Help Duties Summary
Who May Apply:
Open to all U.S. Citizens.
View common definitions of terms in this announcement.
Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of The Chief Counsel, located in Marfa, TX.
GS Salary: Visit this link to view the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the "Rest of United States" pay table. Learn more about this agency
This position starts at a salary of $61,218 (GS-11, Step 1) to $134,038 (GS-14, Step 10) with promotion potential to $134, 038 (GS-14, Step 10).
In this position, you will become a key member of the legal team for The Office of The Chief Counsel. Typical work assignments include:
Provides legal advice to, and legal representation of, CBP officers/Border Patrol Agents and management in matters relating to the activities and functions of Customs and Border Protection (CBP);
Performs legal research into laws, regulations, decisions, and other precedents bearing on legal issues involving CBP to include Customs and Immigration laws ;
Provides ethics advice, represents CBP in various third party administrative hearings on matters such as employee discipline, Collective Bargaining Agreement arbitration, and adverse actions; prepares litigation reports, affidavits and other documents to assist the Department of Justice in civil actions involving CBP;
Prepares legal memoranda for CBP; examining petitions related to civil penalties and forfeiture of assets; provides current information to the field concerning significant changes occurring in laws and procedures which may affect the operations of CBP; and
Represents CBP in resolving claims against the government arising out of operations of CBP.
Occasional travel - Refer to Additional Information Section for more details.
Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)
You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing
Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Specialized Education: Recent law school graduates may be appointed to attorney positions at the GS-11 level with the following additional qualifications: rank in the top 1/3 of graduating class; participation on the school's official Law Review; membership in the Order of the Coif; or winning of a moot court competition. An interim appointment of 14 months may be made pending the selectee's admission to the bar. Selectee will be required to provide admittance and standing to the Bar and possibly a copy of their official law school transcript.
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 07/20/2018.
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.
Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.
Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least three years prior to applying to this announcement:
Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.
Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.
Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.
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