U.S. Air Force - Agency Wide LEGAL ASSISTANT (OFFICE AUTOMATION) in Goose Creek, South Carolina

Job Overview

Job Overview

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

WHO MAY APPLY: Click here for more information on eligibility categories and the documentation requirements. You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted within each application package to be considered. Transfer and Reinstatement eligibles must provide their most current SF-50, AND SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if different from your latest SF-50. Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.

Internal Employees (Air Force Employee - Current Permanent Competitive Service Career/Career-Conditional Employee and Current Permanent AF DCIPS Employees with Reinstatement Rights to the Competitive Service)

Current Federal Employees (DoD Transfer - Army, Navy, DFAS, etc.--Excluding Air Force)

Former Federal Employees (Reinstatement)

Military Spouses - Appointment of Certain Military Spouse (EO 13473)

Schedule A – Individual with Disabilities - click here for additional information

Former Overseas Employees (EO 12721)

ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program)


Federal Employees (Non-DoD Transfer - OPM, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.)

Status Candidates (Other Appointment Eligibilities, TSA, FAA, Postal, etc.)

VEOA (Veterans Employment Opportunity Act)

VRA (Veterans' Recruitment Appointment)

30% Disabled Veterans

  • The primary purpose of this position is to provide law office management at a geographically separated location, provide legal assistance and to produce select legal documents to Department of Defense cardholders in the following areas (Wills, Estates, Trust, Medical Law, Consumer Law, Family Law, Adoption, Landlord-Tenant, Financial Instruments, Veteran's Reemployment Rights, Service Member's Civil Relief Act, Immigration, and Taxation) in an effort to support the Joint Base missions.

  • Provides legal assistance and guidance to clients at geographically separated legal office.

  • Provides legal assistance support for Staff Judge Advocate and other staff Counsel at geographically separated legal office.

  • Performs other administrative and clerical duties in support of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. Manages the day to day operations of geographically separated law office.

  • Uses multiple office automation software with varied functions to produce a wide range of documents, formats, etc.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Federal Employees, Veterans, Individuals with a disability, Military Spouses, and Former Overseas Employees. See Job Summary for further information on “Who May Apply”

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • PCS expenses will NOT be paid
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guidance
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Must obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-07) or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service. Specialized experience must include performing assistance work requiring extensive searches of records, reference and historical material and comparisons with complex, broad and voluminous criteria. Preparing case files upon receipt of incoming correspondence; annotating files to designate receipt or dispatch of legal documents or correspondence; route to appropriate Counsel; monitoring suspense dates; and maintaining file until action is complete. Preparing legal documentation for clients by assisting in the completion of forms and documents such as affidavits, bills of sale, promissory notes, contracts, or other similar legal documents and correspondence. Handling all incoming correspondence, telephone calls, consultations, referrals and personal inquiries. Using word-processing software to create, copy, edit, store, retrieve, and print forms, memos, and letters; using existing database or spreadsheet software to create, enter, revise, sort or calculate, and retrieve data for reports; and using graphic software to provide graphs and charts for reports and presentations.


Completion of one full year of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position being filled.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grades and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.


To view qualifying specialized experience, click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-CLER

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) Restrictions for GS Positions: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-7 or higher grade within the Federal Civil Service (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) to be considered for (referral). The purpose of TIG restrictions is to prevent excessively rapid promotions in competitive service GS positions and to protect competitive principles.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of rules, procedures, policies, and programs of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate to perform the comprehensive legal and procedural work as well as administrative work of the organization such as preparing and editing legal documents and administrative correspondence, performing extensive research in legal cases, maintaining files and records, and assembling information for various legal documents and reports; comprehensive knowledge of legal services and terminology in the area of claims, civil law, military justice, legal assistance, and legal research techniques; and knowledge of grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and required legal formats and directives regarding preparation of written communications to produce legal and administrative documents, case files and communications.

  2. Knowledge of office functions to screen telephone calls and visitors, prepare and review correspondence, and perform other administrative work of the organization.

  3. Knowledge of various office automation software programs, tools, and techniques to support office operations and produce a variety of documents such as letters, reports, spreadsheets, databases, and graphs.

  4. Skill in typing; a qualified typist is required.

  5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  6. Ability to interpret and apply regulatory and procedural requirements to process unusually difficult and complicated transactions.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE*:*Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.**


  1. Employee may be required to function as a Notary Public. Must be able to satisfactorily complete training to become a Notary Public and be able to meet bonding or other requirements inherent in the appointment as a Notary Public.
Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.

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

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Other Information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474466600. 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 2017-07-21

Salary: $45,056 to $58,570 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 08

Series: 0986 Legal Assistance

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: 4U-AFPC-1983971-955291-FRB

Control number: 474466600