Attorney Advisor (General), GS-0905-14 at U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard


Mid Level

Norfolk, VA, USA

$112.461 - $146.198

12 Sep → 12 Oct

Job Description

As an Attorney-Advisor (General), this position furnishes legal counsel, advice, and guidance to Coast Guard Officials over a wide spectrum of complex and difficult legal matters, including real property, civilian and military personnel law, environmental law, intellectual property, information law, administrative law, and ethics. The majority of this position’s duties will be focused on real property matters, including advising and reviewing legal and administrative documents and correspondence concerning all forms of federal acquisition of permanent and temporary rights in real property from non-federal entities, as well as interagency and inter-service transfers; use of property held by Coast Guard units, to include use by third parties; and all forms of action leading to the removal of real property from the Coast Guard's asset inventory. This includes writing or reviewing opinions on case law, statutes, regulations, and executive branch policy. The position will also advise on basic fiscal law issues that commonly arise within the real property practice area, such as expenditure of funds to improve leased property. The vast majority of the work is substantive legal analysis, advice, and advocacy; the exact nature of this legal work will vary over time.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6284. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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.

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(K)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and development opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select “Benefits”. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

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 above.

Qualified candidates will be rated by comparing each candidate's qualifications to the skills and experience pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience, education, training, awards, and performance will be considered. The following factors are of particular importance to the position to be filled, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas as part of their application. These areas must be addressed in a document separate from the resume and submitted as part of the application package.

Knowledge of being a legal subject matter expert across broad and diverse portfolio of administrative law matters including: employment law, environmental law, information law, government ethics, and real property.
Knowledge of a range of specialized areas of the law in regards to real property including the acquisition of permanent and temporary rights in real property and disposing of the same.
Knowledge and experience with the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, trademarks, copyrights, patents, acceptance of gifts and donations to the Coast Guard, the application of federal, state, and local environmental statutes and regulations to Coast Guard functions, missions, and units.
Knowledge of procurement law, affirmative and defensive claims, and military justice.
Knowledge and experience with mentoring and training junior military attorneys on the manners of the legal profession and efficient methods of research, documentation, and communication.

NOTE: Qualified candidates may be invited for an interview. Final selection will be made on the basis of relevant experience, education, training, performance appraisal, job-related awards, interview, and the skills and experience identified above.

In order to receive full consideration, you must submit:
1. A resume or any other written format of your choice which clearly identifies the following information:

  • Job Information-Announcement number, title and grade.
  • Personal Information- Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email address if available, day and evening phone numbers (with area code), country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian series and grade held, if applicable.
  • Education- College or University name, city and state, major(s)and type and year of any degrees received.
  • Work Experience- job title, duties and accomplishments, current and former (within the last 10 years) employers' names and addresses, current and former supervisors' names and phone numbers where available, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary, and indicate whether your current supervisor may be contacted.
  • Qualifications- job-related training courses (title and year), skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, and special accomplishments.

2. A copy of your J.D. or LL.B. transcript.

3. You will be required to submit proof of current membership, in good standing, with the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.

4. Information related to the skills and experience listed under the Evaluations section above, may be done on a separate document, or incorporate it within your resume.

If claiming eligibility under the VOW Act: The VOW Act requires Federal agencies to treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligibles, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD214. In order to be considered under the VOW Act, the certification must specify that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application package for this job announcement. The certification must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, character of service, military rank, type of discharge, and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by, or by direction of military members’ military personnel offices, unit commanders or higher headquarters. Agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.

Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens. Position is in the Excepted Service.

Job Responsibilities

  • Preparing cases and matters for administrative review, foresees problems in poorly defined or unusually complex legal positions that affect the Coast Guard.
  • Conducting legal briefings and makes oral legal presentations at meetings, seminars, and federal agency adjudicatory forums, as required.
  • Providing legal advice and assistance concerning and to support litigation, or potential litigation, and other compliance matters.
  • Tracking and reviewing proposed legislation, rulemakings, filings, and petitions, and other employment law governance actions having potential impact on the Coast Guard.
  • Provides legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal matters relating to the management of federal property, including matters of jurisdiction and associated authority.
  • Provides legal advice and counsel on real property law, including in the context of lease negotiation, formation, and administration; acquisition, management, and/or disposal of real property and interests therein.
  • Provides legal advice and counsel on environmental law, including advising on application of applicable state and federal environmental statutes, regulations, and policy on federal property, including on property leased by commercial entities.
  • Advises on the application of federal fiscal law principles to lease administration; the formation of other (non-lease) real property interests, such as permits/licenses, involving partnering organizations and/or other federal government entities.
  • Performs a variety of other legal functions such as Procurement Law, Regulatory Program and Environmental Compliance, Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, and Employment Law.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • This position requires membership in the State Bar.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.

  • Must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.

  • To qualify for the GS-14 level position, must: have successfully completed at least one full year of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, as reflected in the nature and complexity of case work and legal issues for which responsible, the level of responsibility exercised, and the degree to which such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of this position.

  • National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

  • All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school; AND, must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.

  • FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's web site at click here

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