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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov//admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.
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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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.