Attorney
Department of the Army - Baltimore, MD

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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: This position is located at the Baltimore District, Corps of Engineers, located in the City Crescent Building in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The City Crescent Building is within walking distance of the historic Lexington Market and Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It is also close to Baltimore's premier stadiums and sports teams, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. Parking can be found in nearby garages and Mass Transit in the form of the Light Rail and MTA buses is available.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: To apply for this position you MUST submit ALL of the following documentation to be considered. Failure to submit all documentation will eliminate your application from consideration.

Sworn (notorized) statement that fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction (Current Corps of Engineers Attorneys need not submit);
Three (3) letters of reccomendation from members of the Bar (Current Corps of Engineers Attorneys need not submit);
College and Official law school transcripts(Current Corps of Engineers Attorneys need not submit);
Copies of your last 3 performance appraisals (All Federal employees MUST submit);
Most recent SF-50 (Federal employees only);
Resume: Relevant training, awards history, professional registration/liscenses-If applicable- should be included in the content of the resume;
Official Certificate showing employee is in good standing with the Bar (Current Corps of Engineers Attorneys need not submit). This document, and this document ONLY , may be submitted either online or via email within 10 days of the announcement closing date. Please email the document to Ms. Jennifer Bem at jennifer.bem@us.army.mil .

Who May Apply:
U.S. Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Relocation expenses MAY be authorized.

Multiple vacancies may be filled with this announcement.

DUTIES:
You will work under general supervision of District Counsel and/or Deputy District Counsel. You will independently plan and execute assignments in specialty areas conferring with supervisor on unusual problems and unfamiliar matters. You will provide advice, guidance and direction to District staff elements, higher headquarters, Contracting Officers and others regarding complex, novel or controversial contract formation and administration problems on construction, service, supply and Architect-Engineer contracts relevant to Federal Procurement Law, Environmental Law, Personnel/Employment, Regulatory Program, Tort and Admiralty Law. You will also provide support to the Project Review Board and Statutory Construction Law in Support of Project Execution. You will provide legal advice, guidance and assistance for all activities of the Baltimore District to include its military construction, civil works authority, environmental, and regulatory programs. You will research a wide variety of court decisions, legislation, regulations and policies in providing assistance on these matters. You will provide legal advice in the development, negotiation and execution of memoranda of agreement for Corps projects in the Support for Others Program. Challenges will include the following: handling a large volume of complex actions in a timely manner; providing quality legal services for a large volume of actions; establishing and maintaining good working relationships with District elements.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position.

Knowledge of federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures in regards to Federal Procurement Law, Environmental Law, Personnel/Employment Law, OR Tort and Admiralty
Skill in managing multiple external and internal program goals and priorities
Ability to work as a member of project delivery teams, with personnel from other areas in the organization, and with senior military and civilian officials
Ability to communicate orally
Ability to communicate in writing

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.

Time in Grade Restriction: Must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the GS-12 grade (or equivalent).

VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION : 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/ .)

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 : An 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: For GS-13 or equivalent - Applicant must have two 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.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

Personnel Security Investigation required.

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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

This position requires you to be a member in good standing of the bar of a State of Territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
This position requires submission of a Financial Disclosure Statement

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

BENEFITS:
The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
Comprehensive health and life insurance
Competitive salaries
Generous retirement programs
Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules
Paid employment related training and education
Possible student loan repayment
Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

OTHER INFORMATION:
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• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDI140025-V300.pdf

• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)

• Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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