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Supervisory General Attorney

Company: Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Location: Washington
Posted on: June 21, 2019

Job Description:

Supervisory General Attorney============================##### Department of Homeland SecurityImmigration and Customs Enforcement##### Office of the Principal Legal AdvisorOverview--------- ##### Open & closing dates06/13/2019 to 06/27/2019- ##### ServiceCompetitive- ##### Pay scale & gradeGS 15- ##### Salary$137,849 to $166,500 per year- ##### Appointment typePermanent- ##### Work scheduleFull-TimeLocation--------1 vacancy in the following location:-Washington, DC 1 vacancy##### Relocation expenses reimbursedNo##### Telework eligibleNo- Duties------### Summary**Organizational Location:** This attorney position is located inthe Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), District CourtLitigation Division (DCLD), Washington, D.C.**Relocation Expenses:** Relocation expenses **will not be paid.****BUS:** This is a non-bargaining unit position.**Salary:** The salary range indicated in this announcement. GeneralSchedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.Learn more about this agency### ResponsibilitiesThe U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of thePrincipal Legal Advisor (OPLA) is seeking an attorney to serve inits headquarters office in Washington, D.C., as Chief of theDistrict Court Litigation Division (DCLD). DCLD defends ICE'soperational prerogatives and activities, its people, and its budgetby zealously representing agency interests in civil litigation andthrough the adjudication of administrative claims. DCLD's attorneysserve as agency counsel and manage federal civil litigation againstICE and cases that otherwise impact ICE equities. DCLD attorneyswork closely with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS)Headquarters Office of General Counsel (OGC HQ) and the U.S.Department of Justice (DOJ). DCLD assists ICE personnel and provideslitigation support to DOJ in all aspects of civil federallitigation, including the development of legal strategy andarguments, motion practice, discovery, and settlement negotiations,in cases ranging from common-law tort suits, lawsuits under*Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents*, 403 U.S. 388 (1971), andclaims seeking injunctive or declaratory relief. DCLD also providesoral and written advice to ICE leadership and employees regardingpotential litigation risks, represents ICE's interests inlitigation-related discussions with other agencies and DHScomponents, and adjudicates administrative claims for personalinjuries and property damage pursuant to the Federal Tort ClaimsAct.The DCLD Chief supervises a team of more than 20 attorneys,including three deputy chiefs, and support personnel; manages thedivision's financial resources; and applies a Collective BargainingAgreement in conformity with federal labor law. Within the broadDCLD portfolio, the DCLD Chief ensures that high-quality, timely,and accurate advice and communication are provided to the ICE Officeof Director, OPLA Senior Leadership, OGC HQ, ICE program offices,OPLA field locations, and other agency partners, clients, andstakeholders. The DCLD Chief must also promptly and accuratelyidentify and elevate significant cases and legal issues to OPLASenior Leadership, the ICE Office of the Director, and OGC HQ;coordinate closely with other OPLA headquarters divisions, OPLAfield locations, and ICE program offices on a variety of litigationmatters; assess litigation risks associated with planned operations;and anticipate litigation trends and develops strategies to minimizelegal exposure.The DCLD Chief is also responsible for overseeing the successful andtimely completion of formal DHS and ICE taskings assigned to thedivision, such as the drafting and review of congressionaltestimony, responses to congressional inquiries, and other executivecorrespondence; developing briefing materials for agency leadership;and reviewing memoranda, directives, and proposed legislation andregulations. The DCLD Chief also identifies, collects, and analyzesmetrics on the division's performance and efficacy; developsinternal standard operating procedures to make DCLD more effective;and ensures appropriate coordination across OPLA and DHS to ensureunified and consistent legal guidance.Applicants must possess the following characteristics andcompetencies: leadership, integrity, organizational skills,communication skills, reliability, perseverance, decisiveness,initiative, professionalism, discretion, the ability to functionindependently and as part of a team, interpersonal relationshipskills including managing conflict and fostering productiverelationships with internal and external partners, and outstandingwritten and oral advocacy skills.A strong knowledge of immigration law, experience handling complexlegal and policy issues, and litigation experience - including withregard to electronic discovery - are preferred.### Travel RequiredOccasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.##### Supervisory statusYes##### Promotion Potential15- #### Job family (Series)0905 Attorney#### Similar jobs- Attorneys- Requirements------------### Conditions of Employment- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position- Must pass background investigation and drug screen for federalemployment- Selective Service registration for males born after 12/31/1959- Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)- Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)### QualificationsApplicants with fewer than five (5) years of experience practicinglaw must submit a copy of their law school transcript and gradepoint average or class ranking as part of the application package.Qualifications by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you mustmeet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 P.M.Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.Please note that qualification claims will be subject toverification.### EducationApplicants must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by theAmerican Bar Association and an active member in good standing ofthe bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District ofColumbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.### Additional information**E-Verify:** DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, toconfirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in theUnited States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights andresponsibilities.**Promotion Potential:** The full performance level of this positionis GS-15.**Trial Period:** New supervisors to the federal government will berequired to serve a one (1)-year probationary period.