Attorney-Adviser (Contract)

Washington D.C.
Aug 03, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
Full Time

Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines.

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:
This is a permanent position in the excepted service without time limitation and will not be filled by a competitive appointment. Service in this position may be fully creditable toward civil service retirement. 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.

NOTE: This is a permanent full-time position with Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers, Office of Chief Counsel. This position will be located either at Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (HQUSACE), Washington, DC or the North Atlantic Division (NAD) Fort Hamilton, New York.

The GS-14 Salary range for Washington DC - $112,021.00 - $145,629.00
The GS-14 Salary range for Fort Hamilton, NY - $115,652.00 - $150,349.00

Who May Apply: US Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required approximately up to 10% of the time to visit field sites, attend conferences, and provide training.

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The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:

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: For GS-14 or equivalent - Applicant must have three 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.

1) A resume with vacancy announcement number annotated.
2) Official law school transcripts and an official statement of relative class standing. Photo copies are acceptable when applying.
3) Copy of official certificate showing that the applicant is a member in good standing of the bar and a sworn and notarized statement by the candidate that his or her fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction or; if either has been challenged, a sworn and notarized statement giving the facts and circumstances, and any other explanation that the applicant considers appropriate. As an alternative to a sworn and notarized statement, a declaration under penalty of perjury may be submitted in the following format: I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct ... executed on (date)(signature of applicant)." (28 U.S.C.1746). The official certificate and statement of fitness must be dated within three months of the date the application is submitted. The certificate and statement are required to be submitted by all applicants including attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of the Judge Advocate General of the Army.
4) List of three professional references. References from current and former supervisors are preferred. Please provide name, title, mailing address, telephone number, and relationship for each reference. We may contact references as part of the interview process.
5) A writing sample shall not exceed 10 pages including cover sheets, tables of content, etc. Any pages after page 10 will be discarded and not considered.
6) Current federal employees or reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of their latest SF 50 and most recent performance evaluation. Applicants currently serving in the military must also submit a copy of their most recent OER and/or DD 214. (Items 2, 3, and 4 above do not apply to Current Corps of Engineers Attorneys).

Knowledge and experience regarding federal procurement and fiscal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures preferably related to USACE's Military, Civil Works, and Support for others programs.
2) Experience and ability to function effectively as a legal counselor and advisor to senior military and civilian management officials and project delivery teams.
3) Experience and ability to work, provide high-quality legal and policy advice and balance competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
4) Knowledge and experience regarding federal bid protest and contract disputes litigation.
5) Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS: If currently employed as an attorney by the Federal Government you 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.

For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:
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).
Official law school transcripts must be submitted prior to accepting the position. These transcripts must show successful completion of a full 3-year course of study in an school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) leading to a professional law degree ( LLB or JD) that included a major field of study or specific course requirements.

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 include this information in your resume.

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.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Must file annual financial statement. Selected applicant will be required to file an annual Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interests with the local Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in compliance with 5 C.F.R. Part 2634, and DoD 5500.7-R, Chapter 7.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. Position is designated non-critical sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R. This requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated on a pre-appointment basis which may take up to 90 days or longer to process. The selectee may be allowed to start work prior to adjudication if management approved. Obtaining and maintaining a secret security clearance is a condition of employment. If the security clearance is denied or revoked, the individual may be denied or removed from the position, accordingly.



This position will be located either at Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (HQUSACE), Washington, DC or the North Atlantic Division (NAD) Fort Hamilton, New York, and is under the supervision of the Assistant Chief Counsel for Procurement Law and Contract Disputes. The selectee will serve as legal advisor to the Principal Assistant Responsible (PARC)-Atlanta missions in the NAD and LRD regions.The PARC-Atlanta for counsel may advise other USACE PARCs as required. As a member of the Procurement Law and Contract dispute section, the selected attorney may also: (1) evaluate new, proposed, and existing legislation, court decisions, executive orders, and opinions of the Comptroller General to determine the effect on USACE procurement programs, policies, procedures, regulations, and methods of operations; (2) advise the Directors of Military Programs, Civil Works, Engineering and Construction, and Contracting on complex or controversial matters pertaining, but not limited to, architect-engineer and construction contracting; (3) perform peer reviews; (4) litigate protests before the GAO; (5) develop written guidance on procurement law matters having regional and USACE-wide effect; (6) furnish guidance pertaining to advertised and negotiated contracts, both fixed price and cost reimbursement, including all types of contracts such as construction, supply, services, architect-engineer, research and development, and personal and non-personal services; (7) furnish guidance relating to contracts to be performed overseas and affected by international agreements; and (8) furnish guidance relating to the impact of fiscal law on contracts.

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