ATTORNEY-ADVISER (GENERAL) at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Mid Level

Sacramento, CA, USA

$118.670 - $154.269

24 Dec → 23 Jan

Job Description

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

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management's basic qualifications requirements, and the skills needed to perform the duties of this position as described in this vacancy announcement.

Basic Requirement for Attorneys (GS-0905): Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D).

Bar Membership: Applicants MUST currently a member in good standing of a bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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 next lower grade or equivalent (GS-13).

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:

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 attached supporting documentation (for example, 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 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documentation for the specific type of preference claimed. The SF 15 will identify the supporting documentation required along with a list of the types of 10-point preference. The SF 15 is available from the OPM at

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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.
Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
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 Annuitant information sheet.
This is a Career Program (CP) 56 - Civilian Attorneys & Paraprofessionals position.
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit for more information.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
Attorney spouses of active duty military may apply for available positions in accordance with the military spouse program, as identified in DODI 1400.25 Volume 315.
Locality pay is based on the official duty station of the selectee.

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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

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.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications below.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your application package (resume and supporting documents) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic qualification requirements. If qualified, your application package will be evaluated against your resume and supporting documents for the required knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of this position.

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External).

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.

If you are a current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attorney, you MUST submit:

  • Resume
  • Last Annual performance appraisal
  • Your latest, non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50); and,

If you are NOT a current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attorney, you MUST submit:

  • Resume
  • Copy of law school transcript(s)s and official statement of relative standing in class;
  • Certificate showing that you are a member in good standing with the bar, dated no more than 3 months before the opening date of this announcement (a copy is sufficient for the application, but a certified copy may be necessary upon selection);
  • A sworn statement, certifying that your fitness to practice law or your conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction. This statement should be notarized, and dated no more than 3 months before the opening date of this announcement. IF YOUR FITNESS TO PRACTICE LAW OR YOUR CONDUCT AS AN ATTORNEY HAS BEEN CHALLENGED IN ANY JURISDICTION, you must provide a notarized statement concerning the facts and circumstances, and any other explanation that you deem appropriate;
  • Three letters of reference from members of the bar dated within 12 months of the opening date of this announcement; and,

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform legal work with complex and difficult legal questions or factual issues involving drafting and interpreting contracts, regulations, decisions, legal opinions and other legal instruments.
  • Make determinations involving all phases of contract, fiscal law, environmental law, regulatory law, employment law, agency, torts, real property, intellectual property non-disclosure, corporation, negotiable instruments, ethics, etc .
  • Make determinations involving sensitive matters from a factual or national or regional interest standpoint, for example, involve fraud, falsification, collusion, bribery, etc., on the part of public officials or contractors
  • Prepare memoranda and reports outlining and analyzing the facts/legal issues involved, explain the application of legal principles/precedents, and justify appropriate recommendations and conclusions.
  • Provide support on legal issues associated with the civil works program, the operations of civil works projects, contracts, procurement, fiscal law, environmental law, regulatory law, employment and labor law, tort law, ethics, and litigation.
  • Make regular recommendations to the District Counsel in the planning, supervision, management, direction, and review of all policies, programs, and operations involving the functions of the Office of Counsel.
  • Coordinate short-term administrative and technical procedures and keeps the District Counsel informed as to the current status of assigned programs and cases.
  • May be required to assume the duties of Acting District Counsel. May be required to mentor other attorneys and paralegals.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D).

  • Specialized Experience: Professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar. This experience must be documented in your resume.

  • At least 3 years of experience independently advising Senior Leaders on all aspects of federal acquisition including the formation and administration of contracts, contract claims and appeals, agency and GAO protests, and the termination of contracts.

  • Two (2) years of professional legal experience AND a second professional law degree (e.g. L.L.M.), acquired after being admitted to the bar.

  • Knowledge of and experience with federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures including research, analysis, and effectively advising in complex areas of federal law such as: a) Military Programs/Authorities; b) Fiscal Law; c) Government Contracts; d) Contract Claims/Litigation; e) Procurement Fraud; f) Labor/Personnel Law; g) Government Ethics; h) Torts; i) FOIA/Privacy Act; j) Civil Works Programs and Authorities; k) Real Estate and Eminent Domain; l) Environment and Regulatory Law; as well as m) Water Law.

  • Ability to function as a counselor and advisor to staff and management in the District, the Command, and others and to work effectively with other staff management officials within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other governmental entities, with the public, and with private parties.

  • Ability to balance multiple national (external) and agency (internal) program goals and priorities; ability to review program implementation and results; ability to balance customer programs with legal goals and priorities; and, ability to develop and utilize innovative approaches in solving problems and issues.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse clients and constituencies on varied and complex topics. Please provide a writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.

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