Defense Contract Management Agency Attorney-Adviser (Contract) in Arlington Heights, Illinois

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This position requires the selectee to be at least 18 years old and be able to obtain and maintain favorable Department of Defense (DoD) suitability and security determinations as a prerequisite to employment. DCMA's offer of employment is conditional until the selectee passes a drug screen (if required), pre-employment security interviews, appropriate credit checks, a criminal background record and identification check, and the Department of Defense exercises its discretion to grant the selectee a favorable security determination. An employment offer DCMA management extends prior to security determination is merely tentative, and DCMA expressly reserves the right to rescind the tentative employment offer at any time before the selectee's start date. Clearance decisions may take 90 days or longer. The regulation governing suitability for Federal employment is at Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 731, and DOD's Personnel Security Regulation can be found at Title 10, CFR part 154.

The pay band NH-04 includes the General Schedule grade equivalent to GS-14/15.

Other initiatives under the Acquisition Demonstration Project include simplified classification, streamlined hiring process and expanded developmental opportunities.

This position is in the Excepted Service

The Defense Contract Management Agency is an Equal Employment Opportunity Agency.

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Responsibilities
  • Serves as Attorney Advisor to all segments of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) offices within the geographic area, including Central Region staff and local Contract Management Offices, with responsibility for:
  • Rendering oral and written advice to individual clients and to other attorneys within the Region, to protect all legal rights of the Government;
  • Supporting other attorneys within the Region by providing specialized expertise, knowledge of Agency-level concerns and information, and backup resource capability;
  • Keeping other Region attorneys advised of developments in the law (recent decisions, regulatory and statutory developments);
  • Reviewing administrative or contractual actions of the Contracting Officers including termination settlements, equitable adjustments, add-on procurements and property matters with unilateral determinations thereon;
  • Advising on reports of various investigative agencies or procurement activities, alleged conflict of interest, suspected fraud, security issues;
  • Providing legal counsel on questions of law and policy as required by Region and local Contract Management Offices, and the effect of such operations on other DCMA activities.
  • Assisting with investigation and processing appeals to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals or Claims Court under the Disputes article.
  • Request for contract adjustment under P.L. 85-804, claims to the General Accounting Office and litigation in Federal and state courts.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Business travel is required 5% of the time.

Supervisory status

No

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0905 Attorney

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Conditions of Employment
  • Must file an annual financial statement.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a NCS- No Access security clearance. Personnel security investigation required.
Qualifications

Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. * All U.S. Citizens and Nationals with allegiance to the United States

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualification requirements for Attorney positions can be found in DoD directive 1442.2, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys." Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications clearly reflect that all qualification requirements are met. Applicants are evaluated on quantity/quality of their relevant experience/education.

SELECTION FACTORS: Selection will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position. The breadth and depth of relevant experience and knowledge, and the quality of past performance, will be the primary considerations used for selection. Professionalism, analytical abilities, organizational skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills will be considered during the selection process. A selection panel may be used and oral interviews may be conducted with all, with some, or with none of the applicants, solely at the option of the selecting official.

Important selection factors include: in-depth knowledge of: (1) acquisition law and demonstrated legal analytical ability including past legal experience advising on defense acquisitions, including specialized legal experience with contract administration and business integrity issues; and (2) fiscal law related to defense contracting.

Desirable selection factors are: (1) a demonstrated excellence in communication skills, including written and oral communications, client relations/customer support and interpersonal skills; and (2) recognized proficiency as an advocate; including the ability to balance competing interests and provide alternative course of action to advance agency interests. * The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration. * 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) from that institution. * Bar Membership: An applicant must currently be an active member, in good standing, in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. * Applicant must have professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. * Basis for Rating: Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position.

Education

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information
  • 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.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.
  • May require overtime work.
  • Relocation Incentive is not authorized.
  • Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • You must include the announcement number on your application.
  • U.S. Citizenship is Required
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required
  • FLSA: Exempt
  • Bargaining Unit: No
  • Law License and Bar Certification of Active Bar Membership in Good Standing is Required

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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 used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Basis for Rating: Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Quality of experience relates to how closely or to what extent an applicant's background and recency of experience, education and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Candidates must have the knowledge skills, and abilities and competencies to perform the work of the position at the appropriate level successfully.

Notice of Veterans 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 for veterans' 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 an SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed.

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The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. **If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

Resume:** A current resume.

Law School Transcripts: an official transcript of the applicant's law school records with an official statement of his relative standing in his class, if obtainable; unofficial transcripts may be submitted initially along with a statement that you have requested your official transcript from your law school.

Bar Membership: an official certificate or other documentation showing active membership, in good standing, of a qualifying legal bar; if you have requested it from your state Bar, so indicate.

Sworn statement: a statement that their fitness to practice law or their conduct as an attorney have never been challenged. If fitness or conduct has been challenged, a statement explaining the circumstances must be provided.

Selection Factors: Narrative statement that addresses the Important Selection Factors (see Factors stated in the job announcement)

Writing Skills: An example of writing skills demonstrated by a legal brief, memorandum, letter, etc. (ten pages or less). Limitation should be adhered to and writing samples in excess of ten pages should not be submitted.

Performance Appraisal: A copy of the applicant's most recent performance appraisal (or an explanation of why a performance appraisal cannot be provided). 1. Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the selection factors described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
  • You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: For current employment verification, SF-50, DD3434 or other federal agencies official "Notification of Personnel Action" equivalent (Note: SF-52 or agencies "Request for Personnel Action" is not acceptable); For MSP claims PCS orders and marriage certificate; For verification of Veteran status, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.2. Other supporting documents:Cover Letter, optionalFuture Military Retirees: You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document* OR a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

2. Other supporting documents: * Cover Letter, optional Future Military Retirees: You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document* OR a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

Future Separation from the Military: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document* OR a copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214(Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

*Active duty military members who are selected may not be appointed unless on terminal leave or already separated from the armed forces.

**The "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The Statement of Service must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters, AND the Statement of Service letter must include your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge, Character of Service (i.e. honorable), and, if applicable, when your terminal leave will begin.

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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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 above.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/30/2018 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10173426.
  • Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. 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.
  • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center. To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) 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.

Special Employment Consideration: DCMA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator, please visit http://dcmacareers.com/index.cfm/disabilities/.

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DCMA Army Applicant Help Desk
Phone

(785)239-3529

Email

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

Address

H8-APF-P70000 DEFENSE CONTRACT MGT - CENTRAL REGION DO NOT MAIL Boston, MA US

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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.

For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact: usarmy.apg.chra-ne.mbx.applicanthelp@mail.mil. Generally, applicant inquiries will be responded to within 10 business days from receipt at the Human Resource Office.

Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.

If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.

PLEASE NOTE:Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant. These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.

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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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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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496820300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/16/2018 to 04/30/2018

Salary: $113,920 to $164,200 per year

Pay scale & grade: NH 4

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent