Alexandria, Virginia
Sep 19, 2020
Sep 22, 2020
Full Time


This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. This position is in the Excepted Service. Selection under
this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

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As an ATTORNEY-ADVISOR (GENERAL) you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Providing leadership and staff with oral and written legal advice and guidance on the full spectrum of civilian personnel law, including staffing, pay, performance management, adverse actions, appeals, labor law, expeditionary workforce issues, and equal opportunity law issues.
  • Providing advice to DHRA supervisors on employee performance issues, misconduct, and complaints generated by DHRA employees, and assisting in defending grievances, Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and Equal Employment (EEO) and Office of Special Counsel (OSC) actions, and any resulting Federal litigation.
  • Expertly conducting or directing legal research and analysis on complex or sensitive legal issues as well as on laws, regulations and policies that have a significant impact on DHRA and its interests and brief DHRA leadership on issues and findings.
  • Providing DHRA leadership and staff with oral and written legal advice on the full spectrum of issues related to the missions of DHRA such as defense data management, defense travel management, federal voting assistance, combatting trafficking in persons, language programs, nontraditional education, employer support of the guard and reserve.
  • Providing DHRA leadership and staff with oral and written legal advice in other legal areas such as fiscal law, information law including Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act, contract law, and government ethics.

Specialized experience required for the GS-14 position is:
  • Professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Specialized experience required for the GS-15 position is:
  • Professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Performing duties with substantial independence even when working on the most complex or difficult matters.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is not a drug testing designated position.
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: Occasionally
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
  • SECURITY: Non-Critical Sensitive/Secret


Qualification standards for attorney positions may be found in DoD Instruction 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 be an active member of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia, and permitted to engage in the active practice of law.


Possess a Bachelor of Law or Juris Doctor Degree.

NOTE: Failure to provide college transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

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

Additional information


Other Notes:
All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Résumé: If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.

Assessment Questionnaire

Transcripts: REQUIRED--We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the chool, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59 EST, 09/21/2020 to be considered

Statement regarding your bar status and standing. You must provide proof that you are a current active member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Additional documents you may be required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying for one of the categories such as a veteran, a current or former permanent Federal employee, ICTAP, etc.).

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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