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Regional Chief Counsel

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The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)

$126,148.00 to $180,137.00

Dallas, TX

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$126,148 to $180,137 per year

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ES 00

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2 vacancies in the following locations:

Kansas City, MO

1 vacancy

Dallas, TX

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

This job is open to

Senior Executive Service

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

Clarification from the agency

All groups of qualified individuals may apply. Current career Senior Executive Service (SES) members, OPM certified graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility may be considered noncompetitively.


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The men and women of the Social Security Administration are the stewards of the Federal Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance programs, as well as Supplemental Security Income for the aged, blind and disabled. With a workforce of approximately 65,000 employees in 1,300 service locations across the country, our mission is to advance the economic security of the nation's people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.

The Regional Chief Counsel serves as principal regional advisor to the General Counsel with respect to the legal aspects of the formulation, coordination, revision and execution of administrative policy and programs within the following geographical regions:

Dallas - Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas

Kansas City - Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

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The Regional Chief Counsel is responsible for legal services on business management activities and administrative operations in the Region including personnel matters and claims by and against the Agency.

Consults with and assists U.S. Attorneys and the headquarters Department of Justice in the investigation, preparation, presentation and conduct of both criminal and civil litigation resulting from Agency activities within the Region, including development of strategies for litigation activities and negotiating settlements of claims against the United States. Such consultation and assistance may include the preparation of complaints, briefs, motions, stipulations, judgments, findings, and all other instruments and documents peculiar to litigation, interviewing witnesses, and advice provided concerning the legality of State, local and private claims against the United States.

The incumbent participates with the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel, in the overall planning, reporting, and budgeting of the program and litigation work of the Office of the General Counsel, and in the selection, assignment, utilization and evaluation of professional and clerical staff. Coordinates work where problems and issues are referable to more than one attorney; obtains consistent interpretations on matters throughout the Office of the General Counsel and other Regions; and equalizes workloads by provisional assignments of attorneys within the Region.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

0905 Attorney

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required.


The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package.

Candidates must have had responsible professional experience at a senior level (equivalent to the GS-15 in either the General Schedule (GS) or a comparable pay plan).

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service (SES). Your resume and application must demonstrate and address the ECQs and include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities; address the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services managed; program accomplishments; describe policy initiatives undertaken; define level of contacts; convey the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; and identify the results of actions taken. The five ECQs are as follows:

(1) Leading Change - Ability to develop and implement an organizational vision with integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors. Inherent to it is the ability to balance change and continuity--to continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity. Includes the ability to formulate effective program strategies consistent with the overall goals of the organization.

(2) Leading People - Ability to design and implement strategies which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Includes leveraging diversity and other differences, promoting developmental opportunities for staff, fostering commitment and team spirit, and constructively resolving conflicts.

(3) Results Driven - Stresses accountability and continuous improvement. It includes the ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of program and policies. Includes the ability to address and balance complex and diverse program requirements within available resources in response to major changing needs in the diverse field of social insurance/welfare reform and the interdisciplinary impact on social insurance programs.

(4) Business Acumen - Ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making. Includes demonstrated ability in recruiting and selecting staff, allocating resources, and/or managing budgetary processes.

(5) Building Coalitions - Ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Includes ability to interact constructively with Federal officials, representatives of professional organizations and the public sector.

MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): A supplemental narrative must be submitted separately addressing each Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification (MTQ) below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional information will not be considered.

(1) Membership in the bar of the court of a State, Territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (proof/copy of active Bar membership must be provided with your application)

(2) Senior-level experience providing legal advice and counsel, orally and in writing, to senior officials of a private sector organization or large government agency at the Federal and state level on a wide variety of legal issues

(3) Significant senior-level experience in the practice of law, either in the area of administrative or court litigation or other administrative law


(1) Senior-level experience performing as a litigator with, or directing staff interaction with, United States Attorneys or District/State Attorneys in the preparation, development, and defense of litigation, or performing the same activities as the litigation or supervisor of attorneys pursuing or defending against the governmental entity


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

(1) The selectee for this position will be subject to an appropriate security investigation, including fingerprinting and periodic future reinvestigation(s).

(2) Veteran's preference is not applicable to the SES.

