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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Job Title: Chief Counsel

    Department: Department Of Energy

    Agency: Department Of Energy

    Sub Agency: Savannah River

    Job Announcement Number: SR11-OCC-18


    $119,554.00 – $165,300.00 /year


    Friday, July 29, 2011 to Tuesday, August 30, 2011




    Full-Time Permanent – Senior Executive Service




    1 vacancy – Aiken, SC


    All U.S. Citizens

    NOTE: “The salary range maximum is $179,700 for agencies with certified performance management systems.”

    NOTE: Applicants who applied for SR11-OCC-10 MUST reapply to be considered.


    The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) is an excellent, family friendly employer and an exciting place to work. Our overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. For more information about DOE, visit our website at or CLICK HERE

    DOE, Savannah River Operations Office is located in Aiken, South Carolina. Augusta, Georgia is the largest city closest to the site. Augusta is known as the “Home of the Masters Golf Tournament.”

    The Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Savannah River Operations Office (SR) serves as the senior legal advisor to the Manager, SR, his staff, and other DOE-SR managers with responsibility for all matters of law and legal policy, and intellectual property matters concerning the activities of DOE at SR. The incumbent directs the Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) and provides advice on all legal matters arising from the activities of DOE-SR to include procurement law, litigation, environmental law, atomic energy laws, environmental compliance, and closure of government-owned, contractor-operated facilities and all major management issues that transcend internal organizational lines.


    • Must be a U. S. Citizen.
    • Background and/or security investigation is required.
    • Permanent change of station (PCS) may be authorized.
    • Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a ‘Q’ security clearance.
    • Relocation and/or Recruitment incentives may be authorized.
    • One year supervisory probationary period may be required.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Aiken, SC

    This position includes responsibility for providing overall leadership and direction in the management of assigned programs and responsibilities, and ensures that advice and activities are appropriately coordinated/integrated with respect to mission accomplishment. Provides leadership and direction for SRS strategic planning and program execution that are consistent with the law and legal policy. The incumbent ensures that DOE-SR is represented in litigation against DOE involving SRS, and ensures that litigation is conducted in accordance with the policies of the General Counsel and consistent with the interests of the Government.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    Must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association leading to a professional law degree – LLB, LLM or JD.

    Must be a member in good standing of the Bar of a state or territory or the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable.

    You must meet the managerial and technical qualification factors identified below. Failure by non-Senior Executive Service members to address each of the required Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) statements will result in disqualification of your application. Your application must demonstrate that you possess these qualifications. Please provide examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and level of contacts. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self-development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Career Senior Executive Service Members who apply are expected to address only the MTQs.

    Applicants for an initial SES career appointment must clearly demonstrate that they possess the broad executive core qualifications needed to succeed in the SES. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, applicants MUST submit a written statement addressing the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below.

    Current/former SES Career appointees and certified graduates of an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program are not required to submit ECQ statements. All other applicants MUST address the ECQ’s to be eligible for consideration. Your ECQ statements MUST NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES (if you exceed the maximum pages allowed, the system will be unable to process your application) and should focus on accomplishments that demonstrate each ECQ.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    ECQ 4: Business Acumen. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    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.

    For further information pertaining to the Senior Executive Service (SES), applicants are encouraged to visit the OPM SES web site at or CLICK HERE

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to the ECQ’s qualified applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the experience required to perform the duties of this position. Possession of these technical qualifications must be clearly documented in your application package and should be addressed separately. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected.

    1. Knowledge of the relationship between the government and private sector corporations in a Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated industrial facility to effectively provide guidance to, and evaluate the performance of the contractor.

    2. Ability to adequately address complex and diverse legal issues, including conducting legal analysis, interpreting statutes, preparing legal documents, reviewing documents for legal sufficiency, and advocating the agency’s position in various situations.

    3. Knowledge of legal principles and practices sufficient to apply legally authorized methods adequate to protect the legal and financial rights of the Government and to assure the Government acts in a legally responsible manner regarding parties affected by DOE actions.

    4. Ability to meet, negotiate with, and influence high level officials in contractor organizations, in Department of Energy (DOE), in other Federal agencies, in state and local governments, academia and the public.

    5. Knowledge of comprehensive planning principles, methods and techniques to effectively establish the direction for the organization’s efforts and to form a valid basis for strategic and tactical decision-making, resource allocation, and capital investment.

    6. Knowledge of contract and procurement laws and regulations and their application in a variety of contractual environments to exercise effective oversight of related contractor programs and activities.

    Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, see the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website at Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position.

    PLEASE NOTE: If your foreign education has already been accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution as part of a degree program with that institution, you do not need to provide an evaluation of foreign education but must submit a copy of the transcripts listing the degree from the U.S. accredited institution that accepted your foreign education.

    An applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for the presence of illegal drugs prior to appointment, which is contingent upon a negative drug test result. The person selected for this position will be subject to further random, unannounced drug testing for the use of illegal drugs. This is a drug testing designated position (TDP).

    Financial Disclosure
    All employees of the Federal Government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct, that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. Upon hire, and on an annual basis thereafter, the incumbents of some positions may be required to file financial disclosure reports. The incumbents may be prohibited from holding certain financial interests. Individuals selected for positions that require financial disclosure will be informed prior to accepting the position that financial disclosure will be a requirement. You will be required to file an “Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report” (SF-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

    Security & Suitability
    This position requires that the selectee have the ability to complete the security clearance process and ultimately be granted and continue to maintain a “Q” security clearance. Drug use within the previous 12 months of submission of security clearance paperwork will hinder an applicant’s ability to complete the security clearance process.

    A favorable suitability determination is required. Misconduct in prior employment, criminal, dishonest, or disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicating beverages, abuse of narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances, or reasonable doubt of loyalty to the United States are some of the reasons an offer of employment may be denied.

    Initial SES appointees will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


    Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel using only the information submitted for consideration. The panel will refer the highly qualified candidates to the selecting official. The candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The selecting official will consider the top candidates referred and make his/her selection based on the information provided and/or personal interview. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT ADDRESS THE EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS(ECQs) AND MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS(MTQs) LISTED WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION FOR THE VACANCY.

    A complete resume in your online application is required for consideration.

    To preview questions please click here.

    Benefits and Other Info


    The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations. As a Federal employee, you will be eligible for health benefits from your choice of a wide variety of providers, long-term care insurance, generous sick and annual leave accruals with 10 paid holidays, a family-friendly work environment, flexible spending options, and a comprehensive retirement plan unparalleled by most private-industry organizations. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. Federal Government – benefits.


    Veteran’s preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

    You may be required to complete an OF-306, “Declaration for Federal Employment” form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.

    This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

    Faxed or e-mailed applications and/or resumes will not be accepted.

    Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    *The selectee’s appointment and continued employment is contingent upon a favorable background investigation (pre and/or post appointment date) that will be used to determine the selectee’s suitability for employment and/or security clearance.

    EEO/Diversity Policy and Privacy Act
    Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, parental status, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (PL 93-579, 5 USC 552a), and is used to determine qualifications for employment as authorized under 5 USC Sections 3302 and 3361.

    How To Apply


    Please submit an online resume and respond to the job specific questions. Apply online at USAJOBS.

    If you are unable to apply online, call the Human Resources Specialist listed in the announcement between the hours of 8:00 am to 3:00 pm EST, at least 2 working days prior to the closing dates.

    If you are a new user to the USAJobs site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this vacancy.

    Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the button “Apply to this Vacancy” at the bottom of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the DOE’s Enterprise systems application site.

    Once you have reached Enterprise, you will be prompted to enter (or update) your contact information on file with us. You can then begin answering the questions in the application. When you are done with all of the questions on a single page, click “Next” and proceed to the next page.

    We recommend that you do not wait until the last day of the vacancy announcement. Paper applications submitted without prior HR approval will be considered incomplete and you will not be considered for the vacancy announcement. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

    You are strongly encouraged to read the entire vacancy announcement and comply with the application procedures. Failure to submit all of the required information will result in an incomplete application and you will be marked ineligible for this vacancy. Please allow yourself sufficient time to completely answer the on-line application questions and review your application before you submit it. If a complete application is not received, you will be evaluated solely on the information available, and you may not receive full consideration or may be determined ineligible for consideration. E-mailed or faxed applications will not be considered without prior approval.


    It is recommended that you prepare your resume and save it as a text file on your computer.

    Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information name, address, home and work phone numbers, and email addresses. For previous employment, please indicate the names of supervisors and their phone numbers. Once you have submitted your on-line application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not see these words, you have not successfully completed your application. If you would like a receipt, you may print this transmittal screen. At this time, you may also request that a copy of the announcement questions and your responses be sent to your e-mail account.

    In addition to your resume and questionnaire, supplemental documentation is required.

    SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION – All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs document portfolio feature.

