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Job Title:General Attorney

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SWGJ12228662787488D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Louisville, KY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

AMENDS ANNOUNCEMENT TO REFLECT THAT PCS MAY BE AUTHORIZED AND TO INCLUDE THE REQUIREMENT FOR LAW SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS.

 

About the Position:  You will serve as a principal Environmental Law Attorney in the area of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radiological Waste (HTRW), and the environmental investigations, negotiations, settlements and litigation in this program area. The Louisville District Corps of Engineers has been delegated the authority to negotiate Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability  Act (CERCLA) settlements for all Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) and Third Party Sites (TPS).  The CERCLA settlement negotiations are generically known as Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) projects.  Delegation carries unique authority to represent the Department of Defense (DoD), and is otherwise unique in that it extends the Louisville District's geographic authority to multiple Corps Districts and Divisions within the Corps of Engineers.  This position settles DoD's PRP projects for all Districts assigned within the Great Lakes & Ohio Rivers Division (LRD).

 

 
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 veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate for Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submission.

 

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 required supporting documentation, is available from the Office of Personnel Management website www.opm.gov)

 

This position may be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 level.  The full performance level is GS-13.


 

Who May Apply: Click here for more information.

US Citizens

 

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs may be authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is in the Government interest.

 

Defense National Relocation Program (DNRP) is NOT authorized.  

 

Transcripts:   This position has an education requirement; you must submit your college transcripts with your application.  Submission of transcripts is required regardless of whether or not you are currently occupying or have in the past occupied a position requiring the same education. 

 

  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • This position may be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 level.
  • Required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450 IAW 5CFR.

DUTIES:

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Serve as senior principal Assistant to District Counsel for environmental matters, which include the regulatory, hazardous, toxic, radiological waste (HTRW), and civil works programs.

 

  • Regulatory Program which includes Permits and Enforcement. Serve as senior assistant to the District Counsel for all environmental matters relating to the regulatory program. Render legal advice, assistance and support to the District Engineer, the Deputy for Civil Works and applicable key operating officials within the District regarding complex legal and/or factual questions regarding the regulatory program.
  • HTRW Program- Supports the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) program.  Participate in negotiations on new, extremely complex and difficult legal questions, which require unique solutions to balance competing interests.  Ensure the program policy is communicated, undertakes review of CERCLA related documents, and represents the District with stakeholders.
  • Civil Works Program- Serves as senior assistant to the District Counsel for environmental matters pertaining to the District's Civil Works Program. Render legal advice, assistance and support to the District Engineer, the Deputy for Civil Works and applicable key operating officials of the District with respect to legally and factually complex questions requiring research, interpretation and application of case law, statutes, regulations, and policies pertaining to planning, engineering, construction, and operation of civil works projects or activities.

 

  • Environmental Issues-  Responsible for reviewing environmental documents concerning proposed Corps of Engineer activities to determine the legal sufficiency of such documents according to laws and regulations.  Directly advises District Engineer, District Counsel, department heads, and District personnel as to requirements of environmental legislation and regulations.

 

  • Litigation- Serves as senior assistant District Counsel for environmental and regulatory litigation and is responsible for laying the complete groundwork for the case.  Assist Assistant U.S. and Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorneys in the preparation of discovery documents.  Assist in pre-trial hearings and at trials upon request.  Prepare the administrative record for the court.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized experience: To qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level for GS. 

 

For GS-13:  To qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level GS-12.  Specialized experience is defined as: two (2) or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar; commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position.  Examples of this experience are: (1) Identifying, researching, evaluating and analyzing facts and legal issues, (2) Formulating legal alternative courses of action to meet the needs of clients, (3) Explaining legal principles and the risks concerning alternative courses of action to decision makers, (4) Investigate and advise on claims in all aspects of the environmental program in relation to civil works, regulatory, and HTRW, (5) represent clients before administrative and judicial tribunals, (6) Serve as Lead or supporting Trial Attorney for assigned cases appealed, (7) Communicating effectively orally and in writing, (8) Handling matters pursuant to environmental legislation and regulations which include among others, the Endangered Species Act, cultural resources laws, Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Archaeological Resource Protection Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act, (9) Reviewing environmental impact statements, MOUs, MOAs, environmental project documents to assure legal sufficiency and conformity with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and other applicable federal and state laws.

