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Company: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location: albuquerque
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


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 problem-solver.

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 represented.


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, visit: 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

Additional Information

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. Visit 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.

Keywords: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque , Attorney-Adviser, Other , albuquerque, New Mexico

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