Closing Date: 18th June, 2023

Description:

Summary:
See below for important information regarding this job.

The duty location will be in the Office of General Counsel, Fort Belvoir, VA.

Duties:
As the Chief, Labor and Employment Law Division, you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Supervise a team of attorneys and paralegals with responsibilities in Employment Law, Labor Relations, Civilian Personnel, Litigation, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
  • Core areas of legal specialization are human resources, labor relations, civilian personnel, EEO, and ADR.
  • Serves as Senior Legal Counsel to DLA Human Resources (J1), EEO (DO) and others for civilian personnel matters.
  • Represents Agency on Legal Matters in the federal courts and administrative forums through which disputes are handled.
  • Supervises program management for the DLA ADR Program and ensures all matters align with the DLA Equal Opportunity Program.
  • Consults with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel on matters of major importance and keeps them and members of the DLA Executive Management Team informed of significant issues and developments.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive with Secret Access
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Bargaining Unit Status: No
  • Financial Disclosure Requirement: Required
  • Supervisory Probation: Required
  • Completion of Supervisory Certification Program: Required

Qualifications:
The first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.);

Proof that you are licensed and a member in good standing with the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. Annual bar certification cards issued from your state of licensure are not considered acceptable. Proof is a "certificate of good standing" issued by your state of licensure dated within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement or a screenshot of your bar status taken from your state of licensure website that is dated within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement or sworn statement to that effect. If there is not a date on the screen shot, you must provide a statement signed by you on the date that the screen shot was created. The successful applicant selected for employment must provide a "certificate of good standing" issued by their respective bar showing they are in good status and in active status prior to appointment.

In addition to 1 and 2 (listed above), each grade level has the following qualification requirements:

To Qualify at the GS-15 Level:
You must possess professional legal experience in excess of 3 years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

In accordance with DoDI 1442.2 (Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys), promotion for this position is based on the individual's time, performance, and mastery of skills at the required grade level and only with approval of the designated official (DLA General Counsel) in accordance with the applicable regulation.

The legal experience described in your application package or resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies required to perform the duties of the position as described in the Major Duties section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience will be evaluated and screened to determine how closely or to what extent your experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your application package or resume must demonstrate you have the competencies and quality of experience necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate grade level.

Principal Selection Factors:
Provide Knowledge, Skills, and Ability (KSA) narrative statements addressing the following principal selection factors:
  • Experience in labor relations and employment law. At least one year of relevant experience at the next lower federal grade is mandatory. Equivalent military, state or private law experience may be substituted for Federal service.
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge and experience of civilian personnel, litigation in the federal courts and administrative forums, EEO, and ADR and the demonstrated ability to provide authoritative legal expertise on a broad range of complex litigation management issues and problems.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience necessary to supervise attorneys and paralegals. The ability to work effectively with a diverse, senior client base and to serve in a senior leader role in providing oversight and guidance.

Other Selection Factors:
Other Selection Factors listed that are Not Required on the Narrative Statement:
  • Excellent analytical ability, including issue identification, legal research, analysis of options, risk analysis, and creative problem solving.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written).
  • Legal and business judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and client relationships, and the ability to interact well with senior officials on controversial and sensitive issues.
  • Leadership ability and experience.

Security Clearance: This position is designated Non-Critical Sensitive. If selected, you must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. If you are unable to obtain this level of security clearance (as a result of undisclosed or disclosed background issues), within a reasonable period of time (as defined by the agency), the employment offer may be withdrawn. In addition, incumbent is subject to periodic re-investigation to maintain security eligibility in accordance with DoD 5200.2-R.

Education:
Education may not be used as a substitution for qualifications for this position.

Additional Information:
Excepted Service Position: This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

Veterans Information: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (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 www.opm.gov).
As of 23 December 2016, Military retirees seeking to enter federal service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they would be appointed within 180 days following their official date of retirement.

Reemployed Annuitants: This position does not meet criteria for appointment of Reemployed Annuitants. The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at: http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

Drug-Free Workplace: The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine, opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine, amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. Advisory: By using cannabidiol (CBD) products you are risking a positive drug test result for marijuana.

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

Selection(s) will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position.

Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated based on the application package submitted. An oral interview may be conducted with some, none, or all candidates, depending upon the relative qualifications of the applicants.

Required Documents:
The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee). Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide: https://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/Careers/supportingdocumentation.pdf

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. (http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/)

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:
Applications must be submitted ON-LINE via USAJobs by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of the announcement.

Only complete application packages will be considered. Applications that Fail to Meet These Requirements Will Not Be Considered. Applications that Fail to Submit Items 1, 2 and 3 Below Will Not Be Considered. Items 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Must Be Submitted with Application if Applicable. Items 9 and 10 Must Be Submitted Before Selection.

Applicants Must Submit the Following Information with Application:
A resume containing, at a minimum, a general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment, law school attended, and date of first admission to bar.

You may include additional information in your resume or cover letter at your discretion. If not included on your resume, be advised that former and current supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s) will be required. After interviews, the hiring panel will normally perform reference checks on the top 1-3 applicants.

 A short writing sample (no more than 10 pages double-spaced).

A narrative statement specifically describing the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) to successfully perform the duties of the position as listed above in the Requirements section under the Qualifications as the Principal Selection Factors.

Applicants Must Submit the Following Information with Application, if Applicable:
A copy of your law school transcript if you have been licensed to practice law less than 10 years. [IF SELECTED, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO VERIFY POSSESSION OF THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL LAW DEGREE (LL.B OR J.D.)]

A copy of your most recent SF-50 (if current Federal Employee)

A copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if current Federal employee).

Supporting documentation for Veterans' Preference (if applying under Veterans' Preference).

Supporting documentation for military spouse preference (if applying under Military Spouse Preference).

Applicants Must Submit the Following Information Before Selection:
Proof that you are licensed and a member in good standing with the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. Proof is a "certificate of good standing" issued by your state of licensure within 6 months of the date of application or a screenshot of your bar status taken from your state of licensure website dated within 6 months. If there is no date on the screen shot, you must provide a statement signed by you on the date that the screen shot was created. The successful applicant selected for employment must provide a "certificate of good standing" issued by their respective bar showing they are in good standing and in active status prior to appointment.

A statement signed by you as to whether or not you have ever been found by any tribunal to have committed any crime or other act reflecting upon your suitability to practice law.

Applications will NOT be accepted or considered if sent by mail or facsimile. Only on-line applications will be considered.

Contact Information:
Ms. Jennifer Campbell
Senior Supervisory Paralegal
571-767-2532
Jennifer.Campbell@dla.mil

Next Steps:
Once your complete application is received, the most highly qualified candidates will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

Kindly refer to the following link for a detailed description of the job - https://www.usajobs.gov/job/728291300