Supervisory Attorney-Adviser (General)

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Nov 28, 2020
Dec 06, 2020
Full Time


See below for important information regarding this job.

As the Deputy Chief Counsel, you will report directly to the Chief Counsel, and be responsible for the following duties within DLA Counsel - Energy:
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  • Knowledge and experience in leading and managing a legal office with responsibility for diverse legal subject matter areas.
  • Provides a full range of supervisory duties, to include personnel matters, fiscal/funds control, performance evaluation, performance awards and discipline.
  • Knowledge and experience advising Command leaders on complex legal and business issues related to the procurement/distribution of...
  • ...petroleum products, space/missile propellants, chemicals/gases, natural gas, utility privatization, and electricity.
  • Knowledge and experience advising Command leaders on matters to include Federal Acquisition Law, procurement fraud and business integrity...
  • ...Labor and Employment Law, Fiscal Law, Ethics, Congressional Inquiries, IG Complaints, and International Agreements.
  • Experience improving organizational health, legal office culture, and fostering a work environment and culture that emphasizes employee engagement...
  • ...innovation, collaboration, communication, diversity and inclusion throughout the Office and the Legal Enterprise.
  • Demonstrated ability to improve office operations, lead, mentor and develop subordinate legal professionals, and increase employee retention.
  • Experience managing matters in Federal Acquisition/Procurement, Contract Performance/Disputes, Ethics, Fiscal Law...
  • ...International Law (including International Agreements), Labor and Employment Law, Litigation, and Alternate Dispute Resolution.
  • Knowledge and experience guiding subordinate attorneys in effective oral and written advice and advocacy supporting clients, alternative dispute resolution techniques...
  • ...litigation strategies, and preparation of oral arguments and written briefs.
  • Experience representing Federal organizational clients before administrative forums concerning contract litigation, bid protests, and labor and employment disputes.
  • Experience supporting Department of Justice representation in Federal Courts.
  • Experience leading office programs for education, professional development, and succession management, to ensure all personnel maintain...
  • ...and advance skills in areas of mission-related expertise and are prepared for professional advancement.
  • Defines and assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, difficulty of assignments, and capabilities.
  • Provides technical legal oversight. Develops and evaluates subordinates? performance standards, adjusting as needed.
  • Carries out EEO policies and communicates support of these policies to subordinates. Assures equity in determining selections, assignments, training, promotions, details, qualifications, discipline, and awards to employees.

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
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Security Requirements: Special-Sensitive with Top Secret/SCI
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Bargaining Unit Status: No
  • Overtime Work: Occasionally
  • Supervisory Probation: Required
  • Completion of Supervisory Certification Program: Required


To qualify, you must possess professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The experience described in your resume and narrative statement will be evaluated and screened for competencies needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the 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 and narrative statement must show you have the competencies necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level.

1) The first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.);

2) Proof that you are licensed and a member in good standing with the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. Annual bar certification cards issued from your state of licensure are not considered acceptable. Proof is a "certificate of good standing" issued by your state of licensure dated within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement or a screenshot of your bar status taken from your state of licensure website that is dated within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement or sworn statement to that effect. If there is not a date on the screen shot, you must provide a statement signed by you on the date that the screen shot was created. The successful applicant selected for employment must provide a "certificate of good standing" issued by their respective bar showing they are in good status and in active status prior to appointment.

3) In addition to 1 and 2 (listed above), the GS-15 grade level has the following qualification requirements:

You must possess professional legal experience in excess of 3 years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

In accordance with DoD 1442.2 (Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys), promotion for this position is based on the individual's time, performance, and mastery of skills at the required grade level and only with approval of the designated official (DLA General Counsel) in accordance with the applicable regulation.

The legal experience described in your application package narrative statement and resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies required to perform the duties of the position as described in the Major Duties section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience will be evaluated and screened to determine how closely or to what extent your experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your application package narrative statement and resume must demonstrate you have the competencies and quality of experience necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate grade level.

The PRINCIPAL SELECTION FACTORS for this position are as follows (NOTE: these four factors must be addressed in a separate Narrative Statement document submitted with the application. See HOW TO APPLY section below):

a. The ability to lead, manage and oversee a full-service legal organization engaged in a broad range of Agency legal practice and programs.

b. In depth knowledge of three or more of the following legal practice and programs areas: acquisition law; fiscal law; standards of conduct and ethics; personnel, EEO and labor law; administrative and civil law; litigation; procurement fraud; international and operational law; and alternative dispute resolution.

c. Ability to work effectively with a diverse senior client base and to serve as a member of the Major Subordinate Command's (MSC's) leadership team in ensuring mission success.

d. Experience and ability to improve organizational health and legal office culture, as well as to lead, mentor, and develop subordinate legal professionals and promote employee retention.

Other Selection Factor(s) Considered :

Breadth and depth of legal experience in multiple organizations and at multiple levels. A mix of experience at more than one MSC, base, post, operating location/installation (examples: Major Service Command; Combatant Command; Headquarters Military Staff Service; Joint Staff; and Defense Agency) is desirable.

Acquisition law experience is highly desirable.

Security Clearance: This position is designated Critical Sensitive. If selected, you must obtain and maintain a Top-Secret security clearance. If you are unable to obtain this level of security clearance (as a result of undisclosed or disclosed background issues), within a reasonable period of time (as defined by the Agency), the employment offer may be withdrawn. In addition, incumbent is subject to periodic re-investigation to maintain security eligibility in accordance with DoD 5200.2-R.


Education may not be used as a substitution for qualifications for this position.

Additional information

Excepted Service Position: This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

Veterans Information: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's 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
As of 23 December 2016, Military retirees seeking to enter federal service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they would be appointed within 180 days following their official date of retirement.

Reemployed Annuitants: This position does not meet criteria for appointment of Reemployed Annuitants. The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine, opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine, amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. ADVISORY: By using cannabidiol (CBD) products you are risking a positive drug test result for marijuana.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Selection(s) will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position.

Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated based on the application package submitted. An oral interview may be conducted with some, none, or all candidates, depending upon the relative qualifications of the applicants.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee). Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide:

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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