Friday, October 17, 2014

Position: Assistant Legal Advisor, Legal Advisor's Office - US Department of State (Deadline: Oct. 24, Washington DC)

This is a senior executive service position, so not for early career lawyers.

Job Title:Assistant Legal Adviser
Department:Department Of State
Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:CSHRM-2015-0001


$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, October 10, 2014 to Friday, October 24, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - District of Columbia, DC View Map


  • All groups of qualified individuals.
  • Noncompetitive (Current career SES, QRB certified graduates of SES candidate development programs and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility)
"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."


Top Secret




This position is located in the Office of the Legal Adviser for Management (L/M). The Assistant Legal Adviser provides client bureaus and principal officers of the Department with legal advice and services on matters of particular importance to the United States foreign policy interests. As appropriate, the incumbent will also provide legal advice and services and participates with the Legal Adviser, Deputy Legal Adviser, the principals of the client bureaus, and other ranking policy officers of the U.S. Government in overall formulation, program planning, and consideration and development of basic policies. Persons selected for initial appointment to the career Senior Executive Service must have their Executive Core Qualifications certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period. Veterans Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service (SES).


  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 25%.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Requires a financial disclosure statement, OGE-
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by


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The incumbent is responsible for all legal aspects, including matters of international, foreign, and domestic law as well as the evolution of law in unprecedented situations in the conduct of United States foreign relations with international organizations and operations of those organization. Provides legal advice to Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Budget and Planning, Bureau of Information Resources Management, and other officers and bureaus, including law enforcement and protection authorities and responsibilities, fiscal and appropriations law, the General Accountability Office, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and eGovernment requirements. Provides legal advice to the Bureau of Administration, the Bureau of Human Resources, and other officers and bureaus in the Department on matters relating to travel and allowances, evacuations, authentications, directives, regulations, the Federal Records Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Freedom of Information Act, classification and release of documents, and other information law. Represents the Office of Legal Adviser and the Department at international meetings and conferences; represents Department interests in international adjudications; represents the Department before other Federal agencies and on interagency task forces and answers inquiries from Congress and the press.


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Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications (last five questions). All applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Technical Qualification questions in order to receive consideration for the position. To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements available on the Office of Personnel Management's website please click here. When responding to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Mandatory Technical Qualification and Executive Core Qualification. Applicants who use "see resume" as a response will not receive consideration for the position. For this position applicants must address the following mandatory technical qualifications: 

1. I possess knowledge of international and domestic law applicable to the conduct of foreign relations.

2. I have the ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to advocate complex legal matters arising in the activities of large public or private organizations.

If you do not possess the mandatory technical qualifications described above, you may be considered ineligible for this position.

In addition to demonstrating executive level managerial capability as described in the Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications. Candidates must possess a J.D. or higher degree from a recognized law school and be licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state or territory of the U.S., District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, plus possess extensive international law experience at the GS-15 level which meets the following mandatory technical requirements: - Knowledge of international and domestic law applicable to the conduct of foreign relations. - Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to advocate complex legal matters arising in the activities of large public or private organizations.
This position is a drug-testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's completion and favorable adjudication of a background security investigation. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position submit a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.


Applicants will be evaluated by a Qualifications Review Panel of senior officials. The Panel will rate applicants on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience and education. The Panel will determine the degree to which candidates possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the mandatory technical requirements of the position and the Mandatory Executive Core Qualification requirements. Among the factors the evaluation panel will consider in determining the applicant's relative capacity and fitness for the position are education, training, experience and demonstrated executive level qualifications. The Panel will rate your application against each of the Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications to determine the best qualified candidates. Candidates determined to be best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration for the position.
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SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - 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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Applicants must submit an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State application system when you apply on-line. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following three-step application process: STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions provided. WHEN COMPLETING YOUR ON-LINE RESUME DO NOT CONVERT IT TO THE SES RESUME FORMAT. STEP 2: Answer the mandatory technical and executive core qualifications. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this job. Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the user information questions and the mandatory technical and executive core qualifications. STEP 3: Submit all required documentation listed in the required documents section of this announcement to our automated system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of the announcement. Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources Office no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern Standard time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the career SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit proof of non-competitive eligibility i.e., conversion to career SES SF-50 or SES Certificate.

You must submit proof of current bar membership which may include a copy of the bar membership card or registration for the bar membership. Applicants who do not submit proof of bar membership will lose consideration for this position.

You must attach a copy of a SF-50 "Notice of Personnel Action" that verifies status or eligibility. If the SF-50 is not attached then you may lose consideration.

