ATTORNEY-ADVISER

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Quantico, Virginia
Posted
Sep 18, 2021
Closes
Sep 25, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The primary purpose of this position is to provide specialized and professional legal advice and services as senior legal counsel for the Department of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Judge Advocate's Directorate on any and all issues relating to criminal indexing and expungement of criminal database entries. Serve as the Chief legal advisor to the Department of the Air Force Criminal Justice Information Cell (DAF-CJIC).

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Responsibilities

  • Lead attorney on DAF-CJIC and related matters
  • Serves as a source of legal advice and counsel augmenting the OSI Judge Advocate Directorate?s Chief of Information Law on the issues related to information maintained by the command.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, to include but not limited to, providing command-level advice and guidance on a full range of legal issues confronting law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
  • Performs other duties including such as, military justice, electronic surveillance, intercepts, complaint resolution, criminal investigations, nuclear convoy missions, civil rights, constitutional law, administrative law, ethics, search and seizure


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • PCS and DNRP expenses are authorized, and will be paid (Centrally Managed Position by the Legal Career Field Team (CFT))
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Demand Reduction Program
  • The incumbent must meet minimum training requirements set out in the Judge Advocate General?s Corps policies
  • The incumbent must undergo an internal background investigation by OSI and must be approved for duty by the Commander of OSI or the Commander?s designated representative(s)
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Attorney appointments are subject to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Candidates are not required to have active duty service or veterans? preference to be referred and considered. All qualified candidates who meet the recruitment assessment criteria will be referred to the selecting official.
  • The incumbent may be required to work overtime
  • The incumbent may be required to travel by military or commercial transportations (e.g., airplane, automobile, subway, etc.)
  • The incumbent must be an attorney and a graduate of an accredited law school
  • he incumbent must be admitted to the practice of law before the highest court of a state, territory, possession, or commonwealth of the United States, and must maintain an active law license in at least one of the jurisdictions identified above


Qualifications

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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 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. As well as a mastery level of the professional fields of criminal law, litigation, and criminal indexing law, including the ability to conform policy and practice to the confines of the law and regulations, and to apply this knowledge and develop strategies for unique and complex factual predicates in novel and time-sensitive situations.

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. Knowledge, at a mastery level of the professional fields of criminal law, litigation, and criminal indexing law, including the ability to conform policy and practice to the confines of the law and regulations, and to apply this knowledge and develop strategies for unique and complex factual predicates in novel and time-sensitive situations.
2. Knowledge at a mastery level of techniques and of various titles of law necessary to independently identify and analyze both issues of fact and issues of law with relation to information law, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Privacy Act.
3. Mastery of the principles, concepts, and methods of legal research of various sources and the ability to perform in-depth legal research in a timely manner.
4. Extensive knowledge of various titles of law and litigation procedures necessary to independently identify and analyze both issues of fact and issues of law with relation to military justice, electronic surveillance, intercepts, complaints resolution, criminal investigations, nuclear convoy missions, civil rights, constitutional law, administrative law, ethics, labor law, national security law, and search and seizure.
5. Knowledge, at a mastery level and skill in fact finding, problem analysis, problem solving, and interpreting laws, directives, and policies, and the ability to apply that knowledge to make decisions or recommendations that may result in significantly changing, interpreting, or developing important public policies or program, and a knowledge of Department of Defense law enforcement and judicial systems and operation procedures, and the ability to work independently to identify issues relevant to the command's multiple mission areas.
6. Ability to independently prepare and present, both orally and in writing, relevant information required to process requests and to provide comprehensive legal opinions on issues related to criminal indexing, criminal law, probable cause determinations, constitutional law, information law, general law, and OSI's full-spectrum investigative and counterintelligence mission, and the ability to independently write clear and comprehensive legal reviews, legal briefs, memoranda, instructional material, and other documents relevant to all aspects of the OSI mission and to present high-quality briefings, lectures, and speeches to high-level audiences on short notice.

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, US commonwealth, US territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status and dated within four months of application.

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.

Education

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

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.

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.

If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application . The Vacancy ID is 11165943

If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here .

Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here . Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here .

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
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required
Yes

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.
  • 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 . 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 to their submissions.

    Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim Veterans Preference must submit VOW certification memo or copy of the official DD Form 214, which must include the character of service, and 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 www.opm.gov .)

    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.

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