U.S. Air Force - Agency Wide Deputy General Counsel (Installations, Energy, and Environment) (ES-0905) in Washington, District Of Columbia

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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.

LOCATION:Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

SALARY: $161,900 - $180,100 per annum (Air Force Tier 2). *SES members are eligible for bonuses and stipends in addition to annual salary. Recruitment/Relocation Bonus and Moving Expenses may be authorized. This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) *General position and is assigned a precedence priority code of DV-5 (equivalent to a Major General) for protocol purposes.

CONSIDERATION:Applications will be accepted from all qualified persons. Consideration will be extended without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, age, membership or non-membership in any employee organization, or disability.


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*BASIC DUTY SUMMARY: *The incumbent serves as the Deputy General Counsel (Installations, Energy & Environment) in the Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Air Force. The incumbent is the responsible official in the Office of the General Counsel for legal work in the fields of installations, energy, and environmental law. The incumbent provides legal advice and assistance on the full range of installations law matters to include real property acquisition, temporary use, and disposal; annexation; encroachment; jurisdictional issues; base realignment and closure; basing and "beddown" actions; housing and utility privatization; value-based transaction management; community partnerships; military construction and facility sustainment, restoration and modernization programs. The incumbent provides legal advice and assistance on the full range of energy law matters to include energy related encroachment; energy security; program and project development related to energy; alternative fuel and electric vehicle programs; operational energy; and partnerships with private developers on federal facilities. The incumbent provides legal advice and assistance on the full range of environmental law matters to include local, state and federal environment, safety, and occupational health compliance; natural resource conservation and management; cultural resources protection, National Environmental Policy Act compliance; Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act issues and compliance; management and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes; environmental cleanup, restoration, and compliance; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; inter-agency coordination with state and federal regulators; threatened and endangered species; and historical, archeological, and cultural protection requirements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Incumbent may be required to travel by military and/or commercial aircraft in the performance of assigned tasks.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • A Testing Designated Position, under the AF Civilian Drug Testing Program
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET Security clearance
  • Must file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report
  • Selected candidate will be subject to a two-year probationary period
  • Active Duty Military Members must indicate retirement eligibility



QUALIFICATIONS: *Eligibility will be based upon a clear showing the applicant has training, education and experience of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry-out the duties of the position. Your conduct and character must demonstrate suitability for the position for which you are applying. Candidates must exemplify the corporate perspective, leadership vision, broad experience and character needed in the SES corps not only to satisfy the immediate vacancy, but future vacancies which will occur in a variety of organizations, functions and locations.*


*(1) *Education Requirement: Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association. This information should be embedded within the resume.

(2) Certification Requirements: Active status in the bar of any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and in good standing (certificate must be provided).

B. MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs):A supplemental statement must be submitted separately addressing each TQ. TQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following:

(1) Substantial expert-level transactional experience that demonstrates knowledge of, and leadership in, providing strategic legal and legal policy advice in at least two of the three following legal practice areas: real estate, environmental, and energy law.

(2) Demonstrated expert-level knowledge and leadership in a wide range of at least two of the three following legal practice areas: real estate, environmental, and energy law matters specifically addressing - Integrating legal solutions with the Department of Defense or other federal agencies, Demonstrating creative problem solving in large complex legal matters, and Partnering with industry.

(3) Extensive experience in providing legal advice to very senior leaders in environmental, real estate or energy law. Senior leader advice given to CEOs or Heads of Agencies/Departments is best.

C. MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs):The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed as an SES; they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Submit a supplemental statement of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs listed below) in the challenge/context/action/result (C-C-A-R) model format as provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Guide to SES Qualifications. ECQs should focus on relevant and recent experience, education and training accomplishments within the last 10 years. Refer to the OPM Guide to SES Qualificationsfor specific information and guidance on the ECQ requirements, the C-C-A-R model, and examples of good qualifications statements at the website: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals2010.pdf.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human,

financial and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. The individual must possess a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives should demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required--this information should be embedded within the application package (Resume, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).

D. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:The following will be used to help rate and rank candidates:

(1)Regardless of governmental agency or department, a career broadening assignment complementary of this position is highly desirable. (Examples: public administration, business, or other related fields).

(2) Mix of experience at the following is highly desirable: Major Command (MAJCOM), Combatant Command (COCOM) Service Component, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Joint Staff, Headquarters Air Force (HAF), other Federal agency or equivalent academic/industry experience.

