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Langley AFB, Virginia
Jan 11, 2021
Jan 19, 2021
Full Time


The primary purpose of this position is to specialized professional legal advice and services as an attorney within Headquarters Air Combat Command (HQ ACC). Provides legal advice, military justice expertise, legal services, and litigation support to the ACC Commander through the ACC Staff Judge Advocate (SJA). Significant advice is also provided directly to the ACC Plans and Programs Directorate, the Chief of Basing at ACC.

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  • Serves as ACC's primary source of legal expertise on Future Total Force planning and implementation.
  • Provides legal advice to ACC clients concerning ACC Future Total Force basing concepts and operational concepts.
  • Serves as the ACC primary legal advisor on evaluating the constitutionality of basing concepts and ensuring operational concepts comply with federal law, to include the UCMJ.
  • Drafts/negotiates legal agreements supporting FTF basing/operational concepts and provides civil litigation support.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • PCS expenses are not authorized, and will not be paid
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Work occasionally requires travel away form the normal duty station by military vehicle or aircraft
  • Must have a law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from an ABA accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state or the District of Columbia
  • This is a Term Position
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Five years of relevant experience and/or a master of laws (LL.M.) degree is desirable
  • Experience with legislation approval process is highly desirable but not required


  • You 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: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.
  • In addition, at the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status and in good standing with a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the above requirement: you must have professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Such as, research and respond to difficult legal questions and methods of research, analyzing, interpreting, and applying Federal and State laws, regulations, policy directives, contracts, and other legal instruments; Examine, interpret, and advise on cases, instruments, directives, and makes recommended improvements or reversal of any adverse trends with attention to high risk/problem prone areas of adjudication; Provide legal advice on high-level inquiries, proposed legislation, policies, and regulations where a legal or legal related issues is involved; Develop solutions to problems involving highly intricate legal, factual, and political questions, and provides correct, practical legal advice and services in a timely manner.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Must have a law degree (J.D. or LLB.) from an ABA accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state or the District of Columbia. Five years of relevant experience and/or a masters of laws (LL.M.) degree is desirable.

2. Thorough knowledge of federal civil procedure, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, constitutional law analysis, labor law, military justice to include a strong background in the practical administration of the UCMJ, and fiscal law; knowledgeable in administrative law and general civil law.

3. Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution; federal case law with a particular focus on the UCMJ and the practical administration of Air Force military justice; Air Force doctrine, policies, and practices associated with Future Total Force integration concepts; the United States Code (including Title 5, Title 10, and Title 32); the National Guard Bureau and Air Force Reserve components operations and personnel classification systems; Department of Defense and Air Force legal authorities related to force deployment and the war-fighting mission (including those authorities related to manning, personnel classifications and fiscal law impact of personnel classifications related to the Air Force mission and National Defense Strategy); as well as, Knowledge of basic statutory interpretation and statutory construction; drafting memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and memorandums of agreement (MOAs); and drafting new legislation/revising existing legislation.

4. Highly knowledgeable of military justice (including the Uniform Code of Military Justice), constitutional law, fiscal law, labor law, general civil law, Reserve (components) and National Guard force structure, mission, and operations; DoD and Air Force policies and procedures as they relate to Future Force integration and Air Force policy on future force operational concepts.

5. Highly skilled in written and oral advocacy, possess superior negotiation skills and be capable of rational, logical thinking in order to prepare and present written briefs and oral arguments on behalf of the Air Force, to protect ACC's interests, to recognize, analyze and segregate various legal aspects of complex factual situations, and write concise legal opinions, and to explain complex legal principles and recommend appropriate actions.

6. Skill and ability in the use of computer word processing and presentation software such as Microsoft Word for Windows and Microsoft Power Point and in the use of e-mail and organizational software such as Microsoft Outlook. Ability to gain proficiency with electronic staff summary sheet packages and staff work, and skilled in conducting administrative litigation and supporting federal civil litigation.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth. The attorney must maintain such bar membership in at least one jurisdiction during the entire course of employment with the Air Force.

IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcriptswith the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. NOTE: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.

120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

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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, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

Applications who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
  • Online Application: Questionnaire
  • Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
  • Transcripts/Registration/License: If qualifying on education/position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts and if required for the position, submit an active, current registration/license.
  • Veterans: If claiming 30% Disabled Veteran or Veteran's Preference - Submit VOW certification memo or copy of the official DD-Form 214, which must include the character of service (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This will be annotated in block 24 on member copy 2, 4, or 7 of the DD-Form 214. If claiming 30% Disabled Veteran, you must also submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces. NOTE: All veterans claiming 10-point preference must also submit a SF-15 .
  • Promotion Consideration: If you wish to be considered as a promotion candidate and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one-year time-in-grade requirements. You will need to provide additional SF-50s which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-Grade, Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
  • ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires federal agencies to treat an eligible active duty service member as a veteran, disabled veteran, and preference eligible (as applicable) when applying for civil service positions before the effective release or discharge date. Appointment of military members before the release or discharge date is permissible if the member is on terminal leave. At the time the active duty member applies for a civil position, he or she must submit a "certification" memo in lieu of a DD-Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty . Active duty members applying for a civil service position without submitting a valid certification memo or DD-Form 214 with their application will render the member ineligible for the position. The certification memo must originate from the member's military service branch on official letterhead and contain the following:
    • Name/Rank/Grade of Service Member
    • Branch of Armed Forces
    • Dates of Active Service (Start and End Date(s)
    • Expected Date of Discharge/Release from Active Duty
    • Terminal leave start date (if applicable)
    • Expected character of service/discharge and type of separation (i.e. separation or retirement)
    • Must be certified within 120 days of anticipated discharge
    • Signature by, or by direction of the adjutant, personnel office, unit commander, or higher headquarters commander
    NOTE: The VOW Act provides tentative preference. If appointed, a DD Form-214 must be submitted upon receipt.

    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 documentation.

    NOTE: Applicants for attorney appointments do not require veterans' preference in order to be eligible for consideration.

    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.