Attorney-Adviser (General)

Norfolk, Virginia
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 03, 2022
Full Time

  • Is the primary attorney for the Norfolk District responsible for providing legal advice on civil works, environmental, and regulatory matters arising in the Norfolk District.
  • Renders legal advice and services with respect to questions that are extremely complex legally and factually, relating to regulations, practices and matters falling with the Corps of Engineers executing its civil works mission.
  • Reviews proposed civil works projects, proposed permits, and other actions taken by the Norfolk District.
  • Makes recommendations and referrals to the United States Attorney for criminal or civil action, as appropriate.
  • Consults with representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, or other interested Federal and State agencies, the U.S. Attorney and private parties and their legal representatives.
  • Performs required legal research and prepares legal memorandum throughout all judicial phases of legal actions.
  • Represents the District in its dealings with regulatory agencies in order to obtain permits.
  • Serves as the subject-matter expert and principal assistant of the District Counsel for civil works and environmental matters.
  • Assists Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Department of Justice attorneys in the preparation of pleadings, briefs, and memorandum of law, depositions of witnesses, and preparation of discovery documents.
  • Assists in development of the Government?s legal strategy. Assists in pretrial hearings and at trials.
  • Prepares administrative record for the court. Prepares litigation reports containing factual history of the matter being litigated and substantiating the District?s legal position.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • NATIONAL AGENCY CHECK WITH WRITTEN INQUIRIES (NACI) - Appointment to this position is subject to a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.

Education: Applicants must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (L.L.B or J.D.) (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts). In addition, applicants must also possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education.

Bar Membership: Applicants must be a current member in good standing of the bar of a State, Territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Specialized Experience for GS-13 Level: Two or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position providing legal services and interpret laws and regulation for civil works, environmental, and regulatory matters.


Graduate from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or have an advance law degree such as an LLM which I may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience and I have one year of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-12).

Specialized Experience for GS-14 Level:
Three or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position experience in statues and regulations governing civil works, environmental, and regulatory matters.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-13).

Time in Grade Requirement: If currently employed as an attorney by the federal government you must have completed one year of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.

Relevant training, awards history, professional registration/licenses, if applicable, should be included in the content of the resume.

All applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and they must address and will be evaluated on the below-listed knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position.

1. Knowledge, skills and ability with federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to civil works and environmental law.
2. Knowledge, skills, and ability with litigation related to civil works and environmental law.
3. Knowledge, skills, ability and experience regarding legal research and preparing legal memorandum and opinions.
4. Knowledge and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
5. Knowledge and ability to serve as a legal advisor to senior managers on complex civil works and environmental issues.
6. Ability to work efficiently and effectively both independently and on a team, to advise and advocate for the client.

Notice of Veterans Preference Information: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Army considers veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at


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

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 56 - Legal position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).
  • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Relocation Incentive may be authorized.
  • Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.
  • 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 a designated time frame identified by the organization. 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.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit .
  • This is a developmental position to the GS-14. You may be selected at the GS-13 or GS-14 grade level. Promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed. You may be eligible for non-competitive promotion to the target position upon meeting time-in-grade restrictions and the following requirements:
    • (1) Incumbent demonstrates ability to perform at target grade level;
    • (2) Higher level work exists at target grade level;
    • (3) Increased responsibilities are assigned;
    • (4) Supervisor recommends promotion;
    • (5) Incumbent completes all required training and conditions of employment, and;
    • (6) Incumbent completes all regulatory requirements for career ladder promotions.