All required documents must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement which is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. See Step 3 under "How to Apply."


Phone: 202-663-2138
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
2401 E Street, N.W.
Room H-1104
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.

You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

Internship: VOLUNTEER - Internship, Administrative Office of US Courts (Deadelin: Oct. 31, 2014, Washington DC)

Job Title:Spring and Summer 2015 Volunteer Legal Intern (Juris Doctorate)
Department:Judicial Branch
Agency:Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Job Announcement Number:15-DAS-1232633
I.                    SALARY RANGE:
$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Hour
II.                  OPEN PERIOD:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 to Friday, October 31, 2014
III.                SERIES & GRADE:
Part Time 20 hours - Seasonal
V.                 DUTY LOCATIONS:
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

VI.               WHO MAY APPLY:
This announcement is open to currently enrolled Juris Doctorate candidates.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
IX.                JOB SUMMARY: Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States.  The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts.
OPPORTUNITY: The AO is seeking applicants for the Volunteer Student Internship Program. The opportunity is intended to provide valuable work experience and better prepare students interested in a public service career. The AO is presently looking for Juris Doctorate students. The student will have an opportunity to learn about the Federal Judiciary and the Administrative Office. They will also have the opportunity to meet Federal judges as well as Judicial officials from around the world. The internship will provide students with real world experience in researching legal issues and writing memoranda on Supreme Court case law, circuit and court rulings. Additionally, student volunteers are provided with several networking opportunities with fellow interns, agency employees, and other government employers. Past intern events have included:
1.      A Supreme Court tour and luncheon with AO student interns and Manager for Special Recruitment.
2.      A roundtable luncheon with a senior attorney to explore future government employment opportunities.
3.      Training opportunities designed to assist interns in skill development.
4.      Participation in agency instructor led trainings.
The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the third branch of government. We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.
X.                  TRAVEL REQUIRED
·         Not Required
·         No
·         Relatives of current Federal Judicial Branch employees are not eligible.
·         Must be currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program.
·         Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
·         Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
·         All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

XIII.            DUTIES:
Student volunteers will perform a variety of administrative support duties such as:
·         Assisting with preparing division staff for international briefings and coordinating meetings of judges and chambers staff;
·         Researching issues related to judicial administrative matters, and cite-check published materials;
·         Assisting with division attorneys on current projects such as Bankruptcy Clerks' manual revisions;
·         Managing various administrative and logistical details of training programs and conferences;
·         Assisting with the updating of the civil cause code and criminal citation tables;
·         Reviewing case laws and writing practices and procedures for judicial managers;
·         Conducting legal and legislative research;
·         Attending congressional hearings and briefings;
·         Performing general office tasks, such as answering phones, copying, and filing; and
·         Assisting in special projects.

All students in the Volunteer Student Internship program must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree-seeking students, taking at least a half-time academic or technical course load in an accredited post-secondary level program. Students must also be in good academic standing, maintaining a G.P.A of 3.0 or higher. 
Additional Qualification Requirements:
In addition to meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS, applicants must also:
·         Work well in a team environment.
·         Have very strong organization and communication skills, and be detailed oriented.
·         Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or WordPerfect.
·         Have excellent writing, reading and interpersonal skills, and be able to organize a variety of assignments simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

1.      Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on any application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
2.      All information is subject to verification.
3.      Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.
4.      Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at
5.      If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if selected, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.

Should you be selected for an interview, you will be evaluated based upon your responses to questions provided during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions, you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain what you did, and the outcome.

XVI.           BENEFITS:
The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington , DC has an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.  Located in the Capitol Hill area next to Union Station, the AO is accessible by public transportation, including Metro and the MARC and VRE commuter trains.  
Students are eligible for up to $130 per month in monthly Metrocheck benefits to help defray commuting costs.  

The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1.      Your Resume
3.      A complete Occupational Questionnaire
4.      Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 31, 2014 to receive consideration.
·         Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
·         It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
·         To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
·         To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 

For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:  
·         Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
·         Transcript - Unofficial will be accepted at time of application.
·         Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.  
To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-delivery.   Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, and country of citizenship.    
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1.      To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1232633.
2.      Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 31, 2014 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1.      Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2.      Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3.      Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Desiree Watkins
Phone: (202)502-1705
Agency Information:
Administrative Office of the US Courts
AO Human Resources Division
One Columbus Circle NE
Suite G-200
Washington, DC
After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and referral to the hiring official if determined qualified.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.