Arlington, Virginia
May 01, 2019
May 01, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Temporary duty official travel away from the permanent duty station may be required, including overseas travel, when necessary for mission requirements.

Relocation expenses reimbursed 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.
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: Occasionally
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is not telework eligible
  • This is a drug testing designated position
  • A Top Secret security clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) is a requirement of the position. The incumbent must possess or be able to obtain and maintain a final TS/SCI security clearance.
  • Incumbent must be a graduate of an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school and an active member in good standing of one of the State Bars or the Bar of the District of Columbia. An advanced law degree (LLM) is recommended.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.
  • To qualify at the GS-15 level - Attorney applicants must have the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and be currently licensed to practice law by the bar of the highest court of a U.S. state, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. The Military Departments may also extend the requirement for active bar membership to assignment of civilian attorneys within their respective Departments. In addition, the attorney shall have professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties that are listed above in the Duties section of this announcement. It is preferred that applicants have experience with the following:
    • Leading and managing a joint legal office staff;
    • Providing advice related to the military and strategic national security issues and recommendations to high ranking officials;
    • Possessing an applicable knowledge of operational law, international law, national security law, fiscal law, and the law of armed conflict.

    Qualification standards for attorney positions may be found in DoD Directive 1442.2, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys" at

    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

    Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    You must show proof you are currently licensed to practice law and in good standing with the bar of the highest court 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 ABA-accredited law school at the time of applying for the position.

    A copy of law school transcripts and proof you are in good standing with the bar of the highest court of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico must be submitted with your application.

    NOTE: Failure to provide a copy of law school transcripts and proof you are in good standing with the bar of the highest court of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

    Foreign Education: For further information, click on the following link:

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

    *NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.

    *NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.
    This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. We will evaluate your application for basic eligibility and to determine if your experience meets the qualifications and other basic requirements are eligible for referral and selection consideration.

    Read more Security clearance Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required Yes

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