Attorney-Adviser (General)

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Apr 20, 2021
Apr 27, 2021
Full Time


About the Position: This position is located at the US Army Materiel Command Legal Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

If you are currently serving in a permanent, competitive service appointment in the Federal service, and are selected for this Excepted Service position, the appointment will remove you from the competitive service while you occupy the position.

The pay band NH-04 includes the General Schedule grades equivalent to GS-14/15.
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  • Provide specialized professional legal advice and representation on real property and environmental matters pertaining to clients.
  • Analyze and evaluate Federal, state, and local environmental statutes, regulations, and ordinances and Federal and state court decisions to determine the applicability to clients.
  • Represent clients before Federal and State regulatory bodies and meets with representatives from the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and other Federal and state agencies.
  • Advise clients on legal and environmental issues concerning the storage and destruction of chemical munitions.
  • Prepare the litigation report when client is a plaintiff or defendant in a lawsuit involving real property or environmental issues, which sets forth the pertinent facts and a legal analysis of the case.
  • Work with the trial attorney in trial preparation and presentation of the case in court to ensure that the Army's interests are represented, which may entail obtaining and preparing expert witnesses, taking depositions, and formulating responses.
  • Provide oral and written advice concerning civilian personnel law, environmental law, and ethical and administrative matters.
  • Conduct legal research and render legal opinions concerning a wide variety of matters pertaining to the interpretation and application of laws, regulations and other directives affecting the administration of operations.
  • Conduct investigation of facts and legal research on a wide spectrum of administrative issues, to include questions concerning the interpretation and application of statutes, rules and regulations that pertain to command activities.
  • Analyze factual and legal issues presented to determine what facts are needed and legal principles are applicable.
  • Prepare memoranda or reports outlining facts and legal issues. Prepare necessary legal documents, advisory opinions, recommendations as to disposition, and other actions necessary to successfully resolve all legal issues.
  • Recognize and research potential legal problem areas, or notes issues resolved by new statutes, regulations, or case law. Prepare guidance in the form of articles, information papers, briefings, classes or training as appropriate.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • A two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • 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 for access for the duration of employment.
  • This position may require that the incumbent submit an annual Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450 upon entering this position as well as annually.
  • The duties of this position require that the incumbent periodically travel up to 10% of the time
  • This position requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain active bar membership, in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Who May Apply: Army Materiel Command Internal Candidates; and US Citizens.

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 and researching highly technical and complex legal issues.
(2) Skill in providing legal, technical, and policy guidance.
(3) Ability to effectively, professionally, and ethically manage a heavy caseload of clients with complex legal needs.

Qualification Requirements: Applicants must meet the following minimum qualification requirements:

1) Education: Assignments require the first professional law degree (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctorate (J.D.)). Applicants for initial appointment into attorney positions must be graduates of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of the applicant's graduation. The Army General Counsel may make an exception upon a showing that a candidate possesses superior qualifications and that no well-qualified candidates from accredited law schools are available.

2) Bar Membership: Applicants must be active members in good standing (as defined by the pertinent bar) of the bar of a State, territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

3) Professional Legal Experience

NH-04: Applicants must possess more than 3 years of professional legal experience after admission to the bar commensurate with the duties of the position.

4) Time in Grade (current Federal employees): Candidates selected for advancement will normally have completed at least one year of service that is one grade lower than the position to be filled. The selecting official may request a waiver of the one year requirement in cases where hardship or inequity exists.

NOTICE OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the 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. The SF 15 will identify the supporting documentation required along with the list of the types of 10-point preference. The SF 15 is available from the OPM at .


Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at and .

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.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • 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 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.

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.

NOTICE OF INTERNAL CANDIDATE PREFERENCE: Army Materiel Command Internal Candidates will be afforded preference.

Veteran's preference requirements do not apply to attorney positions in the excepted service, however the principles of veteran's preference will be followed to the extent which is administratively feasible.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Applicants must submit a resume when applying for the position. While any format is allowed, USAJobs resume format preferred.

Applicants selected for interview must submit the following documents within 14 days of request.

1) Official transcript of the applicant's law school record.

2) Official statement of the applicant's standing in law school class. If the applicant's law school does not rank students, and the transcript does not explain that the school does not rank students, the applicant needs to submit an official statement from the school confirming the practice.

3) Good Standing Certificate: Official certificate showing the applicant is in good standing with a state bar, dated within three months (before or after) of the date the application is submitted. Good standing status must permit the applicant to engage in the active practice of law in at least one State or jurisdiction in which they are licensed. Active status authorizes an attorney who is a member in good standing to immediately practice law before the highest court of the licensing authority.

4) Fitness to Practice Statement: A sworn (notarized) statement by the candidate that their fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction or; if either has been challenged, a sworn statement giving the facts, circumstances, and any other explanation that the applicant considers appropriate. As an alternative to a sworn 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)." The statement must be dated within 3 months (before or after) of the date the application is submitted.

5) References: Contact information for three licensed attorneys, preferably prior or current supervisors/employers, who are willing to serve as references for the applicant.

6) SF-50 (Federal Civilian Attorneys): Submit a copy of your SF-50 showing current grade and step.

7) Authorization to be Considered as an Internal Candidate (if applicable): Submit written Command Counsel authorization with your application.

8) Retirement/Separation Orders (if applicable): A copy of retirement/separations orders (or other documentation confirming you have fulfilled your service obligation and are entitled to be released from active duty). This MUST be provided at the time of application. Applicants who fail to provide the required documentation WILL BE excluded from the referral list, absent an exception approved in advance by the Command Counsel.

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents 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.