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Attorney-Advisor (Open Continuous)


  • Duties
    Help Duties Summary

    This position, with the Intelligence Law Division, supports the authorized activities of the Office of Intelligence & Analysis; the sharing of information and intelligence within and between DHS and the U.S. Intel Community and federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector mission partners; the development of technologies, applications, and technical solutions to facilitate intelligence sharing and analysis; and the management and oversight of the DHS intelligence enterprise.

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    Responsibilities

    As an Attorney-Advisor (Open Continuous) GS 0905 14/15, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
    • Provide a broad range of legal support to DHS clients-including conducting complex legal research and analysis, developing memoranda, and presenting results to senior officials in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner- regarding the conduct and oversight of DHS intelligence activitiesFunctions as General Attorney Advisor and provides legal counsel on all activities and matters involving Homeland Security initiatives, operations, programs, and policies. Also, serves as the attorney-advisor to DHS staff; new technologies and initiatives to use technology to facilitate information sharing and analysis in support of national and departmental missions; and the management of the DHS intelligence enterprise.
    • Work with colleagues throughout DHS and at other departments and agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Intelligence Community, with special emphasis on enabling DHS intelligence professionals, computer and data scientists, and policy makers to effectively carry out their authorized functions while ensuring their activities are conducted in a manner that reflects the protections of individuals' privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties required by law; Provides written and oral counsel, legal reviews, opinions, or decisions in the application of Federal laws to programs conducted or assisted by DHS components, and DHS policies;
    • Assist or represent institutional clients in negotiating, developing, or resolving legal and other matters within DHS, and externally with the Congress, other government agencies, individuals, citizen groups and civil society, state and local government officials, and foreign partners;
    • Ensure that departmental policy development, planning, and implementation efforts properly consider and accurately reflect the authorities conferred and constraints imposed by law, Presidential order and directive, and executive branch policy, in carrying out the intelligence mission function.
    • Provide advice and guidance to attorneys in DHS component agencies and contributes to the formation of DHS-wide policies.
    • Provides advice and guidance to attorneys in DHS component agencies and contributes to the formation of DHS-wide pProvides advice and guidance to attorneys in DHS component agencies and contributes to the formation of DHS-wide policies.Routinely interact with state, local, tribal, private sector, and foreign officials on behalf of DHS and OGC on matters related to the law and policies governing intelligence and information sharing and safeguarding.

    Provides advice and guidance to attorneys in DHS component agencies and contributes to the formation of DHS-wide policies.

    Provides advice and guidance to attorneys in DHS component agencies and contributes to the formation of DHS-wide policies.

    Provides advice and guidance to attorneys in DHS component agencies and contributes to the formation of DHS-wide policies.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    15

  • Job family (Series)
    0905 Attorney

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation
    • You must be able to obtain a TS/SCI Security Clearance
    • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
    • You must submit a Financial Disclosure Form
    • Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period
    • Must live within the metro Washington DC commuting area.

    Qualifications
    This is an open continuous announcement for 365 days, or until all positions are filled. It will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. There are multiple cut-off dates with the first being 2 weeks after the initial opening date of 11/07/2019 and then every month thereafter. Additional cut-off dates may be established as needed until all vacancies have been filled.

    Basic Requirements:
    You as an applicant must 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, and be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
    And, meet the minimum qualifications as stated below:

    GS-14:
    1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD), or the second professional law degree (LL.M.), AND either three (3) years of specialized professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position or two (2) years of specialized professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position, AND one (1) year of judicial clerkship. The quality of the individual's background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.

    GS-15:
    1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD), or the second professional law degree (LL.M.), AND three (3) years of specialized professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual's background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.

    NOTE: The following examples must be tailored to the applicable qualification standard, some notes are provided for assistance.

    Specialized Experience:
    The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:
    OGC will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate's qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

    To qualify for this position, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level to qualify for the GS-14 grade level or GS-14 level to qualify for the GS-15 grade level in the Federal government.

