Attorney-Adviser (General)

Washington D.C.
Apr 20, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Full Time

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.

The Defense Health Agency, National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR-MD) is the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical Healthcare. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world class medical services to the nation's service members and their families.

Parking at WRNMMC is very limited and is primarily first come, first serve. The use of commuting alternatives is highly recommended. The Mass Transit Fringe Benefits (MTFB) are available to Federal Civilian employees. This is in addition to the current salary, up to $ 125 per month (subject to change), for the commuting costs using Mass Transit. MTFB can be applied to rail, bus and/or approved vanpools but not parking costs.

About the Position:

This is an Excepted Service position. 
The individual in this position serves as the principal/senior Attorney Adviser for Health Care Law to the Director of a major Military Treatment Facility (MTF), and subordinate health clinics within the National Capital Region (NCR). Sets written policy and precedents for Health Care Law and Administrative Law affecting the Military Health System (MHS) and Department of Defense (DOD), as applicable.  The Health Law Advisor (HLA) is a specialist and subject matter expert in a highly advanced, specialized area of medical law that involves a significant level of difficulty, responsibility, and scope of practice that supports several organizations with geographically distinct missions. Responsibilities frequently involve highly controversial and novel research projects, with direct impact to the MTF of several hundred million dollars, and extending throughout the MHS.  Position is located in a dynamic office environment at the largest MTF in the DOD with over 7,000 staff members. Work is typically performed in an adequately lit and climate controlled office. This job operates in a professional office environment. Work is sometimes performed in an office or patient care area located in a hospital setting where exposure to infections and contagious disease is common.

Who May Apply:

All US Citizens and Nationals with allegiance to the United States

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

  • Occasional Travel
  • Minimal Travel 5%.

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In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or 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.

Qualification requirements for Attorney positions can be found in DoD Instruction 1442.02, September 30, 2010, Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys.

Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the 1 year minimum qualification requirements equivalent to the GS 13 level and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position:

  • Knowledge and experience with Health Care Law, Administrative Law, Department of Defense regulations, and Military regulations. 
  • Knowledge and experience with Federal litigation, overseeing all phases of medical negligence and any other tort litigation to include investigation, claim adjudication and Federal Court litigation.  
  • Knowledge and experience with reviewing, researching, and providing legal interpretation on a wide range of Federal Health Care and Administrative law, amendments, regulations, directives and executive orders.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex legal issues and theories, orally and in writing.

Education required: Applicants must have successfully completed the first professional law degree (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctorate (J.D.)). (Note: Transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.)
Bar membership: Applicants must have an active membership in good standing in 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 active practice of law. (Note: Proof of good standing membership must be submitted at the time of application.)
Experience required: In addition to the education and bar membership above, the applicant must have in excess of three (3) or more years of healthcare, administrative and tort litigation legal experience.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and


Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.

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.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 3 (T3) security clearance.
  • This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
  • This position may require incumbent to lift ten (10) pounds or more of work related items, such as files, boxes, and office equipment.
  • You may be asked to submit a writing sample demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda or letters.


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