The selectee will serve as the Unit Chief of the Freedom of Information Act Litigation Unit (FLU), Litigation Branch, Office of the General Counsel. The primary mission of the FLU is to support the FBI's investigative and intelligence functions through the successful resolution of civil actions filed against the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FLU accomplishes this mission by vigorously representing the FBI's interests at all stages of FOIA litigation, and by providing legal and policy advice to the FBI regarding the processing of FOIA requests and the withholding and release of records in response to FOIA requests. The Unit Chief will be responsible for supervising attorneys and other professionals. The Unit Chief will manage the unit's resources, and will plan, organize, and direct the unit's activities. The Unit Chief as appropriate will interact with and provide support to the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel for the Litigation Branch, and other FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials. The Unit Chief will represent FLU, the Litigation Branch and OGC with respect to FBI and DOJ officials and representatives from other agencies. The Unit Chief will establish and maintain effective relationships within the FBI as well as with the FBI's partners in the civil litigation and FOIA community, including DOJ, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, and other federal agencies with an interest in FOIA issues and/or FBI information. The Unit Chief will perform other related duties as assigned. The position requires the completion of a financial disclosure form (OGE-450).
Duties for FOIA Litigation
o The Unit Chief will be responsible for supervising attorneys and other professionals handling matters, including administrative taskings related to all aspects of FOIA. The Unit Chief is responsible for completing the full range of personnel actions for these employees, including performance appraisals, recommendations for within-grade and quality step increases, promotions and reassignments. The Unit Chief takes corrective actions to resolve grievances and complaints, supports and promotes the FBI's and DOJ's equal opportunity program.
o The Unit Chief will manage the unit's resources, and will plan, organize, and direct the unit's activities. The Unit Chief as appropriate will interact with and provide support to the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel for the Litigation Branch, and other FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.
o The Unit Chief will establish and maintain effective relationships with other FBI divisions as well as with the FBI's partners, the IC community and the FOIA community, including DOJ, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, and other federal agencies with an interest in FOIA issues and/or FBI information.
o The Unit Chief will perform other related duties as assigned. The position requires the completion of a financial disclosure form (OGE-450).
Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance.
Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.) and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).
Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting both proof of JD degree and proof of active status with a bar within US jurisdiction by the closing date of the job opening. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.
Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice.
Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:
· Managing Human Resources
BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).
GS-15: Applicants applying for GS-15 must also have 4.5 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.
Selectees will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter.
How to Apply
High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status or result in a lowered score.
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.
Step 1 - Establish an applicant account on the FBIJobs website by clicking Apply Now and then Register Now or login using your existing applicant account.
Step 2 - Paste your text resume in the space provided, upload a new resume or use a resume you have applied with previously.
Step 3 - Complete your applicant profile if establishing your account for the first time.
Step 4 - Complete the assessment questionnaire.
Step 5 - Complete the application sections requested and submit your application
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:
1. Your resume (required) and cover letter (Mandatory)
2. A complete assessment questionnaire (required)
3. A Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages (Mandatory);
4. Other supporting documents:
· Proof of current and active Bar Membership
· Photocopy of Law School Transcripts
Please Note: FBI employees currently assigned to a General Attorney position do not need to provide LAW School Transcripts or Proof of Bar Association Membership.
NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED FOR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
How to Attach Documents:
To attach documentation for submission, please follow the instructions below. Once documents are successfully attached, they will automatically get sent to HR.
Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click the "My Career Tools" hyperlink at the top of the page
Step 2: Click the "Add Attachment" hyperlink located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section
Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available)
Step 4: Populate the Attachment Purpose field
Step 5: Click the Add Attachment hyperlink
Step 6: Upload the desired attachment
Step 7: Click "Save & Add More" (if you are attaching more than one) or "Save & Return" if you have finished attaching documents
What to Expect Next
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.