This Senior Executive Service (SES) position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Air and Radiation Law Office, Washington, D.C.Learn more about this agency
For more information on this office, visit their website: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-general-counsel-ogc
If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.
The incumbent serves as the Associate General Counsel working under the direct supervision of the Principal Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel, and adheres to the policy and legal direction of the Deputy General Counsels. The incumbent is responsible for providing legal counsel, opinions, legal services and negotiation support with respect to implementation of the Clean Air Act and other various statutes as appropriate. Responsibilities include:
- Planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and coordinating the activities of the Air and Radiation Law Office in connection with implementation of the Clean Air Act and other various statutes as appropriate, including national ambient air quality setting, state implementation plans and other actions related to attainment and maintenance of the national air quality standards, new source performance standards and related emission guidelines, national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants, mobile source standards, the renewable fuel standards program, transportation fuel standards, Clean Air Act operating and preconstruction permits, visibility standards and implementation plans, noise emission standards, and radiation standards and guidelines.
- Exercising legal responsibility for the review of all questions which arise regarding assigned areas and programs.
- Formulating and providing legal advice and policy for EPA regarding issues concerning air and radiation.
- Representing EPA and participating in negotiations with outside parties, including litigants and other federal agencies.
- Guiding the coordination of EPA’s legal advice to other programs of EPA, Federal, state, and local government agencies, industry groups, and international bodies.
- Supervisory status
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- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
- If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
- You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
If you are selected, you must complete a 1-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.QualificationsES-0905 series: Applicants must have a LL.B or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U. S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. The incumbent must have significant experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA; other federal, state, or local agencies, or in private practice.
The Ethics in Government Act, P.L. 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.
This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.
All applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically this experience can be found in work within this field or a field that is closely related. As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications.
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Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.How You Will Be Evaluated
EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.
If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.
We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualifications (TQs), and Desirable Qualifications (DQs).
Your responses should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility. Leadership competencies for each ECQ can be found at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf
A. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Mandatory - Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified, unless you are a noncompetitive eligible applicant.
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. 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.
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. 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.
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. 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.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. 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.
B. Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory - Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified, unless you are a noncompetitive eligible applicant.
TQ1. Demonstrated experience in counseling or litigation involving Federal pollution control or other environmental laws and regulations.
TQ2. Demonstrated experience directing the work of attorneys or managing significant legal casework.
TQ3. Demonstrated experience leading a team through change.
C. Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional - Addressing the Desirable Qualification is optional: however, failure to do so will impact your rating, unless you are a noncompetitive eligible applicant.
DQ1. Working knowledge of regulations and legal issues involving the following statutes: the Clean Air Act; the Noise Control Act; the Atomic Energy Act; the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (as it relates to 40 CFR Part 191); the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007; the Energy Policy Act of 1992; and the Outer Continental Shelf Act.
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Documents to be submitted online:
-- Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
-- A narrative statement covering each of following:
- Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Required - Limited to two pages per ECQ and not more than ten pages total.
- Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Required - Limited to two pages per factor.
- Desirable Qualifications (DQs) - Optional, but encouraged - Limited to two pages per factor.
-- Senior Executive Service (SES) noncompetitive applicants: If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Career Development Program approved by OPM, you are not required to submit a narrative statement addressing the ECQs or TQs, but are encouraged to do so. Proof of SES noncompetitive eligibility must be submitted:
- SF-50 showing your status as a:
- current Career SES appointee,
- former Career SES appointee with career SES reinstatement eligibility, or
- current or reinstatement eligible Career SES-equivalent executive who is/was employed in a Federal government agency that has an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) allowing for movement between the agency’s SES-equivalent personnel system and the SES; OR
- A certificate of completion from an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP). This applies only if your ECQs have been approved by an OPM Qualifications Review Board through the SES CDP.
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 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.
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Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, 26 days of paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.
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.
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You must provide specific examples of your education, experience, training and awards in the manner and order instructed below which are applicable to each: (A) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), (B) Technical Qualifications (TQs), and (C) Desirable Qualifications (DQs). Response to the five ECQs and TQs is mandatory. Failure to address the ECQs and TQs will result in your application being disqualified. Addressing the DQs is optional; however, failure to do so will impact your rating.
To begin the application process, click the Apply button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the day the announcement closes.
All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.
If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed below for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.
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You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualifications (TQs) and Desirable Qualifications (DQs), and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. If your application meets the basic qualifications, it will then be forwarded to a three member Rating Panel consisting of SES career members for further review. The Rating Panel decides which Best Qualified applicants will be forwarded to the Selecting Official. Interviews are arranged through the Selecting Official.
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