U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Attorney Advisor (General) in Omaha, Nebraska

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:

This is a developmental position, but can be filled at either grade. The GS-14 position has non-competitive promotion potential to the GS-15 at manager's discretion.

Works under the direction of the Huntsville Center Counsel. Independently executes professional responsibilities, makes recommendations and provides legal advice, provides legal representation for assigned legal functions and renders legal decisions in assigned areas in accordance with established policies, procedures and statutory requirements. Provides legal advice directly to programmatic decision makers following coordination as appropriate with the Office of the Chief Counsel and ensures agency policy is implemented in the provision of legal services.

Who May Apply:

All U.S Citizens

NOTICE OF VETERAN'S 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 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.)

Duties
  • Provide direct environmental law legal support to the Environmental Munitions Center of Expertise in the performance if its mission.

  • Serve as a subject matter expert on laws and regulations affecting the execution of programs included within the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) environmental restoration mission.

  • Provide legal direction on program execution and coordinate directly on program legal requirements including administration of grants etc.

  • Review and provide advice on government contracts related to environmental restoration programs, and mission requirements.

  • Review and provide assistance and advice USACE wide on decision documents, agreements, guidance, or policy.

Supervisory Status

No

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to 15% Temporary Travel
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs may be offered, subject to the availability of funds; however the Defense National Relocation Program or DNRP (which includes guaranteed Home Sale services) is NOT 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
Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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.

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.

For the GS-14: To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as 3 of the following 6 examples of experience: professional legal experience in environmental law, acquired after being admitted to the bar; commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position. Examples of this experience are: (1) working on environmental programs involving CERCLA and/or RCRA issues; (2) communicating with state and Federal regulators on environmental issues; (3) developing legal opinions, identifying facts, and legal issues, (4) formulating legal alternative courses of action to decision makers; (5) advising the product delivery team on any issues that arise on environmental projects, and (6) representing clients before administrative and judicial tribunals. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-13).

For the GS-15: To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as:

professional legal experience in environmental law, acquired after being admitted to the bar; commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position. Examples of this experience are: (1) working on environmental programs involving CERCLA and/or RCRA issues; (2) communicating with state and Federal regulators on environmental issues; (3) developing legal opinions, identifying facts, and legal issues, (4) formulating legal alternative courses of action to decision makers; (5) advising the product delivery team on any issues that arise on environmental projects, and (6) representing clients before administrative and judicial tribunals. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-14).

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

  • Knowledge and ability regarding federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to the USACE environmental remediation, compliance and liability missions and programs, including: statutes, regulations, authorities, appropriations, other federal and state requirements and authorities, program execution policies and procedures, administrative disputes, litigation, and legal issues involving technical experts.

  • Knowledge and ability in the following areas of federal laws and practices: acquisition planning and procurement, especially of environmental services and construction, award and administration of Federal grants and cooperative agreements, and negotiation, award and administration of other specialized agreements, plus fiscal and regulatory requirements and limitations associated with such actions, and legal support to a procurement fraud program associated with other Federal agreements.

  • Knowledge, skills, and ability to support and assist the organization's highly diverse legal services program in the areas affected by environmental law (including leading, assisting, mentoring, training, and motivating attorneys in other legal offices).

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the lower grade (or equivalent).

Education: An applicant 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). NOTE: You MUST submit a copy of your law school transcripts with your application packet if you are not a current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attorney.

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.

Experience: Applicants must have professional legal experience in excess of 3 years, 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 a Master of Laws (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.
  • A two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • College or university transcripts must be submitted with your resume. (Official transcripts will be required at the time of selection).
  • License/certification : Bar Membership
  • A Secret clearance is required.
  • Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450 required upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with Department of Defense Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 23 March 2006.
  • This position is in Career Program (CP) 56.
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.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474588400. 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 2017-07-30

Salary: $101,409 to $155,073 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14 - 15

Series: 0905 Attorney

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: SCBK171124361975281

Control number: 474588400