Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, Commandant (CG-00), Vice Commandant (CG-09), Judge Advocate General & Chief Counsel (CG-094), Office of Claims & Litigation, located in Washington, DC.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />As a General Attorney you will be responsible for analyzing lawsuits on behalf of, and against, the Coast Guard. You will prepare litigation reports for use by the Department of Justice, and act in direct support of the trial attorney. <br /><br />Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments at full performance include:<br /> <ul> <li>Reviewing and advising on Coast Guard claims and litigation policies and advice on legal liabilities.</li> <li>Understanding of government affirmative claims, unique government defenses and waivers of sovereign immunity including the Suits in Admiralty Act or Public Vessels Act.</li> <li>Preparing and responding to discovery, drafting of motions, assisting in pre-trial preparation, attending settlement negotiations, and may appear at trial.</li> <li>Analyzing and evaluating claims against the Coast Guard arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act that exceeds the settlement authority of the Legal Services Command.</li> <li>Reviewing legislative proposals not only originating within the Coast Guard, but also those initiated by other government agencies and members of Congress.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. Citizenship is required.</li> <li>This position requires membership in the State Bar.</li> <li>Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.</li> <li>Unofficial J.D. or LL.B. transcript required at the time of application.</li> </ul> <br /> All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school;<br /><br /><strong>AND</strong><br /><br />Must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.<br /><br />National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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 />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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.<br /><br /><strong>Note: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered.</strong> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.<br /><br />All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school; AND, must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.<br /><br />FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations.<br /><br />If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.<br /><br />DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here <br /><br />Recruitment incentives may be authorized. <br /><br />All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.<br /><br />The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.<br /><br />More than one (1) selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.<br /><br />If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6328. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation <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 résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Qualified candidates will be rated by comparing each candidate's qualifications to the skills and experience pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience, education, training, awards, and performance will be considered. The following factors are of particular importance to the position to be filled, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas as part of their application. These areas must be addressed in a document separate from the resume and submitted as part of the application package.<br /><br />The following desirable qualifications are of particular importance to the position to be filled, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas as part of their application. These areas must be addressed in a separate document or included in the resume.<br /> <li>Knowledge and broad experience wih (a) government affirmative claims including recovering, either administratively or through litigation, funds due the United States under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and collection of miscellaneous affirmative claims arising out of the Coast Guard's performance of its missions;and(b)defensive litigation involving unique government defenses and waivers of sovereign immunity, including the Federal Tort Claims Act, Suits in Admiralty Act, Public Vessels Act, and Administrative Procedures Act.</li> <li>Knowledge and experience administering and adjudicating claims based on any of the following: Federal Medical Care Recovery Act (42U.S.C.§§2651,et seq.); claims by Coast Guard Auxiliarists for damaged or lost vessels and aircraft or related equipment (14U.S.C.§830); administration and adjudication of claims for damage to the personal property of service members and civilian employees of the Coast Guard pursuant to the Military Personnel and Civilian Employees Claims Act (31U.S.C.§3721). </li> <li>Knowledge of and experience preparing litigation reports as well as working with and in support of actions in federal courts where agency representation is provided through Department of Justice attorneys.</li> <li>Ability to effectively communicate legal opinions and issues in writing.</li> <br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />In order to receive full consideration, you must submit:<br /><br />1. A resume or any other written format of your choice which clearly identifies the following information:<br /> * Job Information – Announcement number, title and grade.<br /> * Personal Information – Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email address if available, day and evening phone numbers (with area code), country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian series and grade held, if applicable.<br /> * Education – College or University name, city and state, major(s) and type and year of any degrees received.<br /> * Work Experience – job title, duties and accomplishments, current and former (within the last 10 years) employers' names and addresses, current and former supervisors' names and phone numbers where available, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary, and indicate whether your current supervisor may be contacted.<br /> * Qualifications – job-related training courses (title and year), skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, and special accomplishments. <br />2. A copy of your J.D. or LL.B. transcript. Submit a legible copy of your unofficial college transcript from an accredited college/university. The transcript copy must reflect the college/university name and/or logo. Applicants are highly encouraged to proactively order a copy of their official transcripts to be delivered to their home address so transcripts will be readily available if selected. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts prior to establishing your start date. Foreign education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited institutions in the U.S. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here. <br />3. A legal writing sample, not to exceed 10 pages.<br />4. You will be required to submit proof of current membership in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.<br />5. Information related to the skills and experience listed under the Evaluations section above may be provided in a separate document, or incorporated within your resume.<br />6. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility. <br />7. Veterans, may wish to submit any of the following documents, should they apply: a. Member 4 Copy DD214(s) indicating Character of Service. b. 30% Disabled Veterans – VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces. <br />8. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current 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. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here. <br /><br />You may find general application information and other forms at the website of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, www.usajobs.opm.gov .<br /><br />All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. It is preferred that you upload supporting document on-line, however if you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is U.S. Coast Guard, Attn: Office of Civilian Human Resources (Jobs), CG-123HQ, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE, STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.<br /><br />No application documents will be returned.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />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.


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