Attorney Advisor

US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security AgencySalt lake city, UtahFull TimeOn Site


Duties

OCC provides legal advice on a wide range of issues to all agency offices, divisions and regional field offices. OCC works closely with other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components and directly interacts with other federal agencies, state/local governments, international governments and private sector entities, in support of the country's cybersecurity and infrastructure security missions.

The primary purpose of the position is to serve as an Attorney Advisor. The incumbent is responsible for rendering legal and policy advice to CISA staff members.

Typical work assignments may include:

Working with Senior Attorney Advisors to provide written and oral counsel, legal reviews, opinions, or decisions in the application of Federal laws to the programs conducted or assisted by CISA divisions and to CISA policies.

Performing legal analysis and research, conducts or participates as necessary in meetings, conferences, and consultations, prepares memoranda and opinions, and maintains continuing liaison with clients.

Working with Senior Attorney Advisors to provide advice and guidance to attorneys in the CISA OCC and contribute to the formation of CISA-wide policies.

Participating in conferences and meetings with representatives of other Executive Departments and agencies, industry, and the public regarding legal matters of interest.

Representing CISA in conferences and meetings with representatives of other Executive Departments and agencies, industry, and the public in regard to legal matters of interests.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Selective Service - males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service see http://www.sss.gov/
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret or Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.
  • This position has been designated excluded from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
  • This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).

Qualifications

To qualify for this position you must meet the following requirement:

Be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or District of Columbia, and a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

In addition to the above requirement you must satisfy the minimum education and experience standards for this position as defined below, in the absence of a qualifying exception to the standard.

GS-11: You may qualify for the GS-11 grade level (starting salary $55,756) if you possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or the second professional degree (LL.M.).


GS-12: You may qualify for the GS-12 grade level (starting salary $66,829) if you possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or the second professional degree (LL.M.).

AND

You must have at least one year of specialized experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Specialized experience is defined as: providing legal advice and support on matters related to cybersecurity and/or experience providing legal counsel and guidance on matters related to an agency's or organizations' activities and mailers involving an agency's or organizations' initiatives, operations, programs, and policies.

GS-13: You may qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $79,468) if you possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or the second professional degree (LL.M.).

AND

You must have at least two years of specialized experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Specialized experience is defined as: providing legal advice and support on matters related to cybersecurity and/or experience providing legal counsel and guidance on matters related to an agency's or organizations' activities and mailers involving an agency's or organizations' initiatives, operations, programs, and policies.

Education

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position, an official transcript may be requested.)

Additional information

Promotion Potential: The full performance level of this position is GS-15.

This is a non-supervisory position.

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.

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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


  • 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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Applicants will be evaluated on their resume and supporting documentation to ensure qualification requirements are met. Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in a cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. The interview process may consist of a in-person or phone panel interview.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

  • 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.

    Review our 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.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
    • Official or unofficial law school transcript
    • Proof of Bar Membership
    • A legal writing sample not to exceed 15 pages
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire
    • Are you a current or former Federal employee? If so, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the kind of appointment you currently or formerly held, your tenure group and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50s necessary to document the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade.
    • If claiming veterans preference, you must provide supporting documentation (e.g. SF-15, DD-214, etc). Please refer to here for more information.

    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.

  • How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application. To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section. A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM EST on 11/12/2021 to receive consideration

    PLEASE NOTE: If your materials are not received by the closing date, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Also, if you do not provide a valid email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application. To begin your online application:

    • 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 and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.
    • 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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 your saved application at a later date, 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.
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
    • You are encouraged to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please use the Alternate Application link listed in the Other Information section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online if at all possible. Applying online, through your USAJOBS account, will expedite the application process and allow you to check your application status as well as verify the documentation submitted with your application. If you utilize the Alternate Application method, your USAJOBS account will not display this application and you will not receive status updates.
    You may update your application documents and some questions related to your personal information at any time during the announcement open period. However, you will not be able to make changes to questions related to assessing the minimum qualifications and competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) mentioned in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section above.

    To make an allowed update to your application, return to your USAJOBS account https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login.

    There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

    To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login.

    Your application will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

    Agency contact information

    Nicki Feagin

    Phone

    202-819-6476

    Email

    nicki.feagin@cisa.dhs.gov

    Address

    Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
    1616 N. Fort Myer Dr.
    CISA-FMD Stop 0380
    Arlington, VA 20598-0380
    US

    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. We expect to make a job offer within 30-60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. The interview process may consist of a in-person or phone panel interview.

    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.

    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."

    Thank you for your interest in the Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency!

  • Fair and Transparent

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

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Official or unofficial law school transcript
  • Proof of Bar Membership
  • A legal writing sample not to exceed 15 pages
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire
  • Are you a current or former Federal employee? If so, please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the kind of appointment you currently or formerly held, your tenure group and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50s necessary to document the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade.
  • If claiming veterans preference, you must provide supporting documentation (e.g. SF-15, DD-214, etc). Please refer to here for more information.

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.


Help

This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All U.S. Citizens

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