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 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.
Incumbent will serve as Assistant Counsel in the Office of Counsel, serving as attorney-adviser to all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Middle East District (MED).
This includes interpretation and applicability of US host country laws, international agreements, decisions of US and foreign courts, boards of appeal, regulations, and opinions of the Comptroller General.
Serves as attorney-advisor to all MED directorates concerning proposed contract formation and administration actions and/or decisions on matters of activity responsibilities in the various foreign countries in which MED operates.
Provide legal advice and assistance on emplyment law matters, release of Government information, and ethics.
Identifies and refers procurement fraud issues.
Prepare cases for contract litigation and alternate disputes resolution, and reviews and prepares actions concerning mistake-in-bid and bid protests.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position approximately 15% of the time to countries in the Middle East
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Conditions of Employment
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. 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.
This position requires that you submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE Form 450, Executive Branch Personnel confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entrance to this position and annually thereafter.
Who May Apply: US Citizens
The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:
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.
Specialized experience is defined as in excess of 2 years of professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties of the position. To be creditable this experience must include experience in most all, if not, all areas of legal practice of the Office of Counsel, including but not limited to: performs duties on own initiative, and works independently without substantial review, in accordance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures, legal problems pertaining to some of this work are without analogous precedent and involve principles not yet resolved by agency or court decisions. The different types of law include, but are not limited to Foreign Military Sales, International law, contract formation and administration, contract claims and appeals, litigation, ethics, employment law, and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:
Knowledge of Federal contract law relevant to formation and administration of construction and services contracts performed overseas.
Knowledge of fiscal, employment, and other areas of administrative law relevant to overseas operations.
Skill in communicating orally and in writing on legal matters to different internal and external audiences, including at different levels of the organization.
Ability to handle litigation, to include handling contract appeals and other civil litigation, and preparing cases for alternate disputes resolution.
Ability to prevent, identify, address, and resolve conflict with clients and within workgroups.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION OR DISTINGUISHED ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE:
The qualifying authority may make exceptions to those in excess of 2 years professional legal experience requirement when an applicant possesses special qualifications in place of those specified. For example, a second professional law degree (Masters of Laws, LL.M) or graduation with a distinguished record from an accredited law school (e.g. in the top 25% of the class) may be substituted for 1 year of professional legal experience.
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.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
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.
Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
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.
This is a Career Program (CP) 56 position.
You may claim military spouse preference.
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website .
NOTICE OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE : There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Army considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. DD form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions. (DD Form 214 is available from the DoD Forms Management Program Website at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/inofmgt/forms/formsprogram.htm). 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's Preference, and supporting documentation required for specific type of preference claimed. (SF15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management website at www.opm.gov).
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.
Background checks and security clearance
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, 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.
**** ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS BY CLOSING DATE ****
1) A resume with vacancy announcement number annotated.
2) Official law school transcripts and an official statement of relative class standing. Photo copies are acceptable when applying.
3) Copy of official certificate showing that the applicant is a member in good standing of the bar and a sworn and notarized statement by the candidate that his or her fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction or; if either has been challenged, a sworn and notarized statement giving the facts and circumstances, and any other explanation that the applicant considers appropriate. As an alternative to a sworn and 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)(signature of applicant)." (28 U.S.C.1746). The official certificate and statement of fitness must be dated within three months of the date the application is submitted. The certificate and statement are required to be submitted by all applicants including attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of the Judge Advocate General of the Army.
4) List of three professional references. References from current and former supervisors are preferred. Please provide name, title, mailing address, telephone number, and relationship for each reference. We may contact references as part of the interview process.
5) A writing sample shall not exceed 10 pages including cover sheets, tables of content, etc. Any pages after page 10 will be discarded and not considered.
6) Current federal employees or reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of their latest SF 50 and most recent performance evaluation. Applicants currently serving in the military must also submit a copy of their most recent OER and/or DD 214. (Items 2, 3, and 4 above do not apply to Current Corps of Engineers Attorneys).
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.
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.
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