Closing Date: 21st December, 2021

Description:

Summary
The primary purpose of this position is to support the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) as a senior Environmental and Real Property attorney, providing legal advice and counsel for the most complex, often precedential, installation level cases in all aspects of environmental law; real property management, use, acquisition and disposal; mission sustainment and encroachment; and compliance with Federal and State environmental laws and regulations for the 377th Air Base Wing and over 100 tenant units.

Duties
  • Advises the 377 ABW Commander, as well as subordinate and tenant unit commanders and managers, on the applicability of Federal, State and local environmental statutes, regulations, court decisions to determine their impact on Air Force operations
  • Analyzes, evaluates, and provides professional advice and counsel concerning policy and various legal authorities governing the acquisition, management, disposal, and conversion of real and personal property
  • Advocates AF positions and defends AF legal interests in meetings and negotiations with outside officials and entities, in order to reach agreements that permit the unconstrained execution of the AF mission and preserve command prerogatives

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • PCS expenses if authorized WILL be paid
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.
  • Employee must be able to obtain and maintain an secret security clearance.
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Attorney appointments are subject to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Candidates are not required to have active duty service or veterans? preference to be referred and considered. All qualified candidates who meet the recruitment assessment criteria will be referred to the selecting official
  • A law degree (JD) from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state or the District of Columbia or other Federal Bar
  • In-depth experience as a practicing environmental law attorney and possess at least five years of relevant experience
  • Employee must adhere to the Air Force Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Employee may be required to work overtime
  • Employee may be required to travel for temporary duty away from home station
  • Must file an Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and annually thereafter
  • Employee having knowledge of computer productivity software, e.g. Word, Excel, and Power Point is highly desirable, but not required
  • Employee having experience working within a large and complex legal organization is highly desirable, but not required
  • Work Experience may be considered
  • Superior Qualifications may be considered

Qualifications
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: In addition to the above requirement: you must have professional legal experience in excess of three (3) 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:
  • Knowledge of applicable law pertaining to the specialized areas of legal practice, as determined by the SJA, in order to provide legal advice and counsel to command and management and represent AF interests.
  • Knowledge, skill and ability to conduct complex legal research and a familiarity with the research resources most commonly involved in environmental, occupational safety and health, natural and cultural resources, and real property laws. This includes various statutes, Department of Defense and Air Force policy and guidance, the United States Code, court opinions, the Code of Federal Regulations, etc. Familiarity with electronic research resources such as Lexis is required.
  • Sufficient knowledge of federal, state, and local law, as it impacts the private individual, to provide personal legal assistance to eligible beneficiaries across the typical range of the AF legal assistance practice.
  • Skill in recognizing and analyzing key legal issues in a factual situation and applying well-reasoned analysis to reach clear, concise conclusions.
  • Superior negotiation skill capable of rational and logical thinking in order to formulate, coordinate, and present the Air Force legal position before regulators, elected officials, the public, and senior officials for the Air Force and other relevant agencies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of individuals, in and outside the legal profession, both orally and in writing, in both formal and informal settings.
  • Ability to prepare cases for trial and/or try cases before a court, administrative body, or an official having quasi-judicial power.

At the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status and in good standing with a bar of the highest court of a State, US commonwealth, US territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status and dated within four months of application.

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.

Education
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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