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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor (General)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:NEGA12241422766325D

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$103,152.00 to $134,096.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 23, 2012 to Thursday, December 13, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Philadelphia, PA United StatesView Map


US Citizens


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.

This position is located in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, Office of Counsel, Philadelphia, PA.


About the Position:


The Philadelphia District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1866 to manage the water resources of the 13,000 square-mile Delaware River Basin and the Atlantic Coast from New Jersey’s Manasquan Inlet to the southern boundary of Delaware. Our mission areas include Military Construction, Navigation, Flood Control, Coastal Engineering, Planning, Emergency Management, Environmental Program and Support for Others work. This position is located in the Philadelphia District Office in the Wanamaker Building, adjacent to City Hall in Center City Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the nation’s fifth largest city. It is an historical, cultural and business mecca. Among the city’s amenities are several major universities, the Philadelphia Orchestra, several museums, a theatre district, the first zoo in the United States, a variety of concert venues, major league sports teams, and a historic district that includes the Constitution Center. The city is located along the Northeast Corridor, and rail and air travel are easily accessible to residents. The Jersey Shore is an hour away and convenient for vacationing. Parking is available for a monthly fee in the basement of the office building. Most employees commute through public transportation or high speed rail. The Army provides up to $125 per month mass transit subsistence. Supervisors may approve options to work flex time or adjusted work schedules. Moving expenses are authorized.


Who May Apply:

- US Citizens



There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the Excepted Service; however, the Department of Army considers veterans' preference eligible a positive factor for attorney hiring.  Applicant's eligibility for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter 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's Preference," and supporting documentation required for specific type of preference claimed.  SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documentation, is available from the Office of Personnel Management website at


  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Moving expenses are authorized.
  • Travel up to 20% of the time.
  • Must file a financial disclosure statement.


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You will work under general supervision of the District Counsel and serve as the Principal Assistant to the District Counsel. In the role of Principal Assistant, you will be expected to have visibility over all matters of relevance to the District legal office and to independently accomplish routine assignments on own initiative and without preliminary instruction or technical guidance. You will be required to identify controversial or precedent setting issues and seek concurrence from District Counsel prior to taking action on such matters.  

As a senior leader within the Office of Counsel, you will be required to mentor and assist in the motivation of a legal office that includes, in addition to the District Counsel, four Assistant District Counsels and one paralegal.

You will serve as an attorney with responsibility for rendering legal assistance and advice in all subject matter areas that comprise the Philadelphia District’s legal services mission with a special emphasis on statutory and policy interpretation regarding problems affecting the District’s Civil Works Program, as well as issues related to environmental and fiscal law. In addition to the special emphasis areas, you will be required to support all other practice areas within the District, including, but not limited to, procurement law, labor law, civil litigation, information law, and Federal Tort Claims Act legal issues.


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The following minimum qualification 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 accredited 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-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute one year of the required professional legal experience.

Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, your resume must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-13) in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is defined as: experience identifying, researching, evaluating and analyzing facts and legal issues; experience formulating legal alternative courses of action to meet the needs of clients; and experience explaining legal principles and the risks concerning alternative courses of action to decision makers.

Time in grade requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time-in-Grade restriction.

Time in grade restriction: Must have 52 weeks of federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).

A federal service incumbent (or an applicant who wishes credit for service to qualify based on federal service) who wishes to apply for a vacancy must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks of service at a grade no more than one grade lower (or equivalent) than the position to be filled prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement. A candidate claiming credit for time in grade based on salary under NSPS (or other personnel system other than GS) must demonstrate Time-In-Grade eligibility with their resume and provide supporting documentation (e.g. copies of SF 50).


Official law school transcripts must be submitted prior to accepting the position. These transcripts must show successful completion of a full 3-year course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) leading to a profession law degree (LLB or JD) that included a major field of study or specific course requirements.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet position education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For addition information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education website at and


Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.


Other Requirements:
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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.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Must be able to travel up to 20% of the time.

This position requires the submission of a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5 CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 12/2011), Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Disclosure Report, upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with Department of Defense Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 17 Nov 2011.


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. If qualified, your application package will be evaluated as to whether and how your experience, knowledge, skills, training and/or education clearly reflect that you possess the following required knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of this position.

1. Knowledge of and ability to apply knowledge of federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to the Corps military and Civil Works mission and programs, and support for others programs, including Corps statutory authorities, fiscal law, contract acquisition, project management and project partnership agreements. (Civil Works programs include but are not limited to: inland waterways, coastal harbors and channels, flood control projects and beach replenishment).

2. Knowledge of and ability to apply knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to Federal environmental laws and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Operating Principles, including the Clean Water Act Section 404 Regulatory Programs, Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Solid Waste Act, cultural resources, historic preservation and other Federal/State environmental laws related to the jurisdiction, compliance, regulation and remediation of hazardous, toxic and radioactive materials and waste on Federal lands and waters.  

3. Ability to perform as a senior leader in the organization to mentor and motivate a legal office staff accomplishing a highly diverse civil litigation, claims, and program case load, involving the following areas of law: Federal procurement, environmental law, administrative law and Federal civil procedure, Equal Employment Opportunity, fiscal law, admiralty, torts, water law, Constitutional law, agency authorities, ethics, Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; alternative disputes resolution, and employee labor relations, including union-management activities.

4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


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    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

    • Career Program #56.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Application packages must include:

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. 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). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire.
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents Section)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 766325.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from

    2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. 


    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


    To apply for this position, all attorneys must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


    •Most recent non-award SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (current federal employees only);

    •Three (3) most recently issued performance appraisals (current federal employees only);

    •Examples of writing skills as demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda, letters, or related documents. Examples should total no more than 10 pages in length. Extracts of selected sections of larger documents are acceptable; and,

    •Occupational Questionnaire.


    Additionally, Applicants who are not currently employed as attorneys with the Army Corps of Engineers must also submit:

    •Official law school transcript and an official statement of relative standing in class. (Note: Photocopies are acceptable when applying. Certified documents must be furnished at time of selection).

    •Official certificate showing that the applicant is a member in good standing of the bar and a sworn statement by the candidate that his or her fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in an jurisdiction or; if either has been challenged, a sworn statement giving the facts, circumstances and any other explanation that the applicant considers appropriate. As an alternative to a sworn statement, a declaration under penalty of perjury may be submitted in the following format. "I declare (or certify, verify or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct... Executed on (date) (signature of applicant)." The certificate and statement must be dated within three months of the date the application was submitted; and,

    •Three (3) recent letters of recommendation from members of the Bar.


    If you are currently serving on active duty, you MUST submit:

    • A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medal earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.

    • If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.  For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:  Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    DA NER USACE Philadelphia
    100 Penn Square East
    Wanamaker Building
    Philadelphia , PA


    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


    If no email address is provided, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Application Manager. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you. For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact:

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