General Attorney

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Aug 03, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position will be filled as a NH-IV High, with a starting salary range of $112,021 to $161,900 (includes 27.10% locality), unless statutory or regulatory rules prevail.


Mission Statement

The Missile Defense Agency develops and fields an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) capable of providing a layered defense for the homeland, deployed forces, friends, and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges in all phases of flight

This position is located within the Missile Defense Agency, DIVISION GC in the Office of the General Counsel.

The General Counsel is responsible for providing all legal services to be performed within and involving the MDA. The position(s) covered by this vacancy announcement is under the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) for more information go to

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.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All US Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • 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 a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Qualification standards for attorney positions may be found in DoD Directive 1442.2, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys" at

    Applicants must be and remain a member in good standing of the Bar of a State or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia and provide proof of membership and possess a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor Degree. A copy of undergraduate and law school transcripts and membership to the Bar must be submitted by the selectee before final hiring is completed

    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:

    DODI 1442.02, Encl 3, para 3a(5): requires "the attorney shall have professional experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position."

    Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    1. Expert knowledge of principles of international law with particular emphasis on international agreements practice, U.S. arms control agreements and export control issues including drafting, negotiation and administration of international agreements.
    2. Expert knowledge of export control law, policy and regulations including the Control Act and Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulation.
    3. Knowledge of federal administration law to include agency operations, administrative investigations and audits, security classification, standards of conduct and fiscal issues.
    4. Expert ability to identify and analyze issues, conduct legal research, summarize results, reach sound legal conclusions and provide sound legal advice.
    5. Ability to communicate highly effectively, both orally and in writing in a clear and persuasive manner.

    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 undergraduate and law school transcripts must be submitted with your application.

    NOTE: Failure to provide college and law school transcripts or proof of Bar membership and good standing to practice law 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 eligible for telework


    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

    Other Notes:

    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement

    Top Secret


    The incumbent works under the general supervision of the MDA General Counsel and a Deputy General Counsel. Exercises discretion and independently resolves a broad range of legal issues in matters involving complex legal problems. Plans and organizes work and meets deadlines with minimal supervisory instruction. The incumbent maintains specialized in-depth subject matter expertise.

    As a TAG:Position Title you will be responsible for the following duties:

    - Provides complete legal advice, reviews, opinions, and litigation support to agency on matters of international law including treaty compliance, arms control, export control and international agreements practices.
    - Serves as counsel responsible for drafting and negotiating international agreements.
    - Furnishes legal opinions and advice regarding international cooperative research and development issues and agreements; foreign military sales; disclosure of classified, proprietary or export-controlled information; intellectual property; and other legal matters.
    - Advises upon administrative law issues to include agency operations, administrative investigations and audits, security classification, standards of conduct and fiscal issues.
    - Provides legal advice and support on an agency wide basis to all MDA activities and organizations on issues related to federal administrative law which affects the activities, management and operations of the agency.
    - Under the direction and control of the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel makes decision on complex legal problems, determines when a matter requires consultation or coordination with other government offices or commercial organizations; refers matters requiring guidance to his/her supervisors. Plans and organizes work and meets deadlines with minimal supervisory instruction. Personally handles complex, novel and difficult legal issues, providing and carrying out special assignments for the General Counsel on urgent, import and precedent-setting legal areas.
    - Participates and provides legal counsel in meetings with senior MDA and Department of Defense (DoD) officials. Represent MDA in meetings with other departments and agencies to include the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of State (DOS), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the DoD Inspector General (IG), other departments and agencies, contractors and foreign government officials.

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