General Counsel

Fort Lee, Virginia
Sep 12, 2020
Sep 19, 2020
Full Time


This position serves as the General Counsel, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), under the supervision of the Deputy General Counsel (Acquisition & Logistics), DoD, and has overall responsibility for the provision of legal services to DCMA and management of the worldwide DCMA legal organization within Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA).
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  • Position directs over 100 civilian attorneys providing legal advice and services to DCMA Headquarters at geographically dispersed contract management regions, contract administration offices, and centers throughout the Agency.
  • Provides authoritative legal opinions, oral and written, on exceptionally broad and complex issues and problems requiring knowledge and experience in many diverse legal practice areas, both contract management and non-contract management related.
  • Serves as Agency expert on contract management law, providing expert counsel in all areas of contract management, including cost principles, corporate mergers and acquisitions, novation agreements, contract financing and progress payments, and
  • terminations, cost and pricing data submissions, government furnished property, pre-award surveys, quality assurance, safety compliance, environmental compliance, and creditor rights in insolvency.
  • Performs final Agency legal review of contract management policy initiatives, directives, and programs.
  • Recommends and prepares proposed legislation, regulations, and policy letters.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Business travel required up to 10% of the time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Selectee must complete a drug test and comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements
  • Selectee must complete an Executive Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278).
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Two year SES probationary period may be required.
  • All newly appointed DoD Career SES members must sign a Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement.
  • Appointment is subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • License/Certification Bar Certificate of Good Standing in Active Status.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.


Who May Apply:
  • All groups of qualified individuals

Qualification requirements for Attorney positions can be found in DoD directive 1442.02, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorney.

Applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and have the first professional law degree (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from that institute.

Applicant must have professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Applicant must have substantial professional legal experience sufficient as to be recognized as an expert in their field.

Bar Membership: Applicant must currently be an active member, in good standing, in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.


All applicants must submit separate narrative statements that fully describe how their experience supports each Mandatory Technical Qualification requirement. The statements should include specific examples of their actual experience, education, and accomplishments that directly relate to the MTQ. Examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize the level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of action taken, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. MTQs are essential for successful performance in the position:

1. Demonstrated ability to manage a large geographically dispersed legal organization that provides a comprehensive array of legal services to a defense agency or other similar federal agency, including responsibility for major litigation contract disputes cases and contract fraud cases.

2. Comprehensive knowledge of the Department of Defense or other similar Federal agency acquisition process with particular emphasis on contract formation, quality assurance, contract administration, and technical program support.

3. Expert knowledge of the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to all aspects of contract management and the demonstrated ability to provide authoritative legal expertise on a broad range of complex contract management issues and problems.

4. Expert knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures related to personnel management, labor relations, equal employment opportunity, and ethics applicable to Federal civilian and military personnel, and the demonstrated ability to provide authoritative legal expertise in these areas.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential and measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed in a variety of SES positions.

Applicants* must submit separate narrative statements to address each of the five ECQs below (maximum length of each statement: 1-2 pages).Each statement must fully describe how their experience demonstrates the specific ECQ. Include two relevant specific examples of actual experience, education, and accomplishments that directly demonstrate competencies for each ECQ. Examples should be clear and concise and emphasize the level of responsibilities and scope and complexity of programs managed. Applicants must use the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) model to describe their accomplishments. ECQs may not exceed 10 pages.

CHALLENGE: Describe a specific problem or goal.
CONTEXT: Describe individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
ACTION: Describe the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
RESULT: Describe specific examples of measures/outcomes that had impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

*EXCEPTIONS TO ECQ REQUIREMENT: Current Career SES members, former Career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM do NOT need to submit narrative ECQ statements.

ECQ 1-LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2-LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3-RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4-BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5-BUILDING COALITIONS: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work. Your application should include experience which demonstrates your ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement: In addition to qualification requirements described above, the DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess the ability to apply a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. T his perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within the application package.


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:

Additional information

  • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at: .
  • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)
  • FLSA: Exempt
  • Bargaining Unit: No
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Position has a positive education requirement.
  • Two year SES probationary period may be required.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Tour of Duty: Full-time
  • Recruitment/Relocation/Retention Incentive may be authorized.
  • Student loan Repayment Program(SLRP) will not be authorized.
  • Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.
  • 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 for more information.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated to determine whether basic qualifications requirements are met, and on the extent to which it shows that you possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties based on the scope and quality of total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applications of basically qualified candidates will be evaluated by an executive rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. The ECQ statements of the selectee must be certified by the OPM Quality Review Board, unless previously certified.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

1) A current resume (failure to submit will eliminate applicant from further consideration). Include in your resume the following information:
  • Vacancy Announcement number #
  • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening phone numbers
  • Education information (name, city & state of accredited college/university, type of degree and date received from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education)
  • Information about your paid and unpaid work experiences related to this position (job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, dates and duration of employment, work schedule and salary)
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
2) Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) Statements (MANDATORY SUBMISSION). A separate narrative statement specifically addressing each MTQ (maximum length of each statement: two pages). Your application should include four separate MTQ statements, totaling no more than eight pages.

3) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) Statements*. (MANDATORY SUBMISSION). A separate narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ, written in the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model. Maximum 10 pages total.

*NOTE: The ECQ narrative statements are NOT required if the applicant is a:

(a) current or former Career SES member (These members MUST provide SF50 or DD3434, Notification of Personnel Action, as documentation of SES Appointment), OR

(b) graduate of an SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM.

DO NOT COMBINE THE MTQ AND ECQ STATEMENTS. Failure to submit mandatory statements will eliminate applicant from further consideration.

4) Performance Assessment. Applicants who are current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of the most recent performance appraisal (or an explanation of why a performance appraisal cannot be provided).

5) Copy of the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or DD-3434). Applicants who are current or former Federal employees MUST provide the most recent document that shows their status or reinstatement eligibility and grade and salary. Failure to submit will eliminate applicant from further consideration.

6) Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Development Program MUST provide a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility.

7) Applicants for initial federal employment or reemployment must also submit:
a) An official transcript of applicant's law school records with an official statement of his/her relative standing in class, if obtainable;

b) An official certificate showing active membership, in good standing, in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.; and

c) A statement that their fitness to practice law or their conduct as an attorney has never been challenged or if either has been challenged, a statement explaining the facts and circumstances to include any explanation that you deem appropriate must be provided.

Additional documents may be requested. They include, but are not limited to: for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran status, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15 VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

Future Military Retirees*: You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document** OR a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

Future Separation from the Military*: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document** OR a copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

* Active duty military members who are selected may not be appointed unless on terminal leave or already separated from the armed forces.

** The 'certification' is a written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The Statement of Service must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters, AND the Statement of Service letter must include the branch of service, dates of active duty service, your rank, type of discharge, Character of Service (i.e., honorable), date of expected separation, and, if applicable, when your terminal leave will begin.

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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