 

For GS-12: To qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level GS-11.  Specialized experience is defined as: two (2) or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar; commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position.  Examples of this experience are: (1) Identifying, researching, evaluating and analyzing facts and legal issues, (2) Formulating legal alternative courses of action to meet the needs of clients, (3) Explaining legal principles and the risks concerning alternative courses of action to decision makers, (4) Investigate and advise on claims in all aspects of the contracting process, (5) Assist in supporting other Attorneys for assigned cases appealed, (6) Communicating effectively orally and in writing, (7) Perform duties in relation to the Freedom of Information Act, (8) Prepare litigation reports in regulatory enforcement.

 
 

NOTE:  Experience MUST be documented in your resume.


To qualify, ALL LEVELS require the following minimum qualification requirements:

 

1)      The first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.);

2)      Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia; 

   AND

3)      In addition to 1 and 2 (listed above), each grade level has the following qualifications requirement:

 

At the GS-12 level, one of the following requirements must be satisfied:

 

a. Two years of professional legal experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level.

b. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus 1 year of professional legal experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level.

c. In unusual cases, advanced educational attainments substantially beyond those required for work at the GS-11 or equivalent level, and the education clearly indicates ability to perform work of the type to be assigned.

 

At the GS-13 level, must have more than 2 years of professional legal experience that commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position.

 

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES section of this announcement.  The QUALITY of experience relates to how closely or to what extent your experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position.  Your resume must show you have the competencies necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level.  Salary will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement based on the complexity of work to be performed, the selectee's experience, education, training, and availability of funds. 

 

The principal selection factors for this position are as follows:


a. Current Federal Civil Service Attorneys must have at least one year of relevant experience at the next lower federal grade level.  Equivalent military, state, or private law experience may be substituted for federal service.
b.  Analytical/legal ability (including issue identification, legal research, analysis of options, risk analysis, creative problem-solving).
c.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.
d.  Excellent interpersonal skills, client relationships, and the ability to interact well with senior officials on controversial and sensitive issues.
e.  Excellent legal and business judgment.
f. Expertise in matters of regulatory and environmental issues.
 
All qualified and eligible candidates will be considered without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, or other non-merit factors.

You must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Other Requirements: Click here for more 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.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
You must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
Must be a current member in good standing of a bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  (You must submit a copy of your current certification if you are not a current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Attorney)

 

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.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. 

 

Basis for Rating:  Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the three quality categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, and Qualified. 

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 he or she attains 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

 


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefit programs some of which may include:

·   Comprehensive health and life insurance - http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

·   Competitive salaries

·   Generous retirement programs - http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp or

·   Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time

·   Flexible work environment 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.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

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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 http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf.
 
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 http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)
 
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

 


HOW TO APPLY:

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

1. Your resume: 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 below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 20, 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID787488.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,


2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and

 

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 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX 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 11:59 p.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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required: 

      

·    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.

·    Online Application (Questionnaire)

·    Transcripts: If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application. 

Submission of college transcripts is required regardless of whether or not you currently occupy or have in the past occupied a position requiring the same education

·    If you are currently serving on active duty: A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals 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: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

    • Submission of law school transcripts is required regardless of whether or not you currently occupy or have in the past occupied a position requiring the same education

  • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

     

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.

     

    PLEASE NOTE:   Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant.   These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application.   Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Jean Hull
    Phone: (502)315-6589
    Email: JEAN.HULL@US.ARMY.MIL
    Agency Information:
    DA SWR USACE LRD
    PO Box 59
    Louisville, KY
    40201

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    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 Applicant Manager.  Hard copy notifications will not be sent to applicant.

     

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact:

    usarmy.apg.chra-ne.mbx.applicanthelp@mail.mil  


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    Job Announcement Number:

    SWGJ12228662787488D

    Control Number:

    331824000