(3) Completion of Senior Developmental Education and/or equivalent executive development such as Leadership in a Democratic Society, Senior Executive Fellows, National Security Management, Leadership Assessment & Feedback Seminar, Executive Business Management, and/or two equivalent-level executive courses from other colleges, universities, or agencies is highly desirable.

(4) A Master of Laws (LL.M) in Environmental Law is highly desirable. An advanced degree in addition to a law degree, in public administration, business, or other related fields is desirable.

(5) Specialized experience in Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Finance, and or Public-Private Partnership transactional work is highly desirable.



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A. *U.S. CITIZENSHIP.* You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

B. *MOBILITY. Organizational and geographical mobility is essential in developing and managing SES leaders and generally is a key to advancement. Therefore, mobility is a condition of employment and appointment for SES members will be required to sign a Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement.*

C. *EXECUTIVE PERSONNEL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (Standard Form 278). Selected candidate must file this report in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. *

D. *TOP SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE. *Successful candidates must be able to meet the standards required for a national security clearance. Those standards are reflected in the SF 86 (www.opm.gov/Forms/pdffill/sf86.pdf). This position has been designated Critical-Sensitive and the selectee must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET clearance.

E. *DRUG TESTING POSITION. *This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. Position requires that the incumbent sign a Drug Testing letter (Condition of Employment for all Civilian Senior Executive (CSE) Positions identified as Critical under the Drug Abuse Testing Program) and must pass urinalysis testing as required prior to appointment. This position also requires incumbent may be subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564, dated 14 Sep 86.

F. *TRAVEL.* Position requires travel under conditions specified in the DoD Joint Travel Regulations. Incumbent is expected to travel on short notice to attend high-level meetings.

G. *DUTY HOURS. *This positionmayrequire incumbent to be available for other than normal duty hours to include weekends to support exercises and crisis planning.

H. *VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.* Veterans’ preference is not applicable to the SES.**

I. *PROBATIONARY PERIOD.* An individual’s initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 2-year probationary period.

J. *AIR FORCE'S SENIOR LEADER ORIENTATION COURSE (SLOC).* Attendance is required for newly appointed Air Force SES members within 12 months of appointment.

K. *POST-GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS. *This position may be subject to the post-government employment restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code.

L. *Active Duty Military MemberS. *On resume, indicate when you are eligible for retirement.

M. *RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:* Yes. Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).

N. *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.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify this office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.





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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.

RATING AND RANKING METHODS:Applications will be evaluated against the qualifications requirements. Failure to meet any one of the Mandatory, Technical or Executive Core Qualifications standards will eliminate a candidate from further consideration. Candidates will be evaluated for this position by a screening panel composed of a diverse mix of senior executives and/or general officers selected for organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position. The panel discusses each application and reaches consensus as to the Best Qualified, Qualified or Not Qualified candidates. Only the Best Qualified candidates will be interviewed. The panel will then make a recommendation of those Best Qualified candidates who should be referred to the selecting official, in priority order. Final selection is contingent upon the Air Force Executive Resources Board, SecAF and OPM approval.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR THE APPLICATION PACKAGE: To receive full consideration, each applicant must submit the documents stated below in the format as designated. Packages that do not include all of the required documents or do not meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration.

Attachment 1 (Qualifications Documents)*: Items below (A.-D.) must be submitted as one (1) single, consolidated Microsoft Word document. The Qualifications Documents must be formatted using Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1-inch margins and must not exceed a total of 21 pages. Do not use borders, provide photos, or list a Social Security Number on any of the Attachment 1 Qualifications Documents. Any applications received that do not include all of the required documents or do not meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration.*

A. *Resume* in the preferred format (Limit 4 pages).

B. *Mandatory Technical Qualifications Statement* addressing each of the TQs (Limit 6 pages).

C. *Executive Core Qualifications Statement* addressing each of the ECQs (Limit 10 pages).

(Note: ECQs are not required for current or former Career SES Members who have been certified by the Qualifications Review Board (QRB); please provide a copy of an SF-50 showing career SES status.)

D. *Desirable Qualifications Statement* briefly addressing each of the DQs (Limit 1 page).

Attachment 2 (Supporting Documents)*: Items below (E.-I.) must be submitted as one (1) single, consolidated attachment (e.g., scanned document using PDF format). Any applications received that do not include all of the required documents or meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration.*

E. *(Required): Most recent Performance Appraisal or Performance Report.*

F. *(Required): Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and salary level (applies only to current or former civilian government employee*).

G. *(Required*): Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306 -- Form available at www.opm.gov

*H. *(Optional): Race and National Origin Identification, SF-181 -- Form available at www.opm.gov

*I. *(Optional): Self-Identification of Handicap, SF-256 -- Form available at www.opm.gov

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.

