Closing Date: 8th August, 2022

Description:

Summary:
The ideal candidate has experience in civil litigation, torts, insurance, health care, or occupational safety law, including depositions, producing and requesting discovery, motion practice and participating at trial. Prior experience supervising staff attorneys is preferred. This position starts at a salary of $148,484 (GS-15). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Chief Counsel team within FEMA.

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Duties:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

In this position, you will as the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for the Federal Litigation and Claims Branch within the Mission Support Legal Division for the Office of the Chief Counsel. Typical assignments include the following:
  • Establishing positions and selecting staff by applying Merit and EEO principles.
  • Assigning and reviewing work considering the skills and needs of employees.
  • Managing the solution-oriented, articulate, legally sufficient, and timely delivery of legal services related to tort claims and litigation, workplace safety and health, facilities law, and property.
  • Functioning as Attorney Advisor and providing legal counsel on all activities and matters involving FEMA initiatives, operations, programs and policies.
  • Serving as the Attorney Advisor to FEMA staff.
  • Providing written and oral counsel, legal reviews, opinions, or decision in the application of Federal laws to programs conducted or assisted by FEMA, and FEMA policies.
  • Performing legal analysis and research, conducting or participating as necessary in meetings, conferences, and consultations, preparing memoranda and opinions, and maintaining continuing liaison with clients.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • Financial disclosure is required.
  • Proof of law degree and bar membership is required.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.
  • To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Public Trust/High Risk as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, a review of 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 (please visit: Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies for additional information). For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit OPM Investigations.

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.

Qualifications:
The qualifications listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

All applicants must possess the following:
1) A J.D. or LL.B. degree from an ABA accredited law school; and

2) An active membership, in good standing, of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

You qualify for this position if you possess the following:
At least five (5) years of full-time professional legal experience gained after being admitted to the bar, including at least four (4) years of specialized experience that is directly related to the position being filled; and at least two (2) years of the specialized experience must be at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the GS-14 level.

Specialized experience for this position includes:
  • Analyzing and adjudicating personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims and suits arising from activities of federal employees acting within the scope of their federal employment;
  • Serving as co-counsel or assisting Assistant United States Attorneys in matters before the United States courts;
  • Conducting or directing discovery;
  • Providing guidance and make recommendations on settlements of Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) claims and litigation;
  • Advising agency managers on occupational safety and health matters;
  • Reviewing and providing legal advice on agency policies, procedures, proposed regulations, and proposed legislation; and
  • Conducting legal research, and drafting pleadings and other legal memoranda.

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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

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:
NOTE: If you are qualifying based on education and/or are selected for a position which requires a college degree to meet minimum qualification requirements, you will be required to submit your official college transcript(s) at time of selection.

Kindly refer to the following link for a detailed description of the job - https://www.usajobs.gov/job/668308300