ATTORNEY-ADVISER

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Posted
Aug 15, 2019
Closes
Aug 22, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

About the Position: U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) is the Critical Link that ensures the global readiness of the complex, networked C4ISR systems and capabilities that provide our joint forces with the advanced information and technology they need to communicate on today's battlefield. CECOM adapts, strengthens and sustains the critical C4ISR systems that joint warfighters rely on allowing them to operate, fight and win anywhere, against any foe, at any moment.

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Responsibilities

  • As a legal adviser your primary areas of legal practice are government procurement law and labor/employment law. You will also advise on all types of installation administrative and civil law issues, including, but not limited to, investigations.
  • Serves as acquisition counsel on procurement and contract litigation issues. In this capacity, employee leads and directs the preparation, negotiation, and review of contracts and other legal agreements
  • Provide detailed counsel to procurement officials on a broad spectrum of acquisition issues, to include specific high-profile procurements and initiatives.
  • Prepare legal opinions, make legal decisions, and take legal actions in all areas of Federal contract law, fiscal law, and on all types of matters pertaining to procurement and other support operations.
  • Review contract documents involving pre- and post-award phases of the contracting process for legal sufficiency and business judgment, and ratifications of unauthorized commitments.
  • Exercises a general knowledge of Government contracting and fiscal law, to include the contracting cycle.
  • Research, identify, and interpret statutes, courts and Comptroller General decisions, and Government regulations with respect to all procurement actions and issues.
  • Provide legal advice to contracting officials, managers, and members of the command group in areas that have direct DA and DoD impact.
  • Provide oral and written advice concerning civilian personnel law, employment discrimination law and all labor relations matters.
  • Review proposed activity regulations for legal sufficiency and impact on other regulations
  • Practice preventive law by informing management of the impact of changes in civilian personnel and labor law and regulations; advising on the informal resolution of grievances and discrimination complaints.
  • Represent the CECOM on all aspects of federal employment law, including adverse actions, performance management, and matters before EEOC, MSPB, and other forums.
  • Maintain close working relationship with and assists in the training of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, G-1 and EEO offices.
  • Rendering, counsel, and opinions to agency officials, regarding situations requiring an advanced level of experience and specialized knowledge of law, regulations, procedure, and precedents on all general law issues.
  • Assignments may involve complex and difficult legal questions requiring extensive research, analysis, and evaluation of information. Cases have an important impact on major private and/or public interests


Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
4

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • This position requires that the incumbent submit an annual Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450 upon entering this position as well as annually.
  • TDY/Business travel of up to 25% required.
  • This position requires the incumbent to possess a Good Standing Certificate.
  • This position requires the incumbent to possess a valid Fitness to Practice Statement.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.


Qualifications

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

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

Education: 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).

*Note on Education-Only degrees from 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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

- Bar Membership: An applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

- Experience: 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.

- For the NH-0905-03 (GS-12 equivalent) Level: Two years of professional legal experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level.

- For the NH-0905-03 (GS-13 equivalent) Level: In excess of two years of professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

- For the NH-0905-04 (GS-14 equivalent) Level: In excess of three years of professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

VETERANS PREFERNCE INFORMATION: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Army considers veteran's 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 documents (e.g. DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference 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 the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management website at www.opm.gov .

Education

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

  • 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.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 56 - Legal position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf for more information.
  • 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 .
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
  • Relocation/Recruitment Incentives may be authorized.
  • This is an Excepted Service position and does not confer competitive service.
  • This position may be eligible for regular and recurring TELEWORK, including emergency and OPM prescribed unscheduled Telework. Supervisor approval will be required on a case-by-case basis.
  • This is a DoD Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) position in the NH-03/04 broadband with an advertised pay range from the lowest equivalent GS grade 12/Step 1 to the GS grade 15/Step 10 in the broadband. This position is covered by control points to account for variances in position responsibilities within the broadband. The Control Point for this position at the NH-03, Senior Professional is equivalent to the GS-13/Step 1-10, $99,172 - $128,920; NH-04, Professional/Analyst is equivalent to the GS-14/Step 1-10, $117,191 - $152,352. Management will set the selectee's pay for this position within the control point salary range consistent with the qualifications and education of the selectee and the expected contribution for the position.


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, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Basis for Rating: Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be evaluated for basic qualification requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in this vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
  • This position requires a job-related license or certification. You MUST submit a copy of your license or certification with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
(REQUIRED): Official law school transcript. Applicants will provide their law school transcript and a statement of relative standing in class as a part of their application. Photo static copies of transcripts are acceptable when applying. Should you be selected, you will be notified of where and how to send an official transcripts and an official statement of relative standing.

(REQUIRED): Official Certificate: An applicant MUST submit an official certificate and/or letter issued by a United States state or territory, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico attorney licensing authority that demonstrates that the applicant is an active member in good standing. The certificate and/or letter MUST BE DATED BY THE ISSUING AUTHORITY NO MORE THAN THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED. COPIES OF BAR CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE REPLACEMENTS FOR THE CERTIFICATE AND/OR LETTER. Active status authorizes an attorney who is a member in good standing to immediately practice law before the highest court of the licensing authority. The certificate is required to be submitted by all applicants to include attorneys currently appointed to positions under any qualifying authority of the Army (including Army Civilian Attorneys and active duty Army Judge Advocates.) Photocopy is acceptable when applying but official certificate must be furnished before entering duty.

(REQUIRED): A sworn (notarized) statement from you that your fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction to the best of your knowledge, or if either has been challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts and circumstances, together with any explanation that you deem appropriate may be submitted. As an alternative to a sworn (notarized) statement, a statement which includes 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)...(your signature)." (28 U.S.C. 1746). The statement must be dated within three months (90 days) of the date of the announcement. The statement is required to be submitted by all applicants to include attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of The Judge Advocate General (including active duty Army Judge Advocates).

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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.