Attorney-Advisor (General)

Washington, DC
Full Time
Job #: DE-10433772-19-OGC Exp.: 3+ Years
  • This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC).
  • The primary purpose of this position is to serve the Office of the General Counsel as a legal advisor.

  • The individual selected for this position will serve in the Office of the General Counsel as the primary legal advisor for the Department's Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), which develops and maintains a single, reliable, and secure Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-wide Information Technology (IT) infrastructure environment.
  • This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.
  • Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, Interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
  • As a Attorney-Advisor (General) GS 0905 14/15, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
  • Provide responsive and high quality legal advice and service to the Office of the Chief Information Officer senior management.
  • Coordinates legal issues for OCIO with other OGC divisions and DHS Components.
  • Drafts and reviews opinions arising from or impacting OCIO operations; evaluates proposed/recommended legal strategies and principles; and determines consequences of various actions on current policy.
  • Researches and analyzes applicable laws and regulations, provide interpretations of those laws and regulations to the DHS General Counsel and other DHS officials.
  • Reviews acquisition and procurement documents as requested by the OCIO and coordinates with OGC General Law Division attorneys providing acquisition and procurement law advice.

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.
AND, meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated be
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 Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:
  • 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.
  • For this position, specialized experience includes experience 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 information technology in a federal government agency, such as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), information technology security, intellectual property license agreements, social and multimedia agreements, federal records retention requirements, electronic discovery of Departmental records in litigation, and other related acquisition and procurement law issues.
  • To qualify for this position, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 for the GS-14 and GS-14 for the GS-15 grade level in the Federal government.
  • Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.
  • All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:
  • 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.

  • Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law school 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.

Closing Date: 4th April, 2019
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