Sunday, December 22, 2013

Position: Assistant Legal Advisor, Department of State, Washington, DC (Deadline Jan. 2, 2014)

An rare opportunity to join the State Dept. Legal Advisor office at a senior level, as this appears to be a Senior Executive Service position.

Job Title:Assistant Legal Adviser
Department:Department Of State
Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:CSHRM-2014-0002
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 to Thursday, January 02, 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 Treaty Affairs (L/T). 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 necessary, the incumbent will also provide legal advice and services and participates with the Legal Adviser, Deputy Legal Advisers, the principals of the client bureaus, and other ranking policy officers of the U.S. Government in overall formulation and program planning and in 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
·         Overseas travel is required.
·         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, SF-
·         One year probationary period, unless excepted by 

The incumbent is primarily responsible for managing the Office of Treaty Affairs which includes attorneys and support staff, and insuring that timely and relevant legal advice, reflecting the exercise of sound professional judgement, is rendered with respect to matters within areas of responsibility.  The incumbent is responsible for all legal aspects, including matters of international, foreign law, and domestic law as well as the evolution of law in unprecedented situations in the conduct of United States foreign relations with other countries and in connection with its relations with international organizations and operations of those organization. Provides legal advice to other offices under the Legal Adviser, other Department Bureaus (including post overseas), and other government agencies on all aspects of treaty law and procedure, including constitutional questions, drafting, negotiation, conclusion, interpretation, and termination of treaties. 

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: - 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. 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, SF-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.

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.

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