This position is located in the Office of Litigation, Office of General Counsel (OGC), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). OGC provides legal opinions, advice, and services with respect to all departmental programs and activities. OGC has primary responsibility for the development of HUD program regulations and assists in the development of HUD programs and policies. The incumbent of this position serves as one of eight Associate General Counsel and, as such, is given considerable latitude and independent authority to administer certain functional and/or programmatic responsibilities of the Office of General Counsel. Each Associate General Counsel directs and supervises the activities of a substantial portion of the professional and clerical staff of the Office of General Counsel.
The Office of Litigation, which the Associate General Counsel manages and supervises, consists of two Divisions, the Assisted Housing and Civil Rights Litigation Division and the Insured Housing Community Development Litigation Division. Each Division is headed by an Assistant General Counsel, respectively, the Assistant General Counsel for Assisted Housing and Civil Rights Litigation and the Assistant General Counsel for Insured Housing and Community Development Litigation. The activities assigned to each Division are identical, except as to the substantive content of the cases assigned to it. Each of the two Assistants is responsible for directly supervising trial attorneys and senior trial attorneys in handling the assigned cases.
The Associate General Counsel for Litigation has overall responsibility for overseeing the provision of legal services in connection with the management of major litigation in which HUD and its officials are involved or interested. For all such litigation, the Associate is charged with primary responsibility for interacting with the Department of Justice on behalf of the General Counsel in connection with litigation. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Monitors and directs complex civil defensive litigation on a diverse range of legal issues.
Develops appropriate litigation strategies addressing the legal risks and exposure to the Department.
Identifies precedent-setting matters involving new policy that may affect Department programs.
Recommends, selects, and manages outside counsel to ensure proper litigation strategies and direction of the cases.
Provides counsel to internal program clients on applicable laws to maximize the Department’s legal position and to reduce and avoid litigation risks.
Reviews pending or potential litigation actions and recommend any necessary changes in HUD policy to minimize liability risk.
Provides advice and guidance to Regional and Field attorneys involved in a variety of HUD litigation matters.
Conditions of Employment
Must be a US Citizen.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.
A one-year probationary period is required, if not previously completed.
Must meet Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)
Will be required to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278.
As a basic requirement, you must have progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability. This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization. Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional, technical, and executive core qualifications set forth below. Your experience should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions. If your experience does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined to be qualified for this position.
YOU MUST FULLY ADDRESS EACH MTQ AND ECQ TO BE RATED FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Current or former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs, but MUST address the MTQs.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In addition to the qualifying experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Your MTQ narratives should be no more than 1 page per MTQ.You must fully address each MTQ to be rated for further consideration.
Knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Administrative Procedure Act, Tucker Act, Federal Tort Claims Act, Fair Housing Act, and the various Federal Housing and Community Development statutes and the National Housing Act.
Demonstrated experience providing legal representation in the development, implementation and management of major precedent setting litigation, including the resolution of constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and policy issues affecting federal housing programs and activities nationwide.
Demonstrated ability to lead others, and interact and negotiate with a wide range of individuals on major litigation issues in which HUD is involved.
Extensive experience managing and leading high-level litigation teams and the ability to develop litigation strategy, prepare pleadings, argue motions in court, prepare responses to discovery requests and assess litigation risks.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):
Introduction: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential - not technical expertise. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions - not whether they are the most superior candidates for a particular position. Successful competence in the SES requires competence in each ECQ. Candidates must demonstrate executive experience in all five (5) ECQs. Your application should reflect an overall record of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to succeed in the SES.
Your ECQ narratives should be no more than 10 pages. Examples of good qualifications statements and the use of the C-C-A-R model (Challenge/Context/Action/Results), the preferred method of writing your ECQs, is provided in OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications. You must fully address each ECQ to be rated for further consideration.
Format: For each of the five ECQs, provide at least one example of your qualifications using the four C-C-A-R elements.
1. Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
2. Context - Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
3. Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
4. Results - Give specific examples of the results of your actions.
These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
NOTE: Your responses to the five ECQs must describe the context and the results of your achievements in lay terminology, free of jargon and excessive reliance on acronyms.
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE - This core qualification 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. (Leadership Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, strategic thinking and vision).
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE - This core qualification 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. (Leadership Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others and team building).
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN - This core qualification 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. (Leadership Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving and technical credibility).
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Leadership competencies: financial management, human capital management and technology management).
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS - This core qualification 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. (Leadership Competencies: partnering, political savvy and influencing/negotiating).
To be considered for this position, you MUST submit a written statement addressing each MTQ and ECQ. Failure to address both of the MTQs and ECQs, will adversely affect your chances for referral or selection.
Current, former career SES employees, or OPM/QRB Candidate Development Program (CDP) candidates are not required to address the ECQs, but MUST address the MTQs.
This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must be (1) a graduate of an accredited law school with an L.L.B. or J.D.; and (2) current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
About Housing and Urban Development
The General Counsel is the chief law officer of the Department and principal legal adviser to the Secretary and staff of HUD. He is also head of the Departmental Enforcement Center. OGC provides legal opinions, advice, and services with respect to all departmental programs and activities. OGC has primary responsibility for the development of HUD program regulations and assists in the development of HUD programs and policies.The Office of General Counsel includes the General Counsel, a General Deputy General Counsel, and two Deputy General Counsel. OGC is divided into eight functional offices from which legal services are provided to HUD Program Administrators. An Associate General Counsel heads each office. An Assistant General Counsel heads the functional divisions within each office. Field Legal Services are divided into ten groups of States headed by a Regional Counsel and twenty-four Field offices headed by a Chief Counsel. Field legal staff provide advice and counsel to Program Administrators in the field.