Trial Attorney
Department of Defense - Chicago, IL

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The Defense Contract Management Agency is a rich resource of indispensable partners who contribute to and benefit from integrated missions and programs. We are an independent combat support agency within the Department of Defense (DoD). We are the Department's contract manager, responsible for ensuring Federal acquisition programs, supplies, and services are delivered on time, within cost and meet performance requirements.

About the Position:

This position requires the selectee to be at least 18 years old and be able to obtain and maintain favorable Department of Defense (DoD) suitability and security determinations as a prerequisite to employment. DCMA's offer of employment is conditional until the selectee passes a drug screen, pre-employment security interviews, appropriate credit checks, a criminal background record and identification check, and the Department of Defense exercises its discretion to grant the selectee a favorable security determination. An employment offer DCMA management extends prior to security determination is merely tentative, and the DCMA expressly reserves the right to rescind the tentative employment offer at any time before the selectee's start date. Clearance decisions may take 90 days or longer. The regulation governing suitability for Federal employment is at Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 731, and DoD's Personnel Security Regulation can be found at Title 10, CFR part 154.

This position is in the Excepted Service.

The Defense Contract Management Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employment Opportunity Agency.

This position is with Office of General Counsel, Contract Disputes Resolution Center

This position will be filled at only One of the following duty locations:

Manassas, VA,

Carson, CA,

Chicago, IL,

Boston, MA

Who May Apply:

All U.S. citizens and Nationals with allegiance to the United States

Notice of Veterans Preference:

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense 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 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 an SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • License/Certification Bar Certificate of Good Standing in Active Status

DUTIES: Major Duties:

· Serves as Senior Trial Attorney with responsibility for independently representing the Government in complex contract litigation before the ASBCA. Acts independently in (1) examining all correspondence, contracts and other pertinent documentary evidence as well as reviewing all applicable laws, regulations and directives, (2) preparing legal opinions and all written pleadings including answers, motions, briefs and such other legal papers as are required in each case, (3) securing, interviewing and preparing witnesses including professional or technical experts, (4) arranging for and taking of depositions of parties and witnesses, (5) initiating and responding to other discovery procedures, including preparation of interrogatories and cross interrogatories, (6) coordinating and arranging for hearing dates with the hearing authorities and opposing counsel, and providing for the presence of all government witnesses at such hearings, (7) planning and developing trial techniques, tactics, legal theories and procedures to be used in trial of each assigned case, (8) examining and cross-examining witnesses and introducing evidence during the course of adversary proceedings, (9) presenting oral and written argument, (10) representing the Government in negotiations and settlement of cases, and (11) pursuing appropriate post-trial remedies.

· Devises and implements Alternate Resolution techniques. Participates in the negotiation of ADR agreements, the selection of neutrals, and the actual conduct of ADR proceedings.

· Prepares extensive litigation reports for the Department of Justice on appeals filed in U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In such reports incumbent analyzes the opponent’s pleadings; prepares the required statements of fact and memoranda of law; complies documentary evidence and lists of potential witnesses; and suggests an answer, including affirmative defenses and counterclaims. Also prepares narrative summary for use by Department of Justice Attorneys.

· Furnishes guidance and legal assistance to Administrative Contracting Officers (ACOs) and Termination contracting Officers (TCOs) in the resolution of disputes. Reviews, analyzes and evaluates the legal aspects of disputes arising from the contract management functions, including the most novel and complex problems.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Qualification Requirements:

Qualification requirements for Attorney positions can be found in DoD directive 1442.2, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys."

· A minimum of one year of experience at the next lowest civil service grade or equivalent, for current Federal Employees or similar experience for non-Federal Employees.

· Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications clearly reflect that all qualification requirements are met.

· Applicants are evaluated on quantity/quality of their relevant experience/education.

· Applicants must ensure their applications clearly reflect all qualification requirements. Selection is based on selecting official’s judgment as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position.

· A selection panel may be used. Oral interviews may be conducted with all, some, or none of the applicants.

· Selection will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position on the basis of relevant experience, education, and achievement in the legal field.

· Professionalism, analytical abilities, organizational skills, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills will be considered during the selection process.

The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.

A pplicant 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) from that institution.

Bar Membership: An applicant must currently be an active member, in good standing, in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Applicant must have professional legal experience in excess of 2 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

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

Other Requirements:

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for basic qualification requirements, and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of this position as described in this vacancy announcement.

· You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

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

· One year trial/probationary period may be required.

· Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

· Direct Deposit of Pay is required.

· You must include the announcement number on your application.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Application packets will be evaluated for basic qualifications requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in this vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official for the position.

Selection will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position. The breadth and depth of relevant experience and knowledge of, and the quality of past performance, will be the primary considerations used for selection. Important selection factors are (1) significant experience in Government contract litigation and using ADR techniques to resolve Federal Government contract disputes; (2) Significant knowledge of Federal Government contract law including Cost Accounting Standards, “Federal Acquisition Cost Principles, Contract Administrative Services, allocation of indirect costs, Systems Contracting, progress payments, contracdt terminations; etc.; (3) ability to analyze complex factual and legal issues; and (4) ability to communicate complex legal issues orally and in writing. Professionalism, analytical abilities, organizational skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills will be considered during the selection process. A selection panel may be used and oral interviews may be conducted with all, with some, or with none of the applicants, solely at the option of the selecting official.

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 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.

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OTHER INFORMATION: · Tour of Duty: Full time

· FLSA: Exempt

· Bargaining Unit: No

· Emergency Essential Position: No

· 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/DoDl140025-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 .)

· May require overtime work.

· Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

· Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs will not be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.

· Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.

· Temporary Duty (TDY) travel is approximately 25 percent.

· Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 180 days beyond the closing date of this announcement.

· Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.

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