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.
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. 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.
Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualifications requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position. KSA's:
(1) Ability to effectively assist in leading and managing the Legal Services Program of the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), including the ability to effectively function as a senior counselor and advisor to the Commander; to work effectively with other military and senior management officials within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with other governmental entities, and with private parties; to effectively deal with agency jurisdictional issues; and, in the absence of the MVD Counsel, to effectively plan, direct, and organize the work of the office.
(2) Ability to develop and utilize innovative approaches in solving problems and issues.
(3) Knowledge, experience, and ability to effectively advise in the following areas of federal laws and practices: a) military, civil works and support for others programs, including civil works project authorities, project formulation, appropriations, fiscal law, project cost sharing agreements, and development and use of hydropower and water supply; b) real estate acquisition, management and disposal; c) contracting for services, supplies, and construction, contract procurement and protests, procurement fraud, contract administration, and contract dispute resolution, claims and appeals; and d) dispute resolution and litigation.
(4) Knowledge, experience, and ability to effectively advise in the following areas of federal laws and practices: a) ethics, conflicts of interest, and standards of conduct; b) Equal Employment Opportunity, personnel and employment and labor management relations; c) administrative law including Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act, and non-contractual claims (tort, admiralty, affirmative), constitutional law, personal liability, and Native American law; and d) environmental and regulatory law and procedures relating to environmental protection of natural resources, including Clean Water Act, Natural Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other environmental laws related to the management and remediation of hazardous, toxic and radioactive materials and waste.
(5) Ability to quickly balance competing goals, and to organize and work effectively to meet established deadlines and priorities.
(6) Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing, with diverse clients and constituencies on varied and complex topics.
(7) Ability to form and maintain cooperative working relationships.
(8) Ability, in a fast paced environment, to quickly analyze problems, propose reasonable courses of action, identify client objections, and formulate well-reasoned advice which is responsive to client needs.
TIME IN GRADE
REQUIREMENTS: If currently employed as an attorney by the Federal
Government you must have completed 1 year at the next lower level within
30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served
at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.
NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE:
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/ .)
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: Click here for expanded definitions.
- 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 will be required to proof of U.S. Citizenship
- Application and supporting documents must be postmarked by the closing date of the vacancy.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. Position is designated non-critical sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R. This requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated on a pre-appointment basis which may take up to 90 days or longer to process. The selectee may be allowed to start work prior to adjudication if management approved. Obtaining and maintaining a secret security clearance is a condition of employment. If the security clearance is denied or revoked, the individual may be denied or removed from the position, accordingly.
- Incumbent is required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 6/08). Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 23 March 2006.
- Documentation to support military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at a time of application.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED
Your application package (resume, OF-612 or SF-171 and supporting documents) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. If qualified, your application package will be evaluated as to whether and how your experience, knowledge, skills, training and/or education clearly reflect that you possess the following required knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of this position:Basis for Rating
: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
- Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
- Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
- Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.