Attorney-Advisor (Open Continuous)


DHS Headquarters, Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC - Jun 14, 2022 via USAJobs

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This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Immigration Law Division (IMM).

The primary purpose of this position is to serve the Office of the General Counsel as a legal advisor.

This individual will provide legal advice, litigation support and occasional training for DHS Headquarters activities and programs in the area of immigration law.

Basic Requirements: GS-12:n1.

The first professional law degree (LL.B.

or JD), AND either one year of professional legal experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level), or one year of judicial clerkship; orn2.

The second professional law degree (LL.M.), AND either one year of professional legal experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level), or one year of judicial clerkship.

GS-13:n1.

The first professional law degree (LL.B.

or JD), AND either two years of specialized professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position or two years of judicial clerkship; orn2.

The second professional law degree (LL.M.), AND either two years of specialized professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position or two years of judicial clerkship.

Specialized Experience:nThe Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:nOGC will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate's qualifications to those pertinent to the position.

OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards.

The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

For this position, specialized experience is defined as providing legal advice and support on a wide range of immigration enforcement and benefits issues, including family- and employment-based immigration; asylum and refugee resettlement; naturalization and nationality; arrest, detention, and removal; E-Verify and worksite enforcement; Visa Waiver Program; grounds of inadmissibility and deportability (including criminal and terrorism-related grounds) and related waiver and exemption authorities; inspection and border enforcement authorities; administrative and federal court litigation of immigration cases; and constitutional law relating to noncitizens and immigration (e.g., Fourth and Fifth Amendments, federal preemption).

This position requires excellent legal research, writing and analytical skills, and demonstrated progressive responsibility.

Advanced understanding of administrative law principles is preferred, but not required.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.nAll qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.nPermanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will (not) be paid.

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.

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 their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707.

Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission.

If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs.

To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.



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