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Defense Logistics Agency General Counsel

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

  • Serves as the principal advisor to the Director, DLA and the executive management team, providing legal advice, counsel and guidance on the full range of DLA operations and all issues referred to the DLA General Counsel.
  • Responsible for all decisions regarding the recruitment, hiring, placement; promotion, training and assignment of all DLA attorneys.
  • Responsible for the development and management of an organizational structure to achieve the effective delivery of legal services.
  • Supervises the Agency's adversary proceedings program including hearings before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the General Accounting Office and other forums, including preparing pleadings, litigation reports, gathering of evidence and identification of witnesses.
  • Manages the DLA-wide program for detection, reporting, investigation prosecution, administration action and remedial action with regard to contract fraud and antitrust violations in the acquisition and property disposal contracting functions.
  • Responsible for the Agency's debarment and suspension programs, which bars companies and individuals from receiving any Federal government contracts when found lacking requisite integrity and responsibility.
  • Serves as the Agency Ethics Counselor pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act and Office of Government Ethics regulations and administers programs to assure all agency employees are aware of the high ethical standards expected.


Conditions of Employment

  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses: Authorized
  • Relocation (Government Home Sale) Expenses: Not Authorized
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Overtime Work: Occasionally
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally
  • Security Requirements: Special Sensitive with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)
  • Drug Testing Designated Position: Yes
  • Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Financial Filing Statement: Required, Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278)
  • Emergency Essential: No
  • Reemployed Annuitant: Does not meet criteria. The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
  • For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at:
  • All newly appointed career SES members must sign the Reassignment Rights and Obligation Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES in accordance with DoD Directive 1403.03.
  • Selected candidate will be subject to a two-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service unless required probationary period has been served.


Eligibility for this position will be based on clear and comprehensive showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to carry out the duties and assignments of the position. Additionally, applicants must possess the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities listed in the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications paragraphs below.

  • Leading Change: 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.
  • Leading People: 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.
  • Results Driven: 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.
  • Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions: 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.
  • In addition, DoD requires the Enterprise Perspective: The ability to apply a broad point of view and an understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities is required. 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 (Resume, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).


    1. Demonstrated broad legal experience and an excellent understanding of Federal government relationships and processes.

    2. Demonstrated understanding of the organizational structure and procedures of the military services and Department of Defense.

    3. Demonstrated ability to manage a law office and effectively supervise the work of attorneys and support staff.

    Must be a graduate of an accredited law school and an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or a United States Territory or Commonwealth. Relevant specialized legal knowledge and experience is desirable.


    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 (COCOM), HQ Military Service Staff, Joint Staff, Defense Agency, or Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) experience or equivalent academic/industry experience is highly desirable.

    2. Completion of Intermediate or Senior Developmental Education and equivalent executive development
    programs such as Leadership for a Democratic Society, Senior Executive Fellows, or Senior Service War College is highly desirable.

    Additional information

    Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.

    COVID19 - 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.

    The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine, opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine, amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone.

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