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    Summary

    About the Position: Permanent Change of Station (moving) expenses AND a recruitment or relocation incentive are authorized. The Alaska District is headquartered on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson just 5 mins outside Anchorage, a mid-sized city of 300,000 people, which constitutes about half the state's population. Anchorage is a vibrant city, with the comforts, cultural attractions, services, and amenities of a larger city, but only a short drive into beautiful national and state parks.

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    Responsibilities

    • You will serve as the District Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District.
    • You will serve as the first-line supervisor and leader of the District legal services team, exercising personnel management responsibilities.
    • You will furnish legal, policy and business advice and services on all matters concerning activities of the District.
    • Oversee the execution/quality of legal services to the District Commander and to senior staff on all legal and policy matters with respect to Federal, state, maritime, and local laws, as well as DA and USACE policy, regulations and directives.
    • The Alaska District, with approximately 400 employees, performs civil works, military construction, regulatory, environmental restoration, and a variety of other work in the U.S. and International areas of the Pacific Region.
    • This position serves as the District Counsel, similar to a company's Vice President and General Counsel. This is a tremendous opportunity to lead an Army Corps of Engineers legal office with a broad and exciting portfolio.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    None

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • The incumbent is required to file OGE Form 450 in accordance with the Joint Ethics Regulation.
    • The incumbent is a required to perform periodic TDY travel away from home station. Destinations include various locations within the Pacific and CONUS.
    • Position is designated as a "Key Position" in accordance with AR 690-11. This position shall not be vacated during a national emergency or during mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the agency to function effectively.
    • Incumbent may be required to possess or be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security Clearance.

    Qualifications

    Who May Apply: US Citizens

    In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.


    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.

    KSAs:
    1. Demonstrated experience managing and leading a legal staff in a demanding operational environment; ability to review program implementation and results; demonstrated ability to balance national (external) and organizational (internal) program goals and priorities; ability to balance customer program and legal goals and priorities.

    2. Ability to develop and utilize innovative approaches in solving problems, formulating effective solutions, and resolving complex issues.

    3. Knowledge, experience, and ability to effectively advise in the following areas of federal law and practice: a)military construction, civil works and support for others programs, including civil works project authorities, project formulation, appropriations, fiscal law, and project cost sharing agreements; b) real estate acquisition, management, and disposal; c) contracting for services, supplies, and construction; contract formation and protests; procurement fraud; contract administration; and, contract dispute resolution, claims and appeals; d)Equal Employment Opportunity, personnel and employment law, and labor-management relations; e)administrative law including Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act, and non-contractual claims (tort, admiralty, and affirmative); f) environmental law, including regulation under the Clean Water Act, environmental planning, and natural and cultural resources law; and, g) ethics, conflicts of interests, and standards of conduct.

    4. Knowledge and experience in handling complex litigation in a variety of practice areas such as military construction, civil works project authorities, real estate, contracting, employment/personnel law, administrative law, and environmental law, in courts and/or administrative bodies such as EEOC, MSPB, and the ASBCA.

    5. Ability to function as a senior counselor and advisor to the District Commander; to work effectively with other military and senior management officials within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with other governmental entities, and with private parties.

    6. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse clients and constituencies on varied and complex topics.

    The following minimum requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:

    - Education: An applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD).
    -Bar membership: Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
    - Experience: Applicant must have three or more 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-approved 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.

    The Chief Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has authority to waive the experience requirements listed above.

    TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS: If currently employed as an attorney by the Federal Government you must have completed 1 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 as the position being filled.


    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
    • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence



    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 (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. (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.)

    Education

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    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.

