Army Installation Management Command Attorney-Adviser (General) in Fort Polk, Louisiana

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Summary

The incumbent will serve as a claims and recovery Attorney. Serve as legal advisor and consultant on medical malpractice claims. Will review and process demands and claims against the United States under the provisions of the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Military Claims Act. Provide legal advice and, as needed, representation of the Army's interest in medical care recovery actions.

About the Position: The position is with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Polk, LA.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

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Responsibilities
  • Determines the legal status of claims by analyzing the facts of the case in light of applicable statutes, regulations, case law, administrative decisions, technical publications, procedures and policies.
  • Consult with physicians, nurses and other medical personnel on issues of law and medicine to ascertain whether a breach in the standard of medical care caused the injury or death.
  • Prepare, review, and answer necessary legal documents for litigation, including complaints, briefs, motions, requests for admission or discovery and other pleadings for use by the United States Attorney in Federal and States courts.
  • Provide legal advice and, as needed, representation of the Army's interest in medical care recovery actions on behalf of the Unites States and the cost of providing medical treatment and care to active military personnel, military retirees and qualified family members when Third Party liability exists.
  • Make legal determinations concerning liability and negotiates settlements and agreements with civilian counsel retained by injured military member or family members.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

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Who May Apply
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US Citizens

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Conditions of Employment
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  • 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.
  • One year trial period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • This position requires a SECRET security clearance.
  • This position requires to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450.
  • You may claim Military Spouse Preference.
  • Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at the time of application.
  • Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.
Qualifications

The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.

  • Education: An applicant must have 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).

  • Bar Membership: An applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a State, Territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

  • Experience: Applicant must have two 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 an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.

VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to Attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Army considers veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for Attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., 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 a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-point veteran preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management website at www.opm.gov.)

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If currently employed as an Attorney by the Federal government you must have completed one year of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.

Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position.

KSA's: * Knowledge of substantive law concerning medical malpractice claims, relevant medical standards of care, and tort theory based negligence claims. * Ability to research, analyze, and reach resolution to complex legal issues involving claims made by or against the Army. * Ability to analyze facts and law and prepare memorandums for higher headquarters use and/or the United States Attorney's Office. * Knowledge and ability to make liability determinations, liability investigations, and ability to negotiate administrative settlements with adverse parties. * Knowledge, and experience with Quality Assurance issues involving a medical provider's ability to obtain privileges, and related disciplinary processes. * Knowledge and experience with the discovery, evidence gathering, and compliance with court sanctioned discovery requests with cases in federal litigation.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be evaluated for basic qualification requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in the vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official.

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Security clearance

Secret

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Required Documents
  1. Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material, e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

  2. Official law school transcript and an official statement of relative standing in class. Photo static copies of documents are acceptable when applying but certified documents must be furnished before entering duty.

  3. Official certificate showing that you are a member in good standing of the bar. The official certificate must be dated within three months of the date that the application package is submitted. The certificate is required to be submitted by all applicants to include attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of The Judge Advocate General (including active duty Army Judge Advocates).

  4. A sworn (notarized) statement from you that your fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction to the best of your knowledge, or if either has been challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts and circumstances, together with any explanation that you deem appropriate may be submitted. As an alternative to a sworn (notarized) statement, a statement which includes a declaration under penalty of perjury may be submitted in the following format: "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct...executed on (date)...(your signature)." (28 U.S.C. 1746). The statement must be dated within three months of the date the application package is submitted. The statement is required to be submitted by all applicants to include attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of The Judge Advocate General (including active duty Army Judge Advocates).

  5. Examples of writing skills as demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda, or letters. These examples should total no more than ten pages in length. Extracts of selected sections of larger documents are acceptable.

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/16/2017 to receive consideration

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10036912).
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

The Department of Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

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Agency contact information
Army Applicant Help Desk
Phone

(000)000-0000

Email

USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL

Address

EP-APF-W0VFAA US ARMY GARRISON FORT POLK AND JRTC DO NOT MAIL Fort Polk, LA US

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Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be evaluated for basic qualification requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in the vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/479060900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/15/2017 to 10/16/2017

Salary: $85,816 to $111,560 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent