Please visit the FULL vacancy announcement at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/524706300
This Senior Executive Service (SES) position is located in the Office of General Counsel, National Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office, Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-general-counsel-ogc
If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.
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The incumbent serves as the principal adviser to the Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer (the General Counsel) and the Administrator with respect to EPA's nationwide Freedom of Information Act program.
Specific duties include:
- Ensuring the Agency's compliance with, and implementation of, the Freedom of Information Act 5 U.S.C. § 552, which guarantees the public access to agency records not otherwise exempt from disclosure.
- Overseeing the intake, assignment, and processing of FOIA requests; conducting audits; providing technical and dispute resolution assistance; engaging with internal and external stakeholders; preparing annual reports; providing legal advice; and formulating policy and formal guidance.
- Providing strategic advice to the Administrator, General Counsel, and Deputy General Counsels on issues related to compliance with and implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.
- Working closely with the Deputy General Counsels and General Counsel to execute decisions made by the Administrator.
Conditions Of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen.
You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
If you are selected, you must complete a 1-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
The Ethics in Government Act, P.L. 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, OGE-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.
This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.
The work of this position is classified in the General Attorney, 0905 series. Applicants must have a LL.B or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U. S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. The incumbent must have significant experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA; other federal, state, or local agencies; or in private practice.
All applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform in this role. Typically this experience can be found in work within this field or a field that is closely related.
As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service, applicants must also provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed below.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Mandatory for competitive applicants - Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified, unless you are a noncompetitive eligible applicant.
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE.Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE.Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. Involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
B. Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory for all applicants - Failure to address these factors will result in your application being disqualified.
TQ 1 - Demonstrated experience analyzing, implementing, and/or ensuring compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 5 U.S. Code §?552.
TQ 2 - Demonstrated experience leading a legal and/or administrative professional team through change.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor and counselor to EPA, the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws. OGC employees provide legal and other counsel to EPA policy-makers, thus providing critical input to rules, regulations, and guidance documents that are promulgated and issued to implement the Agency’s statutory obligations.
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