Overview

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Legal Counsel Division (LCD).

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation providing leadership on all aspects of litigation and on matters before the United States Supreme Court. LCD’s work focuses on significant litigation matters involving DHS and its components both within the agency and other agencies across the government.

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.

As a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (General) GS 0905 15, your typical work assignments may include the following:

    • Supervise staff litigation attorneys and manage high-volume work flow. Priorities frequently shift, requiring regular readjustment of assignments.
    • Oversee the conduct of all significant civil litigation nationwide at both the trial and appellate levels involving or affecting DHS. Litigation matters encountered may be highly complex, including class actions, constitutional challenges to DHS activities, and multi-district litigation.
    • Provide advice and assistance on all aspects of litigation, including assisting in formulating and implementing DHS’s position in litigation, coordinating with attorneys within DHS and at the Department of Justice on all phases of trial and appellate litigation, and providing the General Counsel, other senior DHS executives and attorneys, and Department of Justice attorneys with oral and written advice on issues relating to litigation.
    • Advise on litigation strategy and help identify potential litigation risks.
    • Perform detailed legal research, and draft, review, and edit thorough and well-reasoned legal briefs, pleadings, memoranda, and correspondence. Issues encountered will be highly diverse, including questions of constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and procedural law, and will include issues in the area of immigration, law enforcement, administrative, tort, privacy, civil rights, information disclosure, maritime, transportation, customs, employment, and procurement law. Issues encountered are often novel, complex, and precedent-setting.

Basic Requirements:

You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND, meet the minimum qualifications as stated below:

For the GS-15:

1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or

2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND

3. Specialized professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years 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.

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

Specialized Experience:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:

OGC will assess 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.

For this position, specialized experience includes experience in litigation at the trial and/or appellate level. Experience as a judicial law clerk and experience managing or supervising other litigation attorneys is preferred. Applicants must have specialized experience in private industry, public service, or non-profit that is equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants must have seven or more years of relevant post-JD experience.

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.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Selectee may be required to serve a two-year trial period.

Selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.

Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will (not) be paid.

Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level (GS-15).

This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.

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.

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.

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