Saturday, September 13, 2014

Position: Attorney-Advisor, US Army Installation Management Agency (Fort Sam Houston, TX, Deadline Sept. 26, 2014)

Environmental law job at US Army Installation Management Agency.  May require some law practice experience.

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Job Title:          Attorney-Adviser (General)
Department:   Department of the Army
Agency:           Army Installation Management Command
Hiring Organization:   US Army Environmental Command
Job Announcement Number:NCFR142184821194676
SALARY RANGE:          $82,642.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:            Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to Friday, September 26, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:        GS-0905-13
POSITION INFORMATION:      Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS:      1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Sam Houston, TX View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:       All U.S. Citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE:           Not Applicable

About the Position:

This is an Attorney-Adviser position focusing on environmental law.  The position is located in the IMCOM, US Army Environmental Command, Army Environmental Law Branch,  Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Not Required
Moving expenses allowances are authorized.
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You will serve as the Environmental Attorney in the Environmental Law Branch, U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC).  Responsibilities include the planning and accomplishment of diversified legal work pertaining to environmental matters arising out of Army, AEC, MACOM, and Army installation activities. Work involves complex legal and factual issues in developing areas of law that relate to the protection of environmental, legal, contractual, financial, and nationwide policy interests of the Army. Research and respond to questions pertaining to the broad spectrum of Federal and state environmental laws and their implementing regulations, executive orders, and agency directives. Research and determine the requirements for compliance with Federal and state laws and regulations. Advise and assist program managers in the development of Army-wide policies, programs, and procedures to implement environmental laws, regulations, and directives. Prepare language and reviews contracts, interagency agreements, and memoranda of agreement to ensure compliance with appropriate fiscal/procurement laws and other regulations/authorities governing the provision of goods and services by private contractors, other Federal agencies, and quasi-governmental entities. Serve as a legal advisor in administrative law matters not within the province of more clearly defined fields of law.

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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.


1. Knowledge of and ability to apply knowledge of federal laws, regulations, Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Army (DA) policies and procedures related to environmental law to support the mission of the HQ U.S. Army Environmental Command .
2. Ability to exercise independent judgment and to research, analyze and interpret complex legal issues, laws, regulations and policies, and to prepare legal opinions that are concise, well reasoned, legally sound, and
consistent with relevant precedent.
3. Ability to communicate orally, to brief, explain, advocate, represent, train, instruct, in an effective manner, logically and concisely, to a client, supervisor, opposing counsel, and the general public.
4. Ability to write clear, accurate and legally sound memoranda, opinions, and correspondence, for clients, commanders, and other management officials, using office automation hardware.

VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: 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 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: An 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: Click here 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
Must file annual financial disclosure statement.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
You may claim Military Spouse Preference.
Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at 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) 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.

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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 in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

• If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
• To successfully claim veteran's preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement.
• Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

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To apply for this position, you must complete the online 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 Friday, September 26, 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 into your 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 into your 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.


• 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 transcript 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 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 in any jurisdiction to the best of your knowledge, or if either has been challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts and circumstances, together with any explanation that you may deem 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...executed on (date)...(your signature)." (28 U.S.C. 1746). The statement and certificate must be dated within three months of the date the application is submitted. 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).

• Examples of writing skills as demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda, or letter. These examples should total no more than ten pages in length. Extracts of selected sections 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 is 1194676. 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.

Central Resume Processing Center
Phone: (410)306-0137
TDD: (410)306-0137
Agency Information:
2450 Connell Road

Once the 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.

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