U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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.
Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future
The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:
Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
Joining the Secret Service, Office of the Chief Counsel will allow you to provide legal instruction, opinions, advice, and representation to and on behalf of the Secret Service and its protective, investigative and administrative programs and activities. Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact the agency's mission through your legal instruction, advice, counsel, and representation. This Attorney-Advisor position starts at a salary of $96,970(GS-13 Step 1), with promotion potential to $148,967(GS-14 Step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
The selectee will serve as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel, with primary responsibilities focused on legal instruction and legal support for the Office of Training. Typical work assignments include:
Selecting appropriate methods, equipment, and materials; developing courses; providing instruction, guidance and direction to a class in accomplishing specific learning objectives; keeping current with developing training goals and objectives and continually restructuring courses, as necessary to reflect current laws; and identifying specific areas where study and research is required.
Performing legal research and providing oral and written legal advice, counsel, and opinions in regard to the laws, regulations, court decisions, and other precedents bearing on the legal issues involving or impacting Secret Service protective, investigative, and administrative responsibilities.
Drafting and reviewing legal documents including litigation reports, motions, briefs, charges, pleadings, discovery requests and responses, interrogatories, internal and external correspondence, legislative language, Department and Agency policy, memoranda and contractual agreements.
Providing legal services relating to constitutional questions, criminal matters, fiscal issues, personnel law, asset forfeiture, cyber security matters, procurement, ethics, FTCA claims, garnishment's, Equal Employment Opportunity issues, employee disciplinary matters, and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act appeals; providing legal services in the area of electronic surveillance laws and technology, and computer searches and seizures; and providing legal advice on privacy laws and constitutional protections as they pertain to criminal and protection related investigations.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
• All U.S. Citizens
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Conditions of Employment
U.S. citizenship is required.
Conditions of Employment
If selected for this position, you will be required to:
Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment. For more information visit
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Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
Applicants must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Applicants must possess specialized professional legal experience in excess of three years equivalent to the GS-13 level demonstrated by substantial legal writing and communication skills; experience providing instruction in legal subjects including the 4th, 5th, and 6th amendments at a college/university, police post or training academy for a period of at least one year; and experience including instructional systems design and course curriculum development is preferred.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience)
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.
Qualifications Must Be Met:
The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
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.
DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.
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Mandatory Suitability Statement:
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, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
This announcement is being filled using the Schedule A Hiring Authority
213.3102 (D) under Excepted Service procedures. Applicants who meet the qualifications for the position and submit a resume and law school transcript will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the announcement.
Upon review, your resume and supporting documents must show evidence that you have the required qualifications.
As part of the interview process, you may be required to provide a legal writing sample and references, and a second interview may be conducted. These additional assessments will be considered in the selection process.
: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.
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Background checks and security clearance
In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
Cover letter - You must submit a cover letter briefly stating your reasons for interest in this position and your qualifications for the position.
- It is preferred that you submit a standard one to two page resume indicating: your undergraduate, legal, and any other relevant education, including institution attended, dates attended, degree awarded, and any honors received; your employment history including place of employment, duration of employment, and type of work performed; and, any other relevant information including internships, volunteer activities, and other honors or awards.
You must submit a copy of your law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable) and it must show the school name, student's name, credits earned, courses taken, letter or number grades received, degree earned, and date the degree was awarded. Your legal education must have been obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the American Bar Association. Those with Foreign education, click here.
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.
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.
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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.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Website : http://www.dhs.gov/
The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear - keeping America safe.