Summary About the Position: This position is located with the Department of the Army, Military District of the Washington Office of Staff Judge Advocate Fort McNair, DC. If you are currently serving in a permanent, competitive service appointment in the Federal service, and are selected for this position, the appointment will remove you from the competitive service while you occupy this position. Responsibilities Prepares legal opinions on questions of law pertaining to the operation of the military installation. Advises on questions of access to the installation or loss of installation privileges and operation of non-appropriated fund instrumentalities and private organizations. Advises on applicability of environmental regulations and statutes, political activities, military assistance to civilian authorities, and domestic actions and community affairs projects. Advises on interpretation of Federal/State laws and regulations affecting the operation of the installation, its residents and employees, Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts, and Joint Federal Travel Regulation and Joint Travel Regulation issues. Coordinates with legal, technical, and management personnel of the command, its subordinate commands, serviced agencies and organizations, other government agencies or departments, and industry associations for legal mission accomplishment. Maintains liaison with the HQDA Standards of Conduct Office, Army Ethics Counselors, and with Ethics Counselors in other services and at other agencies. Provides ethics counseling and legal advice on all standards of conduct issues to all JFHQNCR/MDW personnel, directorates and organizations, and provides formal policy guidance to the Staff Judge Advocate. Advises on rules for military support and assistance to civil authorities, homeland defense, use of force and other legal issues related to domestic operations. Provides oral and written advice concerning civilian personnel law, employment discrimination law, and all labor relations matters. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Who May Apply: 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: The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration: Education Requirements: Position requires the possession of the first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) AND active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, US commonwealth, US territory, or the District of Columbia. Applicants for initial appointment into attorney positions within the Department of Army must be graduates of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of the applicant's graduation. As indicated below, a law school transcript must be submitted with your application materials. Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be an active member (as defined by the pertinent bar) of the bar of the highest court of a State, US territory, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. As noted below, proof of such membership and good standing must be submitted with your application materials. Experience: In addition to the requirements above, applicants for the GS-13 or equivalent Attorney positions must also possess 2 years of professional legal experience , acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience. Time in Grade: The Qualifying Authorities (QA's) will make a determination as to the applicability of time in grade based on the requirements of the position. If you are currently employed as an attorney by the Federal government you must have completed one year at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade level as the position being filled. 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 (eg, 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 Education 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 US Department of Education websites at and Additional Information PLEASE NOTE THAT REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATION, TIME IN GRADE, AND EXPERIENCE MAY BE WAIVED BY THE APPLICABLE AUTHORITY AND THE REQUIREMENTS SHOULD NOT DETER ANY INDIVIDUAL FROM APPLYING FOR THE POSITION. 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 US Citizenship. Two year trial/probationary period may be required. 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. 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.