Attorney-Adviser (General)

Department Of Defense Chester , VA 23836

Posted 3 months ago

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About the Position:

The pay band NH-04 includes the General Schedule grade equivalent to GS-14/15.

Other initiatives under the Acquisition Demonstration Project include simplified classification, streamlined hiring process and expanded developmental opportunities.

This position is in the Excepted Service.

The Defense Contract Management Agency is an Equal Employment Opportunity Agency.

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  • Provides legal advice and assistance to the command, the Defense Contract Management AgencyInternational.

  • Provides higher headquarters regarding unique complex issues arising from the international aspects of the organization and from military and humanitarian contingency operations.

  • Provides legal advice and support with regard to FOIA requests. Serves as FOIA legal coordinator for DCMAInternational.

  • Reviews settlement of indirect cost rates, disallowance of costs, determinations of compliance with Cost Accounting Standards, contractor claims, novations, termination settlements, equitable adjustments, and property matters.

  • Advises on personnel and labor relations issues involving employees who are U.S. citizens, or direct or indirect hire foreign nationals, including third country nationals.

  • Assists the DCMAI Directorate Counsel with providing fraud awareness training and ethics training in accordance with the training plan.

  • Advises on arms export issues involving DCMAI administered contracts, including ITAR issues. Maintains close liaison with other DCMA International attorneys in order to monitor ITAR issues in foreign countries.

  • Assists the DCMAI Directorate Counsel in reviewing and advising the command on criminal and administrative investigations, including Uniform Code of Military Justice issues.

  • Maintains close liaison with investigative agencies and subordinate or matrixed supporting Offices of Counsel in order to have available current information on all investigations.

  • Advises on contract administration legal and policy issues arising in an international environment. Assists in drafting, negotiating, and interpreting international agreements dealing with contract administration.

  • Provides general administrative legal support and assistance. Reviews regulations and proposed policies, emergency and contingency plans, and support agreements.

  • Maintains a preventive law program to identify and resolve issues at the earliest possible time in order to maximize the avoidance of operating problems and litigation.

  • Assures that the use of appropriate Alternate Dispute Resolution methods and techniques is fully considered in any dispute which may arise.

  • Represents the DCMAI Directorate Counsel in her/his absence and acts on her/his behalf.

  • Participates in high-level meetings, briefings, and discussions, and has frequent personal contact with high-level officials, to include representatives from the military services, DCMA, DoD, Department of State, and foreign governments.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Business travel is required 10% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

  • Must file and sign annual financial statement.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected.

  • All U.S. Citizens and Nationals with allegiance to the United States


Qualification requirements for Attorney positions can be found in DoD directive 1442.2, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys."

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications clearly reflect that all qualification requirements are met.

Applicants are evaluated on quantity/quality of their relevant experience/education

SELECTION FACTORS: Selection will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position. The breadth and depth of relevant experience and knowledge, and the quality of past performance, will be the primary considerations used for selection. Professionalism, analytical abilities, organizational skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills will be considered during the selection process. A selection panel may be used and oral interviews may be conducted with all, with some, or with none of the applicants, solely at the option of the selecting official.

Important selection factors include: 1) In-depth knowledge of and demonstrated legal experience in federal acquisition law, including specialized legal experience in contract administration; 2) In-depth knowledge of and demonstrated legal experience in federal labor and employment law, including labor-management relations, adverse actions, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, and Federal Labor Relations Authority proceedings; 3) Knowledge of fiscal law, DoD Standards of Conduct, Privacy Act, and Freedom of Information Act; and 4) Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex factual and legal issues orally and in writing.

  • The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.

  • 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) from that institution.

  • Bar Membership: An applicant must currently be an active member, in good standing, in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

  • Applicant must have professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

  • Basis for Rating: 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 knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position.


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:

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Attorney-Adviser (General)

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