Closing Date: 7th July, 2022

Description:

Summary:
About the Position: You will serve as a Seattle Assistant District Counsel, in direct support of the District Counsel, furnishing expert legal advice, assistance, and services to the District Commander. Legal support is also provided to senior Seattle District management officials in the execution of all mission areas. The nature of legal work required to perform these duties involves very complex issues, necessitating extensive research and analysis.

Duties:
  • Provides legal support to senior Seattle District management officials in the execution of all mission areas.
  • Provides legal advice regarding the application of environmental law, the Corps of Engineers Civil Works program and its authorities; and administrative, personnel and general law.
  • Provides legal advice regarding the application of contract formation and administration, including claims and appeals; and the Army permitting program.
  • Serves as ethics advisor and labor counselor.
  • The nature of legal work required to perform these duties involves very complex issues, necessitating extensive research and analysis.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

Qualifications:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an equal opportunity employer. The Corps is firmly committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce where all employees are valued for their talents as members of the team.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

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.

Basic Education Requirement for General Attorney, GS-0905-13:
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 (LL.B or JD). Only a law degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the American Bar Association is acceptable to meet positive education requirements.

You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualifications determination and you may be found "not qualified."

Experience Required:
In addition to meeting the education basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:
  • Applicants must have a minimum of two years of professional legal experience (or one year of professional legal experience and a second professional law degree (e.g., LL.M.)), acquired after being admitted to the Bar, of a level commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the offered position.

The experience described in your résumé 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.

A. I have two (2) or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the Bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Examples of this experience include:
1. analyze facts, ascertain law and give opinions, stating facts and legal issues;

2. explain legal principles and identify alternative courses of action;

3. advise Program or Project Manager, Contracting Officer, or other manager or supervisor (a) on all aspects of procurement process to include drafting special agreements or unusual contracting clauses; (b) on NEPA, ESA, CZMA or other aspects of environmental law; (c) on the civilian personnel system and all aspects of handling issues of conduct, performance, and EEO, or labor unions in the federal sector; and (d) on regulation under the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act; and

4. prepare litigation reports and draft pleadings and other legal documents required by the Department of Army and Department of Justice in various federal courts or administrative forums. (Experience must be documented in your resume.)

OR

B. In addition to the first law degree (LLB or JD), I have a second professional law degree, such as an LLM, which I may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience, and I have one (1) or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the Bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Examples of this experience include:
1. analyze facts, ascertain law and give opinions, stating facts and legal issues;

2. explain legal principles and identify alternative courses of action;

3. advise Program or Project Manager, Contracting Officer, or other manager or supervisor (a) on all aspects of procurement process to include drafting special agreements or unusual contracting clauses; (b) on NEPA, ESA, CZMA or other aspects of environmental law; (c) on the civilian personnel system and all aspects of handling issues of conduct, performance, and EEO, or labor unions in the federal sector; and (d) on regulation under the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act; and

4. prepare litigation reports and draft pleadings and other legal documents required by the Department of Army and Department of Justice in various federal courts or administrative forums. (Experience must be documented in your resume.)

BAR MEMBERSHIP: An applicant must currently be an active member in good standing of the Bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Time in Grade Restriction: 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-12.

Education:
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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

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