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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor (General)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Medical Command

Job Announcement Number:NCEI13549482877771D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 to Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 2 years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Fort Carson, CO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Advises and assists Soldiers undergoing medical evaluation board or physical disability processing.

About the Position:

You will serve as Attorney-Advisor (General) in support of the Medical Evaluation Board Remote Operating Center (MEBROC) working under the general supervision of the Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (Regional Supervisory Counsel).

Who May Apply:

U.S. Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

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  • You will provide legal advice, legal briefings, and counsel to soldiers in the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) process. 
  •  Conduct examination of witnesses and prepare legal memoranda in connection with medical treatment, board proceedings, and medical records documentation. 
  • Serve as liaison with local Staff Judge Advocate, servicing PEB and United States Army Physical Disability Agency.
  • Provide assistance to the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) for case preparation, client preparation, witness identification and preparation, collect and document legal research. 
  •  Review case files and soldiers medical records to evaluate potential outcomes.  
  • Apply knowledge of VA benefits, medical terminology, treatment and conditions.  
  • Provide legal assistance as authorized by the Staff Judge Advocate IAW AR 27-3, "The Army Legal Assistance Program."  
  • Develop training plans and materials to be presented in various media forms. 
  • Instruct soldiers, attorneys, paralegals, judge advocates, medical personnel, command and staff, and other personnel involved with the PEB system.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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) Ability to analyze situations, render legal opinions and assist clients in the Military Physical Disability Evaluation System (PDES), including Medical Evaluation Boards, Physical Evaluation Boards, the Veterans Administration disability evaluation system, or other federal or state disability evaluation systems.

 (2) Ability to apply knowledge and experience in general Health Law discipline to individuals or entities to include malpractice actions, HIPAA, Privacy Act and other related topics.

 (3) Skill in Written Communication.

 (4) Skill in Oral Communication.

 (5)  Ability to analyze legal assistance issues and assist clients in legal assistance practice areas.

 (6) Ability to effectively, professionally, and ethically manage a heavy caseload of clients with complex legal needs. 

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.


• A personal security investigation is required.

• Business travel requirements:  5% annually.


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 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. 

• Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

• This is a TERM position NTE two (2) years.  It is temporary and may be extended for a maximum of four (4) years.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Wednesday, May 22, 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 877771. 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:

 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 consider 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Central Resume Processing Center
Phone: (410)306-0137
Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
Agency Information:
DA NCR IDES
CHRA
3330 Raritan Ave
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
21005

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.


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 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: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL


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Job Announcement Number:

NCEI13549482877771D

Control Number:

341902600