Closing Date: 31st March, 2023



This National Guard position is for a ATTORNEY-ADVISER (GENERAL) (T5), Position Description Number T0097000and is part of the AL JFHQ AL Command Administrative Office, National Guard.


  • 1. Acts as a legal adviser and attorney for the state/territory National Guard, responsible for the formulation of state/territory legal policy and its execution legal representation; legal initiatives; interpretation and litigation of U.S. and state/territory(s) constitutional, civil, criminal, labor law; international law and treaty agreements; and a full spectrum of expert legal advice. Acts as a legal adviser and attorney for the state/territory National Guard, responsible for assisting in the formulation of state/territory legal policy pertaining to prevention of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic abuse, while serving as the special legal advisor to the Adjutant General, the Office of Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA), Commands SHARP and SEEM programs. Primary coordinator and advisor in the OSJA pertaining to military justice/adverse actions that are initiated against alleged offenders. Serves as the primary point of contact for outside entities and stakeholders, including Special Victims' Counsel, Defense Services, the SARC and the SEEM Manager preventing future harm to victims by ensuring the proper procedures are implemented and followed and that justice and adverse actions are administered properly. Assignments include some of the most diverse, complex, difficult, and novel legal issues found in the emerging area of victims' right law and is responsible for the formulation of state/territory legal policy and its execution in the area of sexual assault accountability, prevention, and response; sexual harassment; domestic abuse and lines of duty and medical discharges for Army and Air personnel. (20%)
  • 2. Responsible to advise on the legal, factual, and other impacting aspects of drafting, interpretation and application of legislation, regulation, tasking orders, decision, opinions or other guiding, or lack thereof, instruments associated with emerging or highly conflicted, sensitive and emotionally charged issues relating to sexual crimes, harassment, domestic violence/abuse, and to the prevention and response of sexual crimes, harassment, and domestic violence/abuse. Serves as legal counsel to Adjutant General and Commanders on legislation, regulation, or guidance as to creating protective environments and promoting healthy social norms specific to military communities, which can include advising on any collaborations with local, state, and federal partners such as county health departments, State health departments, schools, the CDC, Department of Education, other government agencies, academia, and/or other industry that can ensure that the military can evaluate and assess the impact of their community-level prevention strategies both in the short and long-term . Responsible for advising on any policy or guidance regarding the removal of restrictive policies on sensitive data collection in order to advance primary prevention of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military. Conducts outreach on behalf of the organization to legal entities and organizations, including State Bar, and statewide civilian organizations who support victims, and conducts training to the organization and leaders regarding legalities/requirements in addressing prevention and response of special crimes, domestic violence, and sexual assault. (20%)
  • 3. Serves as the state/territory National Guard litigation point of contact. Represents the state/territory National Guard in all legal matters in state/territory of original or appellate jurisdictions, to include matters pertaining to sexual crimes, sexual harassment, and domestic violence/abuse. Acts as agency counsel for the state/territory National Guard with the National Guard Bureau Office of Litigation and Employment Law Division, Department of Army and Department of Air Force Litigation Divisions, and the Department of Justice, for Federal courts of original or appellate jurisdictions. The incumbent seeks to prevent avoidable litigation but may serve as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney or Assistant Attorney General at trial as cases dictate. (20%)
  • 4. Serves as an attorney/adviser providing acquisition and fiscal legal advice to the state/territory's assigned United States Property & Fiscal Officer, particularly in the area of emerging requirements in victim support and legal resourcing (the Chief of the National Guard Bureau's agent in the state/territory) and active-duty military advisers. Advises Army National Guard (ARNG) and Air National Guard (ANG) contracting officers, reviews contracts, procurement actions and real property matters involving Federal and state/territory funds (some involving substantial amounts of money) for legal sufficiency, appropriate titling and claim initiation or resolution actions. (20%)

Performs other duties as required.


