Associate General Counsel

US National Labor Relations BoardWashington, District of columbiaFull TimeOn Site


Duties

Summary

The position of Associate General Counsel is located in the Division of Operations Management in the Office of the General Counsel. The Associate General Counsel reports directly to the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel. The incumbent of this position serves as head of one of the major functional areas in the General Counsel's organization and assist in coordination and integration of all operations in Headquarters with the field.


Responsibilities

  • Plans and directs the coordination of the case-processing and substantive operations in the regional offices with the various other Divisions and Branches in the Washington HQs offices of the General Counsel and Board.
  • Assists the General Counsel in the formulation, development and implementation of operational objectives, immediate and long range; to assist the field offices to best perform their responsibilities in enforcing the mission of the NLRA.
  • Plans and directs studies to assess human capital resources, both existent and potential, in relation to total General Counsel's workload and operational objectives; develops proposed policies and programs to achieve optimum development of human capital and economical and effective use of human capital through-out the General Counsel's organization.
  • Directs the development of systems for case flow and management directed toward attainment of time and quality objectives, integration of the case-processing activities of all field and Washington organizational units-end full consideration of all matters bearing on the treatment and disposition of cases, maximum utilization of staff resources, and implementation of General Counsel and Board policies.
  • Maintains an awareness and an understanding of required clearances and of decisions and communications emanating from other units of the General Counsel's organization and from the Board; ensures that operations of field offices are in conformance with the policies of the General Counsel and the decisional policies of the Board are properly and uniformly interpreted and effectively applied.
  • Investigates Congressional or other inquiries or complaints made concerning application of agency policy by field personnel; effects corrective action if appropriate, including measures to prevent recurrences; and corresponds or confers with questioners to explain misconceptions or corrective measures taken.
  • Plans, coordinates, and provides overall direction and guidance to nationwide field office training program and Special Emphasis events.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

None

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Background investigation may be required.
    • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
    • Initial SES Career appointee is subject to a one-year probationary period.
    • Must have a J.D. from an accredited school.
    • Active member of the bar, proof of good standing is required.
    • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employees duty location or work arrangement. PLEASE SEE 'ADDITIONAL INFORMATION' FOR FURTHER GUIDANCE.

    Qualifications

    THIS POSITION IS IN THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES): This is a Career-Reserved position and therefore must be filled by a career appointee. Candidates are not required to have previous SES career service before applying. The selected candidate executive/managerial qualifications must be certified by the Office of Personnel Management prior to an initial SES career appointment. Positions in the SES are ungraded.

    To qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements:

    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 managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Professional/Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. For this position, all candidates must be an active member of the Bar in good standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the US Constitution.

    Failure to meet the basic qualification requirements and all Professional/Technical and Executive Core Qualification factors automatically eliminate the applicant from further consideration.

    ALL CANDIDATES MUST FULLY ADDRESS ALL ITEMS UNDER 'TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS' TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

    A. PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS - PTQs: A narrative statement specifically to show possession of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Responses should summarize the applicants experience in relation to the PTQs and specific examples of accomplishments. Total length of narratives should not exceed 3 pages.

    PTQ 1. Demonstrated knowledge of the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947, as amended, Fair Labor Standards Act, Administrative Procedure Act and State labor relations laws.

    PTQ 2. Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply the National Labor Relations Act, as amended, related case law, and precedent in order to handle the most complex legal issues relating to the statute.

    PTQ 3. Knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended and Agency Policies and Procedures.

    PTQ 4. Ability to coordinate, manage, and participate at the highest level in case handling involving Regional Offices and Washington Headquarters offices to achieve maximum productivity, quality case processing and effective service to the public.

    PTQ 5. Demonstrated ability to manage the human, financial, information, and other resources of an organization, and lead staff in accomplishing the organization's strategic goals.

    B. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS - ECQs: Candidates must also submit a separate narrative statement to show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. Total length of narratives should not exceed 10 pages.

    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, 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, 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, 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, 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, influencing/negotiating.

    Particular care should be taken when addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) described under Qualifications and Evaluation, as that information must also be reviewed and approved by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB). Be sure to include professional and volunteer experience, education, training, and awards that demonstrate your skills in a particular ECQ. Please do not submit additional materials such as position descriptions, publications, course descriptions, or OPM literature. Materials other than those discussed under How to Apply will not normally be included in the application package when forwarded to the Executive Resources Board for evaluation.