(3) This position is covered under the post-employment restrictions of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (PL 95-521). This law also requires the selectee to file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (Standard Form 278) within 30 days of appointment.

(4) Selectee must serve a one-year probationary period unless s/he previously completed one in the Senior Executive Service.

(5) Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an executive agency of the Federal government. This requirement does not apply to Agency employees appointed before November 8, 1985.

All application materials are subject to the provisions of the privacy act and become property of SSA.

The Social Security Administration provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

The Social Security Administration provides equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, or conduct not adversely affecting employee performance.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

As part of the Resume Based recruitment method, applicants must submit a five (5) page resume and a separate narrative addressing each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ). Pages submitted in excess of the limits described above will not be considered. Do not list a Social Security Number or Date of Birth on any attachment.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your accomplishments and experience. Your application will be rated and ranked by an SES Rating Panel, comprised of at least three SES members, using only the information submitted within the application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate sufficient possession of the ECQs and MTQs will be deemed ineligible for further consideration. Applicants determined to be Highly Qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check. If you are the recommended selectee, you may be asked to submit a written narrative statement addressing each of the ECQs, which must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment, unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

Please submit the following documents by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered for the position: Resume - The resume cannot exceed five (5) pages. The resume must include evidence of the ECQs.

MANDATORY MTQ Supplemental Statement- Maximum of one (1) page per MTQ.

OPTIONAL DQ Supplemental Statement - Maximum of one (1) page per DQ.

SF-50 - If you are a current, retired, or former Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent form SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. Do not submit an SF-50 for an award.

Candidate Development Program Certificate - If you are a graduate of an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP), certified by OPM, please submit a copy of your certificate for non-competitive eligibility consideration. You must meet all MTQs.

Proof of Active Bar Membership

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement (03/13/2018) will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the HR Specialist listed as the contact on the vacancy announcement during core business hours (9:30 am - 2:30 pm Eastern Time).



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How to Apply

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement - 03/13/2018. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time, the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process with enough time to finish before the deadline.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume (5-page maximum) and separate supplemental narrative(s) addressing each MTQ (maximum of one (1) page per MTQ), if applicable. You may also submit an optional supplemental narrative supporting any Desirable Qualification (maximum of one (1) page per DQ), if applicable.

Fonts cannot be smaller than 10 point. All documents must be uploaded into the system; USAJobs Resume Builder will not be accepted. Separate written narratives addressing the ECQs will not be considered.

You must complete the online assessment questions. If your resume does not support the responses in your questionnaire, you may be rated ineligible.

We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

Your five (5) page resume should include the following:

(1) Job Information (Announcement number and title of job for which you are applying)

(2) Personal Information (Full name, mailing address, work and home phone number and email addresses)

(3) Education (College/University name, city and state, major, type and year of degree)

(4) Work Experience (Job title (including series and grade, if Federal employment, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, start and end dates (month and year), hours per week, and salary)

(5) Other qualifications (Job-related training courses (title and year), skills, certifications and licenses, honors, awards, and special accomplishments)

It is important that your resume be complete and thorough. Please be sure to include and address all ECQs and MTQs (if any) in your resume and application package. A sample 5-page resume that incorporates the ECQs can be found in OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications (pages 29-37):

Steps to submit a complete application:

(1) You must have a USAJobs account and be logged in.

(2) Once you are logged in and all of your application materials are ready, click the Apply button.

(3) You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following the instructions provided. To preview the questions, click here:

(4) You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation (resume, MTQ supplemental statement(s), SF-50, etc).

Agency contact information

Ashley Tates


(410) 965-9236




6401 Security Boulevard

Baltimore, MD


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Next steps

You may check your application status at any time after the announcement closes. USAJobs has an alert setting in the system to drive status update notifications for applicants. We recommend that you update your USAJobs profile to receive these status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will update your status on-line as changes are made.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

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

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 and hiring process 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.

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New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA)
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Company Profile
We deliver services through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, and our State and territorial partners, the Disability Determination Services. We also have a presence in U.S. embassies around the globe. For the public, we are the “face of the government.” The rich diversity of our employees mirrors the public we serve. Mission Statement Deliver Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public.

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