Department of the Air Force - Kirtland AFB, NM

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Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, in southeast Albuquerque, is nestled between the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges. It is home to Air Force Materiel Command's Nuclear Weapons Center and its subordinate wings. It is also home to the Directed Energy and Space Vehicle Directorates of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

This position is centrally managed by the Legal Career Field Team.


1. Online Application (Occupational Questionnaire).
2. Resume, for each block of work experience you must include month/year (starting/ending dates), salary, hours per week, job title, supervisors name/phone number (may we contact statement).
3. Transcripts (unofficial), from an American Bar Association-accredited law school.
4. A letter showing active membership in good standing with the bar of a
state, territory of the US, District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
5. Veterans, if you are a veteran with preference you must submit a copy of
your DD-214 (a copy stating character of service, Service-2, Service-7, Member-4, or etc.). If not separated you may provide a memo from your Military Personnel Office that includes your "character of service". In addition, if claiming 10-point preference, you will need to submit a current VA letter dated 1991 or later stating your overall/combined percent of disability and a Standard Form (SF) 15 "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference". For more information on veteran's preference see .


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 fromActive 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 liststhe types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at .)
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Travel and relocation expenses may be paid
  • Student Loan Repayment/Recruitment bonus may be authorized
  • Service credit (leave) may be granted for directly related experience

DUTIES: As an Attorney-Advisor (Contract), GS-0905-14, you will provide professional legal expertise for the full range of issues and problems arising in the fields of contracting, acquisition, procurement, technology transfer and related civil law areas including acquisition planning, contract administration, claims, disputes, litigation, security and classified information, export control, fiscal law, labor law, ethics, facilities, taxation, protection of governmental rights and property, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), environmental issues, patent issues, royalties, technical data, and other areas which arise in furtherance of and in connection with the mission of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and other Kirtland AFB tenant organizations. You will also:
-Advise and provide legal guidance to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and other Kirtland Air Force Base and tenant organizations
-Render and generate authoritative written and oral legal opinions involving extremely complex and difficult legal problems.
-Review contractual instruments for legal sufficiency and compliance with applicable statutes, regulations, and case law.
-Review and assist in preparation of dispute cases to include interviewing witnesses, drafting legal memoranda, affidavits, and other legal documents.
-Serve as Federal government legal representative on panels, boards, committees, reviews, etc., and function as Standards of Conduct Counselor.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be graduates of a law school that is

accredited by the American Bar Association; admission to the Bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; applicants must be an Active Bar member in good


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have specialized professional legal experience in excess of three years at a level close to the work of this position that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically, we would find this experience in work within this field that is closely related. Specialized experience is described as knowledge of government contract law and commercial business practices and techniques to provide legal expertise in support of assigned contracts, programs and functions. In addition, knowledge of corporate, tax, commercial, labor, and environmental law, and the Uniform Commercial Code, to review adequacy and accuracy of government contracts, to protect the interest of the government, and to provide continuing legal services to contract administration functions.


Must possess a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school, and admission to and membership in good standing of the bar of any State, District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Required to disclose any currently pending allegations or previous findings of ethics, judicial, or other professional misconduct by any state bar or attorney disciplinary committee. Must have professional legal experience commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position to be assumed.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts on college letterhead are acceptable. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website .
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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. Ability to provide authoritative legal advice concerning the various stages of contracting, acquisition, and procurement management.
2. Ability to render authoritative written and oral legal opinions involving extremely complex and difficult legal problems resulting from the formation and management of contracts.
3. Skill in reviewing highly complex, long term, contractual instruments, and solicitations documents, etc. for legal sufficiency and protection of the government's interests.
4. Ability to support preparation and presentation of dispute cases for hearing before such arbiters as the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Government Accountability Office, or U.S. District Court.
5. Knowledge of Federal fiscal laws, rules and regulations Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. The Human Resource Specialist uses your responses to the occupational questionnaire, along with your resume and supporting documentation, to determine if you meet regulatory eligibilities listed in this vacancy announcement.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating .

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.

BENEFITS: This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. .

OTHER INFORMATION: 1. Functions as a primary program counsel for major Air Force and Department of Defense programs and other programs as assigned.
2. Serves as a senior civilian attorney-advisor and may serve as Acting Chief of the Acquisition Law Division in the absence of the Chief.
3. Attorney appointments are subject to service of a one-year probationary period.
4. Employee is required to submit and initial an annual Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450, in accordance with the Joint Ethics Regulation.


PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work is sedentary, requiring sitting at a desk. There may be some walking, standing, bending, or carrying of light items such as papers or books. No special physical demands are required to do the work.
WORKING CONDITIONS: The majority of the work is performed in an office or law library setting. Briefings are generally conducted in the office or boardroom of the official to be briefed. Hearings of a judicial or administrative nature will generally be held in the central New Mexico and Washington, D.C. area(s).
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: If you are deaf or Hard of Hearing and need assistance, please contact your local Video Relay Service provider to contact Andrea Rathbun at (801) 586-1819 for assistance.

SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION: Individuals with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the U.S. Air Force mission. For further information or to determine your eligibility click here: Special Hiring Authorities . ( ) Applicants who are selected must meet the qualification requirements and be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. If you are eligible and wish to be considered for non-competitive appointment, please indicate "5CFR 213.3102(u)" on your resume or state you are an individual with a disability eligible for a Schedule A appointment and follow all other instructions for applying.

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.
ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated as well qualified (80), without veterans' preference points, based on the answers provided to the questions contained in the Assessment Questionnaire and supporting application material, for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified candidates are also required to meet any job-related personal, suitability, and/or medical requirements established for this position. In addition to submitting documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record, which must be at least fully successful or the equivalent, ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after "injury" compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For more information, click here:
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. Your resume must reflect the experience identified on the questionnaire. The Human Resource Specialist uses your responses to the occupational questionnaire, along with your resume and supporting documentation, to determine if you meet regulatory appointment authority and qualifications as listed in this vacancy announcement.

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