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 ability to apply knowledge of federal laws, regulations, Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Army (DA) policies and procedures related to environmental law to support the mission of the HQ U.S. Army Environmental Command .
2. Ability to exercise independent judgment and to research, analyze and interpret complex legal issues, laws, regulations and policies, and to prepare legal opinions that are concise, well reasoned, legally sound, and consistent with relevant precedent.
3. Ability to communicate orally, to brief, explain, advocate, represent, train, instruct, in an effective manner, logically and concisely, to a client, supervisor, opposing counsel, and the general public.
4. Ability to write clear, accurate and legally sound memoranda, opinions, and correspondence, for clients, commanders, and other management officials, using office automation hardware.
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 www.opm.gov.)
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.
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: An 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: For GS-12/13 or equivalent: 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.
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.
Personnel security investigation required.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized.
Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Resumes 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.