Assistant General Counsel
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: 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; 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; 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; 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; 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 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.
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: All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed. Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship or, for non-citizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at http://ww.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens. For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. A background security investigation is required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to a successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment. You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment. If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation. Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO. The selectee of this position may be assigned to an official duty station outside the advertised area.
Other InformationThe AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.