Attorney Advisor - Privacy
Department Of Homeland Security - Washington, DC

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve the Office of the General Counsel as a legal advisor. As an Attorney Advisor, the individual selected for this position will serve in the Office of the General Counsel’s Legal Counsel Division as a legal advisor on information disclosure and privacy. The individual will provide legal advice related to the Department's compliance with federal privacy laws and regulations including the Privacy Act of 1974, the E-Government Act of 2002 and general privacy principles.

The individual will provide direct and real time legal advice to the Department’s Privacy Office, including the Privacy Officer and other senior Department officials, on a range of issues related the Department’s compliance with privacy laws, regulations and principles. The individual selected for this position will be involved in some of the Department’s most important and sensitive matters, and will be called upon to advise the Department on how it can carry out its numerous missions in a manner that complies with federal privacy law, regulations and principles.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC).

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • You must be a graduate of an accredited law school.
  • You must be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State or D.C.
  • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing.

DUTIES: As an Attorney Advisor - Privacy you will:
  • Provide legal support, including oral and written legal advice, to the Privacy Officer and other DHS leadership and staff on federal privacy and information disclosure law.
  • Provide advice and guidance to attorneys in DHS component agencies on federal privacy and information disclosure law.
  • Contributes to the formulation of DHS-wide policies on privacy and information disclosure issues.
  • Represent the Office of the General Counsel at conferences and meetings with representatives of other Executive Departments and agencies regarding privacy and information disclosure issues. And, other tasks as necessary to carry out the mission of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General Counsel.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 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 is providing legal advice and support on matters related to privacy and information disclosure law is preferred, but not required. Candidates without experience in privacy and information disclosure law should have experience in preparing complex legal memoranda and briefs and the demonstrated ability to quickly learn a new area of the law. All candidates must have experience in providing accurate, thorough and well written legal advice on matters of first impression while under considerable time pressure. Service as a federal judicial clerk is preferred, but not required.

Applicants must have 5 or more years of relevant post-JD experience.

Additional information on the qualifications requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM’s web site at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

Education:

Applicant must be a graduate of a school of law 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.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit OPM’s web site at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a for additional information on this topic.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.


The qualifications requirements must be met by 11:59 on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 which is the closing date of this announcement.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Top Secret w/SCI clearance as a condition of placement in this Special Sensitive position. This review includes 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX , document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX coversheet found here.
Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

To view the online questionnaire, View Assessment Questions .

Note: Failure to reflect your responses to the questionnaire in your resume will reduce your chances of being referred to the selecting official.

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Your resume and other applicant information must reflect your length of experience and/or training in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of the areas of law and policy as detailed in the Major Duties section above.
2. Ability to address a substantial volume of work within required deadlines, use creative problem-solving to address client needs, and maintain organizational and planning skills.
3. Ability to quickly conduct and direct complex legal research, engage in sound legal analysis, and present the results in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner, both in writing and verbally.
4. Ability to act as advisor and counsel to senior officials of OGC and DHS, and officials of other Federal agencies while keeping supervisors fully informed.

BENEFITS: The Department of Homeland Security offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here: http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/content_multi_image_0016.shtm .

OTHER INFORMATION: Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS-15. This position may be filled at the GS-14, or GS-15 level. If selection is made at the GS-14 level, promotion to the GS-15 level may occur without further competition. Promotion to the GS-15 level is granted at the discretion of management and is not guaranteed.

Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period

Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.

Relocation and/or Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

This position is designated as a drug testing position.
The Department of Homeland Security is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Department of Homeland Security provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans, Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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