U.S. Coast Guard Supervisory Attorney Adviser, GS-0905-15 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, United States Coast Guard, Office of Commandant and Vice Commandant, Judge Advocate General, Office of Maritime and International Law, CG-LMI in Washington, DC.
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.
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This position is located in the Office of Maritime and International Law (CG-LMI), Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Coast Guard. You will serve as the Deputy Office Chief managing an office of sixteen attorneys and an administrative assistant to provide the legal services required to support maritime, environmental, and international law issues presented by Coast Guard missions and operations as well as Coast Guard compliance, as a Federal agency, with all applicable environmental laws. This support encompasses both: (1) providing representation and, if necessary litigation support on cases where the Coast Guard is either asserting or defending issues involving maritime, international, or environmental law; and (2) providing legal advice on Coast Guard programmatic policies, initiatives, and mission execution.
Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
- Supervising the daily operations of the Office; providing indirect oversight and management for four embedded attorneys residing within their respective Headquarters programs; and staff attached to remote Coast Guard Unit, DoD commands, and other Federal agencies.
- Overseeing the Environmental Law Division, through the Division Chief, by representation in the pre-litigation stages of cases in the Coast Guard is asserting or defending against environmental demands or enforcement actions by environmental regulators.
- Overseeing the Prevention Law Division, through the Division Chief, by analyzing and opining upon complex legal and policy issues affecting the Coast Guard, state and municipal governments and maritime industry.
- Overseeing the Response Law Division, through the Division Chief in representing the Coast Guard in specific areas including: general maritime law enforcement; maritime drug interdiction; maritime migrant interdiction and alien smuggling; fisheries enforcement; non-proliferation operations; defense operations; armed conflict; search and rescue; and ports, waterways, and costal security.
- Overseeing and deconflicting emerging Arctic issues among the three divisions mentioned above.
- Working on organizational matters affecting the legal community and whole or special projects that the Judge Advocate or Deputy Judge Advocate General may direct that may be outside the maritime and international law practice areas, as required.
- Coordinating efforts with EEO officials during the development and implementation of policies affecting both civilian and military personnel.
- Carrying out the Coast Guard's EEO policies and communicating to subordinates her/his support of the policies.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required.
Who May Apply
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Applications will be accepted from all U.S. citizens. This position is in the Excepted Service.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
- If selected, will be required to submit to screen for illegal drug use.
- This position requires a Background Investigation(BI).
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-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., PeaceCorps, 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.
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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. See Required Documents section for detail.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here
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.
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Recruitment incentives may be authorized.
Moving expenses will not be paid.
This is a supervisory position. Under provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act, first time supervisors and/or managers will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6328. 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 partof their application. These areas must be addressed in a document separate from the resume and submitted as part of the application package.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of the statutes, executive orders, and regulations the agency administers including the various Federal maritime status which potentially impact Coast Guard activities and missions, including: (1) Ports and Waterways Safety Act (PWSA); Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA); Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Comprehensive Environment Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or "Superfund"); and The Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
- Expert legal knowledge, including sufficient knowledge of maritime safety, security, and environmental programs, to understand technical, legal, and factual issues likely to be encountered in the matters assigned to the office.
- Ability to provide technical and procedural guidance for the expeditious processing of pending matters.
- Expert knowledge of Coast Guard personnel policies and procedures to hear and resolve employee complaints.
- Skills in writing and speaking. 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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Background checks and security clearance
- Required Documents
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.
All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-1211HQ), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.
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.
- Benefits for federal employees
- Healthcare insurance
- Pay and leave
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.
- How to Apply
How to Apply
Complete applications for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign in to USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire and submit the required documents to provide proof of eligibility and qualifications. See Required Documents section for more detail regarding a complete application package.
High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.
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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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/481418600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 10/06/2017 to 10/27/2017
Salary: $131,767 to $161,900 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 15
Work schedule: Full-Time - This is a full-time position.
Appointment type: Permanent - This is an Excepted Service position.