Assistant General Counsel (Chief, Financial Disclosure)
District of Columbia, DC
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
$131,776 to $172,100
04/04/2017 to 04/04/2018
The incumbent serves as Chief of the Financial Disclosure Staff and Staff Counsel to the 16 Member Committee on Financial Disclosure of the Judicial Conference of the United States ("Committee"). The Financial Disclosure Staff is in the Ethics Office, a unit of the Office of General Counsel. The Committee on Financial Disclosure is responsible for the implementation within the Judiciary of the financial disclosure provisions of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 ("Act"), and managing the financial disclosure reporting and public disclosure system for the Judiciary. Under the supervision of the General Counsel and the direction of the Chair of the Committee, the incumbent is responsible for providing professional advice and guidance on a broad range of issues, policies, procedures, and legislative matters necessary to implement and administer the financial disclosure provisions of the Act. The incumbent performs the following principal functions: 1. Managing and supervising a team of consisting of attorneys, para-professionals, and administrative staff in examining and reviewing financial disclosure reports required to be filed by federal judges and qualifying Judiciary employees in accordance with the Act. The judiciary has over 3000 financial disclosure filers and all complete a public form; 2. Managing and administering the redaction process in accordance with the Act, and releasing reports requested by the public. The judiciary receives several large release requests resulting in more than a thousand reports being released each year; 3. Supporting the Committee on Financial Disclosure by providing policy and operational advice and guidance throughout the year and organizing and preparing agenda books, Judicial Conference reports, and other materials (statistical reports, research, and recommendations) relating to biannual Committee meetings; 4. Providing advice and guidance concerning interpretations of the Act, Committee procedures, financial disclosure reporting requirements for investment and financial instruments, and the public disclosure policies to the Director of the Administrative Office, General Counsel, judges, judicial employees and staff, and the public; 5. Managing, in consultation with the appropriate technology staff, the development, maintenance, and operation of the current Financial Disclosure Online Reporting System and the Financial Disclosure Reporting software, and lead the transition to a modernized financial disclosure system modeled extensively on the executive branch Integrity system; and 6. Consulting and collaborating with General Counsel and designated Assistant General Counsels to develop and provide legal advice and recommendations regarding the application of the Act, the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act, the Codes of Conduct, and related statutes and regulations
- More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
- All non-Judiciary appointees must serve a one-year trial period.
- Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
- All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions. Basic Qualifications: Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D. or LL.B) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a federal court of general jurisdiction. In addition, at least five years of post J.D. or L.L.B. experience is required.
Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction. Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will constitute an incomplete application. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Specialized Experience: Subsequent to graduation from law school, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience (preferably two)which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is defined as substantive experience supervising the administration of a financial disclosure program under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 ("Act") and providing advice and guidance to senior level officials concerning interpretations of the Act.
Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
How to Apply
- Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
- To verify the status of your application, 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 Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10007494.
How You Will Be Evaluated
We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
- Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
- Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
- Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
- Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.
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.
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
AddressOffice of General Counsel One Columbus Circle NE Washington DC US
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