Do you desire to be a part of the vibrant United States immigrant admission process, to protect American interests and to secure our nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS), and its Office of the Chief Counsel ( OCC ) are calling!
The Office of the Chief Counsel is seeking one experienced attorney for an Associate Counsel position in the Commercial & Administrative Law Division (CALD ) to be located in Charleston, SC.
The selectee for this vacancy will serve as an attorney providing advice to the Chief of the Commercial and Administrative Law Division (CALD), the Chief Counsel, and USCIS officials. The attorney will report to a CALD Deputy Chief Counsel. The position has a focus on federal employment law with a particular emphasis on reviewing disciplinary and performance actions.
The selectee will also represent the agency against complaints and appeals before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and labour arbitrators. The selectee will also provide litigation support to AUSAs litigating employment cases before federal district and appellate courts. Other duties include reviewing reports of investigation and advising supervisors and managers on a wide range of personnel issues, including employee misconduct, poor performance and compliance with FMLA, Rehab Act, among others. The selectee will edit and review the legal sufficiency of performance improvement plans and notices of personnel decisions. The attorney will also provide oral and written legal advice and develop and conduct training on a wide variety of performance, misconduct, disability accommodation, Veterans' rights and selection issues.
U.S. Citizenship: Candidate must be a United States Citizen and present proof of citizenship if selected.
Qualifications by Closing date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
Background Security Investigation: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. The appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favourable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
A Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (SF-450) will be required for certain positions. You may be asked to complete the necessary Financial Disclosure Report to meet that requirement.
Drug Testing: If the position has been identified as a Testing-Designated position under DHS's Drug-Free Workplace Plan, any individual tentatively selected will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Selective Service Registration: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
Residency Requirement: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position(s);
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position. The candidate selected will be required to obtain a "Secret" clearance and continued employment is contingent on being able to maintain at least a "Secret" clearance.
Probationary Period: The candidate selected is required to serve a probationary trial period of two (2) years.
Promotional Potential: This position starts at the 13/14/15, depending on such factors as the selectee's experience and current salary, and has promotion potential to the GS-15/10. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based upon your resume, citing qualifications and work experience, your writing sample, and, if selected for an interview, your responses provided during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
All information you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through means, such as the interview process. The verification could occur at any stage of the application process. An exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or firing you after you begin work.
In addition to completing an online questionnaire, the following supporting documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:
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.
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