U.S. Air Forces, Europe ATTORNEY ADVISOR (INTERNATIONAL) in Ramstein, Germany

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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as International Law Attorney at Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe and Africa (HQ, USAFE-AFAFRICA). To provide highly specialized professional services of an attorney possessing expertise in the principal areas of aviation, comparative, international, and operations law, US fiscal law as it applies to military operations and security cooperation, and DoD overseas environmental policy. The incumbent possesses the experience to independently and effectively advise senior officer and civilian decision makers on novel legal and policy-significant issues impacting Air Component's plans, programs, operations and activities throughout the USEUCOM and USAFRICOM area of responsibility (AOR)

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  • Staff Legal Advisor on International Law matters
  • Fiscal Law in Coalition Operations and Security Cooperation Activities
  • International Law Representative/Liaison
Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0905 Attorney

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance
  • Must comply with the drug test requirement; position is a Test Designated Position (TDP)
  • Employee must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a US state, territory, or commonwealth
  • Employee must possess extensive training and experience in the specialized fields of international law, operations law, fiscal law, and environmental law
  • LLM in international law (or equivalent) and 5 yrs exp dealing directly w/international law desirable; if applicant does not have an LLM, 10 yrs of exp dealing directly w/international law matters and application of DoD overseas environmental policy
  • Employee may travel by military or commercial air to conferences , meetings, or other functions away from the duty site
  • Employee may be assigned temporary duty (TDY) up to 3 weeks in duration
  • Employee must sign an Air Force-wide mobility agreement
  • Employee must adhere to the Air Force Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Employee may find a degree of proficiency in a European language desireable

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:You 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). In addition, at the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status with a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status.

Qualifications Required at GS-14: Assignments require the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and active (or equivalent) membership, in good standing, in the bar of the highest court of a state, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. In addition, the attorney shall have professional legal experience in excess of three years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

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 the role and duties of the Government attorney. 2. Knowledge of applicable substantive domestic laws, regulations, policies, and international law, as appropriate, as well as educational background and work experience to be able to provide timely and pertinent advice. 3. Knowledge of the statutory and regulatory process governing negotiation, conclusion, and reporting of international agreements. Experience in drafting, negotiating, implementing and interpreting international agreements between US representatives and senior representatives of foreign military, foreign governments and international organizations ( e.g. NATO, UN, and EU) 4. High degree of skill in staff-level communications and in representing a legal office on the staff of a major overseas operational military command and understanding of staffing processes peculiar to the legal profession and the Air Force. 5. Experience in identifying key facts, gathering relevant data, assessing their significance, and conducting thorough legal research, to include use of computer-assisted technologies, to arrive at well-reasoned and supportable recommendations and/or solutions to legal problems in areas of the law which are not necessarily well-settled. 6. Ability to communicate complex legal issues and theories effectively orally and in writing. 7. Ability to develop and foster relationships with legal personnel of other military components, the air staff, the COCO Ms, the joint staff, DOD, DOJ, DOS, foreign governments, international organizations and non-governmental entities to be able to resolve complex legal issues in support of the command's mission.

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.


Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth. The attorney must maintain such bar membership in at least one jurisdiction during the entire course of employment with the Air Force.

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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.

The resume/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 "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

Applications who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy. For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.

  2. A complete Application Questionnaire

  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number, and last four digits of your social security number.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

**The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:

IMPORTANT:You **MUST provide the following supporting documentation at the time of application to verify completed education and current active bar membership: copy of transcript reflecting required education; copy of current Bar Membership/Card; letter from the Bar, or printout from the Bar website (dated within four months of application) showing active status and in good standing. Also, if you have been a bar member for less than five years, a copy of your final law school transcript and, if available, a statement of relative class standing. Verification of eligibility and supporting documentation must be submitted by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure your appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. If you do not submit all of the required materials, we will not be able to process your application, and you will lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

  1. Online Application - Questionnaire
  2. Resume - must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period, hours worked and supervisor
  3. Transcripts - if qualifying based on education or positive education series (can be a copy)
  4. Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position
  5. Veterans' Preference - a copy of your DD Form 214, which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference). 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 documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions if they wish to receive veterans' preference. 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.)

ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS:The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The "certification" must reflect 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 of submission. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

NOTE: Applicants for attorney appointments do not require veterans' preference in order to be eligible for consideration.

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. Learn more about federal benefits.

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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.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/23/2018

To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10162648

To begin the process, click the Apply Onlinebutton to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the application questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Applicationbutton at the end of the process.

If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 10162648

PLEASE NOTE:It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and/or uploaded, (i.e., resume) is received, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully. You can access your USAJOBS account to do so by clicking here. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

Human Resources WILL NOTmodify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

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Agency contact information
Total Force Service Center





Ramstein AB Unit 3220 Box 365 APO, AE US

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Next steps

Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.

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.

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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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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.
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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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  • Privacy Act
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  • Selective Service
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493779000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 03/23/2018

Salary: $89,370 to $116,181 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent - Excepted Position