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Company Name:

Broadcasting Board of Governors

Location:

District of Columbia, Washington, DC

Approximate Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

Law

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:

Juris Doctor

Posted

November 27, 2018

Assisant General Counsel for Ethics and FOIA/PA

By virtue of its mission to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy, the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) is a multicultural agency that is comprised of employees and contractors from around the world.  The agency is committed to achieving a workforce from all segments of society.  As part of USAGM, the Office of General Counsel likewise seeks a diverse, qualified workforce, and we encourage all interested candidates to apply.  Overview

  • Open & closing dates: 10/03/2018 to 12/21/2018
  • Service: Competitive
  • Pay scale & grade: GS 14 - 15
  • Salary: $114,590 to $164,200 per year
  • Appointment type: Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent
  • Work schedule: Full-Time
Duties Summary

THIS VACANCY HAS BEEN AMENDED TO EXTEND THE CLOSING DATE

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) an independent Federal Agency of the U.S. Government. The attorney incumbent serves as an Assistant General Counsel for Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and Ethics. The incumbent serves as the day-to-day lead for the Ethics program, and FOIA/PA compliance throughout the Agency.

Responsibilities

PRACTICE OF LAW AT THE BBG (IN GENERAL): The practice of law at USAGM is unique within the federal government. The USAGM is primarily a news organization, meaning that all BBG OGC attorneys gain expertise in provide legal support to an international media organization, supporting journalists operating around the globe. In that regard, OGC deals with those matters that impact all media organizations, including intellectual property and licensing; transmission of our content via terrestrial antenna, satellite, internet, and social media; and press freedom and first amendment issues.

We are also a government agency and so our practice also deals with the multitude of legal issues that any government law office deals, including federal employment and labor law; federal contracting; appropriation and fiscal law; grant law; and FOIA and ethics.

DUTIES FOR THIS POSITION:
Day-to-day lead for Ethics program and FOIA/PA program compliance throughout the Agency.

Provide expert advice to USAGM board members, management, and employees at all levels on the interpretation and application of all federal ethics laws and rules, the Agency's standards of ethical conduct, conflict of interest statutes, and Hatch Act.

Oversee and ensure the quality and success of the Public and Confidential Financial Disclosure Report program, including identifying reporting individuals, providing notice of, reviewing, and certifying financial disclosure forms for agency officials, and conducting timely and thorough review of the financial interests of each reporting individual.

Develops policies and establishes procedures concerning the implementation of the FOIA/PA within the Agency, including continually evaluating the effectiveness of the FOIA / PA program and providing training and guidance to USAGM component offices on the provisions and requirements of the FOIA / PA programs.

Directly involve in all FOIA litigation against USAGM, including preparing affidavits and other materials in support of litigation defense.

Develop and maintain critical relationships with USAGM and external government stakeholders to further the Agency's ethics / FOIA/ PA programs to facilitate their partnership and understanding.

Provide advice and develop guidance on the use and development of electronic discovery tools and protocols.

Serve as Agency lead for inspector general investigations.

Manage matters with minimal or no supervision.

Serve as lead lawyer on matters.

Travel not required Supervisory status: No Promotion Potential:15 Requirements Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Top secret security clearance or the ability to obtain such clearance.
  • New appointee to the Excepted Service must serve a two-year trial period.
  • This is a sensitive or national security position.
  • If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
Qualifications Note that in addition to dealing with the multitude of legal issues that any government law office deals with, USAGM also operates around the world. This global operations means that we routinely deal with matters of foreign law and international law, including such matters as foreign labor law, foreign litigation, trade and economic sanctions, and international agreements. Further, our agency is officially part of the United States Foreign Policy community. We work closely with the State Department and its Legal Advisor's office on many matters, and in many instances, with the National Security Council and other aspects of the White House.

Finally, USAGM is led by a Chief Executive Officer and a multi-member Board, which includes the Secretary of State. The incumbent's role includes providing legal advice to these senior officials; to the head of the Voice of America and other major international news-media organizations; and to journalists and staff around the world.

Applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.), Bar Certification, and also be a current member in good standing of the Bar of a State, Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

To qualify for the GS-15, you should have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, at least one of which were specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level or higher.

To qualify for the GS-14, you should have three (3) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, at least one (1) of which were specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level or higher.

