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Job Title:Attorney Advisor (General)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Forces Command

Job Announcement Number:SWEI12293595813443D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 24, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Carson, CO United StatesView Map


United States 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.

About the Position: You will be a Command legal expert with respect to issues concerning the operation of a military installation to include all matters related to the interpretation of laws, regulations, statutes and directives concerning legal assistance issues and income tax assistance.


Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


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You will serve as the legal expert and authority on all client services support, including legal assistance (e.g., policy, training, substantive law, preventative law), the installation tax program, and the Soldier Readiness Processing site. As the subject matter expert in client services, responsible for developing staff personnel in law, procedure, practice, referrals, and negotiation with co-counsel or opposing counsel in cases involving problems ranging in difficulty to the very complex where there is little or no existing guidance or precedent. Provides counsel and instruction/training to military and civilian attorneys on varied subjects including real estate transactions, probate, divorce, child custody and support, physical or mental disability determinations, taxation, estate planning, negligence/torts, contracts, consumer advocacy, garnishment, civil rights, etc. Ensures that client service providers maintain confidentiality and appropriate records. Incumbent is responsible for the accuracy, legal efficacy, and professional appearance of legal documents prepared to include wills, powers of attorney, deeds, bills of sale, leases, small estate affidavits, promissory notes, petitions for adoption, separation-property settlement agreements, mortgages, complaints, etc. Plans, staffs, and executes a large scale tax assistance program. Attends meetings and furnishes legal rationale and advice as requested, to include meetings such as Family Readiness Groups that may occur after normal duty hours. Legal services provided to clients, to include: Wills and Estates, Domestic matters, Adoptions, Guardianships and Name Changes, Non-support and Indebtedness, Military Affairs, Real Property, Taxes, and other General matters to include living wills and power of attorney.


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Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position.


1) Skill in effective communication, both orally and in writing, with professionals and non-professionals.


2) Professional knowledge of a wide range of legal assistance and tax issues to include: domestic relations, wills and estates, nonsupport and indebtedness, military administrative matters, and landlord-tenant.


3) Experience researching, analyzing clear and concise legal documents, memoranda, opinions, and correspondence to include use of office automation software programs to produce original drafts of legal opinions, documents, and proposed regulations. 


4) Ability to provide both oral and written legal advice and assistance in various areas of the law.


5) Ability to write clear and concise legal documents. 


VETERAN PREFERENCE INFORMATION: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Army 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 documents (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 Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at

Time in Grade Requirement: If currently employed as an attorney by the federal government you must have completed one year of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.

The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.

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: An applicant must currently be member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicant must have two 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 for one year of the required professional legal experience.

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.

Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.

You may claim Military Spouse Preference.

Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at time of application. 

Business travel may be required 10% of the time



Your application package (resume and supporting documents) will be evaluated for basic qualification requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in this vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official.


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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.


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

    • 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

    To successfully claim veteran's preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement.  Please review the information listed under the Other Requirements link on this announcement or review our on-line Job Application Kit.

    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.



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

    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 below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on January 7, 2013.

    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 813443.  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 two documents to complete this process: the Occupational Questionnaire, and the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX)

    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. 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. 

    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 following documents are required:

    1. 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.  Official law school transcript and an official statement of relative standing in class. Photo static copies of documents are acceptable when applying but certified documents must be furnished before entering duty.

    3. Official certificate showing that you are a member in good standing of the bar, together with a sworn [notarized] statement from you that your fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction to the best of your knowledge, or if either has been challenged, a sworn [notarized] statement concerning the facts and circumstances, and any other explanation that you may deem appropriate may be submitted. As an alternative to a sworn [notarized] 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)... (your signature)." (28 U.S.C. 1746).  The statement and certificate must be dated within three months of the date the application is submitted.  The statement and certificate are required to be submitted by all applicants to include attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of The Judge Advocate General, Army (including active duty Army Judge Advocates).

    4. Examples of writing skills as demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda, or letters.  These examples should total no more than ten pages in length. Extracts of selected sections of larger documents are acceptable.

    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.

    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.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    Forces Command JAG Office
    Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
    4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson
    Fort Carson, CO


    Once this announcement closes, your application/resume package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the experience and/or education requirements found in the vacancy announcement. If you are found to be qualified, your application/resume may be referred to the selecting official for selection. If your application/resume is referred to the selecting official, you may be contacted for an interview, however, this is optional. If you are selected, you will receive a tentative job offer. 


    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. 


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

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