U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Attorney-Adviser (Contract) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Job Overview

Job Overview

Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or "The Corps") is one of the best in America! In the last three years alone, USACE has moved up 68 spots in the annual Best Places to Work in government rankings; ranking #111 of 320 agency subcomponents. Also, USACE ranked #128 out of 500 employers on Forbes' "America's Best Employers" of 2015 list. From this list, the Corps ranked #10 in the government services industry, #6 in the federal government, and #8 in the engineering field. Follow this link for more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

About the Position:This position is being filled with US Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District, Office of Counsel. This position is located in Albuquerque, NM. Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Presbyterian Health Services, Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


The incumbent renders legal advice, support, and assistance in all areas of USACE legal practice. Incumbent advises and performs legal services relating to contract formation, contract administration, and post-contract performance. Through litigation and negotiation, resolves contract claims, disputes, and appeals involving complex factual issues which require extensive research, analysis, and obtaining and evaluating expert testimony. Drafts Contracting Officer's Decisions. The incumbent represents USACE before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and serves as agency counsel and assists the Department of Justice in litigation before U.S. federal courts. In addition to the major duties above, prepares interagency agreements, and provides legal advice concerning the emergency management program, the Corps' Civil Works programs, Real Estate, Regulatory permitting, federal Ethics, and other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Business travel (TDY) up to 10% of the time is required.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Moving expenses (PCS) MAY be authorized.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements

In order to qualify, you must meet the education AND experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. Your transcripts are required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required:

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Your application package (resume and supporting documents) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic qualification requirements. If qualified, your application package will be evaluated against your resume and supporting documents for the required knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of this position. These include:

  1. Knowledge and experience with federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures including research, analysis, and effectively advising in complex areas of federal law such as:

a) Government Contracts;

b) Federal appropriations (fiscal) law;

c) Civil Works Programs; and

d) Administrative law.

  1. Ability to function as a counselor and advisor to staff and management in the District, the Command, and others and to work effectively with other staff management officials within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other governmental entities, with the public, and with private parties.

  2. Ability to balance multiple national (external) and agency (internal) program goals and priorities; ability to review program implementation and results; ability to balance customer programs with legal goals and priorities; and, ability to develop and utilize innovative approaches in solving problems and issues.

  3. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse clients and constituencies on varied and complex topics.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years of professional legal experience (or two years of professional legal experience and a second professional law degree (e.g., LL.M)), acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the basic qualifications requirements, and the skills needed to perform the duties of this position as described in this vacancy announcement.

Time in Grade Restriction: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.

This position requires membership in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

At the GS-14 level, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

The Attorney-Adviser occupation has specific educational requirements which apply to all positions. Law Degree: Applicants must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD). Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. You have to attach a copy of your law school transcripts to your application package under the document type ‘Transcripts'.

Please refer to the assessment questionnaire for the entire list of education requirements. View Assessment Questions

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • 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.
  • Must file annual financial statement OGE-450.
  • Must be a member of good standing in a State Bar.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • 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 Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474506100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-08-07

Salary: $101,674 to $132,177 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Series: 0905 Attorney

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: WTKC171747871987464

Control number: 474506100