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Job Title:General Counsel

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Job Announcement Number:ES-803930-13

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Thursday, December 20, 2012 to Friday, January 18, 2013




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy in the following location:
Indianapolis, IN United StatesView Map


All Groups of Qualified Individuals


DFAS' mission is to lead the DoD in finance and accounting by ensuring the efficient delivery of high quality pay and financial management information and services. We take pride in serving the men and women who defend America. DFAS is seeking goal-oriented people who like a challenge and care about serving our country. We offer rewarding careers in finance, accounting, information systems, contracting services, human resources, clerical work and many other areas. Please visit

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of top government leaders. SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.

This position has been designated a Tier 2 position with a salary range of $119,554 to $173,000.

The location of this position is Indianapolis, IN. 

Who may apply: Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals.  


  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required
  • Registered for Selective Service (males born after 12-31-1959)
  • Active Bar certification
  • Submit all documents by the vacancy announcement closing date


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This position is located in the Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA) and the duty station is in the Office of General Counsel, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Indianapolis, IN. The General Counsel of the Department of Defense, who is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the Chief Legal Officer of the Department of Defense and performs such functions as the Secretary of Defense may prescribe. As such, he or she is the principal legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and has final authority and responsibility for legal policy determinations and the delivery of legal services within the Department of Defense and its components. The General Counsel is also dual-hatted as the Director, DLSA, which provides a full range of legal services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Agencies, and the Department of Defense Field Activities. The General Counsel, DFAS, and his/her staff, are under the authority, direction, and control of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, the Principal Deputy General Counsel, and the Deputy General Counsel for Fiscal Law.

The position serves as the chief legal advisor of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and determines the agency’s final legal position on all matters pertaining to the development and execution of DFAS programs, systems and operations.  Advises the DFAS Director and senior leadership on laws, regulations, and policy that may affect the DFAS mission and function.  Reviews proposed legislation for its potential impact on pay and entitlements and other DFAS programs and operations. The incumbent provides executive leadership and direction to the DFAS personnel responsible for legal advisory services within the agency. The position represents the agency within all branches of the Federal government in support of the Department of Defense and its customers.


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BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:  All applicants must possess a law degree (L.L.B. or J.D.) from an accredited law school  and be an active member in good standing of a state, territory, of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar eligible for the immediate practice of law.  If selected, you will be required to provide official documentation supporting this requirement.   Click here for more information regarding what documentation is acceptable:  Transcripts and Certifications . 

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your application package that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualifications and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.  You must submit a resume or any written format you choose to describe your qualifications.  We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.Your resume or other format must not exceed five pages, including an optional cover letter.  Any additional information beyond five pages will not be evaluated.


ECQ 1- LEADING CHANGE:  This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.   Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 – LEADING PEOPLE:   This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.   Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 – RESULTS DRIVEN:   This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.   Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN:   This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 – BUILDING COALITIONS:   This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Additional information on the ECQs is available at .

Please do not submit separate statements addressing the ECQs. Written statements addressing the ECQs will not be considered.


1. Demonstrated ability to provide timely and accurate advice to senior officials regarding complex legal issues, directly affecting the mission of DoD and experience with federal ethics laws, regulations and policies concerning military and civilian pay and entitlements, taxation, debt collection; accounting and commercial law, procurement, contract pay, employment law and federal fiscal law

2. Experience in leading and managing a full-service legal organization consisting of attorneys and paralegals at various experience levels and providing training, advice and services to federal military and civiliain employees

3. Experience in managing litigation cases before federal courts and administrative bodies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Please do not submit separate statements addressing the Technical Qualifications. Written statements addressing the Technical qualifications will not be considered. Demonstrated ability and experience must be embedded within the 5 page resume.

DoD Joint Enterprise Wide Experience Statement:

In addition, DoD Requires an Enterprise Perspective. This individual must Possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within your resume.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.


You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.   The Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.   Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.


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Competitive wages, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive benefit packages found in either government or private sector. These extraordinary benefits encompass health, pay, work/life balance, growth & learning, and particularly financial management career development.  


1.  This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position.

2.  You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

3.  You will be paid by direct deposit to a financial organization. 

4.  Costs you may incur to relocate for the job may be paid.

5.  A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for a selected candidate who meets the criteria specified in 5 CFR Part 575. 

6.  Selectee will be required to file an "Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report' (OGE-278) in accordance with  the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

7.  Travel of all modes of transportation within and outside CONUS is required.  Frequent travel of 6 to 10 nights each month may be required.

8.  Executive Core qualifications of the selectee are subject to approval by the Office of Personnel Management unless selectee is currently serving under a SES appointment, is an OPM CDP Graduate, or has SES Reinstatement Eligibility.

9.  An essential element of the SES is mobility across geographic, organizational, and functional lines. Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment, which requires them to be mobile.   All newly appointed career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES.

10.  This position requires a Top Secret clearance. Individuals selected will be subject to an investigation in conjunction with the granting of a security clearance prior to appointment. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance as a condition of employment. Failure to obtain a clearance will result in withdrawal of the job offer. Failure to maintain a Top Secret clearance may result in termination.

11. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service and may not apply to other excepted service appointing authorities.   If you have questions about the applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy, please contact the agency posting the announcement.


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Your application must be received by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. 

  1. E-mail application and other required documents to
  2. If you do not have e-mail access, you may mail your application package to:

         Defense Finance and Accounting Service
         Human Resources/Shared Services Center
         DFAS-ZHS (Susan Davenport)
         8899 E. 56th Street
         Indianapolis, IN 46249 

Resumes mailed in franked government envelopes will not be considered for this position.


You must submit an application or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications.   Your resume or other format must not exceed five pages, including an optional cover letter.  Any additional information beyond five pages will not be evaluated.  Applicants should provide the following information:

  • Vacancy ID# 803930
  • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers.
  • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type of degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (
  • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experiences related to this position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary.
  • You may also include information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.

3. Graduates of an approved SES Candidate Development Program must include a copy of their OPM certification of eligibility.

4. Copy of Notification of Personnel Action (SF 50):  current and former SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility.

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.  


HR Customer Care Center
Phone: (317)212-0454
TDD: (317)212-6579
Agency Information:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
HR Shared Service Center
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN


We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material. Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by an SES evaluation panel. Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after approval of the selectee by the OPM Qualification Review Board (QRB).   Our evaluation will be based on the information you supply.    You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, and security information and take that information into account in making employment offers.

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