The 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: For GS-15 or equivalent position, applicant must have three or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time-in-Grade restrictions.
Official law school transcripts must be submitted prior to accepting the position. These transcripts must show successful completion of a full 3-year course of study in an school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) leading to a professional law degree ( LLB or JD) that included a major field of study or specific course requirements.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/q;ualifications and http://www.ed.gov//admins/finaid/accred/index.html
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.
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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.
Official college or university transcripts must be submitted with your resume.
License/Certification: Bar Membership
Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show entitlement to such preference on resume and supplemental data submitted. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
All applicants must address the following areas of specialized experience, defined as:
1. Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers programs, including the APA/NEPA, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, Endangered Species Act, and Personnel and EEO law as well as a detailed
knowledge of agency programs generating civil, non-Contract Disputes Act, litigation, including the Civil Works Regulatory Program, Hazardous and Toxic Waste Remediation Programs, FTCA Program, civil works/water resources development activities and the Freedom of Information Act program.
2. Demonstrated ability to deal with complex, controversial and sensitive legal and policy issues and produce timely, responsive, high quality legal products, while developing legal and effective solutions in support of internal clients and external customers to further mission execution.
3. Demonstrated ability to represent the Corps of Engineers position to high level military and civil officials within the Department of the Army and Department of Defense, Federal officials from other agencies and the Department of Justice; manage priorities and organize and apply resources efficiently, and effectively manage a highly diverse and heavy workload and balance competing interests, while working in a fast-paced professional environment.
4. Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
***ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ***
A resume with vacancy announcement number annotated; answers to questionnaire responses should be attached to submisson.
Law school transcripts and official statement of relative standing in class. A copy is acceptable.
A copy of 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 challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts and circumstances together with any explanation the applicant may deem appropriate.
Three recent letters of reference from members of the bar dated within 12 months of the opening date of this announcement.
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.
Federal employees/reinstatement eligibles must submit a copy of their latest SF 50 and most recent performance evaluation; and applicants currently serving in the military must submit a copy of their most recent OER and/or DD 214. (Items 2, 3, and 4 above do not apply to Current Corps of Engineers Attorneys.)
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
NOTICE OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for apply veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Army considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. DD form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions. (DD Form 214 is available from the DoD Forms Management Program Website at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/inofmgt/forms/formsprogram.htm ). 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's Preference, and supporting documentation required for specific type of preference claimed. (SF15, 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.)