Missile Defense Agency, General Counsel

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
May 27, 2022
Jun 03, 2022
Full Time

This position is located Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA) with duties performed in the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Office of General Counsel (OGC). The General Counsel (GC) of the Department of Defense (DOD) serves as the chief legal officer of DOD. The DOD GC is also dual-hatted as the Director of DLSA, which provides a full range of legal services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Agencies, and DOD Field Activities. The MDA OGC GC reports to the DOD GC through the Principal Deputy General Counsel, Senior Deputy General Counsel, and Deputy General Counsel (Acquisition & Logistics)

The General Counsel, MDA is head of the Office of General Counsel MDA and performs the following major duties:
  • Oversees his office, exercises professional direction over attorneys assigned to MDA, is the principal legal advisor to the Director, MDA, who serves as Senior Procurement Executive, Head of the Contracting Agency, and Program Manager MDA programs. The General Counsel, MDA has ultimate responsibility for the development and management of an organizational structure to achieve the effective delivery of legal services to MDA. The General Counsel establishes and maintains professional relationships with legal organizations in the Military Departments and other government agencies participating in the BMD program. The General Counsel reports to the DoD Deputy General Counsel (Acquisition & Logistics).
  • Directs a staff of 22 attorneys in providing all legal support and representation necessary to execute a single program to defend the United States, deployed forces, allies, and friends from missile attacks of all ranges in all phases of flight.
  • Serves as the principal legal advisor to the Director, MDA Executive Director, Program Executives, Executive Functional Managers, and staff organizations across the agency, and provides legal advice, counsel, and representation on the full range of MDA activities.
  • In executing the agency's mission and assigned responsibilities, MDA regularly enters agreements with other DoD components and government agencies. The General Counsel, MDA consults regularly with the General Counsel and executives of DoD components and other government agencies regarding the full range of legal issues including, but not limited to, U.S. treaty and other international obligations, and fiscal, acquisition, personnel, and environmental law.
  • Provides the full range of legal advice and services to MDA in connection with contracts placed by the Agency. Such legal advice and services includes review of legal documents such as contracts, drafting, or supervising the drafting of special contract clauses, advice and assistance in the negotiation of contracts in cases involving issues of legal or significant policy content; resolution of protests against contract awards; settlement of claims or disputes under contracts; and settlement or other disposition of notices and claims relating to the termination of contracts. As necessary during pre- and post-award contracting stages, the incumbent provides advice and information to the legal staffs of government organizations contracting for MDA requirements.
  • Participates in Department of Defense and MDA negotiations conducted with allied and friendly governments to establish policies and procedures for participation in MDA programs. Incumbent advises U.S. negotiators and, as appropriate, presents the U.S. Government position to foreign government representatives. Incumbent is responsible for providing a full range of legal advice and services relating to international cooperative efforts, including research, development, testing, data exchange, co-production, foreign military sales, and export controls. Incumbent is responsible for legal oversight of staffing, negotiating, and concluding international agreements for MDA activities.
  • The incumbent reviews Military Interdepartmental Purchase Requests (MIPRs) and other documents transferring MDA funds under the Economy Act for work to be performed, including award of contracts, to meet MDA requirements by the Military Departments, Defense Agencies, Department of Energy, NASA, and other government agencies. The incumbent participates in development of policies and procedures necessary to implement inter-governmental MDA research agreements.
  • The incumbent supervises the Agency's adversary proceedings program providing direct representation in administrative for a such as the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, The Comptroller General of the United States on bid protests, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Conditions of Employment

  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Veteran preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain Special Sensitive/Top Secret SCI clearance
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is required
  • Supplemental narrative addressing each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) - 10 pages total
  • Supplemental narrative addressing each Technical Qualification (TQ) - 2 pages each maximum
  • Mobility Agreement: All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.
  • Probationary Period: You will serve a two-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position.
  • Senior Executives are required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF 306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.
  • Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible; Overtime: None
  • Telework: Situational telework eligible
  • COVID19: Please see, additional information.


Applicants must submit written statements (narrative format ) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp . Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your written statements to one page per 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. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

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. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

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. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

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. Do not exceed a total of 10 pages for ECQ narratives.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately.
  • The incumbent should be knowledgeable of statutes governing the organization of the DoD, particularly those provisions underlying authorities expressly granted or delegable to Heads of the Defense Agencies.
  • The incumbent should be knowledgeable of basic principles and procedures governing litigation in administrative and judicial forums, particularly litigation of contract-related protests and disputes and employment law (e.g., MSPB, EEO, etc.).
  • The incumbent should be knowledgeable of basic principles of fiscal law and rules of statutory interpretation as they are applied to annual funding authorization and appropriation statutes, procurement. Knowledge of environmental law, personnel law, and FOIA are a plus.
  • Failure to meet any one of the technical qualifications requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant.

    The best-qualified candidates will be distinguished from other applicants by an evaluation panel of senior level subject matter experts and executives referencing the technical and executive core qualifications.


    You must have a first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.). You must have a current license to practice law and be an active member in the bar of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. commonwealth or U.S. territory, and be able to demonstrate that in a least one state or jurisdiction in which you are licensed you are permitted to engage in the active practice of law. Active status must be maintained in at least one state or jurisdiction during the course of employment.

    Applicants are not required to provide an official certificate demonstrating this active status as a part of the application, but must provide such a certificate prior to being appointed to the position, if selected.

    A certified copy of a law school transcript is required as proof that you meet the educational requirement for this position (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and must be provided prior to being appointed to the position, if selected.

    Additional information

    You can review our benefits at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay and Benefit s . The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.
    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

    COVID19 - To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

    Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 60 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

    REEMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: https://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25- V300.pdf

    SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, civil service employment (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must be registered with the Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions under Selective Service law. If you are required to register but knowingly and willfully fail to do so, you are ineligible for appointment by executive agencies of the Federal Government.

    Background Investigation: This position is designated special sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointment basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process. The incumbent must complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and favorable adjudication by a determining authority and be eligible for a Top Secret clearance and access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI).

    If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.

    Financial Disclosure: Senior Executives are required to comply with the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement (OGE-278), upon assuming an SES position. This must be submitted annually and upon termination of employment