**Direct Deposit:** All federal employees are required to haveFederal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financialinstitution of their choosing.**Notice to Veterans' Preference:** There is no formal rating systemfor applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in theExcepted Service; however, the OPLA considers veterans' preferenceeligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include thatinformation in their cover letter or resume and attach supportingdocuments (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Dischargefrom Active duty) to their submissions. Although thepoint-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Applicationfor 10-Point Veterans' Preference, and supporting documentationrequired for the specific type of preference claimed. The SF 15,which lists the types of 10-point preference and the requiredsupporting documents, is available from the Office of PersonnelManagement Website at https://www.opm.gov.**Financial Disclosure:** If you are hired, you may be required tocomplete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450)within 30 days after appointment.### How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet thequalifications above.Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensureyou meet the minimum qualification requirements.Qualified candidates will be rated by comparing each candidate'squalifications to the skills and experience pertinent to theposition to be filled. Experience, education, training, awards, andperformance will be considered. The following factors are ofparticular importance to the position to be filled, and applicantsshould provide specific detailed information in these areas as partof their application.A cover letter is required as part of this application. It shouldaddress the basis of your interest in the position, your knowledge,skills, abilities, and experience for the relevant duties listedabove, and your characteristics and competencies for the position.An applicant need not have specific knowledge and experience withregard to each of the duties listed above in order to qualify forthe position.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteerwork through national Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional;philanthropic, religious, community; student; social). Volunteerwork helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills andcan provide valuable training and experience that relates directlyto gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifyingexperience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is ona part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hoursworked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of theexperience to be fully credited.All the information you provide may be verified by a review of thework experience and/or education as shown on your application forms,by checking references and through other means, including theinterview process. This verification could occur at any stage of theapplication process. Any exaggeration of your experience, falsestatements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds forrating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after youbegin work.### Background checks and security clearance##### Security clearanceTop Secret##### Drug test requiredYes##### Position sensitivity and riskCritical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk##### Trust determination processNational security- Required Documents------------------**ALL** required documents must be submitted before the closingdate. You must include the documentation below (in addition tospecific information requested elsewhere in the vacancyannouncement) to receive consideration for this position. Review thefollowing list to determine what you need to submit.**Resume:** A resume that includes announcement number, veterans'preference, your full name, address, phone number and the last fourdigits of your Social Security Number and a detailed description ofyour experience, education, training and self-development and thedates you performed them (MM/DD/YY). This documentation must besubmitted with your application package.**Transcript:** You must submit a copy of your transcript andgrade-point average or class ranking, to prove that you possess aJuris Doctor (JD) from an American Bar (ABA)-accredit law school ifyou graduated within the past five years. If you have five years ormore practicing law, your transcript is not required.**Bar Membership:** You must submit proof of your current membership(card or other documentary evidence) or certificate of good standingfrom the bar to which you are licensed. This documentation must besubmitted with your application package.**Certificate of Good Standing:** If you are selected, before youenter on duty you must submit proof that you are a member in goodstanding of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, theDistrict of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. If you donot have a bar card or other documentary evidence as proof of yourcurrent membership, you must submit a certificate of good standing.The proof must be dated within the previous six months.**Writing Sample:** A writing sample demonstrating your legalanalytical abilities must be submitted as part of your applicationpackage. It should not exceed ten double-spaced pages. Thisdocumentation must be submitted with your application package.**Cover Letter**: You must submit a cover letter discussing yourinterest in the position, your pertinent knowledge, skills,abilities, and experience, and associated characteristics andcompetencies as detailed in the Duties section of this announcement.This documentation must be submitted with your applicationpackage.It must also contain the following information:- your full name;- home address;- home and work e-mail addresses;- home, work, and cell telephone numbers;- name of the law school, year of graduation, and year admitted tothe bar**Are you a current or former Federal employee?** Submit a copy ofyour most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action which showscompetitive service appointment, tenure group, and salary.**Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable):** If you are adischarged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of yourDD214 (Member 4 copy) or other Documentation of Service andSeparation under Honorable Conditions. If you don't have yourDD-214, you may request it after discharge from the NationalArchives at www.archives.gov/veterans.If you are a veteran within 120-days of discharge, you must submitsigned documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1)yourexpected release/retirement from active duty, 2)under honorableconditions, 3)your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4)datesof active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medalsreceived, and 7) dated within 120 days of your separation.If you are a disabled veterans, Purple Heart recipient, or mother orspouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit acompleted SF-15 and all additional proof required by the SF-15, asapplicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairsletter establishing proof of disability, you may request it athttp://www.ebenefits.va/gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.**You must submit all required information by the closing date. Alsoif you do not provide an email address, you will not be notified ofthe outcome of your application.**#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:Education must be accredited by an accrediting institutionrecognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to becredited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only theattendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accreditinginstitutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in thisvacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or mayaffect the overall rating.- Benefits--------A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with acomprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and yourfamily will have access to a range of benefits that are designed tomake your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federalbenefits.Review our benefitsEligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you holdand whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specificbenefits offered.- How to Apply------------To apply for this position, you must complete the **OccupationalQuestionnaire**https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10525476 and submitthe required documentation outlined under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTSsection below.The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST)on 06/27/2019 to receive consideration.To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create anaccount or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow theprompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end ofthe process.It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriatedocumentation is submitted prior to the closing date.Note: To check the status of your application or return to aprevious or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account,select Application Status, and click on the more information linkunder the application status for this position.**Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted bymail or email. If you need further assistance, please contact theOPLA representative listed on this announcement.**### Agency contact information### Wanda Johnson##### Phone214-905-5311##### EmailAttorney.OPLA@ice.dhs.gov##### AddressOPLA ENFRCMNT & LITIGATION DIR500 12th Street SWWashington, DC 20536USLearn more about this agency### Next steps**Notification Process:** Once the online questionnaire is received,you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission wassuccessful. After a review of your complete application is made, youwill be notified of your rating and/or if you were referred to thehiring official for further consideration.After review of the application packages is complete, highlyqualified applicants may be contacted for interviews. All qualifiedcandidates will be referred to the hiring manager for furtherconsideration. The process of consideration of applicants may takeseveral weeks. You will be notified of the outcome. If furtherevaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. If youare selected, a suitability/security background investigation willbe conducted.**Background Investigation:** To ensure the accomplishment of itsmission, DHS requires each and every employee to be reliable andtrustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants mustundergo and successfully complete a background investigation.**NOTE:** To check the status of your application or return to aprevious or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account,select Application Status, and click on the more information linkunder the application status for this position.- Fair & Transparent------------------The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.Please read the following guidance.### Equal Employment Opportunity PolicyThe United States Government does not discriminate in employment onthe basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy andgender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexualorientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parentalstatus, military service, or other non-merit factor.- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & jobapplicants### Reasonable Accommodation PolicyFederal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicantswith disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonableaccommodation for any part of the application process should followthe instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any partof the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact thehiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonableaccommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the workenvironment, or the way things are usually done that enables anindividual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job dutiesor receive equal access to job benefits.Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must providereasonable accommodations when:- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have anequal opportunity to apply for a job.- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to performthe essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receiveequal access to benefits, such as details, training, andoffice-sponsored events.You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during theapplication or hiring process or while on the job. Requests areconsidered on a case-by-case basis.Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodationsor how to contact an agency.#### Legal and regulatory guidance- Financial suitability- Social security number request- Privacy Act- Signature and false statements- Selective Service- New employee probationary periodThis job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and toapply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536428700. Only resumessubmitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listedat www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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