Attorney-Adviser (General)

Arlington, Virginia
May 17, 2017
Jun 01, 2017
Full Time

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

Works under the general supervision of the Senior Legal Advisor, and provides professional specialized legal support and advice to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Review Boards) (DASA (RB)) and the Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA) on the requirements of law, implementing regulations, and policy involving military personnel, veterans, and dependent issues. ARBA, through its Director and component boards, acts in a quasi-judicial capacity exercising extraordinary authority to annually render over 22,000 final decisions on behalf of the Secretary of the Army in a program that receives significant Congressional, judicial, and public review and scrutiny. Agency decisions are directly appeal able to federal court.  The position involves frequent consultations with various offices within DoD, the Army, and other Services in order to effectively serve the Agency's mission. This position works under the supervision of the Senior Legal Advisor, a GS-15 (the incumbent's rater), and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army(Review Boards), a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and two star/major general equivalent (senior rater).

Career Program: 56

*This is term appointment for 13 months and may be extended up to 4 years at the agency's discretion.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

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  • Must be able to satisfy the requirements of the 26JUL12 DODI 1400.25 V1230
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  • In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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.

    Experience required: 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. 

    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:

     a. Knowledge of military personnel, correctional, clemency and parole laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

     b. Knowledge of general administrative law to include Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act (PA), ethics, and federal personnel law.

     c. Knowledge of military justice laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

     d. Ability to accomplish legal analysis, in-depth legal research based on legal authority and precedent and equitable considerations.

     e. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing

    NOTICE OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: 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 (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 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

    TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: Applicants currently employed as an attorney by the federal government 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.


    Professional Qualification Requirements: The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:

    Education: 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: Applicant must have FIVE (5) 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 an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.

    This position is in the excepted service. Any selected applicant who is in the competitive service will be taken out of the competitive service when he or she occupies this position and will compete only with other excepted status employees in the event of a reduction-in-force. He or she, however, remain eligible for reinstatement in the competitive service.

    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.


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