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"CI-OW-OT-2019-0005" Vacancy Details

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Announcement Number:
CI-OW-OT-2019-0005
Hiring Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Position Title:
Attorney Advisor
Open Period:
05/09/2019 - 05/20/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
Series/Grade:
GS - 0905 14
Salary:
USD $117,191 - USD $152,352
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
FEW
in
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Sara Karnes
513-569-7234
Karnes.Sara@epa.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
NOTE: This announcement will remain open through 11:59 PM Eastern time on the day the 100th application is received (all applications received on that day will be considered), or 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date, whichever comes first.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

http://www.epa.gov


Earth Day is every day at EPA!  At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work!  We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.  Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be.  Find yourself at EPA.

Summary:

This position is located in Office of Water, Washington, DC.  For more information on this office, visit their website: Office of Water

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

Duties

You will:

Serve as a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program expert providing programmatic guidance regarding legal, regulatory, and policy issues.


Provide legal, regulatory, and policy advice to the Water Permits Division on the control of highly technical and complex discharges, permit applications, the issuance of permits, and the regulation of discharges.


Participate in consultation and negotiation with dischargers, the public, States and other Federal agencies on matters involving legal applicability of technology-based and water qualify-based controls implemented through the national NPDES program.


Communicate with colleagues, organizations, other government agencies, contractors, and/or private industry in order to gain information and corroborate.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

If you are selected, you must complete a one-year trial period.


This is an Excepted Service position. It is excluded from provisions of the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status. However, this program is covered for the purposes of Federal retirement and benefits programs.


This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation.  Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.


Current Bar membership in good standing/law license is required.

Must self-certify, annually and in writing of active bar membership.


If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.


 

Key Requirements:
  • An LL.B. or J.D. is required.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).
  • You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:

    Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and may be subject to additional assessments.

    EPA considers veteran’s preference eligibility as a positive factor. Applicants who have veteran’s preference eligibility are encouraged to include their information in their cover letters or resumes and attach supporting documentation to substantiate their preference.

    Excepted service positions are not covered by regular civil service hiring procedures.

    Qualifications:

    You need a degree as described below to qualify for this position.

    An LL.B. or J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
     
    Must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions.

    In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:  

    To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full time substantial experience equivalent to the GS-13 level defined as working on National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) issues, developing and interpreting national NPDES regulations, policies, and program implementation guidance. 

    As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts, or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement.  However, if you are selected you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA.  More information on verification of education can be found here:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.


    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:

    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you 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.  To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

    Other Information:

    Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.


    One or more positions may be filled.


    EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.


    If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA.  Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.


    If you have part-time work experience, read this:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.  


    Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.


    This position is in the bargaining unit.


     

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

    To begin the application process, click the Apply button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.  To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the day the announcement closes.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.

    If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed below for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  You must provide complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.

    For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    Required Documents:

    Documents to be submitted online:

    --Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section.  In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
    --Responses to the online assessment questionnaire (you must complete this online - it is not a document you need to upload).
    --College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.
    --Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15, if applicable; active duty service members:  submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).
    --Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP:  copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.

    Additional information can be found on our website:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    Next Steps:

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account.  You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your online occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.