Washington D.C.
Jan 18, 2019
Jan 18, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Travel is dependent upon position description and availability of funding.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • May be required to successfully complete a trial period.
  • Male applicants born after Dec. 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service law (see
  • Must have a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school, be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State of the United States or a Territory of the United States, and have legal experience in excess of 2 years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position.

    The successful selectee will perform the following duties:
    • Develop, plan, and implement policy to administer and manage improved processes and procedures to enhance and streamline the delivery of services, to include the drafting and updating of relevant Department of Defense (DoD) policies and DoN and JAG instructions and manuals.
    • Serve as the central DoN authority on DES legal services, advise and assist OJAG and Marine Corps Judge Advocate Division entities on all matters relating to the DES Counsel Program and ensures the integration of these matters with other DoN sponsored DES activities, including DoN PEB, DoN Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Veterans benefits Administration (VBA), Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs), DoN Combat Related Special Compensation Board, OJAG (Code 13), the Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR), the DoN Safe Harbor Program, and Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalions.
    • Review federal statutes, National Defense Authorization Acts, all DoD and SECNAV instructions and directives, to include BUMED, Chief of Naval Personnel, Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards (SECNAVCORB), and Manpower Management Division Headquarters Marine Corps policies, instructions, and directives for any potential impact on the DoN DES Counsel Program.
    • Incumbent, when required to provide advice and counsel on Service members' cases, will review the case file and medical records to evaluate potential and likely outcomes; assist in structuring the Service member's case to accomplish the client's desired and realistic end state; advise client on potential results of the boards; advise client on other known medical testing or medical records which the client should work with his/her medical team to be conducted or documented; and work with the client to ensure necessary documentation is present for the case.
    • Incumbent independently conducts legal research pertaining to medical issues; conducts examination of witnesses; provides case assessment, legal advice, and recommendations to the Service member in support of the case; prepares legal memoranda in support of board proceedings; and may represent Sailors and Marines during the informal and formal PEB hearing process and in subsequent appeals processes.
    • As necessary, brief Congressional staff in contemplation of needed legislative amendments impacting the delivery of legal services to Wounded, Ill and Injured Service members. Prepare the JAG for Congressional hearings, including conducting or directing a subordinate to conduct legal research and draft talking points. Coordinates responses to media inquiries with the OJAG Public Affairs Office.
    • Serves as subject matter expert trainer and lecturer on DES matters to DES and non-DES attorneys from all Services at the Naval Justice School, training symposiums and elsewhere, as needed.
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

    Must have a J.D. Degree from an ABA accredited law school, be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State of the United States or a Territory of the United States, and have a minimum of three (3) years post-law school legal experience as either a military judge advocate or in private practice providing representation concerning family law matters.

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

    Active duty military members MAY apply under this announcement. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

    The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at

    Veterans' Preference: Applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference must specifically claim such eligibility in their cover letter, identify the basis for the claim, and include supporting documentation. Documentation includes the DD-214 showing type of discharge, dates of service and campaign badges received. There is no formal rating system for applying Veterans' Preference for attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, Region Legal Service Office Hawaii considers Veterans' Preference eligibility a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. Information on Veterans' Preference is available in the Vet Guide, which can be accessed electronically at the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at[PKSCNRH1]

    The Department of Navy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.

    The Department of Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Eligible applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Candidates are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position, the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position, and the ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

    Read more Security clearance Secret

    Drug test required No

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