Specialized experience means experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples include the following experience and/or knowledge, skills, and/or abilities:
  • managing a team of professionals;
  • legal experience with/providing definitive expert legal counsel in
    • the statutory requirements and guidelines governing Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act programs.
    • the requirements and guidelines concerning government ethics, conflict of interest rules, and the Hatch Act.
    • the disclosure rules and protocols relating to transmission of electronic material, particularly as they relate to FOIA and litigation generally.
    • electronic discovery tools, protocols, and processes in civil litigation.
  • managing a large number of ongoing, complex legal tasks;
  • thinking strategically and communicating clearly about legal and other operational risk (in light of a client's/Agency's legal .posture/position in the instant matter and overall/in future cases);
  • relating well to clients and co-workers, and work collaboratively in a fast paced legal environment;
  • maintaining a customer-service oriented approach to legal practice;
  • thinking outside of the box on legal questions;
  • carrying out significant negotiations on behalf of clients;
  • drafting or revising organizational policies, based upon continuing review of case law, appropriate legislation, and regulatory, implementation, to minimize organizational legal risk;
  • working with a legal office's leadership to help agency management officials think strategically about practices and postures to improve litigation outcomes;
  • demonstrating the ability and willingness to lead legal tasks and take on new tasks and responsibilities.
Desirable Experience or Expertise: These are examples of the types of experience or expertise that while not necessarily required may indicate the requisite knowledge and ability for the position. These include:
  • Experience in managing and/or serving as lead attorney for an Agency Ethics Program.
  • Experience in managing and/or serving as lead attorney for an Agency FOIA Program.
  • Experience in drafting or revising organizational policies, based upon continuing review of case law, appropriate legislation, and regulatory implementation, to minimize organizational legal risk.
  • Experience conducting federal court and administrative litigation.
  • Familiarity with the Administrative Procedures Act.
  • Demonstrated experience with administrative law generally.
(Note: The list is instructive; it is not exhaustive, and the successful candidate need not necessarily have all of these experiences. We encourage all interested candidates to apply). Education

Applicant cannot substitute education for experience, although Educational achievement may be considered rating applicants, as with any attorney position.

Additional information

1. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

2. Qualifying applications submitted for any other current or future open position in the Agency OGC may also be considered for this position;

3. Qualifying application submitted for this position may be considered for any other currently open or future opening in OGC.

4. If you are an eligible Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

5. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

6. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

7. If selected, you will be subject to a security investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The security investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.

8. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

9. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. This is a non-bargaining unit position. This position is not covered by a union agreement.

10. Additional selections may be made if additional vacancies for this or any similar position(s) occur within a reasonable and thus allowable time of certificate issuance. For a similar position that includes the GS-13 level, qualification for the GS-13 level is at least two (2) years of specialized post-J.D. legal experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level or higher.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Once your resume or application is submitted, a review of your qualifications will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements and competencies required for this position.

Competencies:

  • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
Possession of competencies must be addressed in a resume. The resume may also be supplemented by a cover letter. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and any supporting documentation will be made. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, any evaluation can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.   Background checks and security clearance Security clearance: Top Secret Drug test required: No Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Resume


All applicants applying online (or otherwise directed or required to do so) must complete any mandatory online questionnaires that you are directed to complete

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
  • Cover letter
  • Answer the Online Questionnaire
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (DD 214-(member Copy 4), VA Letter, SF-15 form) (if applicable). If If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an Application of 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) plus the proof required by that form. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, please contact the Human Resource Office.

At a later date, applications may also be required to submit:
  • Proof of Bar Certification (Copy is acceptable).
  • Transcript
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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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. Benefits

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.

How to Apply

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

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit Application button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://login.usajobs.gov/account/signin.
  • The page will display the positions for which you've applied as well as the status of each application. Click on the plus sign (+) next to the job title to expand information about the job, then click on Additional Application Information to see 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 on the plus sign (+) next to the job title to expand information about the job. Next click on Update Application to complete the application process.
Note: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described previously. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials, by 11:59 P.M. on will result in your not being considered for employment.

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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.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

 

Company Name:

Broadcasting Board of Governors

Location:

District of Columbia, Washington, DC

Approximate Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Job Category:

Law

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

2 - 5 years

Required Education:

Juris Doctor

Posted

November 27, 2018

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