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Announcement Number:
RTP-SES-2019-0005
Hiring Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Position Title:
Deputy General Counsel for Operations
Open Period:
02/22/2019 - 03/25/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
ES - 0905 00
Salary:
USD $164,201 - USD $189,600
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time
Promotion Potential:
ES-00
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Kyle Barja
800-433-9633
barja.kyle@epa.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Senior Executives
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
U.S. Citizens
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

This Senior Executive Service (SES) position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-general-counsel-ogc

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



Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No

Duties

The Office of General Counsel's (OGC) Deputy General Counsel for Operations serves as a senior legal adviser to the General Counsel, who is the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Chief Law Officer.


Specific duties include:


- Providing legal services to EPA officials and their staffs on EPA programs and activities.


- Providing legal opinions and legal counsel.


- Assisting in the formulation and administration of EPA's policies and programs.


- Serving as the Senior Resource Officer for OGC.


- Supervising OGC's Senior Executive Service Office Directors and Associates with non-environmental portfolios or those media offices specifically assigned.


- Providing resource oversight of OGC’s law offices.


- Serving as the backup for the Deputy General Counsel for Environmental Media and Regional Law Offices. 


- Furnishing legal advice to top and middle-management officials and other staff at EPA. 


- Managing OGC in consultation with the Principal Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel, as appropriate.


- Participating in developing EPA's legal policies and resolving any conflicts that may arise in the application of those policies.


- Providing legal advice to other governmental agencies interested in or affected by EPA programs and on matters involving coordination between EPA and other federal departments and agencies.


- Interpreting legal authorities affecting EPA actions.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

If you are selected, you must complete a 1-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.

The Ethics in Government Act, P.L. 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

This position is designated as High 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.







 

 

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:

    We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs). It will then be forwarded to a three member Rating Panel consisting of SES members for further review. The Rating Panel will decide which Best Qualified applicants will be issued to the Selecting Official by the Human Resources Office.

    Qualifications:

    The work of this position is classified in the General Attorney, 0905 series. Applicants must have a LL.B or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; 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.  The incumbent must have significant experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA; other federal, state, or local agencies; or in private practice.

    All applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform in this role. Typically this experience can be found in work within this field or a field that is closely related. 


    As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service, applicants must also provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below. 


    A. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Mandatory for competitive applicants - Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified, unless you are a noncompetitive eligible applicant. 

    ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 
    ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 
    ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. 
    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
    ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. Involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


    Your responses should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility. Leadership competencies for each ECQ can be found at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf 

    B. Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory for all applicants - Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.

    TQ 1 - Demonstrated experience directing the work of attorneys and administrative professional staff.   




    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, 26 days of 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:
    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.

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

    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.

    How to Apply

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

    You must provide specific examples of your education, experience, training and awards in the manner and order instructed below which are applicable to each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Technical Qualification (TQ). Response to the five ECQs and TQs is mandatory. Failure to address the ECQs and TQs will result in your application being disqualified. 

    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.  

    -- A narrative statement covering each of following:



    • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Required for competitive applicants - Limited to two pages per ECQ and not more than ten pages total.

    • Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Required for all applicants - Limited to two pages per factor.


    Your examples should emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQ statements is available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf

    -- Senior Executive Service (SES) noncompetitive applicants: If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, proof of SES noncompetitive eligibility must be submitted: 



    • SF-50 showing your status as a:

      • current Career SES appointee,

      • former Career SES appointee with career SES reinstatement eligibility, or

      • current or reinstatement eligible Career SES-equivalent executive who is/was employed in a Federal government agency that has an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) allowing for movement between the agency’s SES-equivalent personnel system and the SES; OR



    • A certificate of completion from an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP). This applies only if your ECQs have been approved by an OPM Qualifications Review Board through the SES CDP.


    You are not required to submit a narrative statement addressing the ECQs, but are encouraged to do so.


    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 on-line application, resume, responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs), and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.


    If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the ECQs and TQs. It will then be forwarded to a three member Rating Panel consisting of SES members for further review. The Rating Panel will decide which Best Qualified applicants will be issued to the Selecting Official by the Human Resources Office. Interviews are arranged through the Selecting Official.