    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.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
    • his position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • 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.
    • You may claim military spouse preference. Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at time of application.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • 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 https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf 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.
    • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.
    • Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 90 days beyond the closing date of this announcement.
    • Applicants selected from the contiguous United States (contiguous United States consists of the 48 adjoining U.S. states plus Washington, D.C., on the continent of North America) will be afforded pay retention to selectees whose basic pay would otherwise be reduced if selected for the position.
    • Recruitment/Relocation Incentives ARE authorized.
    • 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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    All applicants meeting the qualifications listed above will be referred for consideration. The Selection Panel appointed will review all qualified applicants and their submitted documents for the following attributes:

    1. Demonstrated experience managing and leading a legal staff in a demanding operational environment; ability to review program implementation and results; demonstrated ability to balance national (external) and organizational (internal) program goals and priorities; ability to balance customer program and legal goals and priorities.
    2. Ability to develop and utilize innovative approaches in solving problems, formulating effective solutions, and resolving complex issues.
    3. Knowledge, experience, and ability to effectively advise in the following areas of federal law and practice: a)military construction, civil works and support for others programs, including civil works project authorities, project formulation, appropriations, fiscal law, and project cost sharing agreements; b) real estate acquisition, management, and disposal; c) contracting for services, supplies, and construction; contract formation and protests; procurement fraud; contract administration; and, contract dispute resolution, claims and appeals; d)Equal Employment Opportunity, personnel and employment law, and labor-management relations; e)administrative law including Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act, and non-contractual claims (tort, admiralty, and affirmative); f) environmental law, including regulation under the Clean Water Act, environmental planning, and natural and cultural resources law; and, g) ethics, conflicts of interests, and standards of conduct.
    4. Knowledge and experience in handling complex litigation in a variety of practice areas such as military construction, civil works project authorities, real estate, contracting, employment/personnel law, administrative law, and environmental law, in courts and/or administrative bodies such as EEOC, MSPB, and the ASBCA.
    5. Ability to function as a senior counselor and advisor to the District Commander; to work effectively with other military and senior management officials within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with other governmental entities, and with private parties.
    6. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse clients and constituencies on varied and complex topics.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    If you are a current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attorney and are applying through this announcement, you MUST submit the following documents online:
    Cover Letter / Statement of Interest;
    Resume;
    Last 2 Annual performance appraisals;
    Your latest; non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50); and,
    A writing sample. WRITING SAMPLES SHALL NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES.

    If you are NOT a current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attorney, you MUST submit the following documents online:

    Cover Letter / Statement of Interest

    Resume;

    Copy of law school transcripts AND an official statement of relative standing in your class, or official statement demonstrating the unavailability of class standing information (official copies required if selected and before placement);

    Certificate showing that you are a member in good standing with the bar, dated no more than 3 months before the opening date of this announcement (a copy is sufficient for the application, but a certified copy may be necessary upon selection);

    A sworn statement, certifying that your fitness to practice law or your conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction. This statement should be notarized, and dated no more than 3 months before the opening date of this announcement. IF YOUR FITNESS TO PRACTICE LAW OR YOUR CONDUCT AS AN ATTORNEY HAS BEEN CHALLENGED IN ANY JURISDICTION, you must provide a notarized statement concerning the facts and circumstances, and any other explanation that you deem appropriate;

    Three letters of reference from members of the bar dated within 12 months of the opening date of this announcement; and,

    A writing sample. WRITING SAMPLES SHALL NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES

    Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    To Meet Basic Education Requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript. If you do not submit a transcript, your basic education cannot be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified"See: Transcripts and Licenses
    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates 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.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/11/2019 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10599827).
    • Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
    • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    Agency contact information

    Army Applicant Help Desk

    Address

    EV-APF-W2SN04 US ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ALASKA
    DO NOT MAIL
    Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
    US
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    Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines.

    Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

    About the Location: Anchorage, Alaska, with a population of 292,000, offers rich culture from unique shopping and dining to fishing, hunting, camping, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and dog sledding. It is home to the University of Alaska Anchorage and other smaller community colleges. Winter delivers snow and ice conditions from November through March with 6 to 8 hours of daylight and average temperatures of 20 to-10°F; Summer sees up to 18 hours of daylight and average temperatures in the mid-70s


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    Next steps

    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

    If you do not submit the documentation required to prove your qualifications you will receive a rating of "not qualified" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

    If you do not submit documentation verifying you meet the conditions of employment you will receive a rating of "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/545230200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.