Attorney Advisor (Labor), GS-0905-14
Department of the Air Force - Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is one of the largest, most diverse and complex installations in the Air Force, encompassing approximately 11,000 civilian positions. Whether your career is in maintenance, cutting-edge research & development, or somewhere in between, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base may have the job for you.

This announcement will result in a 90-day register which may be used to fill vacancies for 90 days after the closing date of this announcement. Referrals may be made as vacancies occur.

Position Summary: The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a senior legal advisor in labor law.

Position Location: Department of the Air Force, Labor Law Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB OH
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Travel expenses may or may not be paid
  • Recruitment and relocation incentives may or may not be used
  • This is an Excepted Service position

DUTIES: Back to top MAJOR DUTIES: · Chief legal counsel and advisor in Labor Law. Provides commanders, supervisors, and program managers a single point of contact for answering legal questions arising from employment-related disputes.
· Serves as the principal attorney in charge of preparation and presentation of cases involving Personnel Law and related areas of the law before administrative tribunals, such as the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as arbitrators, mediators, trial courts, and appellate courts.
· Provides written and oral legal opinions of law and fact pertaining to Personnel Law and related areas of the law. Develops and presents sensitive, highly visible and high interest cases by developing the theory of the case, determining what evidence and arguments will be advanced, conducts research of statutes, legal opinions, regulations, and case law precedents; prepares answers, motions, briefs and other pleadings.
· Conducts and responds to discovery and participates in pre-hearing conferences; negotiating, drafting, recommending, and executing settlement agreements where appropriate.
· Prepares and examines witnesses; presents testimonial and documentary evidence and arguments to the fact-finding tribunal; and performs all other representational functions required for the defense or prosecution of the case before a particular forum.
· Examines legal issues raised by requests for formal opinions. Performs professional legal research and analysis and renders written and oral opinions to staff and personnel officials on extremely complex and difficult issues of fact and law concerning the legality and enforceability of personnel actions, interpretation of contractual provisions; resolution of ambiguities; compliance with laws, regulations and administrative determinations. Provides counsel to commanders, staff, management officials and the Civilian Personnel office regarding options available, comparative risks and other salient factors related to various problems and courses of action.
· Reviews administrative cases removed to Federal Court, considers the weight of the evidence of record, the cost of litigation and other material considerations. Prepares litigation reports, memoranda of facts and law, and makes recommendations on negotiations and settlement of cases sent for prosecution. Works directly with the United States Attorney and may assist with the trial preparation of the United States Attorney, performing necessary legal research as required by the case

Applicants must meet all of the following:
· Have a first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) that is accredited by the American Bar Association;
· Active membership in good standing in the Bar or highest court of a state, or U.S. territory, U.S. commonwealth or District of Columbia;
· Never been disciplined, sanctioned, or had fitness to practice law challenged by any bar or court or a state or territory of the U.S. or District of Columbia,
· Professional legal experience in excess of three years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position to be assumed. This experience must be professional legal experience in providing advice, guidance, and direction on a wide range of federal labor law issues, including but not limited to the statutes and Federal law regulations.
IMPORTANT: You must provide supporting documentation: Current Bar Membership and current official certification of your fitness to practice law. All certifications must be dated no more than 120 days prior to submitting the application. (In most states, you can obtain this certification, usually referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing, from The Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Services). Additionally, if you have been a bar member for less than five years, a copy of your final law school transcript and, if available, a statement of relative class standing is required. Failure to submit all of the proper documentation will result in removal of your application from consideration.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Do not submit writing samples or miscellaneous examples of your work. A complete resume is most important.

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:

Experience in and knowledge of federal labor law.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Skill and experience in using negotiation techniques to protect the Governments interest in labor law actions.

Skill and experience in preparation and presentation of cases involving Personnel Law and related areas of the law before administrative tribunals and courts.

Skill and experience in researching legal issues raised by requests for formal opinions, the analysis of complex factual situations in light of the results of such legal research and general legal principles, and the preparation of written legal opinions based upon such research and analysis.

Maintenance of a current license as an attorney and counselor at law in a state or territory of the United States, the

District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

THIS POSITION REQUIRES SPECIFIC EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If you have been a member of the bar for less than 5 years, you MUST provide your law school transcripts. If you are selected, you must provide original transcripts prior to appointment. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.



Your latest resume will be used to determine qualifications.

This position requires that you be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate security clearance.

This may be a Testing Designated Position. You may be subject to pre-employment drug testing and participation in random drug testing as a condition of employment.

Incumbent is required to maintain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) currency as established by incumbent bar.

This is an Excepted Service appointment. The appointment made under the provisions of this announcement is excepted from competitive civil service and may require the incumbent serve a trial period. An applicant receiving such an appointment does not acquire competitive civil service status.

Your are required to maintain current knowledge of changing statutory and regulatory guidance as they relate to the duties of this position, as well as general developments in technology that may improve the effective delivery of legal services.

May be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

Maintenance of a current license as an attorney and counselor-at-law in a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty stations on military or commercial aircraft.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: BASIS OF RATING: No written examination will be required. Applicants will be rated on the content of the application, considering education, experience and other professional qualifications; that the best qualified applicants will be given an oral interview to further evaluate suitability and knowledge of the law; that final selection is a two-part process comprised of: (1) rating by the local civilian attorney committee (including results of the oral interview); and (2) final review of qualifications of the best qualified applicants by the qualifying authority including, in its discretion, another oral interview; and that final selection is subject to approval of the qualifying authority which may revise the rank order of preference of selection.

NOTE REGARDING BASIS OF RATING: If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience; your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

BENEFITS: Back to top Benefits of Working for the Federal Government - click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

OTHER INFORMATION: Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here .

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE (MSP): Click here for specific program requirements.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) : For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employment must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Reemployment Annuitant: 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

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your resume

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 25, 2013

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, click here for the required cover page. This Vacancy ID is 827161. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .

2. OPM Form 1203FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Click here for the OPM Form 1203-FX., and

3. Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.

PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire. Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire restarts with number one, so when entering your responses, please continue regardless of number sequence. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately.

If you are faxing any documents, click here for the official cover sheet to print. The fax number is 478-757-3144.

Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement :
· Online Application (Questionnaire)
· Resume (Must include beginning/ending month & year for each employment period)
· Transcripts , if a member of the bar for less than 5 years.
· Veterans’ Preference (if applicable) - a copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10 point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).

Certificate of Good Standing dated within past 120 days.

Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.


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 documentation (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 ).

For more information on veterans’ preference click here .

If you are faxing any documents, click here for the official cover sheet to print. The fax number is 478-757-3144.

Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.

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