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    This National Guard position is for a ATTORNEY-ADVISER (GENERAL), Position Description Number D1240000and is part of JFHQ-JAG, Nebraska Army National Guard.

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    As a ATTORNEY-ADVISER (GENERAL), GS-0905-13, duties include:

    (1) Acts as a legal adviser and attorney for the state/territory National Guard, responsible for the formulation of state/territory legal policy and its execution legal representation; legal initiatives; interpretation and litigation of U.S. and state/territory(s) constitutional, civil, criminal, labor law; international law and treaty agreements; trial defense; and a full spectrum of expert legal advice. Assignments include some of the most diverse, complex, difficult and emerging legal issues found in any area of law, to include: homeland security, emergency response, sovereignty, state/territory compacts, fiscal and contract law, civil affairs, employer support, military statute and administrative law (Federal & state/territory), non-military employment law (Federal & state/territory), administrative law, environmental law and emerging areas of law, i.e. domestic operations, intelligence law, weapons of mass destruction emergency response and assistance to civil authorities, etc. Counsel provided covers the full spectrum of legal and organizational concerns, frequently involving the most politically and legally substantive, sensitive and privileged issues faced by senior public sector leaders.

    (2) Responsible to advise on the legal, factual and other impacting aspects of drafting, interpretation and application of legislation, regulation, tasking orders, decision, opinions or other guiding, or lack there of, instruments associated with emerging or highly conflicted and emotionally charged issues such as intelligence oversight related to Homeland Security, or advising on Federal and state/territory Executive Orders for the use of federalized troops in response to domestic emergencies and natural disasters. These include interagency (Federal-to-Federal, Federal-to-state/territory and state/territory-to-local) homeland security & emergency management initiatives, policy, legislative proposals or implementation plans. Advises appointed and elected leaders on the appropriate use of National Guard personnel, resources and status issues for critical and diverse missions, emergency responses, contingencies and exercises, ensuring execution is consistent legislative intent, executive orders, current U.S. Codes and state/territory laws, court decisions and agreements.

    (3) Serves as one of two state/territory National Guard litigation points of contact. Represents the state/territory National Guard in all legal matters in state/territory and Federal courts of original or appellate jurisdictions. The incumbent seeks to prevent avoidable litigation, but may serve as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney or Assistant Attorney General at trial as cases dictate. The incumbent conducts investigations of fact and legal sufficiency; advising on administrative remedies; develops the trial strategy, content and means of presentation, and trial delivery; makes motions; and conducts post-trial duties. Prepares litigation reports, briefs, pleadings and other papers associated with litigation involving the state/territory National Guard interests. The incumbent advises on discovery obligations for senior leaders and members of the state/territory National Guard.

    (4) Serves as an attorney/adviser providing acquisition and fiscal legal advice to the state/territory's assigned United States Property & Fiscal Officer (the Chief of the National Guard Bureau's agent in the state/territory) and active duty military advisers. Advises Army National Guard (ARNG) and Air National Guard (ANG) contracting officers, reviews contracts, procurement actions and real property matters involving Federal and state/territory funds (some involving substantial amounts of money) for legal sufficiency, appropriate titling and claim initiation or resolution actions. Provides advice and legal assistance in bid protest matters and represents the National Guard in disputes before fiscal and contract administrative and judicial forums.

    (5) Performs other duties as required.

    View PD to see comprehensive list of duties: https://acpol2.army.mil/ako/fasclass/search_fs/search_fs_output.asp?ccpo=NG&jobNum=D1240000&id=777086

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0905 Attorney

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Military membership in the Nebraska National Guard Membership is required.
    • Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
    • Obtain/maintain the level of security clearance/background check required
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
    • Direct Deposit is mandatory
    • Individuals with military incentive bonuses may be subject to recoupment.



    NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is a Title 32 excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.



    AREA 1: Current permanent and indefinite technicians of the Nebraska Army or Air National Guard; and current Title 5 employees of the Nebraska Military Department who are military members of the Nebraska National Guard.
    AREA 2: All Drill Status/M-Day members and temporary technicians of the Nebraska Air or Army National Guard.
    AREA 3: Current military service members who are willing and eligible to become members of the Nebraska Air or Army National Guard.
    AREA 4: All qualified candidates eligible and willing to become a member of the Nebraska National Air or Army National Guard prior to the effective date of hire.


    Compatible military grade and assignment required prior to the effective date of placement. This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the Nebraska Army National Guard Judge Advocate General's Corps. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.

    Military Grades: Maximum: O4; Minimum: O2;Military Grade inversion within the full time work forces is not permitted. The military grade of the full time supervisor must equal or exceed the military grade of the personnel supervised.

    Compatibility will be followed in accordance with 32 USC 709(b) and 10 USC 10216

    Compatibility requirements must be met prior to appointment to the position. Selectee has 24 months to become qualified in a compatible military assignment.

    Security Clearance/Background Check requirements:
    In order to comply with US DOD requirements and ensure the safety and security of the missions, programs, property and personnel of the Nebraska Military Department, employees must obtain the appropriate background investigation and maintain the level of security clearance assigned to their respective work.

    Failure to obtain, within one year of appointment, and maintain the designated type of security clearance/background check required for the respective work may result in a job offer being rescinded, separations of employment, or other actions as may be deemed in the best interest of the agency.

