Attorney Advisor (ADR Specialist)

Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 06, 2017
May 01, 2017
Full Time

The January 23, 2017 Presidential Memorandum, entitled "Hiring Freeze" ordered government agencies (including the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, DoD OIG) to freeze all hiring of Federal Civilian employees.  In an effort to ensure DoD OIG is best positioned to resume hiring after the hiring freeze expires and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issues its plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government's workforce, DoD OIG will continue its recruitment efforts (post job vacancy announcements, evaluate and screen applicants, interview, etc.)  NO EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS WILL BE FILLED UNTIL RESOLUTION OF THE HIRING FREEZE, or the position qualifies for a hiring exemption pursuant to OMB guidance.  We appreciate your patience and understanding in this process.

If you would like to be a part of a Federal organization dedicated to serving our Nation and those who defend it, consider a career with the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The agency promotes integrity, accountability and improvement of critical DoD programs and operations to support mission accomplishment and to serve the public interest. The OIG offers the full range of Federal benefits ( and a flexible work schedule, depending on position requirements.  

This is an Excepted Service position.  Any appointment made under the provisions of this announcement is excepted from the competitive civil service and may require the incumbent to serve a two year trial period.  An applicant receiving such an appointment does not acquire competitive civil service status.

This position is located within the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG), Deputy Inspector General for Administrative Investigations (DIG-AI), Whistleblower Reprisal (WRI) Directorate.  WRI is responsible for operating the Whistleblower Protection Program for the DoD which encompasses: (1) conducting and performing oversight of investigations into allegations of whistleblower reprisal; (2) establishing and implementing policy and guidance relating to whistleblower reprisal investigations; (3)providing training to investigators of the Offices of Inspectors General for the Military Services, Combatant Commands; and Defense Agencies; and (4) performing outreach activities to increase awareness of whistleblower laws, and employee rights and protections within the DoD.  The incumbent reports to the Director (WRI) and is responsible for mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution in whistleblower reprisal cases pursuant to the Administrative Dispute Resolution Acts of 1990 and 1996, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act (ADRA) of 1998 

Who May Apply:  Only applicants who meet the employment category below are eligible to apply for this job.  You will be asked to provide documents which prove you meet the eligibility requirements.  See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities. 

  • United States Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to 20% temporary duty (TDY) travel may be required

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance Required
  • Position is subject to random drug testing
  • This is an Excepted Service position
  • Annual Financial Disclosure Statement Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Must possess and maintain a valid State-Issued Driver's License

Basic Qualifications Requirements:  To meet the basic requirements, you must meet all of the following:

1.  Possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

2.  Be an active member, in good standing, of the bar of the highest court of a state, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia, and be permitted to engage in the practice of law.

Specialized Experience Requirements  You must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service.  Specialized Experience is defined as experience that equips an applicant with the particular Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized Experience for this position includes applying the principles of and in matters under the Administrative Dispute Resolution Actions of 1990 and 1996 and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Action of 1998.

NOTE:  Before appointment can be made, documentation must be submitted (if not submitted at the time of application) to verify active bar membership.

Candidates will be further evaluated on the level and quality of their experience and possession of the following relevant competencies in order to determine the level of your qualifications. These competencies include:

1. Knowledge of mediation and alternative dispute resolution principles.
2. Experience conducting alternative dispute resolution.
3. Knowledge of whistleblower statutes, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act and procedures, techniques, best practices in investigations.
4. Skill in effective communication, both orally and in writing.

Applicants who have held a non-temporary General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.

All qualification and Time in Grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement


Other Position Requirements:

Position has been designated as Special Sensitive; the individual(s) selected is(are) required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance. 

New Hires are required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and are subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DoD OIG.  Organizational entities within the DoD are not required to conduct drug testing for DoD civilian employees moving by transfer or reassignment from one DoD Testing Designated Position (TDP) to another TDP with no break in service within the DoD, unless deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis by the gaining Component.

Incumbent must be a fully qualified attorney admitted to the bar of the highest court of the State or a Federal court, and must have extensive experience as an attorney handling general legal matters of considerable complexity.

Individuals that are still on active duty need to submit a Statement of Service.

Incumbent must file an annual Financial Disclosure Statement.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) does not apply to Excepted Service positions.

U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.

Requires up to 20% of temporary duty (TDY) travel-worldwide, on short notice, and by any prescribed method of transportation.

Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid State-Issued Driver's License.

This position may be subject to irregular hours and occasional unscheduled overtime.

Lifting case files weighing up to 50 pounds is required.

Requires occasional exposure to uncomfortable conditions in work facilities.

Permanent Change of Duty (PCS—Relocation) expenses WILL NOT be paid.

Recruitment incentives MAY be authorized; their use will be determined based on mission requirements and availability of funds.

If you have not previously successfully completed a trial period with the Federal Government in a similar position, you will be required to serve a two year trial period.

Position(s) may be filled by displaced Department of Defense (DoD) employees through the Priority Placement Program.

All Attorney (GS-0905) appointments under the Schedule A appointing authority for Attorneys are required to complete a two year trial period.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Top Secret/SCI

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