The men and women of the Social Security Administration are the stewards of the Federal Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance programs, as well as Supplemental Security Income for the aged, blind and disabled. With a workforce of approximately 65,000 employees in 1300 service locations across the country, our mission is to advance the economic security of the nation's people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides the Social Security Administration (SSA or agency) with legal counsel in all matters regarding litigation against SSA. OGC has a full-time staff of close to 500 attorneys who provide advice to the agency that touches the lives of millions of individuals who depend on Social Security for their well being. OGCs attorneys partner with the Department of Justice to represent SSA in program and general litigation before federal district and appellate courts. OGCs attorneys also represent SSA before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board, and provide legal advice on matters ranging from family and trust law, to employment law and labor relations. They also deal with torts, ethics, bankruptcy, civil rights matters, federal procurement law, and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act issues.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
OGC, with Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel who provide legal services and advice to the Commissioner and members of SSAs executive staff. OGC has offices in ten major U.S. cities. Each office is headed by a Regional Chief Counsel and is responsible for providing legal services and support to the Regional Commissioner and SSA components within the region. OGC has regional offices in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle. OGC has two offices in Headquarters, the Office of Program Law, and the Office of General Law, each headed by an Associate General Counsel, that provide a full complement of legal services to the agency. OGC also has an Office of Privacy and Disclosure, headed by an Executive Director.
The Associate General Counsel for General Law is responsible for providing legal advice on all general law matters involving the Social Security Administration and has overall responsibility for all litigation arising from non-program matters. Attorneys in the Office of General Law (OGL) provide legal services to all components of SSA with respect to business management activities and administrative operations, including procurement, contracts, patents, copyrights, personnel, budget, appropriations, employment, compensation, travel, and non benefit claims by and against SSA. OGL attorneys also provide legal services regarding civil rights issues, security programs, and act as liaison with the Department of Justice on FOIA and Privacy Act matters. They also advise officials and employees regarding ethics and standards of conduct matters and coordinate SSAs confidential reporting system on financial interests and outside activities.
Candidates must have had responsible professional experience at a senior level (equivalent to the GS-15 in either the General Schedule (GS) or a comparable pay plan).
MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:
(1) Membership in the bar of the court of a State, Territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (Include a copy of current/active Bar Membership.)
(2) Recent knowledge of and experience with Federal personnel law, especially in the areas of equal employment opportunity and the Federal civil service, and related administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.
(3) General knowledge of some or all of the following relevant areas of law:
--Federal labor relations law and requirements related to administrative proceedings
--Federal ethics requirements
--Federal procurement law and related administrative proceedings
--Federal disclosure statutes and related requirements
--Federal Tort Claims Act, Military Personnel and Civilian Employees Claims Act, employee garnishments, and Federal administrative claims procedures
--Federal civil rights laws
(4) Experience litigating cases involving the above-referenced areas of law before the Federal courts and/or Federal administrative agencies.
MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQ): Applicants must file a separate narrative response on each ECQ and must cite examples in support of a response. Failure to do so will result in the applicant not being considered for the position. A complete description of the ECQs including key characteristics is attached. Please refer to the OPM Guide to SES Executive Core Qualifications for guidance on how to describe your executive qualifications.
NOTE: Applicants who are currently in the Senior Executive Service or have otherwise had their ECQs certified by the Office of Personnel Management are deemed to have already met the ECQ requirements and do not need to provide additional information.
(1) Leading Change - Ability to develop and implement an organizational vision which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity--to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity. Includes the ability to formulate effective program strategies consistent with the overall goals of the organization.
(2) Leading People - Ability to design and implement strategies which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Includes leveraging diversity and other differences, promoting developmental opportunities for staff, fostering commitment and team spirit, and constructively resolving conflicts.
(3) Results Driven - Stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of program and policies. Includes the ability to address and balance complex and diverse program requirements within available resources in response to major changing needs in the diverse field of social insurance/welfare reform and the interdisciplinary impact on social insurance programs.
(4) Business Acumen - Ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making. Includes demonstrated ability in recruiting and selecting staff, allocating resources, and/or managing budgetary processes.
(5) Building Coalitions - Ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Includes ability to interact constructively with Federal officials, representatives of professional organizations and the public sector.
(1) Knowledge of SSA programs and organizations.
(2) Professional development, career progress, or awards/recognition that would indicate high potential for success in this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
All applicants must meet the mandatory qualification requirements to be eligible for further consideration and must provide detailed evidence of possession of each of the experience, knowledge, skill and ability requirements and show how and when they were used. This evidence must include clear, concise examples that show level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. Experience determinations will be based only on the information you supply. Performance, suitability and security information will be developed from vouchers, interviews, etc. Please provide the names, current addresses and telephone numbers of first and second level supervisors or other responsible officials who have knowledge of your background so we can obtain performance information from them.
Social Security offers a comprehensive benefits program that you can customize for your individual medical and financial needs. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help you balance life with Social Security to life outside of work . Please review the Social Security Administration Careers site www.ssa.gov/careers for additional information about the many benefits of a career with Social Security.
(1) The selectee for this position will be subject to an appropriate security investigation, including fingerprinting and periodic future reinvestigation(s).
(2) Veteran's preference is not applicable to the SES.
(3) This position is covered under the post-employment restrictions of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (PL 95-521). This law also requires the selectee to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (Standard Form 278) within 30 days of appointment.
(4) Selectee must serve a one-year probationary period unless s/he previously completed one in the Senior Executive Service.
(5) Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an executive agency of the Federal government. This requirement does not apply to Agency employees appointed before November 8, 1985.
All application materials are subject to the provisions of the privacy act and become property of SSA.
The Social Security Administration provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
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