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United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time Works under the general supervision of the Chief, Legal Assistance Office. Guidelines consist of the statutory and case law of the United States and all states and territories, local ordinances for surrounding counties and municipalities, regulations propounded by federal regulatory agencies, DOD Directives, Army Regulations and other recognized legal authorities. The essence of legal assistance is an individual relationship protected by the attorney/client privilege, therefore not admitting close examination by supervisors outside of the Legal Assistance Office except in the occasional case of a client's complaint. Incumbent independently conducts the investigation and research, plans the approach, and develops and carries out the decision, opinion, or other project, referring to the supervisor only when policy guidance or the need for professional conference is indicated. Completed work is reviewed only for consistency with agency policy, possible precedent effect, overall effectiveness, and otherwise as required to fulfill duties of supervision pursuant to professional responsibility and ethics rules.
About the Position: Serves as the attorney-advisor for Legal Assistance Division matters of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Furnishes legal advice and opinions to heads of organizational elements on a wide variety of legal problems varying in degree of difficulty from complex with analogous precedents to exceptionally complex with no precedent. Reviews and gives legal opinions on a wide variety of matters relating to the proper administration of the command including, Preventive law, Wills and Estates, review and revision of command regulations, financial Liability Investigations of Property Loss and appeals, beneficiaries, consumer affairs and line-of-duty investigations, AR 15-6 investigations, and private organization status and functions.
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens
See "Other Requirements" The primary purpose is to serve as an Attorney-Advisor and legal expert in the Legal Assistance Division of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate with responsibilities for conducting the legal assistance and preventive law activities of the local command. Scope of operation includes a workforce of approximately 14 military and civilian attorneys and support personnel. The Attorney-Advisor position may be required to perform duties and/or serve as the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) at the JBLM Soldier Readiness Center (SRC), the JBLM Tax Center, or the JBLM Field Legal Assistance Office located on McChord AFB.
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 following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position. KSAs:
(1) Knowledge of Military and Civilian Administrative Law.
(2) Skill in Landlord-Tenant Relations and Consumer Affairs.
(3) Skill in Domestic Relations.
(4) Skill in Wills and Estates.
(5) Skill in Preventive Law; publicity, education, and training.
(6) Skill in the Preparation of Written Legal Material.
NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Army considers veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's 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 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 .)
Time In Grade Requirement: If currently employed as an attorney by the federal government, you must have completed one year of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.
The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.
Education: An 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).
Bar membership: Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Experience: Applicant must have two or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.
Other Requirements: Clickhere for expanded definitions.
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.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
Salary includes local market supplement or locality pay.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are NOT authorized.
Temporary Duty (TDY) travel is up to 5%.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance.
You may claim Military Spouse Preference.
Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at the time of application.
Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be evaluated for basic qualification requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in this vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official.
To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
Thursday, August 28, 2014 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log intoyour USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log intoyour USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. 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 information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

The Department of the Army 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.

The following documents are required:
Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
Official law school transcripts and an official statement of relative standing in class. Photo static copies of documents are acceptable when applying, but certified documents must be furnished before entering duty.
Official Certificate and Sworn Statement: Official certificate showing that you are a member in good standing of the bar, together with a sworn (notarized) statement from you that your fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts and circumstances and any other explanation that you consider appropriate may be submitted. As an alternative to a sworn (notarized) statement, a declaration under penalty of perjury may be submitted in the following format: "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct . . . executedon (date) . . . (your signature)." (28 U.S.C. 1746) The statement and certificate are required to be submitted by all applicants to include attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of the Judge Advocate General, Army (including active duty Army Judge Advocates).
Writing Examples: Examples of writing skills as demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda, or letters. These examples should total no more than 10 pages in length. Extracts of selected selections of larger documents are acceptable.
If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at: Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is1174195. You will need the questionnaire,View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application.

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.

Once this announcement closes, your application/resume package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the experience and/or education requirements found in the vacancy announcement. If you are found to be qualified, your application/resume may be referred to the selecting official for selection. If your application/resume is referred to the selecting official, you may be contacted for an interview, however, this is optional. If you are selected, you will receive a tentative job offer.
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. If no email address is provided, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Application Manager. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described inthe USAJOBS Resource Center.
If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in theReemployed Annuitant information sheet.
Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
To successfully claim veteran's preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement.

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