Chantilly, Virginia
Apr 19, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
Full Time

Department of Defense (DoD)
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

Mission Statement
The NRO is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching and maintaining America's intelligence satellites. The NRO provides reconnaissance information to the Intelligence Community and the DoD warfighters. For more information see:

This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. This position is in the Excepted Service. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply. Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1200.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.

  • This Position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601 For more information see

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to:
Title 10 (Public): Open to All U.S. Citizens. If you have never been a federal employee you would apply public.

Merit: Open to current and former Civilian Federal employees.

All current and former Civilian Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (e-OPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your e-OPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in e-OPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Must obtain/maintain Critical Sensitive TS/SCI clearance with polygraph
  • Qualification standards for attorney positions may be found in DoD Directive 1442.2, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys" at

    Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience relates to how closely or to what extent your experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your resume must show you have the competencies necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level. Salary will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement based on the complexity of work to be performed, the selectee's experience, education, training, and availability of funds.

    Veteran's Preference:
    There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (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

    Specialized experience required for this position is:

    • You must have professional legal experience (i.e., working as an attorney) in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position.
    • You must be an active member in good standing in the Bar of the highest court of a U.S. state, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of Federal, DoD, and Air Force ethics and standards of conduct laws, executive orders and regulations in relation to contract and fiscal law issues.
    • Knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act and exemptions.

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

    You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, and be in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar.


    Possess a Bachelor of Law or Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school at the time of applying for the position.

    A copy of college transcriptsMUST be submitted and contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned

    NOTE: Failure to provide college transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

    Foreign Education: For further information, click on the following link:

    WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
    OVERTIME: Occasionally
    TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible

    TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is NOT telework eligible

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

    Other Notes:
    • Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.
    • If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.
    • If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.
    • All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

    REQUIRED: Copy of valid American Bar Association membership law license. You must provide proof that you are a current active member of the American Bar Association with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    NOTE: Failure to provide a valid American Bar Association membership law license will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

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