Attorney Advisor (Contract), 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 providing acquisition ethics and acquisition systems support to all activities serviced.

Position Location: Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command Law Office, Building 15, Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433.


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

Chief legal counsel for designated acquisition programs. Provides program managers and contracting officers a single point of contact for answering legal questions arising from designated programs.

Reviews complex contractual documents for legal sufficiency and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policy.

Examines legal issues raised by requests for formal opinions. Performs professional legal research and analysis and renders written and oral opinions to staff and procurement officials on extremely complex and difficult issues of fact and law concerning the legality and enforceability of contracts; interpretation of contractual provisions; resolution of ambiguities; compliance with laws.

Incumbent is legal counsel to the AFMC Public and Confidential Financial Disclosure Programs and WPAFB Acquisition Ethics Program.

Legal counsel to the WPAFB wide post-government employment (PGE) program and provides hands on advice pertaining to highly complex and confusing PGE statutes and regulations.

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 acquisition contracts, acquisition ethics, post-government employment, and administrative issues.
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:

  • Knowledge of the policies, principles, concepts, guidance, procedures, techniques, and methodologies pertaining to ethics and standards of conduct and their impact on acquisition integrity; the Joint Ethics Regulation (JER); Federal statutes and Executive Order applicable to Government acquisition/contracting; and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and the Department of Defense, Air Force, and command supplements thereto..
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in using negotiation techniques to protect the Governments interest in major acquisition actions.
  • Skill 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 fo 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.



  • 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.
  • Must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
Required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.

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 station on military or commercial aircraft.

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 of Working for the Federal Government - click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

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.

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