Federal Emergency Management Agency Trial Attorney in Washington, District Of Columbia
Summary This position is being announced under FEMA's Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) Program. Thisis a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years, with the option to extend based on workload and funding availability. Veterans Preference does not apply to the CORE selection process.View common definitions of terms found in this announcement. Responsibilities The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS. When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information. 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. This position is located in the Office of Chief Counsel (OCC),Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security. In this position, you willserve as a trial attorney under the immediate supervision of the Mission Support Litigation of the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel of the Personnel Law Branch. Typical assignments include: Supporting the Department of Justice in developing and presenting litigation in the federal courts, or state and municipal courts. Independently litigating cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), or other administrative forums and in arbitration or alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Reviewing proposals, participating in negotiations and determinations of settlement of litigation, and recommending settlement of matters in accordance with agency, DHS, or OCC directives or policies. Preparing documentary evidence and witness testimony for support of dispositive motions or trial; preparing declarations and affidavits and directs investigations for the purpose of developing additional evidence in pending litigations. Participating in recommendations of legislation, regulations, or changes in existing policies, practices, and agency issuances to cure or eliminate problems. Reviewing disciplinary proposals and decisions for legal sufficiency. Promotion Potential: Positions filled under Stafford Act regulations generally do not have documented promotion potential; however, dependent on an employee’s ability to perform higher level duties, the continuing need for an employee to perform work associated with a higher level position, and administrative recommendation and approval, promotions may be earned by CORE employees. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position. You must successfully pass a background investigation. Travel will be required. You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card. Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59. Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements. 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 Suitability Fitness/High Riskas a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, a 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 (please visit: Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies for additional information). For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit OPM Investigations. COVID VACCINATION:As required byExecutive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Due to COVID-19, FEMA is currently in an expanded telework posture which will end January 31, 2022. Therefore, if selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period in accordance with FEMA’s telework policy. Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below. Qualifications The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the 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 IC-13 level (starting salary $103,690) if you possess the following: a minimum of two years of full-time professional legal experience (after Bar admission); and one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (IC-12) in the Federal Service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are not limited to: Conducting legal research and drafting legal motions, pleadings, and briefs Preparing discovery requests and responding to discovery requests Preparing evidence in preparation for trial and dispositive motions Developing litigation solutions and strategies You qualify for this position at the IC-14 level (starting salary $122,530) if you possess the following: a minimum of three years of full-time professional legal experience (after Bar admission), which includes (1) a minimum of two full years of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (IC-13) in the Federal Service; (2) of the two year requirement, at least one year of specialized experience must be completing tasks of an attorney at a level of difficulty equivalent to the IC-13 level. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are not limited to: Independently managing and litigating a heavy caseload of administrative cases Independently producing well-articulated legal opinions, memoranda, and briefs regarding complex legal issues Evaluating proposed legislation and regulations and its effects on existing policies, programs and operations. 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. Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.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/DD/YY to MM/DD/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 here. NOTE: If you are using the USAJOBS Resume Builder, please insert the dates of employment in MM/DD/YY format at the top of the “Duties, Accomplishments, and Related Skills” text field for each period of employment included on your resume. Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/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. Education NOTE: If you are qualifying based on education and/or are selected for a position which requires a college degree to meet minimum qualification requirements, you will be required to submit your official college transcript(s) at time of selection. Additional Information 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. This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies. STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: Cadre On Call Response Employee (CORE) is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature. 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. Deployments may include working in excess of eight hours a day, or in excess of 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays, and under stressful, physically demanding, and austere conditions. When activated and deployed, you serve in a federal travel status and are entitled to lodging, transportation and per diem reimbursements for authorized expenses in accordance with federal travel regulations. If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location; and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation program within 90-120 days of hire, at a location to be determined. Travel associated with the orientation portion of this requirement may be at FEMA’s expense. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.