U.S. Coast Guard Attorney Advisor (General), GS-0905-14/15 in Washington, District Of Columbia
Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.
For over two centuries The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Office of Judge Advocate General (CG-094), Office of Information and Intelligence Law (CG-LII), DD CG-2 Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigation, in Washington, DC.
"Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, 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."
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The incumbent will address a wide variety of issues related to national intelligence, law enforcement intelligence, cyber, privacy, civil liberties, and national security law. Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
- Providing advice on the function and operation of the Coast Guard intelligence program, specifically the function of the Coast Guard intelligence element as governed by laws, regulations and intelligence community directives, and policies;
- Providing advice and assisting in developing policy on the interface between the Coast Guard national intelligence element and the Coast Guard law enforcement and regulatory information collection programs;
- Serving as a Coast Guard liaison with the privacy, civil liberty, and legal components of intelligence community organizations and liaison with federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies on information sharing, including review of memorandums of agreement;
- Conducting extensive legal research on highly intricate and exceedingly complex and novel questions of law and policy relating to all aspects of a particular area of law;
- Preparing probing and innovative written legal analyses, arguments, briefs, or other analytical documents that relate to a comprehensive knowledge of the law in regards to the development, interpretation, or implementation of sensitive public policies that have a long-range national or international significance;
- Preparing authoritative descriptive and background reports, compilations, surveys, comparisons of laws and bills, and other written products for the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and staff on complex and sensitive legal issues of national or international significance.
Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.
Who May Apply
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Applications will be accepted from all U.S. citizens. Position is in the Excepted Service.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- This position requires a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
- This position requires membership in the State Bar.
- Drug testing by urinalysis is required prior to entry on the job.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school;
Must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.
To qualify for the GS-14 level position, must: have successfully completed at least one full year of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, as reflected in the nature and complexity of case work and legal issues for which responsible, the level of responsibility exercised, and the degree to which such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of this position.
To qualify for the GS-15 level position, must: have successfully completed at least one full year of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service, as reflected in the nature and complexity of case work and legal issues for which responsible, the level of responsibility exercised, and the degree to which such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of this position.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.
Note: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered.
This position has a positive education requirement.
All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school; AND, must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.
If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's web site at click here
NOTE:Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations.
If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment. All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation as a condition of placement into this position. Certain investigation levels may automatically require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been met. For those positions that do not automatically require a credit check, it may later be required if the initial investigation surfaces a potential issue. Visit: OPM Mythbuster
DHS 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 your rights and responsibilities at click here
Recruitment incentives may be authorized.
Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.
If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor. However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.
More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6307. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Qualified candidates will be rated by comparing each candidate's qualifications to the skills and experience pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience, education, training, awards, and performance will be considered. The following factors are of particular importance to the position to be filled, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas as part of their application. These areas must be addressed in a document separate from the resume and submitted as part of the application package.
- Knowledge and understanding of intelligence and national security law, including the National Security Act of 1947, Executive Orders 12,333 and 12,958, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, national security criminal provisions, Director of National Intelligence policies and procedures, Freedom of Information Act, and Privacy Act
- Knowledge of a range of specialized areas of the law in regards to the development, interpretation, or implementation of sensitive public policies that have long-range nation and/or international significance.
- Knowledge and ability to generate and develop new hypotheses and theories; and to serve as a recognized expert in a field of law. NOTE: Qualified candidates may be invited for an interview. Final selection will be made on the basis of relevant experience, education, training, performance appraisal, job-related awards, interview, and the skills and experience identified above.
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- Required Documents
In order to receive full consideration, you must submit:
- A resume or any other written format of your choice which clearly identifies the following information:
Job Information - Announcement number, title and grade.
Personal Information - Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email address if available, day and evening phone numbers (with area code), country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian series and grade held, if applicable.
Education - College or University name, city and state, major(s) and type and year of any degrees received.
Work Experience - job title, duties and accomplishments, current and former (within the last 10 years) employers' names and addresses, current and former supervisors' names and phone numbers where available, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary, and indicate whether your current supervisor may be contacted.
Qualifications - job-related training courses (title and year), skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
A copy of your J.D. or LL.B. transcript.
A legal writing sample, not to exceed 10 pages.
You will be required to submit proof of current membership in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.
Information related to the skills and experience listed under the Evaluations section above may be provided in a separate document, or incorporated within your resume.
You may find general application information and other forms at the website of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, www.usajobs.opm.gov.
None of the application documents will be returned.
In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard offers Career Transition Assistance Placement (CTAP) coverage to Attorneys within the Department of Homeland Security. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. If you are eligible under CTAP, you must submit a copy of your certificate of surplus status, certificate of expected separation, or your specific Reduction-in-Force notice establishing your eligibility under CTAP, a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, series, grade level and duty location. You must clearly indicate the grade from which you separated or declared surplus.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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How to Apply
Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.
If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.
Agency contact information
USCG Applicant Support
United States Coast Guard 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE STOP 7912 Washington, District of Columbia United States
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For information regarding the receipt of your application, you may call Donald Pedersen at 202-372-3818.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495722100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 04/03/2018 to 05/03/2018
Salary: $114,590 to $164,200 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 14 - 15
Work schedule: Full-Time - This is a full-time position.
Appointment type: Permanent - This is an excepted appointment.