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                  Associate Chief Counsel

                  US Department of Homeland Security
                  Los Angeles, CA 90001
                  Full-time, Part-time
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                  Job Description

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                  The Associate Chief Counsel is responsible for the direction and management of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel and subordinate Assistant Chief Counsel offices in his/her jurisdiction and is responsible for providing legal advice to all CBP offices in the Associate's territory, such as: U.S. Border Patrol (USBP); the Office of Field Operations (OFO); Air and Marine Operations (AMO); the Office of Finance; the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), and the Office of Trade (OT).

                  As Associate Chief Counsel, the incumbent is the principal legal representative of the Office of Chief Counsel, CBP, for his/her jurisdiction, and is responsible for the supervision and performance of all legal duties within the area and such other duties which may be prescribed by delegation from the Chief Counsel.
                  Under the general direction of the Chief Counsel and the Deputy Chief Counsel, the Associate Chief Counsel (Los Angeles) (ACC (LA)) is responsible for the direction and management of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Los Angeles) and the subordinate Assistant Chief Counsel offices. The ACC (LA) has full supervisory authority over the staff in his/her territory, including all attorney and non-attorney employees. He/she is responsible for providing the full range of legal advice and representation to all CBP offices in his/her territory, including: U.S. Border Patrol (USBP); the Office of Field Operations (OFO); Air and Marine Operations (AMO); the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR); and the Office of Trade (OT). He/she deals with top CBP officials in his/her territory and CBP officials nationwide; officials of DHS at the Department level and other Government departments; representatives of state, local, tribal and foreign governments; and attorneys from the private sector.

                  The ACC (LA) provides legal advice and representation on a very broad range of matters, including enforcement of all customs, immigration and agriculture laws, rules and regulations; enforcement of U.S. laws at the U.S. border; and various Constitutional issues. He/she will deal with matters related to national security, homeland and border security, intelligence, and trade facilitation. He/she ensures the appropriate disclosure of organization information and handles tort claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) and Bivens. He/she provides legal advice under employment law, including the conduct of hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board and arbitrators.

                  The ACC (LA) performs a full range of legal duties, including supervising or personally handling: the review of the most complex civil and criminal cases before referral to the Department of Justice (DOJ), negotiation of settlements of large and important cases; the review of other very complex civil and criminal cases at the request of DOJ attorneys and/or CBP managers including such highly sensitive matters as civil rights suits against CBP officials; review of cases for possible appeal and, when appropriate, recommending appeal to a higher court through CBP, DHS and DOJ channels, including meeting with the Solicitor General's Office. He/she prepares detailed memoranda of fact and law recommending action to be taken. He/she has oversight of the preparation and presentation of complex or sensitive cases in administrative or third-party hearings, directs research activities and other preparatory efforts. As principle attorney, he/she exercises full responsibility for development and presentation of aforementioned cases. He/she also prepares appropriate pleadings, briefs, and discovery documents, interviews witnesses and presents oral arguments as required. He/she is responsible for the formulation of the agency's legal position in all of these matters.

                  Travel Required

                  25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

                  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
                  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
                  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.
                  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
                  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
                  • You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
                  • Selectee will be required to complete form OGE-278, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Form.
                  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) is required for this position.


                  As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualification(s) and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

                  To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) listed below. We recommend that your résumé and ECQ responses emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

                  The application process used to recruit for this position is the Traditional-Method, Therefore, provide separate narrative responses, not to exceed two (2) pages for each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and no more than two (2) pages for each of the Technical Qualifications (TQs).

