Closing Date: 14th February, 2023

Description:

Summary:
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), General Law Division (GLD), Labor and Employment Law Branch (LEL).

The primary purpose of this position is to work on a wide range of labor and employment matters, representing the Department in litigation matters, including high-profile matters, providing drafting assistance on legislation and regulations, and advising on matters of legal interpretation and Department-wide policies.

Duties:
As an Attorney Advisor (General), GS-0905-13/14/15, your typical work assignments may include:
  • Perform legal analysis and research, conduct necessary conferences and consultation to provide litigation support and legal counsel to the Department's senior leadership on the full spectrum of Federal sector labor and employment law issues; Conduct complex legal research and analysis and develop memoranda or present results to senior officials in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner while keeping supervisors fully informed.
  • Negotiate complex and unique issues, often with high-level personnel, individuals from various parts of the Department, and individuals from the other Federal agencies, to obtain the necessary balance between conflicting interests, factual issues, and policy considerations. Maintain continuing liaison with clients and component counsel.
  • Work with the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer on disciplinary and adverse action proposals and decisions, workforce policies, and other personnel-related matters.
  • Represent the Department before various administrative tribunals to include the Merit System Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and the Office of Special Counsel.
  • Assist the Department of Justice in litigation involving labor and/or employment matters in U.S. Federal district and appellate courts.
  • Ensure that labor and employment law issues are properly considered in Departmental planning and policy development.
  • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement: Common Definitions.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.
  • You 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.
  • You must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Qualifications:
Basic Requirements:
  • GS-13:
  • The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) or the second professional law degree (LL.M.); AND
  • Specialized professional legal experience in excess of two (2) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position, or two years of judicial clerkship.
  • GS-14 or GS-15:
  • The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) or the second professional law degree (LL.M.); AND
  • 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.

Specialized Experience:
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.

You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government. You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal government.
You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal government.

Specialized experience is experience providing legal advice and representation on matters related to the legal topics listed in the "Duties" section above.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for these grade levels.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

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.

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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Education:
Applicants must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. 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.

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: https://ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/home.

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 on the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

Kindly refer to the following link for a detailed description of the job - https://www.usajobs.gov/job/701714500