The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies required to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience will be evaluated and screened to determine how closely or to what extent your experience, education and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your resume must demonstrate you have the competencies and quality of experience necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level.
The principal selection factors for this position are as follows:
Provides legal advice and counsel: Exercises professional and supervisory authority and directly manages all legal matters handled by the office, to include the following major areas: Acquisition and Procurement law, Standards of Conduct and Ethics, Fiscal Law, International and Operational law, Labor and Employment law, Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, and litigation and alternate dispute resolution programs. Other areas of practice include Installation Law, Environmental Law (including property and hazardous waste disposal), and Health and Safety Law. These responsibilities require strong skills in the areas of alternative dispute resolution techniques, litigation strategies, expert testimony, and extensive research to provide effective leadership and guidance to subordinate attorneys. Direction and oversight requires exceptional mastery of law and the ability to coordinate and integrate a number of critical highly technical aspects of a wide range of laws, regulations and policies that affect DLA Land and Maritime mission execution around the world. Provides guidance and direction to subordinate attorneys in the effective preparation of oral arguments and written briefs that support the Agency, PLFA, regional clients, and the Department of Justice when representing the Agency in Federal Court in trial court or in preparation for an appeal. Discusses and makes decisions designed to resolve significantly difficult cases worked by subordinate attorneys. Incumbent meets with all the attorneys periodically to review cases and procurement actions that are unique, complex and possibly precedent setting. Prepares or is personally responsible for the oral and written legal advice to support the client and mission. Researches and applies statutory law, case law, regulations and other legal authority. Analyzes legal issues and provides advice on how to accomplish the mission consistent with law, regulation, and policy. Ensures all legal advice provided by the office is consistent with and supported by applicable Federal and State laws, decisions or courts, boards and agencies.
Representation: Chief Counsel represents or arranges for representation of the Agency in the federal courts and administrative forums through which disputes are handled, including the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. District Courts, and Courts of Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Federal Labor Relations Authority.
Leadership/Development/Mentorship responsibilities: Responsible for all educational and developmental activities and programs undertaken by the legal office to ensure that all personnel maintain and advance their areas of expertise, better understand the nature of the organization and clients they serve, realize their full potential and are prepared when appropriate opportunities for advancement are available and, consistent with the DLA General Counsels policy, ensure the office personnel receive the appropriate rotational and cross-training opportunities. Constantly mentor, guide and encourage office personnel in their professional development and career progression. Ensure the appropriate on-the-job training and orientation of newly assigned attorneys.
Management/Administrative responsibilities: Supervises all assigned attorneys and paralegals.
Incumbent provides the full range of supervisory duties. Sets work plans and schedules. Ensures reasonable equity of the performance standards and rating techniques. Makes determinations to resolve issues and exercises authority to approve and certify all staff official travel, purchases made with the government purchase card, time and attendance submissions. Performs the following supervisory personnel management functions: assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, difficulty of assignments, and capabilities of employees; provides technical legal oversight; develops performance standards; evaluates work performance of subordinates; and provides recommended ratings of record; interviews candidates for subordinate positions, recommending hiring, promotion or reassignments; takes disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands; identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing and/or arranging for needed development and training. Makes decisions on technical and personnel problems presented by subordinate supervisors; review evaluations of nonsupervisory employees rated by subordinate supervisors; assures reasonable equity of individual performance objectives, standards and ratings among subordinate organizations; recommends performance awards and salary bonus distribution for subordinate employees; evaluates subordinate supervisors; Provides recommendations to the Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel on hiring subordinate attorneys, supervisory attorneys and administrative staff.
1. The ability to lead, manage and oversee a large full-services legal organization engaged in a broad range of Agency legal practice and programs.
2. In-depth Knowledge of three or more of the following legal practices and program areas: acquisition law; fiscal law; standards of conduct and ethics; personnel, EEO and labor law; administrative law; procurement fraud; international and operational law; alternatives disputes resolution; litigation; environmental law; and FOIA and Privacy Act matters.
3. The ability to work effectively with a diverse, senior client base and to serve as a member of the PLFA's leadership team in ensuring mission success.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The following will be used to help rate and ranks eligible candidates:
1. Breadth and depth of legal experience in multiple organizations and at multiple levels. A mix of experience at more than one PLFA, base, post, operating location / installation (example: Major Service Command, Combatant Command, Headquarters Military Staff Service, Joint Staff, Defense Agency) is highly desired.
2. In addition to a Juris Doctorate (JD), an advanced degree in law or related professional field is highly desired.
3. Professional legal experience in excess of 5 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position is highly desirable.