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Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SCGU13503397857789

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$113,735.00 to $147,857.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 18, 2013 to Monday, April 01, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Mobile, AL 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:

Works under the general administrative supervision of the Division Counsel, with full authority for the independent action in the performance of the work & with complete responsibility for the technical control of all legal work performed in the Mobile District.



Who May Apply:



  • See Other Requirements below


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Serves as District Counsel, furnishing expert legal counsel to the Executive Office and all components of the District, exercising supervision over all attorneys in the Office of Counsel. Establishes areas of responsibility, delegates authority, makes plans for the accomplishment of work and solutions to all cases and legal problems.  Directs and supervises personnel, determines staffing requirements, budgeting, training and performance evaluations and appraisals. The District program includes civil and military projects for design and construction and the operation  and maintenance of Civil Projects. Investigates, reviews, makes recommendations, and reports on all claims, appeals, and litigation arising from contracts for the design and construction of civil and military facilities. As District Counsel, gives oral and written opinions concerning the legal rights, liabilities, duties and responsibilities of the District in cases and issues arising: under contacts for construction, supply, disposal of surplus, property, professional and expert services, dredging, and leases of plant and equipment; from acquisition and disposal of interest in real estate; from regulations and laws governing the use of navigable waters, deposit of refuse, construction and maintenance of dams, obstructions to navigation, materials dredged from or deposits made in navigable waters, reviews and passes upon legal sufficiency of all procurement and supply actions, inclusive of the propriety of appropriate contracting, review of invitations for bids, serving on the Board of Awards, determining alleged mistakes in bids and protests, and the review of architectural and engineering contracts for legal sufficiency and appropriateness.  Furnishes advice, assistance, and supervision to Trail Attorneys for the Government.


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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 specialized experience associated with the position.

  • Experience regarding federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to the organization's missions and programs, civil works, military, and support for others programs (or equivalent program), including: authorities, appropriations, federal acquisitions (acquisitions (architect-engineering and construction contracts for their equivalent such as major systems development, R & D, information technology, utility services and/or Federal Supply Schedule contracts), contract administration disputes and litigation, and environmental law compliance, regulations and remediation.
  • Experience in the followings areas of federal laws and practices: litigation administrative, standards of conduct, ethics, civilian personnel and employment, labor-management relations, fiscal, real estate, admiralty torts, and constitutional.
  • Experience to manage the organization's highly diverse legal services program (including oversight and managing, mentoring, training, and motivating legal office staff)
  • Experience to balance national (external) and organizational (internal) program goals and priorities; to review program implementation and results; to develop and utilize innovative approaches in solving problems and issues; to function as senior counselor and advisor to the Commander; to work effectively with other military and other senior management officials within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with other governments entities and with private parties.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: There is no formal rating system or applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted; 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) 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 closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position 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 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: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • 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 entitlement to such on the resume/supplemental data submitted.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances are authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.
  • Defense National Relocation Program (DNRP) will not be authorized.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
  • Must file an annual Financial Disclosure statement.



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 and for 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 an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described at



  • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants.  Annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They are not eligible for retirement contributions or to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, nor to 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
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • To successfully claim veteran's preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
Your complete application packages must include:

1. Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
  • 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). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 01, 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.

If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents. If you are unable to upload your documents, you may submit them by fax.  Download and complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 857789.  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 three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, 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

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. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


The following documents are required:

  • 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 determines 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.
  • 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. (Does not apply to an applicant who is a Current Corps of Engineers Attorney).
  • 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) (Does not apply to an applicant who is a Current Corps of Engineers Attorney).
  •  Examples of writing skills as demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda, or letters. These examples should total no more that ten pages in length. Extracts of selected sections of larger documents are acceptable. (Does not apply to an applicant who is a Current Corps of Engineers Attorney).
  • Three recent letters of reference from members of the bar dated with 12 months of the opening date of the announcement. (Does not apply to an applicant who is a Current Corps of Engineers Attorney).

  • You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a SF-50 or DD3434; If your 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 someone other than yourself. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected, to confirm your eligibility.


Central Resume Processing Center
Phone: (410)306-0137
Agency Information:
W2SR04 Office of Counsel
109 Saint Joseph St
Mobile, AL


Once this announcement closes, your application/resume package will be reviewed to determine if you meet experience and/education requirements found in the vacancy announcement.  If you are found qualified, your application/resume may be referred to the selecting official for selection.  If your applications/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.

If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Central Resume Processing Center at, or (410) 306-0137.

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