Attorney-Adviser (General)

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Mar 31, 2017
May 01, 2017
Full Time

Serves as labor counselor and employment law attorney. Represents the command as a litigation attorney for civilian personnel, labor relations, and equal employment opportunity litigation cases. As a civil, administrative, and installation law expert, provides advisory and representational support services. Incumbent exercises a high level of responsibility over Fort Belvoir's ethics program and ethics training. Provides review and legal responses to Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests.

The President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. This position is subject to the hiring freeze. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we will not make a selection for this vacancy announcement unless and until the position is no longer subject to the hiring freeze.

About the Position: The incumbent in this position serves as a civil and administrative law expert for U.S. Army, Fort Belvoir Garrison. The incumbent handles a wide variety of legal issues across the complete range of administrative, labor, fiscal, ethics, installation, and information law.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • Position requires 5% Business Travel

  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses may be paid if the selecting official determines the relocation is in the best interests of the government


Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position.  KSAs:

1. Knowledge of and experience in Federal Civilian Employment and Discrimination Law and Practice.  
2. Skill in Litigation and Representation of Agencies before Administrative Judges, Investigators, Arbitrators, or other Advocacy-Based forums.
3. Knowledge of Government and Military Administrative and Civil Law. 
4. Knowledge of Government Ethics laws and Training Programs. 
5. Ability to communicate orally.
6. Ability to communicate in writing.

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 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. (SF15), which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at

Time in Grade Requirements: 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.

Qualification Requirements: The minimum qualification requirement must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.

EDUCATION:  An applicant 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 (LLB or JD).

BAR MEMBERSHIP:  Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

EXPERIENCE:  For a GS-13 or equivalent - Applicant must have two or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.  Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.




Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • 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.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • A Secret Security Clearance is Required.
  • You may claim Military Spouse Preference.
  • Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at time of application.
  • Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.


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