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Job Title:Supervisory Attorney (General)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:NCFL13545119884697

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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:

This position is in the excepted service without time limitation and will not be filled by competitive appointment.  Service in this position may be fully creditable toward civil service retirement.  Any selected applicant who is in the competitive service will be taken out of the competitive service when he or she occupies this position and will compete only with other excepted status employees in the event of a reduction-in-force.  He or she, however, remain eligible for reinstatement in the competitive service.

US Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Buisness travel 10 percent
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret Security Clearance
  • A Financial Disclosure Statement will be required
  • Moving Expenses have been authorized

DUTIES:

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The incumbent works under the direction and supervision of the Chief Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel, and will function independently as the agency representative to other federal agencies and the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding administrative claims and civil litigation, applying lessons learned from prior administrative claims and court cases. This includes responsibility for unusually complex and highly controversial claims and litigation involving the Corps of Engineers. The incumbent's recommendations and decisions on substantive positions in litigation, as well as litigation strategy are usually tantamount to final, subject to approval by the Chief Counsel. In most matters, the incumbent works independently and is responsible for carrying out assignments on his or her own initiative. Written legal briefs, memoranda and requests for appellate or Supreme Court review of litigation decisions, sent to the DOJ, may be reviewed for soundness of legal approach and consistency with agency policies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

 

 

              

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. 

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 eligible’s 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.)

 


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:

    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf

    • 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.)

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

    • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience.



    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 Tuesday, May 21, 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 ID884697.  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), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

     

    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.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. 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.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.

    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.
    •If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application.
    •If you 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.

    •If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.   For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:

     http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

     

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.

     

    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: (706)791-3148
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    DA NCR HQ USACE
    US Army Humphreys Engineer Center Sup
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center ATTN
    GAO Building 441 G Street NW
    Washington, DC
    20314-1000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


    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.


    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Army Applicant Helpdesk at usarmy.apg.chra-ne.mbx.applicanthelp@mail.mil.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    NCFL13545119884697

    Control Number:

    343137600