About the Position: As the Deputy District Counsel
(Attorney-Advisor), the selected attorney will assist and serve
under the general direction and supervision of the District
Counsel, who assigns cases, projects, and areas of responsibility.
The selected attorney is expected to resolve legal and factual
problems with latitude and to exercise independent judgment. He or
she will be required to provide advice and counsel on complex legal
problems to USACE management and staff at all levels.
Timely furnishes expert legal advice, support and services on
USACE projects, programs and other duties assigned, including with
respect to implementation and interpretation of federal laws,
regulations, policies and procedures.
Provides proactive legal support to USACE civil works,
engineering, planning, regulatory, operational, real estate,
contracting, security, administrative, technology, fiscal, federal
Indian law, water supply, ethics, and other USACE needs.
The emphasis areas for this position include
contracts/procurement law and litigation; civil litigation; civil
works law; and regulatory/environmental compliance law.
Actively engages in assignments as a team member, mentor and
Written and verbal communications are consistently professional,
ethical, timely and effective in supporting USACE project, program
and mission success.
Legal opinions, analyses, advice and documentation are developed
based upon a practical understanding of relevant facts and program
needs, expert understanding and interpretation of applicable laws,
policies and programs, and legal precedent.
Conditions of Employment
Who May Apply: US Citizens In order to qualify, you must meet
the education AND experience requirements described below.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace
Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social).
You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including
volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your
relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your
transcripts will be required as part of your application.
Additional information about transcripts is in this document. The
experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened
for the Office of Personnel Management's basic qualifications
requirements, and the skills needed to perform the duties of this
position as described in this vacancy announcement. Basic
Requirement for Attorneys (GS-0905): Successful completion of a
full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American
Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree
(LL.B. or J.D). and a current member in good standing of a bar of a
state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Official certified law school
transcripts and proof of bar membership in good standing must be
submitted with your resume. Specialized Experience: Three or more
years of professional legal experience, acquired after being
admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and
responsibilities of the position. One year of the required
professional legal experience is equivalent to the GS-13 under the
General Schedule or other pay systems. This experience was acquired
after being admitted to the bar. Examples of this experience are:
analyzing facts, ascertaining law, giving opinions and stating
facts on legal issues; explaining legal principles and identifying
alternative courses of action; and, preparing legal reports and
other documents required by or on behalf of the agency or entity
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in
foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show the education credentials have been
evaluated by a private organization that specializes in
interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has
been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S.
education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at
a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information,
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 attached
supporting documentation (for example, 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 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form
(SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and
supporting documentation for the specific type of preference
claimed. The SF 15 will identify the supporting documentation
required along with a list of the types of 10-point preference. The
SF 15 is available from the OPM at
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a
Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service
Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S.
Citizenship. Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is required. This position requires you to
submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon
entry, and annually thereafter. Selection is subject to
restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system
for displaced employees. If you have retired from federal service
and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see
the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. This
is a Career Program (CP) 56 - Legal position. Multiple positions
may be filled from this announcement. Salary includes applicable
locality pay or Local Market Supplement. Interagency Career
Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal
employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified
you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP
consideration, you may receive selection priority for this
position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP
eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position
and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP
eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection
priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for
the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional
information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition
Resources website. When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of
Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable.
for more information. If you are unable to apply online or need to
fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the
following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized,
subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an
agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
Incentives may be paid if the selecting official determines it is
in the best interest of the government.