U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Attorney-Adviser (General) in Buffalo, New York

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines. 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: *

Serves as the Senior Assistant District Counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, Office of Counsel located in Buffalo, NY. The Senior Assistant is responsible for advising and rendering all legal advice and support regarding laws, regulations and policies pertaining to the implementation of the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) and Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP). The Senior Assistant also advises the District on regulatory matters and the contracting officer on all aspects of contract formation and administration.

Buffalo itself is a historic city with a revered past, a vibrant present and bright future. Buffalo is located at the eastern terminus of Lake Erie at the headwaters of the Niagara River, a short drive or boat ride from Niagara Falls and Lake Ontario. Buffalo is a city shaped by the surrounding freshwaters. The freshwater seas rivers that once fueled its industry now provide limitless recreational opportunities for its residents. Buffalo can accurately be described as a small town with big city amenities; with four professional sports teams, three colleges and two universities, a large and vibrant downtown, eight museums and numerous city, county, State and National Parks.

This position is in the excepted service without time limitation and will not be filled by competitive appointment.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Duties

The Senior Assistant District Counsel works under the general supervision of the District Counsel and serves as Acting District Counsel in the absence of the District Counsel. The Buffalo District Office consists of the District Counsel, three Assistant District Counsel, the Senior Assistant District Counsel and one paralegal. The Senior Assistant is responsible for advising and rendering all legal advice and support regarding laws, regulations and policies pertaining to the implementation of the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) and Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP). The Senior Assistant also advises the District on regulatory matters and the contracting officer on all aspects of contract formation and administration of complex environmental contracts.

The Buffalo District oversees a multi-million dollar annual radioactive waste remediation program across four states at 12 sites, and maintains 16 commercial and 19 recreational harbors, along with 110 miles of federal navigation channels along Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The District also has a robust civil works program focused on improving the quality of watersheds of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and implements many of the ecosystem restoration efforts through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Great Lakes Legacy Act along the coasts of the two lower Great Lakes.

Supervisory Status

No

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Business Travel Required: Less than 10 percent
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • 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 is in the government's interest.
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
  • License/Certification: Bar Certificate in Good Standing and Active Status
  • Secret security clearance is required
  • Annual Financial Disclosure Statement
  • Career Program: 56
Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the education AND experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. Your our 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.

Specialized experience for this GS-14 position is defined as: Three (3) or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar; commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position. Examples of this experience are: (1) Providing legal advice and representation related to federal environmental laws, regulations and policies. (2) Providing legal advice and representation related to compliance, remedial planning and response to hazardous, toxic and/or radioactive substance releases. (3) Providing legal advice and representation related to the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and/or other related environmental laws, regulation and policies (4) Identifying, researching, evaluating and analyzing facts and legal issues, (5) Formulating legal alternative courses of action to meet the needs of clients, (6) Explaining legal principles and the risks concerning alternative courses of action to decision makers, both independently and on a team to advise and advocate for the client. (7) Advising a Contracting Officer or other decision makers in all aspects of federal laws, regulations and policies related to federal aquisitions, including contract formation, contract administration, contract disputes and contract litigation before administrative body or Courts (8) Representing clients before administrative and judicial tribunals.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Federal environmental laws, regulations and policies relating to compliance, remedial planning and response to hazardous, toxic and radioactive substance releases
  • Federal Laws, regulations and policies related to the regulatory mission
  • Federal laws, regulations and policies related to federal acquisitions, including contract formation, contract administration, contract disputes and contract litigation before administrative body or Courts.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Work efficiently and effectively, both independently and on a team, to advise and advocate for the client

Bar Membership: Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package. A detailed list of what constitutes a complete application package is described under "Required Documents'

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirement above, all jobs in this occupation must meet this education requirement. Education: In order to qualify for this position, you 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 (L.L.B) or J.D. NOTE: You MUSTsubmit a copy of your law school transcripts with your application package if you are not a current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Attorney.* *

*Experience: * Applicant must have three (3) or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from or an ABA-Accredited law School in the top 25 percent of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.

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.
  • National Agency Background Investigation may be required.
Security Clearance

Secret

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.

BENEFITS

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/475711400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-09 to 2017-08-30

Salary: $104,582 to $135,958 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Series: 0905 Attorney

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: SWGJ171927251992814D

Control number: 475711400