Attorney-Adviser (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Posted
Sep 12, 2019
Closes
Sep 14, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

About the Position: This is an Attorney Adviser position working on all matters related to fiscal, administrative law and acquisition or contract law issues. The position is located within the office of the Command Judge Advocate at Regional Health Command - Atlantic. Fort Belvoir is approximately 15 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., five miles from Alexandria, VA and next door to the community of Mount Vernon, VA. For more information about the area, visit the website www.belvoir.army.mil.
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Responsibilities

  • Serve as subject matter expert (SME) in Government ethics, labor law and a wide range of other administrative, civil and health law issues for the RHC commander, staff agencies, and all Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) within the Medical Command.
  • Manages the RHC government ethics programs, including: Financial disclosure programs (SF 278s and OGE 450s) for process, compliance, and reporting to HQDA for filing with the Office of Government Ethics.
  • Advise the RHC command on civilian personnel law, labor relations and equal employment law issues, including matters arising from the civil service system, employment discrimination and a variety of other labor issues.
  • Provide timely responses to difficult, complex, and urgent legal problems presented so as to preclude interruptions in services.
  • Serve as the Command's Ethics Counselor.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel up to 10% of the time for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

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 be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Secret security clearance or access for the duration of employment. A background investigation and credit check are required.
  • This position requires that you submit a Standard Form 450, Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, upon entrance to this position and annually.
  • Physical Exam maybe required.
  • This position may require an annual influenza immunization.
  • A two year trial period may be required.


Qualifications

Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position. KSA's:

(1) Skill in identifying legal issues and conducting relevant legal research within Legal Assistance, Administrative Law, or Health Law.
(2) Skill in administrative hearings practice.
(3) Skill in oral and written advocacy.
(4) Ability to effectively, professionally, and ethically manage a heavy caseload of clients with complex legal needs.

Notice of Veterans 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 documents (for example, 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. The SF 15 will identify the supporting documentation required along with a list of the types of 10-point preference. The Sf 15 is available from the Office of Personnel Management at https://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/sf/.

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS: If currently employed as an attorney by the Federal Government must have completed at least 1 year of service at the next lower grade 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.

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).

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 the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Experience: 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. (Note: Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as a Master of Laws (LLM) may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.)

Education

Please refer to Qualifications section for information on the education requirements for this position.

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.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • 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.
  • Incentives (Recruitment, Relocation, or Retention) may be authorized as determined by management.
  • If you are currently serving in a permanent, competitive service appointment in the Federal service and are selected for this position, the appointment will remove you from the competitive service while you occupy the position.
  • This is a term position which may be extended depending upon the needs of management.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application package (resume and supporting documents) 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 , Suitability/Fitness , Credentialing

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
  • A sworn (notarized) statement from youthat your fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction to the best of the applicants knowledge, or if either has been challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts and circumstances, together with any explanation which you may deem appropriate may be submitted. As an alternative to a sworn (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), (Your Signature)". (28 U.S.C. 1746). The statement and certificate must be dated within three months of the date the application is submitted. The statement and certification must be submitted by all applicants to include attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of The Judge Advocate General, Army (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.

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