Conditions of Employment:
  • Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance of the position.
  • May occasionally be required to work other than normal duty hours; overtime may be required.
  • Must either be currently in good standing (certified) with a State Bar or able to obtain certification. Must be a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Work may require frequent travel away from the normal duty station on military and commercial aircraft.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Each applicant must fully substantiate (in his/her own words) that he/she meets the requirements of the Specialized Experience listed below: Otherwise, the applicant will be considered unqualified for this position. DO NOT COPY THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT OR THE POSITION DESCRIPTION.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: All series personnel must be competent at the next higher level before being eligible for that level. An applicant must have a validated understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the occupational series and grade.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must have at least 24 months work experiences as a professional Attorney Advisor. Knowledgeable of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard mission requirements. Competent in providing legal interpretation and guidance to managers and senior leaders on United States Code Title 32 709, National Guard Program. Able to recognize and identify complex constitutional, state-federal, and military-civilian jurisdictional issues frequently associated with the organization and administration of the Title 32 National Guard and articulate them in the appropriate forum or context. Competent in providing legal interpretation and guidance to managers and senior leaders on 10 United States Code, and the state equivalent to the federal Uniform Code of Military Justice. Experienced in conducting legal research in connection with cases pending administrative hearings, trials before courts of original jurisdiction, or arguments in appellate courts. Experienced in addressing legal questions referred by administrative officials of the employing agency, such as questions concerning the interpretation and application of statutes, rules, and regulations as they pertain to contracts, claims, or other legal instruments involving private business, state, local, national, or foreign governments. Experienced in addressing questions regarding the effects of provisions of proposed legislation or proposed changes in agency policies or regulations. Experienced in researching and providing legal advice in all functional areas of Administrative, Labor, Medical and Physical Disability, and Ethics Law. Additionally, capable of providing legal assistance in accordance with prescribed instructions and within legal guidelines. Experienced in planning, coordinating, and formulating litigation strategies. Experienced in addressing complex and difficult legal questions and factual issues requiring extensive research, analysis and evaluation of available precedents. Experienced in dealing with issues in the functional areas and demonstrated abilities to quickly identify both the legal and judgmental issues. As a subject matter expert, experienced in determining the facts and recommending effective solutions with minimal guidance or supervision. Experienced in developing and providing solutions to conflicting or contradictory DoD regulations, directives, and policies, and other NGB or state legal guidance. Experienced in addressing and resolving complex and difficult legal case problems, legal questions, or issues involved in the drafting of interpretation or application of legislation, regulations, contracts, decisions, or opinions requiring a solution. Experienced in preparing memoranda of reports that outlined and analyzed the factual and legal issues. Experiences involved preparing legal documents or advisory opinions, participated in contract negations, and examined documents for legal sufficiency. Skilled as a legal litigator and experienced in preparing litigation reports, briefs, pleadings, and other papers associated with civil litigations. Experienced in addressing Federal Labor-Management relations and skilled as a participating collective bargaining member of the management negotiating team. Skilled as the subject-matter expert in the complex and constantly evolving area of Medical and Physical Disability and Domestics Operations Law; conducted legal research, investigation and negotiation, and provided legal advice, opinions, recommendations and legal memoranda. Experienced in reviewing programs that requires analysis of interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and developing recommendations to resolve issues and problems. Competent in developing recommendations for overall detailed plans, goals, and objectives for implementation and evaluation of the legal program. Experienced in addressing issues, problems or concepts and skilled in observations and analysis projections. Experiences may have included addressing difficult and sensitive issues based on variations in the nature of the processes evaluated, the diverse missions of the units assigned, and resource limitations. Experienced in compiling, reconciling, and correlating data from a various source, separate service programs, and integral record systems. Experienced in researching, cross-checking information, and interpreting data to obtain accurate and relevant information. Experienced and skilled in collecting information, documenting data to substantiate and validate findings, facts, or violations of government policies, procedures, and instructions. Skilled in negotiating with those who resist responding or cooperating, due to such issues as organizational conflict, competing objectives, or limited resources. Skilled in influencing managers or other staff officials to accept and implement findings or recommendations. Competent to meet with senior military and civilian leadership, high-ranking managers to include Adjutants General, commanders, other staff judge advocates, or other external agencies such as, representatives of the local community and private support organizations, state and local government authorities, or attorneys on an ad-hoc basis.
Incumbent is required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 6/08). Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 23 March 2006.

Mandatory Education Requirement: Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree in law issued by an ABA-accredited law school; and must be admitted to practice law in the highest court of any U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia.

You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.

Additional Information:
If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND/FAX/COURIER/EMAIL ANY APPLICATIONS OR RESUMES TO THE ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE. The Human Resources Office can only process materials received through USA Jobs. Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Decision Making:
  • Required Documents:
  • To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • 1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (format should include Month and Year) of employment and duties performed.

2. Other supporting documents: DD 214's and SF 50s, are recommended but not required.

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.

How to Apply:
  • Your resume must have complete information: Please ensure your resume accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities under each position you have held with each employer. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. It is your responsibility to make sure your resume states complete information for each job entry (beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YY). If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will not be considered for this position.
  • To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

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