<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>Organizational Location:</strong> This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Chief Counsel, located in Washington, DC.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The Office of Chief Counsel is a fast-paced work environment, where attorneys work on high-profile matters and navigate very short deadlines. Accordingly, a successful candidate will display a strong work ethic, the adaptability to work on multiple different matters simultaneously, excellence in written and oral communication, and a commitment to the highest degree of professionalism. This position starts at a salary of $69,581.00 (GS-11, Step 1) to $152,352.00 (GS-14, Step 10) with promotion potential to $153,352 (GS-14, Step 10).<br /><br />In this position, you will become a key member of the legal team advising U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP's) Office of Acquisition and other operational component offices. The primary responsibilities for this position support CBP's procurement, acquisition, and appropriations law practice. Qualified candidates have interest and/or experience in the core functions of this legal team, which include: <ul> <li>Advising the agency client on matters arising under fiscal and appropriation laws, such as the permissible use of appropriated funds and the preparation of CBP's annual budget request; advising on legal questions that arise during performance of government contracts, including legal issues presented by contractors asserting claims against the government; and advising agency officials on compliance with the laws, regulations, and precedent of relevant courts and boards related to the award and administration of government contracts;</li> <li>Providing legal review and guidance on agency procurement actions, to include pre-solicitation and pre-award reviews for legal sufficiency;</li> <li>Representing CBP in administrative proceedings, including bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and contract claims before the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals;</li> <li>Preparing litigation reports and assisting the Department of Justice in defending suits against the United States filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims related to the award or administration of government contracts; and</li> <li>Assisting agency leadership with any other matters, such as reviewing and drafting legislation affecting CBP's interests, assisting with the negotiation and interpretation of international agreements, advising on agency and third party intellectual property rights, and issuing advice on the application of Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Tort Claims Act.</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 /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> </ul> <br /> <ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position</li> <li>Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service</li> <li>Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below)</li> <li>You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph</li> <li>You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing</li> </ul> <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 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.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized Education:</strong> Recent law school graduates may be appointed to attorney positions at the GS-11 level with the following additional qualifications: rank in the top 1/3 of graduating class; participation on the school's official Law Review; membership in the Order of the Coif; or winning of a moot court competition. An interim appointment of 14 months may be made pending the selectee's admission to the bar. Selectee will be required to provide admittance and standing to the Bar and possibly a copy of their official law school transcript.<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 />You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 08/19/2019.<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>Background Investigation</strong>: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link. https: www.cbp.gov/careers/join-cbp/which-career/apply/background-investigation <br /><br /><b>Residency:</b> There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions: <ul> <li>Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military</li> <li>A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government</li> <li>Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university</li> <li>Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Relocation</strong>: Should relocation funding be available, expenses may be offered to the selectee as a lump-sum payment under CBP's Voluntary Relocation Plan test program (VRP) in lieu of any relocation benefits available under the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR), 41 C.F.R., Subtitle F, Chapter 302. <strong>New appointees to the Government non-CBP employees are not eligible to participate in the VRP. </strong>The amount of the lump-sum payment will vary depending upon whether you rent or own your current residence and whether your residence is a single or multiple-person household. Any relocation expenses incurred that are greater than the VRP lump-sum payment amount will be your responsibility, and no subsequent claims for relocation expenses will be granted by CBP. The lump-sum payment, which will be made through direct deposit, will be treated as wages and, thus, will be subject to all applicable employment tax withholdings. To be eligible for the VRP, you must sign an employment agreement by completing CBP Form 334C-1 at the time of selection. Additional information can be found in CBP Directive 5330-026a, which is available on the CBPNet Policy Page.<br /><br /><strong>Trial Period:</strong> You will be required to serve a trial period of 2 years.<br /><br /><strong>Travel: </strong>You will be required to travel as needed for any mandatory training, and to provide legal support to or on behalf of CBP clients or to deliver training, in various field operating locations.<br /><br /><strong>Bargaining Unit: </strong> This position is not covered under the bargaining unit.<br /><br /><strong>This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process (Excepted Service) and is not in the competitive civil service.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Veterans Preference: </strong>There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however the Office of Chief Counsel considers veteran's preference eligibility as a positive factor in the hiring process.<br /><br />Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.<br /><br />CBP 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 <strong>E-Verify</strong> including your rights and responsibilities.<br /><br />Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more <strong>here</strong> .<br /><br />Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter <strong>CustomsBorder</strong> <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 /><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 />Applicants will be rated based on their education, experience, demonstrated legal research and writing abilities, and performance during the interview process, which may include personal interview(s) and a writing exercise. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />You must include the following information (in addition to specific information requested elsewhere in the vacancy announcement) to receive consideration for this position:<br /><br /><strong>Cover letter: </strong>Your application package must include a cover letter expressing your interest in this position. Please do not exceed two pages. Application packages received without a cover letter will not be given consideration.<br /> <strong>Resume:</strong> A resume that includes announcement number, veteran's preference, your full name, address, phone number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number and a detailed description of your experience, education, training and self-development and the dates your performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.<br /> <strong>Transcripts:</strong> From an ABA approved law school or equivalent is required. Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials. For a listing of accrediting agencies, please see http: www.naces.org/members.htm .<br /> <strong>Writing Sample: </strong>A writing sample is required as part of the application package and may not exceed five pages.<br /><br /><strong>It is your responsibility to verify that information submitted (i.e., resume, veterans documentation, and SF-50's) is received and accurate and must be in English. Applications and supporting documentation will only be accepted by mail at the address listed under the "How to Apply" section. The section also outlines the contact information for inquires.</strong> <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.