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Associate General Counsel, Insured Housing

Washington, DC
Full Time
Job #: HUD-OGC-SES-20-003 Salary: $131,239 - $197,300 Yearly
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the nation's housing agency committed to strengthening the Nation's housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

This position is located in the 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 Office of General Counsel includes the General Counsel, a Principal Deputy General Counsel, and three 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.

The Associate General Counsel for Insured Housing supervises and manages legal work pertaining to the programs and the functions of HUD's Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner. The Associate General Counsel manages and supervises the OGC Office of Insured Housing. The OGC Office of Insured Housing consists of two divisions. Each division is headed by an Assistant General Counsel, who reports directly to the Associate General Counsel, and by a Deputy Assistant General Counsel who reports to an Assistant General Counsel. The AGC for Insured Housing oversees the following activities are assigned to each Division.

Multifamily Mortgage Division
The Multifamily Mortgage Division provides the legal work required for project mortgage insurance and other multifamily housing activities delegated to the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner. In addition to the family rental or cooperative housing mortgage insurance programs under the National Housing Act (NHA) and related authorities, the activities include: (1) the Rent Supplement Program and the Interest Subsidy Program under Sections 236 of the NHA, (2) mortgage insurance for housing for the elderly, nursing homes, hospitals, group practice facilities, and (3) the Mark-to-Market program under the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997.

The Multifamily Mortgage Division provides legal services required in connection with underwriting projects for mortgage insurance (including the insurance of advances during construction) and also provides the legal assistance required by the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner arising out of the interests of HUD as insurer of multifamily and other project mortgages. The principal functional areas of the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner for which legal assistance is provided are: (1) the origination and servicing of insured project mortgages and those mortgage loans assigned to the Secretary pursuant to the contract of mortgage insurance, (2) legal review of claims by lenders under the mortgage insurance contract, (3) preservation of low and moderate income rental housing, (4) management and disposition of Secretary-owned project property, and (5) transactions involving the Mark-to-Market program.

Single-Family Mortgage Division
The Single-Family Mortgage Division provides the legal support required for single family mortgage activities delegated to the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner. In addition to the single-family mortgage insurance programs under the NHA, the activities include: (1) the approval and supervision of FHA-approved mortgagees, and (2) the Emergency Homeowner's Loan Program (EHLP). The Single-Family Mortgage Division provides the legal assistance required in connection with the interests of HUD as insurer of single-family mortgage loans. The principal functional areas for which legal assistance is provided are: (1) the origination and servicing of insured single family mortgages and those mortgages assigned to the Secretary pursuant to the contract of mortgage insurance, (2) legal review of claims by lenders under the mortgage insurance contract, (3) management and disposition of Secretary-owned properties, and (4) foreclosure of single family mortgages assigned to the Secretary.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Work related travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Conditions of Employment

You must be a US Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position. Obtain/Maintain Security Clearance (i.e. Public Trust, Secret, Top Secret). First time SES appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period. Must meet Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service. Excess pages will not be considered if documents exceed specified limits. Political Appointees may require OPM approval prior to onboarding. Financial Disclosure Required. Drug Testing may be Required.

Failure to follow explicit instructions provided will result in loss of consideration for this position. Before applying for this position, please read the entire announcement and follow the instructions in the How to Apply Section.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last five (5) years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Noncareer SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information on your resume and to the Human Resources Office.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of 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. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising many employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature is at the GS-15 or equivalent level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

Your application should demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in SES positions such as:
  • Leading the work of an organizational unit
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance
  • Supervising the work of employees, developing policy and other executive functions

If your experience does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.

To meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you must show that you possess the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQs) listed below. We recommend that your resume and ECQ responses are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement, executive and technical qualifications automatically disqualifies an applicant.

**Noncompetitive status – If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM’s Qualifications Review Board (QRB), you are not required to address the ECQs. You must address the mandatory technical qualifications (MTQs) and include with your application a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. SES CDP graduates must include a copy of their OPM SES CDP graduation certificate or other proof that your ECQs have been OPM QRB certified. **

The application process used to recruit for this position the traditional method.

Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications
All applicants must submit a written narrative addressing each ECQ, generally not to exceed two (2) pages per ECQ for a total of no more than 10 pages. Any information more than 10 pages WILL NOT be considered.

OPM has identified five 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 position. Successful competence in the SES requires competence in each ECQ. Candidates must demonstrate executive experience in all five (5) ECQs.

Applicants should address each ECQ using the Challenge, Context, Action and Results (C-C-A-R) model when preparing written ECQ narratives. Refer to OPM's Guide to SES Qualifications for examples.
  • Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal.
  • Context : Describe 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).
  • Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
  • Results: Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had impact on the organization.
  • 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).

Detailed information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at Senior Executive Service Executive Core Qualifications.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications
  • All applicants must submit a written narrative addressing each MTQ, not to exceed one (1) page per MTQ. Anything more than one (1) page per MTQ WILL NOT be considered.
  • In addition to the ECQs, applicants must demonstrate possession of the following technical qualifications You must fully address each MTQ to be rated for further consideration.
  • Extensive experience with single-family insured housing programs or multi-familychousing and healthcare insured programs, especially those authorized under Title I and Title II of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)
  • Demonstrated experience providing legal guidance in the development, implementation, and administration of insured housing laws, including the resolution of constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and administrative policy issues.
  • Significant experience conducting public outreach on insured housing legal issues, including training and public speaking for legal and non-legal audiences.

The incumbent must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LLB or J.D., or equivalent; and be an active member in good standing of the Bar in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.

Closing Date: 22nd July, 2020

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