Defense Logistics Agency General Counsel

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jul 19, 2021
Jul 26, 2021
Full Time


This position is head of the DLA Office of General Counsel, which includes the Headquarters and field legal offices located throughout the U.S., including Hawaii, as well as Germany. The DLA General Counsel oversees the delivery of legal services by over 180 legal professionals and serves as the principal legal advisor and program manager for Defense Logistics Agency programs.
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  • Serves as the principal advisor to the Director, DLA and the executive management team, providing legal advice, counsel and guidance on the full range of DLA operations and all issues referred to the DLA General Counsel
  • Advises on issues and determines what should be brought to the attention of the DLA General Counsel
  • Has ultimate responsibility for all decisions regarding the recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, training and assignment of all DLA attorneys
  • Is responsible for the development and management of an organizational structure to achieve the effective delivery of legal services
  • Supervises the Agency's adversary proceedings program including hearings before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, (cont)
  • the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the General Accounting Office and other forums, including preparing pleadings, litigation reports, gathering of evidence and identification of witnesses
  • Manages the DLA-wide program for detection, reporting, investigation prosecution, administration action and remedial action with regard to contract fraud and antitrust violations in the acquisition and property disposal contracting functions
  • Responsible for the Agency's debarment and suspension programs, which bars companies and individuals from receiving any Federal government contracts when found lacking requisite integrity and responsibility
  • Serves as the Agency Ethics Counselor pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act and Office of Government Ethics regulations and administers programs to assure all agency employees are aware of the high ethical standards expected

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses: Authorized
  • Relocation (Government Home Sale) Expenses: Not Authorized
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Overtime Work: Occasionally
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally
  • Security Requirements: Special Sensitive with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)
  • Drug Testing Designated Position: Yes
  • Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Financial Filing Statement: Required, Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278)
  • Emergency Essential: No
  • Reemployed Annuitant: Does not meet criteria The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
  • For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at:
  • All newly appointed career SES members must sign the Reassignment Rights and Obligation Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES in accordance with DoD Directive 1403.03
  • Selected candidate will be subject to a two-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service unless required probationary period has been served


Eligibility for this position will be based on clear and comprehensive showing that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to carry out the duties and assignments of the position. Additionally, applicants must possess the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities listed in the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications paragraphs below.

  • Leading Change: The 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.
  • Leading People: The 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.
  • Results Driven: The 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.
  • Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions: The 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.
  • In addition, DoD requires the Enterprise Perspective: The ability to apply a broad point of view and an understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities is required. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This 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 (Resume, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).


    1. Demonstrated broad legal experience and an excellent understanding of Federal government relationships and processes.

    2. Demonstrated understanding of the organizational structure and procedures of the military services and Department of Defense.

    3. Demonstrated ability to manage a law office and effectively supervise the work of attorneys and support staff.

    Must be a graduate of an accredited law school and an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or a United States Territory or Commonwealth. Relevant specialized legal knowledge and experience is desirable.


    1. Breadth of legal experience in multiple organizations (public or private) and at multiple levels. A mix of experience at more than one base/post/operating location/installation and Major Service Command, Combatant Command (COCOM), HQ Military Service Staff, Joint Staff, Defense Agency, or Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) experience or equivalent academic/industry experience is highly desirable.

    2. Completion of Intermediate or Senior Developmental Education and equivalent executive development
    programs such as Leadership for a Democratic Society, Senior Executive Fellows, or Senior Service War College is highly desirable.


    Must be a graduate of an accredited law school and an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or a United States Territory or Commonwealth. Relevant specialized legal knowledge and experience is desirable.

    Additional information

    This position is in the Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA). The General Counsel (GC), Department of Defense (DoD), is the Chief Legal Officer of the Department with responsibility for all legal services to be performed within the Department. The GC is dual-hatted as the Director, DLSA. DLSA provides legal advice and services for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, DoD Field Activities, and Defense Agencies and performs other such related functions as are within the authority of the DoD GC.

    Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.

    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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    To determine if you are best qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications listed in the qualifications section. The Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications are designed to capture the desired competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the items below. Resume:You must submit a resume; the format is at the discretion of the applicant. Your resume should include the following:
    • Vacancy ID# 11166597
    • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers
    • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education ( ).
    • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experiences related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary.
    • You may also include information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
  • A separate narrative response to both the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications is required. You must fully address each ECQ and TQ separately. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as ineligible. This information must be submitted as supplemental statements. Applicants must provide specific examples of their experience, education, and/or accomplishments applicable to the qualification requirements identified above. Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your action. Applicants should refer to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications at for guidance in developing the ECQ statement. Please follow the instructions in the Format section of Appendix A for formatting. The ECQ narrative statement is limited to a total of ten (10) pages. The TQ narrative is limited to a total of six (6) pages. Extra pages for either the ECQ or TQ statements may not be considered.
  • NOTE: Current career members of the SES, career SES reinstatement eligibles, and graduates of an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) who have obtained Qualification Review Board Certification are not required to submit a ECQ statement. However, CDP graduates must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility.
  • Do not submit extraneous information (e.g., cover letters, awards, appraisals, transcripts, etc.). These items will be removed from the application package. Classified information will not be accepted.
  • If a current Federal employee, a copy of the most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service is required.
  • Our evaluation will be based on the information you provide. You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability and security information and take that information into account in making employment offers. You will be notified of the outcome after final approval of the selectee.

    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.