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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor (General)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:MN-NG-13-261

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$72,907.00 to $94,778.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 10, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Paul, MN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD This position is located in the Joint Force Headquarters – State, Personal Staff.   The purpose of the position is to provide full-time professional legal support to the State Adjutant General, staff elements and subordinate units of the Army and Air National Guard of the State,as well as to the USPFO for the State.

UNIT:   Joint Force Headquarter, NGMN-JA, Saint Paul, MN

SELECTING OFFICIAL: MAJ Lyndsey Olson, 651-282-4983

 

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

This is an Excepted Service position that requires active membership in a compatible AFSC/MOS in the Minnesota Air/Army National Guard and wear of the military uniform. Acceptance of an Excepted Service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently enlisted in the Minnesota Air/Army National Guard must be eligible for immediate enlistment or appointment. For enlistment/appointment criteria, contact www.nationalguard.com (Army) or 651-268-8967 (Air Force).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Membership in the Minnesota National Guard is REQUIRED
  • Army Funded - Selected individual will not be required to change branches
  • Copy of transcript from law school and bar admission
  • OFFICER (O1 - O3 and individuals eligible for direct commissioning to the
  • JAG CORPS
  • Sensitivity Level 2

DUTIES:

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Responsible for the effective management and accomplishment of the day to day legal workload necessary to provide legal services and support to the Adjutant General, staff elements of both the Army and Air National Guard and subordinate units, as well as the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for the State and his staff. Provides professional legal advice and opinions, both written and oral, on issues arising from federal laws and regulations or concerning the federal mission of the National Guard. Prepares litigation reports, briefs, pleadings and other papers associated with civil litigation involving the National Guard.  Reviews technician collective bargaining agreements for legal sufficiency. Serves as claims officer for the State.  Prepares claims reports for the processing of claims by the appropriate claims office. Upon designation by the State Adjutant General, participates as Staff Judge Advocate to the Convening Authority in State National Guard courts-martial and as legal advisor or counsel in administrative board proceedings. Reviews Financial Liability Investigations of Property Loss (FLIPL), Line of Duty determinations and similar administrative proceedings for legal sufficiency.  Reviews contracts, procurement actions and real property matters involving federal funds for legal sufficiency.  Drafts contracts, agreements and real property documents.  Prepares and presents legal training for judge advocates and for other personnel as required.  Acts as legal assistance officer for members of the National Guard of the State by providing the following:

i. Domestic relations.  Advises on legal and practical meaning and effects of divorce, legal separations, annulment, custody.  Refers to appropriate agencies as necessary.

ii. Wills and estates.  Provides legal advice and counseling on wills and estates.  Drafts and executes wills and codicils.  Advises on estate planning to include minor tax considerations and non-trusts under applicable state statues, or refers to private attorneys as necessary.

iii. Nonsupport and indebtedness.  Advises and counsels on effect and procedures, to include garnishment rules, repossession procedures, default judgments, adverse personnel actions.  Refers to appropriate agencies as necessary.

iv. Landlord-Tenant relations and customer affairs.  Advises and counsels on tenant's rights; eviction procedures; the legal effect and meaning of leases, offers to purchase, sales contracts and customer's rights in dealing with merchants and lenders; credit reporting agencies; etc.  Prepares correspondence and legal instruments.  Provides advice on rights accorded by Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act and other statutory provisions.

v. General.  Prepares complex powers of attorney and other instruments, advises on immigration/naturalization procedures, insurance matters, general contracts, personal property law.  Provides for client referrals to private attorneys as appropriate.

Performs other professional legal and military duties as required.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  Professional legal positions involved in preparing cases for trial and/or the trial of cases before a court or an administrative body or persons having quasi-judicial power; rendering legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters falling within the purview of a Federal Government agency.  A law degree (LLB or J.D) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and  Bar Membership: Be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  GS-12 requires 36 months experience, education or training in the preparation of cases for trial and/or tries cases before a court or an administrative body of persons having quasi-judicial power, the rendering of legal advise and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices or other matters falling within the purview of a Federal Government, the preparation of interpretive and administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to provisions of governing statutes or other law requirements.  Skill in analyzing, discussing and providing oral and written counsel on complex legal arguments in a representative capacity in a manner that aids the recipient in understanding the issues, options, and recommended courses of action.       

COMPATIBILE MILITARY ASSIGNMENT:  OFF:  BR 27;  AFSC:  51JX

 

MILITARY COMPATIBILITY:   Upon selection, individual must be assigned to a compatible military position and must also maintain satisfactory membership in the Minnesota National Guard.

Upon selection, individuals will undergo a background check to validate suitability for employment with the federal government as permitted by law, regulation, Presidential order or other authority. Suitability is dependent upon the particular requirements for security clearance, sensitivity level,

and DOD IT network access.  Items checked include, but are not limited to all criminal history record information, employment history, education and fiscal accountability/responsibility.

EVALUATION FACTORS:   Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of appropriate education, experience, training, self-development activities, and special awards. Candidates are considered on the basis of available information on their current application and supporting information that has been provided to this office. To insure full consideration, applicants are urged to submit information about their training, self-development, outside experience, activities and awards. National Guard military (Part-time) service is considered as full-time experience when evaluated against the qualification requirements for a technician position. The applicant is credited with actual number of months the member has been in the National Guard if the experience is related.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

AREAS OF PRIORITY: In accordance with MN National Guard Regulation 690-335 (Army) or 36-1 (Air), applications will be forwarded to the selecting official to conduct interviews by area of priority listed below:

Area 1: Career/Career-Conditional technicians and Indefinite Technicians assigned to the Minnesota National Guard.