    To upload a document in USAJOBS:
    Log-in at MY USAJOBS. Click on the Portfolio link found under the tabs near the top. Click browse and select a file stored on your computer to include in your portfolio. Files must be less than 2mb and can either be jpg, doc, or PDF format. Once you have selected your file, enter a name for the attachment, making sure to be as accurate in your description as possible. (For example, Undergraduate Transcripts versus Graduate Transcripts.) Once selected and named, click Upload. After you have successfully uploaded a document, you can click to View or Delete your document(s) at any time. You may also use the direct upload feature through DOE’s Enterprise systems Supporting Documents page (instructions are listed on that page).

    1. Log into My USAJOBS at with your user name and password.
    2. Click on “My Applications”.
    3. Click on the vacancy number and select “Apply Online”.
    4. Click “Enter” through to the end of your application to move to the Vacancy Documents page.
    5. Select Upload, USAJOBS, or Fax for each document to be submitted.

    To upload Documents from personal computer (.doc, .pdf, .jpg, .gif, .rtf, or .png files only, less than 3 mb):

    1. Click the Upload link under “Action” for each document to be uploaded.
    2. Fill in the description field. Be as accurate in your description as possible. (For example, Undergraduate Transcripts versus Graduate Transcripts.)
    3. Enter the location of the document to be uploaded or click “Browse” to locate the document.
    4. Click “Upload Document.”

    To download documents from USAJOBS:

    1. Click the USAJOBS link under Action for each document to be downloaded.
    2. Select any required document you have stored in “My Portfolio” of your USAJOBS account.

    After your documents have been submitted, review your complete application for confirmation of the documents and click “Finished” to return to USAJOBS.

    If you have additional documentation to submit that is too large for the upload, you must fax, email, or mail the additional supplemental documentation requested in the ‘Required Documents’ section to the HR Point of Contact listed below. Failure to submit the required documentation by 11 pm EST of the closing date will result in loss of consideration. Make sure you include the announcement number for this position.


    A completed application consists of a resume, online questionnaire, and supplemental documentation. Incomplete applications will result in a loss of consideration.

    Here is a list of the required supplemental documents for this announcement:

    1. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if current Federal employee)

    2. Copy of your Certificate of Graduation from an SES Candidate Development Program (if applicable)

    3. Submission of a current performance appraisal is required. The performance appraisal may be downloaded/uploaded via USAJobs, submitted by email to [email protected], or fax to (803)952-9283 no later than the closing date of the announcement.

    4. College and law school transcripts.

    NOTE: This position has a positive education requirement; therefore, all applicants MUST provide a copy of their college and law school transcript(s) with their application package. Applicants who do not submit the transcript(s) will be ineligible for further consideration.

    5. The following certifications must be provided:

    Official certificate showing that the applicant is a member in good standing of the bar, together with a sworn statement by the applicant that his or her fitness to practice law or act as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction or; if either has been challenged, a sworn statement giving the facts and circumstances, together with any other explanation that the applicant considers appropriate. The certificate and statement should be dated no more than three (3) months prior to the announcement of the vacancy. As an alternative to a sworn statement, a declaration under penalty of perjury may be submitted and must include: I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date) and your signature.

    6. Submit narrative for each of the required Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) as shown in the “Preview Questions” part of this announcement. Current/former SES Career appointees and certified graduates of an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program are not required to submit ECQ statements.

    7. Submit narrative for each of the required Mandatory Technical Qualifications as shown in the “Preview Questions” part of this announcement.

    You may upload or fax your supplemental documents to (803) 952-9283 or you may email your supplemental documents (preferably in PDF format) to the HR Specialist at the email address listed in the vacancy announcement no later than the closing date of the announcement.




    Deanna Woodard
    Phone: 803-952-6925
    Fax: 803-952-9283
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Savannah River
    U S Department of Energy
    P. O. Box A, OHCM
    Aiken, SC 29802-0900
    Fax: 803-952-9283


    After your application is received, your supplemental documentation will be evaluated to determine your eligibility, and an evaluation will be conducted of your online application (including answers to supplemental questions) to determine your qualifications and/or ranking.

    You can view the status of your application online at anytime. Go to the USAJOBS website CLICKHERE (click on the hyperlink or go to ). Click on the “My USAJOBS” tab, enter your ID and password, and click “Log Me In!”. Once you have logged in successfully click on the sub tab “Applications”. Look under the “Application Status” column to see the latest information concerning your status. We will update your status when changes are made. If you have other questions or need other assistance, please see “Contact Information”.

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