Deputy General Counsel

Fort Lee, Virginia
Aug 05, 2022
Aug 13, 2022
Full Time

  • Position directs over 100 civilian attorneys providing legal advice and services to DCMA Headquarters at geographically dispersed contract management regions, contract administration offices, and centers throughout the Agency.
  • Provides authoritative legal opinions, oral and written, on exceptionally broad and complex issues and problems requiring knowledge and experience in many diverse legal practice areas, both contract management and non-contract management related.
  • Serves as Agency expert on contract management law, providing expert counsel in all areas of contract management, including cost principles, corporate mergers and acquisitions, novation agreements, contract financing and progress payments, and
  • terminations, cost and pricing data submissions, government furnished property, preaward surveys, quality assurance, safety compliance, environmental compliance, and creditor rights in insolvency.
  • Performs final Agency legal review of contract management policy initiatives, directives, and programs.
  • Recommends and prepares proposed legislation, regulations, and policy letters.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Security Requirements: Must be able to obtain/maintain Critical Sensitive, Top Secret clearance
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is required
  • Mobility Agreement: All newly appointed Career SES members must sign the Reassignment Rights obligations Agreement.
  • 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.
  • License/Certification Bar Certificate of Good Standing in Active Status.
  • 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.


Qualification requirements for Attorney positions can be found in DoD directive 1442.02 Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorney.

Must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and have the first professional law degree (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from that institute.

Must have professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Applicant must have substantial professional legal experience sufficient as to be recognized as an expert in their field.

Bar Membership: Must be a member in good standing admitted before the Bar of the highest court of any state, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. Territory or the District of Columbia;

Must possess specialized experience and have developed the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability, and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Candidates must demonstrate the following:

A. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) :
The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential and measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed in a variety of SES positions. Applicants must submit separate narrative statements to address each of the five ECQs below (maximum length of each statement: 1-2 pages). Each statement must fully describe how their experience demonstrates the specific ECQ. Include two relevant specific examples of actual experience, education, and accomplishments that directly demonstrate competencies for each ECQ. Examples should be clear and concise and emphasize the level of responsibilities and scope and complexity of programs managed. Applicants must use the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) model to describe their accomplishments:
  • CHALLENGE: Describe a specific problem or goal.
  • CONTEXT: Describe individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
  • ACTION: Describe the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
  • RESULT: Describe specific examples of measures/outcomes that had impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
Additional information on the ECQs is available at . (Exception to ECQ Requirement: Current Career SES members, former Career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to submit narrative ECQ statements.)
  • 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, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, 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, 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, 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, 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, Influencing/Negotiating)
FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement: In addition to qualification requirements described above, the DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess the ability to apply a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within the application package.

B. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ):
MTQs are essential for successful performance in the position. All applicants must submit separate narrative statements that fully describe how their experience supports each MTQ requirement. The statements should include specific examples of actual experience, education, and accomplishments that directly relate to the MTQ. Examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize the level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of action taken, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. You must address each MTQ separately and you should not exceed 2 pages per MTQ. You are required to respond to all MTQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.'
  • Proven ability to lead, manage and oversee a large, geographically dispersed fullservice legal organization engaged in a broad range of Agency legal practice areas and programs..
  • In-depth knowledge of government contract law, dispute resolution techniques, litigation and fraud, to include a general knowledge and experience in contract formation/administration, fiscal law, personnel law, ethics/ DoD Standards of Conduct, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters.
  • Demonstrated expertise in determining needs and formulating plans, policies, and objectives to achieve organizational goals, and manage litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and fraud programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with the highest level of representatives of contractors, agencies, major law firms, and administrative boards and courts.

  • 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.

    Desirable Qualifications. The following will be used to help rate and rank eligible candidates:

    1. Breadth of legal experience in multiple organizations (public or private) and at multiple levels. A mix of experience at more than one base/post/operating location/ installation and Major Service Command, Combatant Command, Headquarters Military Service Staff, Joint Staff, Defense Agency, or Office of the Secretary of Defense experience or equivalent academic/industry experience is highly desirable.

    2. In addition to a Juris Doctorate, an advanced degree in law or a related professional
    field is highly desirable.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    • This position does not meet criteria for appointment of Reemployed Annuitants. The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
    • 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). 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
    • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses will be paid in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR). When you perform a civilian PCS with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit for more information.
    • Recruitment/Relocation/Retention Incentive may be authorized at Management's discretion.
    • Information Assurance (IA) Position: This position requires an Information Assurance (IA) (insert IAT Level (Insert I, II, or III, as appropriate); IAM Level (Insert I, II, or III, as appropriate); CNDSP Level (Insert CND-A, CND-AU, CND-IR, CND-IS, CND-SPM as appropriate);IA Workforce System Architecture and Engineer (IASAE) insert 5 for IA category and IASAE Level (Insert I, II, or III, as appropriate)) certification within six months of entering the position.
    • Financial Management Certification: This position requires DoD Financial Management Level (Insert Level) certification within 2 years in accordance with DoD Instruction 1300.26,DoD Directive 5118.03 and section 1599d of Title 10, U.S.C. Once obtained, you must maintain and improve proficiency.
    • 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. 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 will be required to report to the official duty location and may be expected to temporarily telework. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a specific period of time determined by your supervisory chain. 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.

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