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ATTORNEY ADVISOR (CONTRACT)

Air Force Civilian Service Fairfax, VA
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Job Description

Duties

This is a GS-13 target 14 developmental position.  The individual selected for this position will be promoted to the target level without further competition upon meeting any legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor.  However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level. 

·    The primary purpose of this position is to serve as Legal Counsel for the Concepts, Development and Management Office (CDM) under the daily supervision of the CDM Legal Counsel and the technical supervision of the Deputy General Counsel (Intelligence, International and Military Affairs), Office of the General Counsel of the Air Force.

·    Provides legal advice on Acquisition Law, Contract and Fiscal Law, Intellectual Property Law, National Security Law, Intelligence Law, Civilian Personnel Law and Administrative Law.  Issues accurate, timely, mission-focused legal advice and counsel in a timely manner.  Prepare accurate, cogent, well researched/written legal opinions, memoranda and legal correspondence.

·    Represents CDM and the USAF at meetings, briefings, conferences and planning sessions with DoD officials, Department of Justice, Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency, Homeland Security and other government agencies, international organization and non-governmental entities.  Maintains professional relationships with attorneys and key officials within DoD and the US interagency.  Prepare key documents in anticipation of interagency missions, projects and programs.

·    Plans and executes specialized projects which require a high level of legal training and experience.  Conducts legal and policy research in support of these projects.  Perform fact analysis and derive legal conclusions and recommendations that support or resolve issues.  Prepare written products in support of specialized products.

Qualifications

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:  You 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).  In addition, at the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status with a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.  On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must meet all of the following: 

1. Have a first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) that is accredited by the American Bar Association; 

2. Active (or equivalent) membership in good standing in the bar or highest court of a state, U.S. territory, U.S. Commonwealth or the District of Columbia; 

3. Never been disciplined, sanctioned, or had fitness to practice law challenged by any bar or court or state or territory of the U.S. or District of Columbia; 

4. Professional legal experience in excess of two years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

IMPORTANT:  You MUST provide the following supporting documentation, at the time of application, to verify current bar membership:  Copy of current Bar Membership/Card, Letter from the Bar or Print out from the Bar website showing active and in good standing.  Also, if you have been a bar member for less than five years, a copy of your final law school transcript.  Failure to submit all of the proper documentation will result in removal of your application from consideration.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (GS-13):  At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-12) or equivalent.  Specialized experience must include an extensive knowledge of legal concepts, principles, practices and specific areas of law, including:  acquisition law, fiscal law, contract law and administrative law; Comprehensive knowledge of the federal acquisition process, government contracting procedures and defense procurement and acquisition policy; Expert knowledge of federal statues, DoD issuances and federal agency regulations applicable to acquisition law, contract law and national security law; Ability to resolve broad, complex or sensitive legal issues, while maintain the integrity of organizational programs; Ability to effectively advocate the organizations position, regardless of the forum and the ability to communicate effectively in writing legal opinions, correspondence and litigation support documents.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (GS-14):  At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-13) or equivalent.  Specialized experience must include an extensive knowledge of legal concepts, principles, practices and specific areas of law, including:  acquisition law, fiscal law, contract law and administrative law; Comprehensive knowledge of the federal acquisition process, government contracting procedures and defense procurement and acquisition policy; Expert knowledge of federal statues, DoD issuances and federal agency regulations applicable to acquisition law, contract law and national security law; Ability to resolve broad, complex or sensitive legal issues, while maintain the integrity of organizational programs; Ability to effectively advocate the organizations position, regardless of the forum and the ability to communicate effectively in writing legal opinions, correspondence and litigation support documents.

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EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  In lieu of OPM Qualification Standards, AFI 51-107, Employment of Civilian Attorneys, applies

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

 

1. Knowledge of the law pertaining to specialized areas of legal practice as determined by the SAF/CDM Senior Legal Counsel along with a practical knowledge of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Federal Lawyers, Federal Bar Association, October 6, 1990.

2.  Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and principles pertaining to all phases of acquisition law including Invitations for Bids (IFBs), Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and other key contract documents.  Knowledge of contract administration matters including modification of existing contracts, terminations, progress payments, indemnification, justifications and approvals for sole source contracts.  Knowledge of contract and fiscal law including, the government appropriation and authorization of government funds.  Knowledge of intellectual property law and administrative law.  Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) as well as federal statues, DoD issuances, and Air Force Instructions regarding government contracts, fiscal and acquisition law and policy.

3.  Skill in recognizing and analyzing key legal issues in factual situations and applying well-reasoned analysis to reach clear, concise conclusions.

4.  Ability to research legal issues, analyze factual situations in light of general legal principles and the result of research and prepare legal opinions.

5.  Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of individuals, in and outside the legal profession, both orally and in writing, in both formal and informal settings.

6.  Knowledge of computer-assisted drafting software, e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc.    

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:  Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth.   The attorney must maintain such bar membership in at least one jurisdiction during the entire course of employment with the Air Force.

ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

1. Mobility is a condition of employment.  The employee must sign an Air Force-wide mobility agreement.

2. Incumbent is required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon appointment and will be required to file annually.

3. Position is designated emergency-essential (E-E).  The employee must sign an Emergency Essential letter.

4. Position meets the professional exemption criteria for the Fair Labor Standard Act (5 CFR 551.207). 

 

 

 

BENEFITS

The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees. Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Other Information

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.  Click here for more information.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Job Details

Date Posted August 4, 2017
Date Closes September 3, 2017
Requisition 466119000
Located In Fairfax, VA
SOC Category 00-0000.00
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