Attorney-Adviser (General)

Arlington, Virginia
Jun 09, 2017
Jul 10, 2017
Full Time

As an Attorney-Adviser in the Labor and Employment Law Division, you will serve as a senior trial attorney with responsibility for planning and accomplishing diversified legal work pertaining to the litigation of civilian personnel, labor relations and equal employment opportunity complaints. You will provide oral and written legal advice and technical legal guidance to the Director, Human Resource Management Directorate, Chief, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Equal Employment Opportunity Directorate, and their subordinates.

About the Position:
This position is located in the Office of The Judge Advocate General, Assistant Judge Advocate General Military Law Operations, Labor and Employment Law, located at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.

As an Attorney-Adviser you will independently plan, organize, and conduct work, rendering legal advice and opinions on a wide range of extremely complex and difficult legal and policy issues; develop litigation strategy, and exercise independent judgment in carrying out assignments without preliminary instruction; operate with relative autonomy and direct client interface within the broad policies established by the Branch and Division Chief; sign all pleadings, motions, petitions, briefs and other correspondence as the case attorney; and provide technical advice, training, and professional assistance to over 250 military and civilian attorneys world-wide who are part of the Army Labor Counselor Program.

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 and experience in complex legal and policy issues, litigation, and legal writing.
    (2) Knowledge of and experience in complex legal and factual issues involving frequently changing precedents in the law and department policy.
    (3) Knowledge of and experience in applying, interpreting, and reconciling numerous federal statutes, executive and administrative orders and directives, collective bargaining agreement provisions, and judicial and administrative decisions.
    (4) Skill in advising senior officials on all labor and employment law matters.
    (5) Skill and experience in advocating the agency’s position on adverse decisions that should be appealed to persuade senior officials.
    (6) Skill and experience in providing technical advice, training, and professional assistance to over 250 military and civilian attorneys world-wide who are part of the Army Labor Counselor Program.

    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 Requirements: If currently employed as an attorney by the Federal Government you must have completed 1 year 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.   

    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 three (3) 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.

    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.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
    • You may claim Military Spouse Preference.
    • Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at the 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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