Chief, Legislative Affairs Division

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Job Description

Summary

This position serves as the Chief of the Legislative Affairs Division, Office of Public and Governmental Affairs (PGA) for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Washington, DC. The Chief ensures the ATF executive staff is informed of legislation of interest to the Bureau, and is actively involved with Congressional hearings, briefings, and activities. Responsible for developing, implementing, and directing the legislative affairs program.

Responsibilities

Planning, developing, organizing, and directing working priorities that arereflective of ATF's mission. Coordinating and facilitating the work of ATFLegislative Affairs Division employees.

Formulating legislative strategies that accurately, truthfully, and comprehensivelyprovide information regarding ATF's mission, policies and activities to theDepartment of Justice, Members of Congress, congressional committees andstaff.

Serving as the principal advisor to the Director, Deputy Director, AssistantDirector (PGA) and other members of the Executive Staff regarding legislativeissues.

Establishing and maintaining contact with the Department of Justice andMembers of Congress and their staff, particularly those on committees andsubcommittees involved with Bureau oversight.

Reviewing all congressional inquiries to ascertain the type of response needed(i.e., formal response, informal response, etc.), determine the appropriatedirectorate(s) the inquiry should be assigned to, and whether there is sufficientinformation in the inquiry to be acted on.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Must be U.S. Citizen

May be required to serve a one year probationary period.

Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test

Must successfully complete a background security investigation

The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

MOBILITY PLAN: New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF’s mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.

Qualifications

To qualify for GS-15 grade level,candidates must also have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-14.

Specialized experience is demonstrated experience, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Experience must be in the normal line of progression or must be related to the work of the position advertised and must be reflected in resume. Examples of specialized experience include:

Extensive experience in legislative affairs activities, the legislative process, Congressional committee structure and operating methods, the appropriations process, Congressional briefings and other Congressional matters in order to serve as the principal advisor to the Director, Deputy Director, Assistant Director (PGA) and other members of the Executive Staff regarding legislative issues.

Extensive experience analyzing legislation and drafting legislative proposals on complex issues.

Extensive experience in conducting liaison with Congressional members and staff.

Experience in building effective working relationships with Congressional offices and Committees.

Experience supervising a staff and of the principles and practices of supervision and management.

Experience with general administrative principles.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé.In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.- In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. If the SF-15 is not submitted, the documentation required by the form verifying the service connected disability (e.g. letter from the VA confirming the disability) must be submitted in order to receive 10-point preference consideration.Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Gold Category)

Education

Additional Information

Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations from ATF’s Human Resources Operations Division. Please click on the following link to read important information. DOJ Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical ObligationsSelective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, youmust certify that you have registered with theSelective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.See www.sss.gov.Periodic Reinvestigation:Subject to a 5-year periodic investigationTravel and relocation expenses: are not authorized and will not be paid.EEO Statement:The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, gender identify and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation,military service, retaliation, orother non-merit factor.Reasonable Accommodation Statement:ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.“Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.”

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