Area 2: Minnesota National Guard technicians who have not previously competed, and traditional Minnesota National Guard members.

Area 3:  National Guard technicians from other states and civilian persons eligible for membership in the Minnesota Air or Army National Guard.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

POSITION DESCRIPTION: D0291000

REMARKS: No PCS available.  Army Funded - Selected individual will not be required to change branches.  Sensitivity Level 2. 

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: OFFICER (O1 - O3 and individuals eligible for direct commissioning to the  JAG CORPS

Acceptance of a Technician position will result in the termination of your Selected Reserve bonus.

IAW NGR 600-25 AND AFI 36-101, grade inversion within the full-time workforce is not permitted.

To view ALL MN National Guard Vacancies, go to:  http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/careers/minnesota.php

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Should a position be announced at less than the authorized grade, the selected applicant may be non-competitively promoted when he/she meets all qualifications and is submitted for promotion by the supervisor.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful completion of technician pre-employment physical for certain occupational series.
  • Males applicants born after 31 December 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System in compliance with the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, Section 1622.

The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the position without discrimination for any non-merit reason(s) such as age, race, religion, gender, ethnic origin or non-disqualifying disability. Pre-selection is not only counter-productive to effective recruitment and placement, but also violates Minnesota National Guard Merit Placement principles and will not be tolerated. If you have information or questions regarding this issue, please contact the Equal Employment Manager at 651-282-4472 or 651-282-4066.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You MUST submit a Resume or form OF 612.   It is highly recommended that you also submit the AGO 163 to accurately reflect your military experience.

The Minnesota National Guard Human Resources Office (HRO) DOES NOT accept hardcopy applications for a job announcement published on USA Jobs.  You must upload these documents after completing the TAG:Online Questionnaire or fax them to 1-478-757-3144 using the OPM supplied fax cover sheet  https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the Vacancy Identification Number 890546.

To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following parts:

  1. Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and
  2. Your supporting documents: Resume or OF 612.  It is highly recommended that you also submit the AGO 163 to accurately reflect your military experience.

OF 612 and AGO 163 can be downloaded from: http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/careers/assets/OF%20612%20and%20AGO%20163.doc

Use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire (Option A) for convenience and quickest processing.

Option A: Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

Tips for using the Online Qualifications Questionnaire:

  • Complete and save your supporting documents before starting the Online Qualifications Questionnaire and upload these documents online. 
  • You can upload or fax supporting documents during or after you complete the Online Qualifications Questionnaire process.
  • You must click Submit My Answers for your questionnaire to be processed.
  • You must complete the entire process by 11:00pm central time on the closing date --  Friday, May 24, 2013.
  • You can save your work and come back later. Just click both Save and Logout. (When you want to return, go to https://applicationmanager.gov/Home.aspx and log in using the User Name and Password you created.
  • Select the job you would like to update to complete the questionnaire or upload documentation.   It is important for you to complete this process in its entirety.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Option B: Paper Qualifications Questionnaire.

If it is not practical for you to use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

    1. You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.
    2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 – after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.
    3. Complete the OPM Form 1203-FX using the information listed under  Questions to complete Paper Qualifications Questionnaire below. 
    4. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume or OF 612, and any supporting documents by fax.  It is highly recommended that you also submit the AGO 163 to accurately reflect your military experience.  If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, you do not need a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here --  https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

Questions to complete Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

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THE FOLLOWING FORMS TO SHOW EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION:

  • RESUME OR OPTIONAL APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT (OF-612)
  • MILITARY EXPERIENCE (AGO FORM 163)

Copies of OF 612 and AGO 163: http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/careers/assets/OF%20612%20and%20AGO%20163.doc

Your application must include the following information:

A detailed narrative of your work experience (paid or unpaid), training, education, and/or other information that relates to the specialized and general experience stated on the vacancy announcement. Include pertinent military experience and describe duties in detail. You may use continuation pages to include all related experience. Ensure that both military and civilian experiences are fully described, to include time frames.

Job Information:

  • Vacancy Identification Number ( 890546), title ( Attorney-Advisor (General)) and grade(s) for which you are applying.

Personal Information:

  • Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
  • Social Security Number. Giving your Social Security Number is voluntary. However, we cannot process your application without it.
  • Country of Citizenship.
  • If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.

Education:

  • High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
  • Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
  • Major field(s) of study.
  • Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

Work Experience:

For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

  • Job title.
  • Duties and accomplishments.
  • If assigned additional duties in a position, include percentage of time spent performing the additional duties.
  • Number of hours per week.
  • Employer's name and address.
  • Supervisor's name and phone number.
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
  • Salary.
  • Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

Military Experience:

Include all military experience that is pertinent to the position for which you are applying:

  • Starting and ending dates of assignment.
  • Duty title of position.
  • Description of duties.
  • MOSs/AFSCs.
  • Complete a separate experience block for each period of military service related to the position.

Other Qualifications:

  • Job-related training courses (title and length of course must be included).
  • Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
  • Job-related certificates and licenses.
  • Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.)

CONTACTING US : After you have read all the instructions in this vacancy announcement, if you still have questions about this position or the application process, you may contact us at (651) 282-4155.

ALL APPLICANTS ARE CONSIDERED WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, AGE (WITH AUTHORIZED EXCEPTIONS) OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Office
Phone: (651)282-4155
Agency Information:
Minnesota Army National Guard
Human Resources Office
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN
55155-2098

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your application status.


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Job Announcement Number:

MN-NG-13-261

Control Number:

343365500