                  **If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES member or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST provide separate narrative responses addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES members, please include with your application a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) documenting your career appointment to the SES. SESCDP graduates, please include a copy of your OPM certificate. **

                  Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory

                  You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

                  ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification 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.
                  Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision

                  ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification 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.
                  Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building

                  ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification 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.
                  Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility

                  ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
                  Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management

                  ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification 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.
                  Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating

                  These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

                  A sample executive resume and ECQ narratives can be viewed on this OPM link (resume indexed on pages 30-39 and ECQ narratives indexed on pages 9-22)

                  Detailed information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at

                  Technical Qualifications - Mandatory

                  You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

                  TQ-1: Candidate must have experience in providing legal advice to private sector or government entities concerning some or all of the following: enforcement of customs, immigration, agriculture, or other laws administered and enforced by CBP; criminal and civil violations of law; seizure of individuals and/or property; national security and intelligence matters; granting or denial of admission of individuals into the United States; contract arbitration and unfair labor practices hearings, employee discrimination claims; claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act; actions pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act; debt collection; and license revocation proceedings. Candidate also has experience developing and representing an organization's view on matters relevant to these legal areas, including the rulemaking process, and in developing and leading initiatives to improve the administration of organizational requirements. Candidate should have demonstrated ability to conduct legal research regarding complex issues and will also have excellent writing skills that demonstrate clear and concise analysis.

                  TQ-2: Candidate should have demonstrated management abilities involving both legal and administrative matters in an agency. Candidate should have an ability to work with legal and policy professionals to evaluate and develop agency objectives, authorities, and programs.


                  Current or Former Political Appointees: 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 or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.


                  Applicant must be a graduate from 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. A copy of your bar admittance must be submitted upon request.

                  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; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website:

                  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.

                  Additional information

                  DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more. (

                  Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this Critical Sensitive position. This review includes 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.

                  Veteran's Preference - Veteran's Preference does NOT apply to the SES positions.

                  Relocation expenses will not be paid.

                  Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

                  Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

                  If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, 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.

                  DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

                  You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

                  You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments and experience. Your resume, ECQ and TQ narrative statements will be evaluated by an SES rating and ranking panel, and afterwards highly qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official. The DHS Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority where final interviews and reference checks may occur. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by an OPM/QRB before appointment can occur.

                  Background checks and security clearance

                • Your Resume should not exceed five (5) pages. Exceeding the specified page limits may result in lost consideration.
                • Your responses to the Executive Core Qualifications - Written narratives addressing each ECQ generally not to exceed 2 pages per ECQ for a total of no more than 10 pages. NOTE: If you are graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program or are a current or former Career Senior Executive Service member, you do not need to respond to the ECQs.
                • Your responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications - Written narratives addressing the Mandatory Technical Qualification(s) (MTQ) not to exceed two (2) pages for each MTQ.
                • Are you a current or a former career Senior Executive Service (SES) member? You must provide a recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing their current status or reinstatement eligibility.
                • Are you a current or a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility? You must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and eligibility.
                • Are you a graduate from an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program? - Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification. Your status must be clearly stated in your resume.
                • A complete online Occupational Questionnaire.
                • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? You must submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:

                  - Position title

                  - Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)

                  - Agency

                  - Beginning and ending dates of appointment

                • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

                  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.

                  A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

                  Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

                  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 06/19/2020.

                  To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

                  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.

                  You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT be accepted. If you cannot apply online, you may submit a paper application and the required forms. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

                  Applicants must submit all required documentation to properly qualify for this position.

                  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT be accepted.


                  Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
                  245 Murray Lane SW
                  Washington, DC 20528

                  Once you submit your application, we will review your experience and qualifications to determine if you possess the required ECQs and TQs for the position based on the information submitted in your package. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members to determine the "best qualified" candidates who will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

                  Once a selection has been made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by the OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless the selectee is a noncompetitive candidate that has been successfully certified by the OPM QRB.

                  You may verify your documents have been processed by logging into your USAJOBS account. Uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan.

                  We will notify you by email at various stages in the process. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

                  The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

                  Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

                  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.

                  Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

                  A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

                  Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

                  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
                  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
                  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

                  You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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                  Posting ID: 564708608Posted: 2020-08-03