  • Benefits



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.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

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.

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.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY: *Please follow the below instructions to submit applications. *Any applications received that do not include all of the required documents or do not meet format requirements will not be forwarded for consideration:* *

- Send an e-mail with the two (2) attachmentsof the Application Package Requirements to: Eric Levesque at eric.j.levesque3.civ@mail.mil AND usaf.pentagon.af-a1.mbx.af-dps-workflow@mail.mil with subject line: AF/DPS 17-08 – APPLICANT LAST NAME

  • All Applications will be accepted via electronic format only.

  • Label the MSWord document file for Attachment 1 using the applicant’s Last name and “Qualifications Documents” (e.g., “Jones Qualifications Documents”).

  • Label the scanned document file for Attachment 2 using applicant’s Last name and the “Supporting Documents” (e.g., “Jones Supporting Documents”).

  • DO NOT submit any additional information, documents or attachments: Extraneous materials such as: copies of position descriptions, diplomas, promotion recommendation forms (PRFs), award certificates, transcripts, or letters of recommendation will not be considered or forwarded for review.

  • To be considered, AF/DPS must RECEIVE all Application Packages in their entirety via email by 11:59 PM (EST) of the CLOSING DATE listed at the top of this vacancy announcement.

  • Confirmation of receipt will be provided via e-mail within 3 days of receiving an application. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt, please call the AF/DPS office.


(Limit 4 pages)

APPLICATION/RESUME:Please submit a typewrittenresume, including ALL of the following information:

Job Information*:* Announcement number (AF/DPS 17-08) and title of the job to which you’re applying.

Personal Information*:* Full name, mailing address (with Zip Code), day and evening phone numbers (with area code) and complete e-mail address where you would like to receive correspondence regarding your application. *PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER*

Country of Citizenship*:*Please state your country of citizenship

Current Security Clearance*:*Please state your current security clearance

Salary*:* Please state your current salary.

Federal Civilian:* Please state highest grade held and date of promotion (e.g., GS-15/June 2006).*

Active-Duty Military:* *Please state highest rank held, date of promotion and date eligible to retire

(e.g., Colonel/June 2006/December 2014).

Retired Military: Please state highest rank held and date of retirement (e.g., Colonel/May 2008).

Education*:* Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degree received. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Work Experience*: Give the following information for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying: (Do not send job descriptions.)*

  • Starting and ending dates (month and year)

  • Job title (for government position, include civilian series and grade or military rank)

  • Employer's name and address

  • Supervisor's name and phone number *Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor

  • Salary (current)

  • Hours per week

  • Number of employees supervised and/or scope of responsibility of employees led

  • Duties and accomplishments (summarized in one paragraph)

Recommend information focus on relevant and recent experience and accomplishments within the last 10 years.

Other Qualifications*:*

  • Job-related training courses (title and year)

  • Job-related skills, for example, other languages and computer software/hardware

  • Job-related certificates and licenses (current only)

  • Job-related honors, awards and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking and performance awards (give dates but do not send documents unless requested).

Publications*:* Provide a list of publicationsyou have authored. Provide title, date and any co-authors, clearly indicate if you are the first author and state the impact of any publication on the community.

References: Provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three individuals who can comment on your qualifications for this position. Please do not list supervisors already listed above.

**Please do not include any extraneous materials such as: copies of position descriptions, promotion recommendation forms (PRFs), award certificates, or letters of recommendation. The aforementioned will not be considered or forwarded for review.

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Agency contact information
Eric J. Levesque





Air Force Senior Executive Management 1040 Air Force Pentagon Room 4D Washington, DC

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Next steps

Confirmation of receipt will be provided via e-mail within three (3) days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt within three (3) days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement, please call the AF/DPS office. The Air Force Senior Executive Management Office will notify candidates approximately 30-45 days of the announcement Closing Date by one of the following methods: Telephone and/or email notification of scheduled interview date/time if candidate has been rated Best Qualified -Or- Email notification to advise the candidate was not rated among the Best Qualified, thus not referred for interview AF/DPS CONTACT INFORMATION: Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to Eric Levesque at eric.j.levesque3.civ@mail.mil /703-695-7323 (DSN 225) or the DPS office at usaf.pentagon.af-a1.mbx.af-dps-workflow@mail.mil /703-695-5260 (DSN 225).

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/477680800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 08/22/2017 to 09/25/2017

Salary: $161,900 to $180,000 per year

Pay scale & grade: ES 01

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent