Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in the Legal Counsel Division,<br /><br />The primary purpose of this position is to provide legal support to the Department's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Programs and Compliance Division in its mission to provide policy guidance for new and existing DHS policies, programs, and procedures. Also, to review and investigate and allegations involving a range of alleged civil rights and civil liberties abuses.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />As a Attorney-Advisor (General) GS 0905 14/15, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:<br /><br />As Attorney Advisor you will: <ul> <li>Advise CRCL leadership and staff on legal-and related operational and policy-questions</li> <li>Review CRCL draft investigative materials for legal concerns</li> <li>Assess litigation risk, draft filings, participate in discovery and advise on federal litigation.</li> <li>Represent OGC and CRCL on intra- and interagency task forces, working collaboratively to develop DHS policies and procedures.</li> <li>Work with CRCL and other Offices/Components within DHS to implement new policies in response to identified deficiencies; resolve related issues raised by CRCL staff, as well as by counsel for other DHS components.</li> <li>Draft or review agency decisions and appeals on disability complaints pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.</li> <li>Participate in oversight programs related to watch listing and other intelligence programs.</li> <li>Review Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) responses prepared by CRCL staff for legal concerns and represent CRCL in FOIA litigation matters.</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 Secret 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 />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.<br /><br /><strong>AND, </strong>meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated below:<br /><br />GS-14 or GS-15:<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 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.<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.<br /> <strong>Review and investigation of:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>Discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability;</strong></li> <li><strong>Violation of rights while in immigration detention or as a subject of immigration enforcement;</strong></li> <li><strong>Discrimination or harassment-related to entry into the United States;</strong></li> <li><strong>Denial of meaningful access to DHS or DHS-supported programs, activities, or services due to limited English proficiency;</strong></li> <li><strong>Human rights complaints under Executive Order 13107 and disability accommodation complaints under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and</strong></li> <li><strong>Any other civil rights, civil liberties, or human rights violation related to a Department program or activity, including allegations of discrimination by an organization or program that receives financial assistance from DHS.</strong></li> </ul> <strong>For this position, specialized experience includes experience </strong>applicant must have 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. For this position, specialized experience is significant experience providing legal advice and representation on matters related to the legal topics listed in the "Responsibilities" section above.<br /><br />Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.<br /><br />All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.<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 school of law 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-14 or GS-15 level. If selection is made at the GS-14 level, promotion to the GS-15 level may occur without further competition.<br /><br />Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.<br /> Permanent Change of Duty Station 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 SECURITY LEVEL </strong>clearance as a condition of placement in this <strong>NONCRITICAL SENSITIVITY LEVEL </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 />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.<br /><br />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. <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 research, analyze, and communicate applicable laws and regulations, provide interpretations of those laws and regulations to the DHS General Counsel and other DHS Officials.</li> <li>Ability to handle several tasks concurrently under rigid time constraints.</li> <li>Ability to digest large amounts of information and translate it into concise, accurate products that will give decision-makers the information needed to make informed decisions</li> <li>Possess excellent attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills</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 and cover letter.</li> <li>Your responses to the job questionnaire. https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10517136 </li> <li>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.</li> <li>A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 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> 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. <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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