Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Learn more about this agency
Position Description Title/PD#: General Attorney (Contact)/ PD#81258A; 81257A; 81256A; 81255A
Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Eligible
Virtual Position: No
This recruitment is for two position with the Office of General Counsel, Procurement Law Group, located in Eatontown, NJ.
Announcement will close at 11:59 pm on the day that 100 applications are received.
DUTIES PD# 81258A, 81257A, 81256A, 81255A
Provide legal advice and assistance and advice with respect to legal matters pertaining to supply and service contracts, with particular emphasis on enterprise-wide acquisition programs. Reviews contracts of all types, advise regarding source selection, draft legal opinions, Secretary decisions, litigation reports and related documents, and mistake in bid and bid protest reports. Prepare bid protest reports requested by the Comptroller General regarding contract awards and interpretation of contract obligations, together with recommendations and conclusions. Recommend amendments and additions to contract plans and specifications where omissions and inadequacies are found as a result of contract reviews. Handle special assignments which may involve consultations with officials of the DVA and other Federal agencies, detailed review of records, reports, and operational data, evaluations and related circumstances and preparation of a detailed report. Investigate assigned cases which involve analyzing the evidence, establishing the issues, conducting legal research regarding the issues involved and deciding on what available documentation to produce and proffer.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting, however, where travel to work sites is required there may be light physical work required, such as carrying binders and paper files.
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
Bar Membership Requirements: Be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Where the duties of the position call for appearance in court, the applicant must be a member in good standing of the bar, or be eligible for admission to the bar, of the State or Territory of the United States or the District of Columbia which they will serve.
Education: Possess a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree from a law school or be awarded such before appointment. NOTE: The education requirements are not applicable to those employees serving in Attorney positions in the VA as of September 1, 1968.
Experience: In one or any combination of the following types in the amounts indicated for each grade following:
a. Practice of law.
b. Other legal experience of a responsible nature in any or a combination of the following: As a law clerk; in legal research; in analysis of statutes; or in examination, investigation, or adjustment of claims arising under law, contract, or governmental order.
c. In the military, naval, or other Federal service in the disposition of legal problems, as a reviewing officer, as a member of courts or boards, or investigation activities.
a. One year of experience as described above, or
b. Graduation in the upper one-third of his/her law class or one of the six alternate options of the Superior Law Student Program:
(1) Work or achievement of significance on his/her school's Official Law Review;
(2) Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif;
(3) Winning a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team which represents the law school in competition with other law schools;
(4) Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-shot, intermittent or casual participation;
(5) Significant summer law-office clerk experience; or
(6) Other equivalent evidence of superior achievement. Candidates applying under this option will be required to furnish certification from the registrar of ranking and other attainments in law school; or
c. Possession of the LL.M. or JD degree.
a. Two years of progressively responsible experience as described above, or
b. Graduation in the upper 15% of his/her law class and possess the LL.M. or JD degree in a field of law directly pertinent to the work of the position to be filled.
GS-13: Three years of progressively responsible experience as described above.
GS-14: Four years of progressively responsible experience as described above.
For grades GS-12-14, a maximum of one year of the above required experience may be acquired prior to admission to the bar. For any grade, the required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification. The applicant's experience and training must show that he/she has the ability to perform the duties of the position.
Applicants must submit with their application, in addition to the information required, a list of important suits, prosecutions, cases, or other legal or legislative matter, if any, in which they have participated, describing the nature of each and stating their connection therewith.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but is not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following websites: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html and http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
MAILED/EMAILED APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ANY APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED VIA MAIL/EMAIL WILL BE DESTROYED AND NOT RETURNED.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
Competency 1: Skills in government contract litigation
Competency 2: Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both in writing and orally
Competency 3: Knowledge of laws relating to procurement contracts
Competency 4: Ability to interact with officials inside and outside of the agency
For grades (GS-11 and GS-12), applicants must successfully pass an oral interview. The factors to be considered will be the ability to express one's self, aptitude and interest in Federal legal work as a career, and the ability to answer technical questions of law.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are required:
- Your Résumé (Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information).
- If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last or most recent signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (SF-50 must be in PDF format; text format will not be accepted). Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
- To receive consideration as a Veteran you must provide legible copies of your DD-214, member 4 copy or another copy that shows all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or a statement of service signed by the commander or you will be deemed INELIGIBLE. Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.
- Performance Appraisal - This document is optional for all applicant
- Military Spouses must submit: Marriage Certificate. Copy of the sponsor's permanent change of station orders showing you as an authorized dependent or when the veteran is unemployed and is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable. Statement that spouse preference is requested for this vacancy and has not previously been used to obtain a position in the commuting area.
- Copy of unofficial transcripts. Must show name of college to determine accreditation. If qualifying based on degree, or for positions requiring a degree, the transcript must show date the degree was conferred. If selected, you must provide official transcripts. NOTE: Transcripts should state degree conferred, and have a date.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/22/2019
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
VHA SERVICE CENTER
AddressGeneral Counsel - VHA
810 Vermont Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20420
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/521311600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.