Attorney-Adviser (General)

Washington D.C.
Jun 07, 2017
Jul 06, 2017
Full Time

The incumbent is responsible for all claims against the Army resulting from property damage, injury or death where the claim arises in the National Capital Region.  Incumbent interviews and provides legal counseling to active duty and retired military personnel, family members, and other personnel entitled to legal assistance services.

About the Position:
The incumbent works for the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort McNair, Washington, DC.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

  • Not Required

  • No


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.

1) Knowledge of the various titles of law applicable to affirmative, tort, and personnel claims; Federal and State laws governing or impacting family law (divorce, wills, probate, child custody), the pro se program, and significant national and local developments in the field of family law.

2) Knowledge of legal reference sources in legal manuals, reference systems, directives, issuances, precedent decisions, court decisions, and commercial legal publications sufficient to perform extensive and thorough legal research into the client's legal problem to achieve a timely resolution.

3) Knowledge of laws, statutes, regulations, orders, mandatory court forms, and the mandatory structure of pleadings and other documents addressed to family law courts, tax authorities, and Federal courts in order to prepare and assist clients in the filing of court documents, as necessary in legal assistance cases and tort claims cases requiring litigation reports.

4) Skill in adapting analytical techniques and evaluation criteria to the measurement and improvement of program effectiveness and/or organizational productivity for the Legal Assistance Office.

5) Ability to use sound judgment and logic to analyze complex issues and determine appropriate courses of action for both legal assistance and claims to include investigation, collection of factual documentation, and conducting legal research. 

6)  Ability to meet and work harmoniously with a wide variety of people with divergent interests, such as officials of Government agencies, all levels of military command, attorneys, educators, and business executives. 
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 Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-polnt 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 must have completed 1 year at the next lower 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.

The following minimum qualification requirements 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: Applicant must have two 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.




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 personal Security Investigation 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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