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Job Title:Attorney Adviser

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Hiring Organization:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Office of the Chief Counsel

Job Announcement Number:NCFL149390841100945

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$97,657.00 to $126,949.00 / Per Year


Saturday, April 19, 2014 to Friday, May 02, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Vicksburg, MS View Map


United States Citizens






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:

The duty station for this position is with the Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers, Office of Counsel, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) 1400 Walnut Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi (MS). The MVD Office of Counsel is comprised of the Division Counsel, two assistant Division Counsels and a paraprofessional. It is located in the historic 19th century Mississippi River Commission Building in downtown Vicksburg, MS. The city of Vicksburg, known as the "Red Carpet City of the South", is renowned for its history and has a rich cultural, culinary, and military history. Vicksburg is home to not only the Mississippi Valley Division, but also the Vicksburg District, the Engineer Research a and Development Center (ERDC) at the Waterways Experiment Station (WES), and the 412 Engineer Command, all of which are part of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

This is a permanent position in the excepted service without time limitation and will not be filled by a 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.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens



  • Occasional Travel
  • Business Travel is 20% throughout the United States within the US Army Corps of Engineers


  • Yes
  • Relocation costs may be paid if the selecting official determines the relocation is in the best interest of the government.


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    Serve as an Assistant Division Counsel practicing the full spectrum of United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) legal services under the supervision of the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) Counsel. In addition, the individual will research, analyze and evaluate facts, determine questions of law, and provides legal advice. The employee directly advises a General Officer (dual-hatted as the President of the Mississippi River Commission), two Senior Executive Services level leaders, and other senior leaders.

    As a deputy to the Division Counsel, s/he will participate in the development and implementation of overall legal policies pertinent to MVD missions.  The employee will also be responsible for rendering legal assistance and advice in support to all organizational elements of the Division on the most complex and difficult legal matters. The multiple missions, projects, and activities of MVD involve legal services relating to engineering, design, and construction contracting, project authorities, contract administration, contract claims and appeals, environmental, regulatory, admiralty, tort, fiscal, real estate, administrative and personnel law, contractor industrial relations, and litigation. The position requires participates in the staff supervision of the legal work performed at the 6 MVD districts by advising, counseling, and coordinating with the District Counsels and their staffs. Will practice and promote preventive law.

    Responsible for observing all safety rules, regulations, and directives applicable to the work assignment.


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    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.

    • Experience: 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 .)

    • 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 -;ualifications and 
    • 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.




    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.



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    The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.


    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

    Special Note to NSPS Applicants: If you apply for and accept a GS position, your GS pay will be set differently than if you transition out of NSPS with your organization. If you apply for and accept a position and your pay cannot be set within the GS grade range, you may not be eligible for pay retention. Be sure to refer to the NSPS website:

    The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at for more detals on how this may affect your specific situation.

  • This is a Career Program Position (CP-56).







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    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
    Friday, May 02, 2014 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • 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.


    1. Official law school transcripts and an official statement of relative class standing. Photo copies are acceptable when applying (DOES NOT APPLY TO CURRENT CORPS OF ENGINEERS ATTORNEYS).

    2. Official certificate showing that you are a member in good standing of the bar, together with a sworn [notarized] statement from you that your fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction to the best of your knowledge, or if either has been challenged, a sworn [notarized] statement concerning the facts and circumstances and any other explanation that you consider appropriate may be submitted. As an alternative to a sworn [notarized] statement, a declaration under penalty of perjury may be submitted in the following format: "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct ... executed on (date) ... (your signature)." (28 U.S.C. 1746). The statement and certificate must be dated within three months of the date the application is submitted. The statement and certificate are required to be submitted by all applicants to include attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of The Judge Advocate General, Army (including active duty Army Judge Advocates).

    3. Federal employees must also submit their latest SF-50 and Performance Appraisal.

    4. A writing sample. A writing sample shall not exceed 10 pages( including cover sheet and tables of contents etc.). Any pages after Page 10 will be discarded and not considered. (APPLIES TO ALL CANDIDATES INCLUDING CURRENT CORPS OF ENGINEERS ATTORNEYS)

    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. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment.  A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, required documents, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.  If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • 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). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified."  See: Transcripts and Licenses

    If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is 1100945. You will need the questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    US Army Humphreys Engineer Center Sup
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center ATTN
    GAO Building 441 G Street NW
    Washington, DC


    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application.  Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. 

    If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

    The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire.  If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

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