Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), General Law Division (GLD).<br /><br />The primary purpose of this position is to draft decisions on the claims of Coast Guard members and veterans for the Board for Correction of Military Records of the Coast Guard (Board). <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />As a Attorney-Advisor (General) GS 0905 12/13, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:<br /><br />As a Attorney Advisor you will: <ul> <li>Read case files concerning claims about errors and injustices in Coast Guard members' and veterans' military and medical records-such as claims about promotion, punishment, retirement, pay, discharges, and disability benefits-to learn and be able to discuss the facts of each assigned case.</li> <li>Research the law and policy applicable to the claims and identify significant factual and legal issues for the Board to consider and deliberate. </li> <li>Draft formal legal decisions with excellent logic and clarity and containing thorough summaries of the allegations, military and medical records, and applicable law and policy, as well as findings with clear and careful applications of the law and policy to the facts. </li> <li>Present and discuss draft decisions at Board meetings for deliberation and adjudication by the Board and rewrite decisions as required by the Board. </li> <li>Manage your assigned case load to ensure that the Board's decisions are timely issued. Communicate with Coast Guard members and applicants and respond to their telephone calls and written inquiries about Board cases and procedures. </li> <li>Perform other research, writing, and legal and administrative work as directed</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 15 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U. S. Citizenship Required</li> <li>Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service</li> <li>You must successfully pass a background investigation</li> <li>You must be able to obtain a Security Clearance</li> <li>You must submit to a pre-employment drug test</li> <li>You must submit a Financial Disclosure Form</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Basic Requirements:<br /> GS-12 :<br /> The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD), plus one year of professional legal experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) or one year of judicial clerkship; or 2. The second professional law degree (LL.M. ), plus one year of professional legal experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) or one year of judicial clerkship.<br /> GS-13:<br /> 1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or<br /> 2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND<br /> 3. Specialized professional legal experience in excess of two years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position or two years of judicial clerkship.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized Experience:</strong><br /> The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:<br /> 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. For this position, specialized experience is significant experience in researching and drafting legal decisions concerning military personnel matters pursuant to judicial clerkships or in other adjudicatory fora<br /><br />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.<br /><br />All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.<br /><br />Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.<br /> Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.<br /><br />Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, Interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Applicants must be a graduate of a 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.<br /><br />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 .<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />For Alternate Application Information please go to: https: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information <br /><br />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."<br /><br />This position may be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 level.<br /><br />Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.<br /> Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.<br /><br />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 <strong>Secret </strong>clearance as a condition of placement in this <strong>NONCRITICAL SENSITIVE</strong> 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.<br /><br />Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.<br /><br />By applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for other similar positions. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />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: <li>Ability to conduct complex legal research, engage in sound legal analysis, and present the results in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner, both in writing and verbally..</li> <li>Ability to work collaboratively with legal and policy professionals and staff from other backgrounds to achieve the Board's goals</li> <li>Ability to communicate clearly and patiently when responding to public inquiries about Board procedures.</li> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><li>Your résumé.</li> <li>Your responses to the job questionnaire. https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10475667 </li> <li>Submit a copy of your law transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Applicants must be graduates of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.</li> <li>A legal writing sample not to exceed 15 pages</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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. <strong>Please note:</strong> Performance award, Details, and Realignments are not acceptable SF-50s.</li> <li>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.</li>


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