In this position, you will serve as Attorney Advisor for the Office of Chief Counsel and will be responsible for supporting the Regional Counsel within FEMA Region IV. This position starts at a salary of $93,325.00 (IC-13) with promotion potential to the (IC-14) $110,283.00. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Chief Counsel team within FEMA.
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EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.
In this position, you will serve as an Attorney Advisor for the Office of Chief Counsel, Regional and Field Operations Legal Division. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (as amended), Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as amended), and other relevant laws, regulations, policies, and executive orders. Typical assignments include the following:
Supporting the Regional Counsel, advising regional personnel on all operational and programmatic legal issues arising within FEMA Region IV.
Providing solution oriented, articulate, legally sufficient and timely written and oral legal advice on difficult legal or factual questions involving agency initiatives, operations, programs, and policies.
Displaying a professional attitude toward the practice of law, including high standards of integrity, dedication to the interest of government clients, and continued study of the law.
Exercising sound judgment, and work productively and cooperatively with others, while under pressure.
Collaborating with OCC counterparts at headquarters, regional offices and FEMA field locations.
Conducting legal research, preparing legal opinions, and advising on FEMA's implementation of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and its implementing regulations and policies.
Promotion Potential: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
Selective Service registration is required.
Financial disclosure is required.
Proof of law degree and bar membership is required.
Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.
Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.
The qualifications listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
All applicants must possess the following:
A J.D. or LL.B. degree from an ABA accredited law school; and
An active membership, in good standing, of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level if you possess the following:
At least two years of full-time professional legal experience gained after being admitted to the bar. This minimum legal experience must include at least one year of specialized experience that is directly related to the position being filled and that is at the level of difficulty and responsibility to that of an attorney at the GS-12 level.
Specialized experience for this position includes:
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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience.
In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click .
Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Public Trust clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at .
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
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This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
A one year trial period is required unless already completed.
If selected for this position you will be required to attend a one week Emergency Manager Orientation in Leesburg, Virginia. Travel is at FEMAs expense and will occur from Sunday to Saturday.
possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualification requirements listed above. We will review the information and materials you provide to evaluate whether you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position.
Applicants who meet the qualifications for the position and submit a resume and law school transcript will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
This vacancy is being advertised/filled under the authority of Title 5 of the United States Code, the Schedule A authority for attorneys (5 CFR 213.3102(d)), and FEMAs Attorney Hiring and Promotion Plan. Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under these authorities. This vacancy will result in an Excepted Service appointment.
Interview Requirement. Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Your responses to the job questionnaire
a copy of your agency notice,
a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
Type of Appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee)
Beginning and ending dates of appointment
A copy of your law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
Proof of current, active bar membership (i.e. letter of good standing).
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 .
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.
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