacting with government officials, and you must clearly claim on the questionnaire and show in your resume how you meet this experience requirement, or you will be rated ineligible).
You must have a current license to practice law from at least one state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. commonwealth or U.S. territory, and be able to demonstrate that in a least one state or jurisdiction in which you are licensed you are permitted to engage in the active practice of law. Active status must be maintained in at least one state or jurisdiction during the course of employment. Applicants are not required to provide an official certificate demonstrating this active status, but must provide such a certificate to the selecting official if selected.
You must be a graduate of law school. A copy of a law school transcript is required as proof that you meet the educational requirement for this position (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Failure to provide a copy of your transcript for this announcement will result in a rating of "ineligible."
Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)
All applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following MTQs. You must address each MTQ separately. Each MTQ narrative must not exceed two (2) pages. Please give examples and explain the complexity of the knowledge possessed and the sensitivity of the issues you handled.
1. Demonstrated leadership experience providing legal advice resulting in (1) analysis of a broad, diversified set of complex legal problems, (2) management of the professional resources of an office to address problems and prepare complex legal documents. Provide examples how you successfully met this requirement.
2. Ability to interpret and apply statutes and administrative regulations to advise senior leadership on legal implications of proposed actions. This includes superior writing and oral communications. Provide examples how you successfully met this requirement.
3. Experience in overseeing the release of information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA). Provide examples how you successfully met this requirement.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's):
Below are descriptions of the ECQs that must be clearly described in your application. (Please Note: If you are a current career SES member, former career SES member with reinstatement eligibility, or SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduate who has been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you do NOT need to address the ECQs, but MUST provide a copy of either your SF-50 or CDP certification, or you will be rated ineligible).
The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and are in addition to the specific mandatory technical qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to visit http://www.opm.gov/ses/handbook.html and view the office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications. Please use the Challenge, Context, Action, Results, (CCAR) formulate suggested in the OPM guidance. Please review these qualifications and then follow the instructions in how to apply. Section of this vacancy announcement. Your response must be limited to two pages for each ECQ.
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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision.
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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building.
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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility.
ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management.
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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating.
Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQ's. Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.
An SES reviewing panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check. If selected, you must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.
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 ECQ.
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. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ.
Effective January 1 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers made to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee in the executive branch you MUST disclose that information to the Human Resources Office.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.htm
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Experience and demonstrated capability will be evaluated using your resume and narrative statements for competencies underlying the ECQs, MTQs, and responses to the online questionnaire. Applicants will be evaluated in the following manner:
Your application package will be reviewed for completeness (Resume, separate narrative-form documents that address the ECQs, MTQs, and SF-50, CDP certification, if applicable. Incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration).
Your application and questionnaire will be reviewed to assure that you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement. (If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration).
If you meet the specialized experience requirement and have completed a complete application, you will be referred to the agency for further consideration. If you are referred to the agency, your supplemental MTQ document will be reviewed, and if found eligible, your supplemental ECQ document will be reviewed to determine your rating. Each ECQ must be addressed in supplemental narrative statements in your application package. Your responses should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility. In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the resume that you provide.
An SES reviewing panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check. If selected, you must be certified by an OPM QRB, unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES CDP. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.
The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
1. A complete Resume (which includes hours worked, starting/ending dates (month and year), and if Federal employment - series, pay plan and grade).
2. A complete Online Questionnaire
3. An SF-50 or other personnel document that verifies you are a current civil service employee.
4. Mandatory Technical Requirements (MTQs) document.
5. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) document.
6. Proof of OPM QRB certification (for OPM-approved SES CDP graduates), if applicable.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 03/20/2020 to receive consideration. Failure to submit a complete application package will result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
- To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application.
- Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form click here Alternate Application
Agency contact information
Philadelphia Services Branch
AddressOffice of the Chairman
400 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20506
Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred to the SES reviewing panel for further consideration and possible interview.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/560487100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.