    Prior to appointment individuals must meet the security clearance requirements for the position or submit the required documents of the Nebraska National Guard, Personnel Security Manager for processing the appropriate investigation. Required forms: SF86, PSIP Initiation Form, Fingerprints, OF306 and Application/Resume.

    Nebraska National Guard Personnel Security Manager - benjamin.p.stewart4.civ@mail.mil; 402-309-8319

    GENERAL EXPERIENCE: The following basic qualification competencies are required to successfully meet the basic qualifications factors within an applicable career level in the following eight (8) specified Series GS-0905, Attorney-Adviser program positions: (1) Skilled in collecting and analyzing data effectively, efficiently and accurately; (2) Knowledge of military and civilian laws, directives, regulations, policies, and procedures; (3) Ability to clearly enunciate English without impediment of speech that would interfere or prohibit effective communications; (4) Skilled interpersonal communications, empathy, and effective listening; (5) Ability to write English in reports and presentation formats; (6) Ability to communicate -orally and in writing - clearly and effectively; (7) Ability to organize thoughts, research materials, and manage case projects; and (8) Skilled in comprehending and interpreting directives and laws.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must possess at least 24 months work experiences as a professional Attorney Advisor. Knowledgeable of the Army National Guard mission requirements and Air National Guard mission requirements. Competent in providing legal interpretation and guidance to managers and senior leaders on Title 32 § 709, United States Code, National Guard Program. Able to recognize and identify complex constitutional, state-federal, and military-civilian jurisidictional issues frequently associated with the organization and administration of the Title 32 National Guard, and articulate them in the appropriate forum or context. Competent in providing legal interpretation and guidance to managers and senior leaders on 10 United States Code, and the state equivalent to the federal Uniform Code of Military Justice. Experienced in conducting legal research in connection with cases pending administrative hearings, trials before courts of original jurisdiction, or arguments in appellate courts. Experienced in addressing legal questions referred by administrative officials of the employing agency, such as questions concerning the interpretation and application of statutes, rules, and regulations as they pertain to contracts, claims, or other legal instruments involving private business, state, local, national, or foreign governments. Experienced in addressing questions regarding the effects of provisions of proposed legislation or proposed changes in agency policies or regulations. Experienced in researching and providing legal advice in functional areas of Administrative, Labor, Medical and Physical Disability, and Ethics Law. Additionally, capable of providing legal assistance in accordance with prescribed instructions and within legal guidelines. Experienced in planning, coordinating, and formulating litigation strategies. Experienced in addressing complex and difficult legal questions and factual issues requiring extensive research, analysis and evaluation of available precedents. Experienced in dealing with issues in the functional areas and demonstrated abilities to quickly identify both the legal and judgmental issues. As a subject matter expert, experienced in determining the facts and recommending effective solutions with minimal guidance or supervision.


    THERE IS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR THIS POSITION. The NGB Qualification Standard for the Army National Guard Officer positions. For entry into the Army National Guard JAG Corps/Attorney-Adviser, it is mandatory to have a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor Degree in law issued by an ABA-accredited law school; and must be admitted to practice law in the highest court of any US state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia.

    In addition to the standard education requirements and law degree qualifications, education achievements are allowed as limited substitutions for specialized experience factors in the GS-0905-12, JFHQ Attorney-Adviser position; the GS-0905-12, ANG Wing Attorney-Adviser position; or, for the GS-0905-13, JFHQ Attorney-Adviser position.

    As an Officer in the Army National Guard JAG Corps, must have completed the 14-week Judge Advocate General Basic Course.


    Additional information

    If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

    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.


    Must possess a valid state driver's license to operate government motor vehicles, for the state in which they live or are principally employed, in accordance with Army and Air Force Vehicle Operations Directives.

    No record of conviction by civilian courts of offenses listed in the applicable Service Military Justice regulations.

    Must not have any military disciplinary action (Article 15 or Court-Martial) on military records for engaging in an unprofessional or inappropriate relationship as defined in applicable DoD Instructions concerning Army and Air Force Professional and Unprofessional Relationships.

    Must not have any Unfavorable Information Files, civil convictions (other than minor traffic violations), or open Inspector General investigations.

    Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance of the position.

    This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. An individual convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of this position.

    Ability to establish effective professional working relationships with coworkers and customers, contributing to a cooperative working environment and successful accomplishment of the mission.

    May occasionally be required to work other than normal duty hours; overtime may be required.

    The duties and responsibilities of your job may significantly impact the environment. You are responsible to maintain awareness of your environmental responsibilities as dictated by legal and regulatory requirements, your organization, and its changing mission.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. Your answers to the assessment questionnaire will be verified against information provided in your resume and other supporting documentation. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

    In describing your experience, please be clear and specific, we will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experiences, your rating will be adjusted or you may be excluded from consideration for this position.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated against general and specialized experience under the "Qualifications" section and against the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Attention to Detail, Customer Service, and Decision Making

    To preview the assessment questionnaire, please use the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11049261

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (format should include Month and Year) of employment and duties performed.
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    2. Other supporting documents (optional)

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • Other
    • Other Veterans Document
    • SF-50
    • Transcript

    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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    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.


    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 application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the closing date of the announcement 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.

    Follow the prompts to select your resume 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.

    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/.

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    Larry Martin


    NE JFHQ Army
    2433 NW 24th Street
    Lincoln, NE 68524
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    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

    Qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official in the following order:
    1. Fully qualified Area 1 applicants
    2. Fully qualified Area 2 applicants
    3. Fully qualified Area 3 applicants


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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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