Attorney-Adviser (General) (Title 32) (Indefinite)

Richmond, Virginia
Jul 19, 2019
Jul 27, 2019
Full Time



This National Guard position is for a Attorney-Adviser (General) (Title 32) (Indefinite), Position Description Number D1240000 and is part of the VA COS, National Guard.

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As an Attorney-Adviser (General), GS-0905-13, you will perform the below duties:

(1) Acts as a legal adviser and attorney for the state/territory National Guard, responsible for the formulation of state/territory legal policy and its execution legal representation; legal initiatives; interpretation and litigation of U.S. and state/territory(s) constitutional, civil, criminal, labor law; international law and treaty agreements; trial defense; and a full spectrum of expert legal advice. Assignments include some of the most diverse, complex, difficult and emerging legal issues found in any area of law, to include: homeland security, emergency response, sovereignty, state/territory compacts, fiscal and contract law, civil affairs, employer support, military statute and administrative law (Federal & state/territory), non-military employment law (Federal & state/territory), administrative law, environmental law and emerging areas of law, i.e. domestic operations, intelligence law, weapons of mass destruction emergency response and assistance to civil authorities, etc.

(2) Responsible to advise on the legal, factual and other impacting aspects of drafting, interpretation and application of legislation, regulation, tasking orders, decision, opinions or other guiding, or lack thereof, instruments associated with emerging or highly conflicted and emotionally charged issues such as intelligence oversight related to Homeland Security, or advising on Federal and state/territory Executive Orders for the use of federalized troops in response to domestic emergencies and natural disasters.

(3) Serves as the state/territory National Guard litigation point of contact. Represents the state/territory National Guard in all legal matters in state/territory and Federal courts of original or appellate jurisdictions. The incumbent seeks to prevent avoidable litigation, but may serve as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney or Assistant Attorney General at trial as cases dictate. The incumbent conducts investigations of fact and legal sufficiency; advising on administrative remedies; develops the trial strategy, content and means of presentation, and trial delivery; makes motions; and conducts post-trial duties. Prepares litigation reports, briefs, pleadings and other papers associated with litigation involving the state/territory National Guard interests.

(4) Serves as an attorney/adviser providing acquisition and fiscal legal advice to the state/territory's assigned United States Property & Fiscal Officer (the Chief of the National Guard Bureau's agent in the state/territory) and active duty military advisers. Advises Army National Guard (ARNG) and Air National Guard (ANG) contracting officers, reviews contracts, procurement actions and real property matters involving Federal and state/territory funds (some involving substantial amounts of money) for legal sufficiency, appropriate titling and claim initiation or resolution actions.

(5) Acts as the Adjutant General's representative in third-party proceedings under Federal labor-management and equal employment opportunity statutes and regulatory provisions. Represents the state/territory National Guard as a trial attorney on assigned cases before investigators, administrative judges and arbitrators from various appellate bodies including, but limited to, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Federal Services Impasses Panel and Federal Courts.

(6) Advises the convening authorities, including the state/territory Adjutant General, on procedural and legal issues associated with Courts Martial, Non-Judicial Punishment Administrative Board proceedings and subsequent actions.

(7) Serves as the state/territory Ethics Adviser. Reviews sensitive financial disclosure statements for General Officers and other key personnel. Provides or participates in various training activities, prepares reports and provides counsel on complex ethics issues and policies; and ensures Federal and state/territory annual administrative reporting requirements are met.

(8) Serves as claims officer for the state/territory National Guard. Reviews Claim Investigating Officer reports, adjudication recommendations, regardless of filing location, and approves forwarding of actions to the appropriate claims office. Reviews for legal sufficiency and approves or dispatches recommended action to approving authorities a variety of documents or investigative determinations such as freedom of information requests, financial liability investigations, line of duty determinations, and similar administrative proceedings.

(9) Provides oversight and guidance to the state/territory Judge Advocate's Legal Office, Legal Assistance and Preventative Law Programs, and supervises assigned full-time attorney and support staff.

(10) Performs other duties as required.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.
  • This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the employing state's National Guard, required prior to the effective date of placement.
  • Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform.
  • Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.
  • Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.
  • Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.


Remarks: This position is being advertised as an indefinite appointment and applicant selected may be released at any time, and advised of his/her rights and benefits to which entitled. In the event a permanent employee is accepted for this indefinite position, there will be a change in their tenure from permanent to indefinite. Indefinite appointments may be made permanent at a later date without competition.

GROUP I - All qualified Male/Female Commissioned Officers (O-6/COL) currently employed (permanent) in the Virginia Army National Guard Military Technician Program.
GROUP II - All qualified Virginia Army National Guard Male/Female Commissioned Officers (O-6/COL), regardless of employment status (Traditional, Military Technician or AGR). To be considered as a Group II applicant, proof of appointment/enlistment in the Virginia National Guard must be attached if the appointment/enlistment occurred within 60 days prior to, or during, the advertisement period.

Military Grades: Commissioned Officers (O-6/COL)

Compatible Military Assignments: O:BR: 27A

GENERAL EXPERIENCE : Experience, education, or training which has provided the applicant with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Skilled in collecting and analyzing data effectively, efficiently, and accurately;
  • Knowledgeable of military and civilian laws, directives, regulations, policies, and procedures;
  • Ability to clearly enunciate English without impediment of speech that would interfere or prohibit effective communications;
  • Skilled interpersonal communications, empathy, and effective listening;
  • Ability to write English in reports and presentation formats;
  • Ability to communicate -orally and in writing- clearly and effectively;
  • Ability to organize thoughts, research materials, and manage case projects; and
  • Skilled in comprehending and interpreting directives and laws.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicant must have at least 24 months of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 level, or equivalent pay band in other pay systems in the Federal government as a professional attorney advisor. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. This experience must include activities such as:
  • Experienced and competent in providing legal interpretation and guidance to managers and senior leaders on Title 32 § 709, United States Code, National Guard Program.
  • Experience recognizing and identifying complex constitutional, state-federal, and military-civilian jurisdictional issues frequently associated with the organization and administration of the Title 32 National Guard, and articulating them in the appropriate forum or context.
  • Experienced and in competent in providing legal interpretation and guidance to managers and senior leaders on 10 United States Code, and the state equivalent to the federal Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  • Experienced in conducting legal research in connection with cases pending administrative hearings, trials before courts of original jurisdiction, or arguments in appellate courts.

  • OR
    (In addition to the standard education requirements and law degree qualifications) education achievements are allowed as limited substitutions for the specialized experience factors listed above.


    For entry into the Attorney-Adviser, it is mandatory to have a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor Degree in law issued by an ABA- accredited law school; and, must be admitted to practice law in the highest court of any U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia.

    In addition to the standard education requirements and law degree qualifications, education achievements are allowed as limited substitutions for specialized experience factors.
    You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.

    Additional information

    If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency ( ).

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed.

    2. Other supporting documents: Transcripts, Most recent SF50 for current Federal Technicians, Proof of Recent enlistment if enlistment in the Virginia National Guard occurred within the last 60 days

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.