<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Civil Division is looking for an individual to serve as a Special Litigation Counsel in its Federal Programs Branch. The Federal Programs Branch litigates on behalf of approximately 100 Federal agencies, the President and Cabinet officers, and other Government officials. The activities of this Branch include defending against constitutional challenges to Federal statutes; suits to overturn Government policies and programs; and attacks on the legality of Government decisions. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The Special Litigation Counsel will be responsible for supervising and litigating some of the most significant, sensitive, and precedent-setting cases in the Branch. Cases will often involve issues of particular importance to high-level Executive Branch officials and challenges to the constitutionality or legality of government programs, policies, or actions. These cases typically seek injunctive and declaratory relief, and vary from suits involving the personnel practices and policies of the Government to matters involving significant immigration and national security interests. The Branch also initiates litigation to enforce regulatory statutes and to remedy statutory and regulatory violations. The Special Litigation Counsel will supervise and handle sensitive and high-profile litigation matters for which the Branch is responsible. The Special Litigation Counsel will recommend policy and legal positions to be taken and approaches to be followed in responding to litigation. The incumbent will also serve as a key advisor to the Division's senior officials, and will work closely with staff and officials with other agencies within the Executive Branch. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Some travel may be required.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> Yes <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 00 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> </ul> <br /> <ul> <li>One year probationary period may be required.</li> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.</li> <li>Relocation expenses will not be paid.</li> <li>Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.</li> <li>Only experience obtained by closing date of this announcement will be considered.</li> <li>A negative drug test reading is required before you may be appointed to this position.</li> <li>You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with eligibility for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access depending on organizational assignment/duty location. You must successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed to this position.</li> <li>Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278. This information must be reported annually.</li> <li>As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications.</li> </ul> <br /> To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (<strong>ECQs</strong>) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (<strong>MTQs</strong>).<br /><br />Copies of the Office of Personnel Management's "Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications" may be obtained via the Internet at http: www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2012.pdf .<br /><br />Please see Application Procedures for specific instructions. <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be 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.<br /><br />We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the Special Litigation Counsel – Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.<br /><br /><strong>YOU WILL BE EVALUATED ON ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQ): </strong>Your responses to the <strong>MTQs </strong>should be submitted in one document, that includes separate narrative statements addressing each of the 3Mandatory Technical Qualifications .<br /><br /><strong>MTQ 1.</strong> Demonstrated expertise in federal court practice and extensive litigation experience.<br /><br /><strong>MTQ 2.</strong> Demonstrated experience supervising the work product of attorneys.<br /><br /><strong>MTQ 3.</strong> Demonstrated ability to communicate persuasively on behalf of the United States and one's organization. <br /><br /><strong>IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CLEARLY DOCUMENT AND DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ) EVIDENCE BY ADDRESSING EACH OF THE (5) ECQs IN A SEPARATE RESPONSE FOR EACH:</strong><br /><br /><strong>ECQ 1 – LEADING CHANGE.</strong> This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.<br /><br /><strong>ECQ 2 – LEADING PEOPLE.</strong> This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.<br /><br /><strong>ECQ 3 – RESULTS DRIVEN.</strong> This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.<br /><br /><strong>ECQ 4 – BUSINESS ACUMEN.</strong>This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.<br /><br /><strong>ECQ 5 – BUILDING COALITIONS.</strong> This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.<br /><br />Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have a substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive specialized (operating, administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.<br /><br />The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment. In addition, individuals entering the Senior Executive Service for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.<br /><br /><strong>EEO Policy Statement:</strong> The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. The complete DOJ EEO Statement/Policy is found at: http: www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf .<br /><br /><strong>Reasonable Accommodation</strong><br /> Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.<br /><br /><strong>Legal and Regulatory Guidance</strong> <ul> <li>Social Security Number – Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.</li> <li>Privacy Act – Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.</li> <li>Signature – Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.</li> <li>False Statements – If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.</li> <li>Selective Service – If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.</li> </ul> <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 />The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, applicants must show evidence of experience related to the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). <br /><br />Applicants must address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs).<br /><br />Please see Application Procedures for specific instructions. The resume should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Sensitive Compartmented Information <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e., resume, MTQs, and ECQs, and other documents as applicable) will not receive consideration for this position. You must send this information to CIVIL/HR prior to the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br />ECQ responses are not required for current or former career members of the SES. Indicate in your resume that you are a current or former member of the SES. You must submit responses to the MTQs, and submit a copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment.<br /><br />Applicants who have completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application. SES CDP graduates must also submit responses to the MTQs. Responses to the ECQs are not required. <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.