    HELPFUL INFORMATION ON ECQs:

    The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential, not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions. Please provide your examples using the Challenge- Context- Action- Result (CCAR) model when describing your accomplishments; as described below:
    • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
    • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with and/or the environment in which you worked address the challenge or goal.
    • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address the challenge or goal.
    • Result - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.
    Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your personal level of responsibility, the challenges and/or scope of complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Additional information on the ECQs is available here.

    Education

    Applicant must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be a member of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The selectee will be required to provide proof of current bar membership prior to appointment. ALL APPLICANTS must submit proof of successful completion of education requirements. This proof may consist of a law school transcript, copy of diploma from the applicant's law school, or other documentation which provides clear and specific proof of education, such as a current SF-50 demonstrating that the applicant is currently occupying a position in the 905 series. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements for this position if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence by the closing date of the announcement.

    Additional information

    SUPPLEMENTARY VACANCIES: Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The National Labor Relations Board is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sex orientation), age, disability, genetic information, political affiliations, or any other non-merit factor. Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Agency's Selective Placement Coordinator by email here. NLRB offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities. (Note: for additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website here.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION POLICY: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow instructions in the job announcement.

    PLACEMENT POLICY: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    VETERANS PREFERENCE DOES NOT APPLY TO THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE.

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov).

    Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report OGE-278e. You will need to provide the information annually.

    Privacy Act Information: The application materials you submit for this position contain information subject to the Privacy Act of 1978 (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a). We are required to provide you with information regarding our authority and purposes for collecting the data; the routine uses which will be made of it, the effect, if any, of nondisclosure. You are entitled to the same information, as it pertains specifically to disclosure of your social security number.

    All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit. http://www.OPM.Gov/retire/asd/pdf/99-106A.pdf


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants who are current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, OPM certified graduates of a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), or who otherwise meet the mandatory requirements (Executive Core Qualifications and Professional Technical Qualifications), will be considered qualified for this position. Rating and Ranking to determine "Best Qualified" will be conducted by a panel of experts and will be based upon consideration of the degree to which applicants meet the mandatory knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ECQs and PTQs. Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, OPM certified graduates of a SES CDP will be considered noncompetitively. Those applicants who are determined Best Qualified will be sent to the selecting official for possible interview. If selected, your ECQs must be certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board, unless you are a current SES executive or have graduated from an OPM approved SES CDP. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed in this announcement. Applicants must address all ECQs to be eligible for consideration. Your ECQ statements MUST NOT EXCEED A TOTAL OF 10 PAGES and should focus on accomplishments that support possession of each ECQ. See the SES Handbook for more information on ECQ's.

    Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility and OPM certified graduates of a SES CDP, who meet the professional/technical qualifications requirements will be considered for this position on a noncompetitive basis. Applicants for noncompetitive consideration are NOT REQUIRED to submit a supplemental statement addressing their ECQs. However, they must submit a Standard Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, to establish proof of eligibility for noncompetitive appointment and submit their most recent performance appraisal, resume, address the professional/technical qualifications and complete the online questionnaire.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness, National security

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    In addition to your responses to the occupational questionnaire and your resume, you must submit the following additional documents specific for this vacancy:

    • Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire,
    • Your resume; (Content of Resume: Your resume that you choose to describe your job-related experiences will be used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that the information be specific, detailed where appropriate, and complete. Your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.)
    • A separate narrative statement specifically addressing each Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) requirement AND Executive Core Qualification (ECQs) requirement. Please address each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) separately from the Executive/Managerial Core Qualifications (ECQs). Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility and OPM certified graduates of an SES CPD need to submit PTQs only.
    • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (indicating highest grade level held, tenure group, promotion potential and salary. Reinstatement eligibles should submit their SF-50 documenting their career appointment to SES if applying for noncompetitive consideration).
    • Most Recent Performance Appraisal (Current federal service employees: If performance appraisal is not dated within the last year or if you are unable to provide a performance appraisal, an explanation why must be provided).
    • Proof of Active Bar Certification is required
    All materials must be received by 11/17/2021 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered for this announcement.

    Incomplete applications will not receive consideration for this Notice of Vacancy.

    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.

  • Benefits

    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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

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    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.


Help

This job is open to

  • Senior executives

    Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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