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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor (General)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Military District of Washington

Job Announcement Number:NCAS13305726824495

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort McNair, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is located at the Military District of Washington (MDW) at Ft. McNair, DC as an Attorney Advisor (General) rendering legal advice and services; planning, organizing, and conducting necessary research of legal issues; representing legal assistance clients; and managing the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Tax Assistance Center. 

About the Position: You will serve as Attorney Advisor in the Legal Services Division (currently located at JBM-HH) of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Military District of Washington, providing professional legal assistance to active duty service members, retirees, their dependents, and other eligible clients on a wide variety of matters, to include family law, real property, estate planning, taxes, preventive law, contracts, consumer affairs, and military administrative actions.

Who May Apply:
All U.S. Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

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You will provide specific analysis and detailed advice on the legal and practical meaning and effects of divorce, legal separations, annulment, child support, and child custody. Provides legal advice, counseling, drafting, and execution of wills and trusts. Advises on estate planning, to include tax considerations and the creation of trusts under applicable state statutes. Provides advice and counsel on effect and procedures of garnishment rules, repossession procedures, default judgments, the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and consumer's rights in dealing with merchants, lenders, and credit reporting agencies. Provides advice and counsel on tenant's rights, eviction procedures, the legal effect and meaning of leases, offers to purchase, and sales contracts. Prepares clients for Financial Liability Investigations of Property Loss (FLIPL), Non-Commissioned Officer Efficiency Reports (NCOER), and Officer Efficiency Reports (OER) by preparing explanatory statements, appeals, or requests for reconsideration. Performs research and assists other Legal Assistance Attorneys representing clients stationed inside and outside the National Capital Region under an Expanded Legal Assistance Program (ELAP). Attorney may, upon approval, prepare, negotiate, and if necessary, litigate any of the above Legal Services, upon approval. Manages, plans, organizes, coordinates, implements, and operates the JBM-HH Tax Assistance Center, which assists in preparing and filing federal and state income tax returns for all eligible clients in the National Capital Region. Responsible for the general supervision, implementation, organization, training, and operation of the Tax Center. Exercises independent judgment in directing, managing, and supervising tax preparation through the Tax Center's military personnel, civilian personnel, and volunteers. Monitors timely flow of pre-operational readiness procedures and facilitates daily operations of the Tax Center. Coordinates tax instruction courses with IRS representatives. Trains new personnel on income tax preparation IAW IRS VITA Training and certification requirements. Manages, plans, organizes, coordinates, implements, and operates MDW's ELAP for in-court representation of eligible clients.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

1. Knowledge of and experience with Family Law such as providing analysis and detailed advice on the legal and practical meaning and effects of divorce, legal separations, annulment, child support, and child custody.

 

2. Knowledge of and experience with Estate Planning such as providing legal advice, counseling, drafting, and execution of wills and trusts.

 

3. Knowledge of and experience with Consumer Affairs such as providing advice and counsel on effect and procedures of garnishment rules, repossession procedures, default judgments and the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA).

 

4. Knowledge of and experience with Real Property such as providing advice and counsel on tenant's rights, eviction procedures, the legal effect and meaning of leases, offers to purchase, and sales contracts.

 

5. Knowledge of and experience with Military Administrative Actions such as preparing clients for Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss (FLIPL), Non-Commissioned Officer Efficiency Reports (NCOER), Officer Efficiency Reports (OER) by preparing explanatory statements, appeals, or requests for reconsideration.

 

6. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

VETERANS 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 http://www.opm.gov/ .)

Time in Grade Requirements: If currently employed as an attorney by the Federal Government must have completed 1 year at the next lower level within 30 days of 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.

  • 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 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.
    • You may claim Military Spouse Preference
    • Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at time of application.
    • Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
    • Business travel is approximately 5% of the time
    • Moving expenses will NOT be paid

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    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.


    BENEFITS:

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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.


  • OTHER INFORMATION:

  • 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 http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)
  • 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.


  • HOW TO APPLY:

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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 below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 15, 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 824495.  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).

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

    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 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.
    • Official Law School Transcripts & official statement of relative standing in class. A copy is acceptable when applying but certified documents must be furnished before entering duty.
    • Official certificate showing the applicant is a member in good standing with the bar, together with a sworn (notarized) statement by the candidate that neither their fitness to practice law nor conduct as an attorney has ever been challenged, OR if either has been challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts & circumstances and any other explanation the applicant may deem appropriate.
    • Examples of writing skills as demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda, or letters. These examples should total no more than ten pages. Extracts of selected sections of larger documents are acceptable.

     

    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:

    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    DA NCR Fort Belvoir
    Fort Belvoir
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center ATTN
    5800 Putnam Road Bldg 320 Suite 126
    Fort Belvoir, VA
    22060-5821

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    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.

     

    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: applicanthelp@conus.army.mil


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    Job Announcement Number:

    NCAS13305726824495

    Control Number:

    335631600