    For this position, specialized experience is defined as experience providing legal advice and support on matters comparable to those encountered in homeland or national security related programs, including but not limited to programs involving the conduct of intelligence activities, administrative or legal compliance and oversight of agency operations, the sharing and safeguarding of sensitive information, and programs for ensuring official agency activities are undertaken in a manner that protects individual privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties interests.

    Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

    In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:

    Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.

    Selection will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
    Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Qualifications Must Be Met
    All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education
    Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law school 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. If qualifying based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position.

    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; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

    If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.

    Additional information

    For Alternate Application Information please go to: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: 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 the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for TOP SECRET/SCIclearance as a condition of placement in this SPECIAL SENSITIVE position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. 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 this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

    This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.

    This open continuous job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the initial issue date of the referral list generated for the application review period that follows each of the multiple cut-off dates established for this announcement. Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for other similar positions.

    You may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DHS.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:

    1. Ability to work with legal, policy, administrative and other professionals to support a broad range of programs and activities.

    2. Ability to work cooperatively with others, develop partnerships and rapport with those who can provide information and assistance, and effectively assist in negotiating among varying views of interested parties in a manner that fosters the professional and efficient conduct of activities undertaken by supported institutional elements.

    3. Experience working closely with institutional clients in support of their organizational efforts and missions.

    4. Knowledge of or experience working with public laws and regulations concerning federal, state, or local government agency programs.

    5. Ability to identify legal issues during the development of initiatives undertaken by the supported client elements; synthesize applicable facts and legal requirements; and provide clear, concise, and well-reasoned oral and written advice on those issues and initiatives.

    You will then be placed within one of three categories based on your responses: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified. If you are placed in the Best Qualified category, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

  • Your résumé.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire. https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10625849
  • Submit a copy of your law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Applicants must be graduates of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.
  • Submit proof that you are a 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.
  • Are you a current or former Federal employee? You must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows competitive or excepted service appointment, tenure group, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please submit the SF-50 showing the highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. Please note: Performance award, Details, and Realignments are not acceptable SF-50s.
  • Consideration may be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. If you are determined to be best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Please provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.


  • 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.

  • Benefits
    Help Benefits

    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 .

    Review our 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
    Help How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
    A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/20/2019 or any of the additional cut-off dates established (see the "ADDITIONAL INFORMATION" section below), but no later than 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/6/2020, to receive consideration during the corresponding application review period. To begin your online application:
    • Click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, 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 Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to saved application at a later date, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT be accepted.

    If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.

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    Agency contact information Kiviette Ross

    Phone
    202-357-8624
    Email
    kiviette.ross@hq.dhs.gov

    Address

    Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
    245 Murray Lane SW
    Washington, DC 20528
    US

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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information" link under the application status for this position.

    We expect to make a job offer within several weeks after the initial (and each subsequent) cut-off date for applications, to a Best Qualified candidate(s) referred for further consideration, interviewed, and selected by the hiring manager. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here .
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
    Applicants may apply to this open continuous announcement any time from November 6, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. EST on November 6, 2020. The first cutoff date for applications to be reviewed for referral is November 20, 2019. Cutoff dates will then be every month until November 6, 2020 as follows:
    • Dec 20, 2019
    • Jan 20, 2020
    • Feb 20, 2020
    • Mar 22, 2020
    • Apr 22, 2020
    • May 23, 2020
    • Jun 23, 2020
    • Jul 24, 2020
    • Aug 24, 2020
    • Sep 24, 2020
    • Oct 25, 2020
    • Nov 6, 2020

    Cutoff dates and the closing date may be adjusted as needed and any updates will be reflected on this announcement.

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    Fair & Transparent
    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    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.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

    Read more Reasonable Accommodation Policy

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    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.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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    • Selective Service
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/551191700 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Posted
10/05/2020
Type
Full time
Salary Range
$89,000.00 - 173,000.00
per Year
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Location
Washington, DC, US