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Attorney Advisor General

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Department Of Defense

Arlington, VA

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This position is that of Attorney Advisor (General) to the Joint Staff. The Joint Staff supports the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), who by law is the Principal Military Advisor to the President of the United States (POTUS) and the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF), in performing his statutory duties of providing military advice and recommendations to the POTUS and SECDEF; assisting the POTUS and SECDEF in carrying out their command functions; providing for the strategic direction of the U.S. Armed Forces; and overseeing the activities of the combatant commands.

Mission Statement:

The Joint Staff assists the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in accomplishing his responsibilities for: the unified strategic direction of the combatant forces; their operation under unified command; and for their integration into an efficient team of land, naval, and air forces. The Joint Staff is composed of approximately equal numbers of officers from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and Air Force. In practice, the Marines make up about 20 percent of the number allocated to the Navy.


As a Attorney Advisor (General) at the GS-0905-14 some of your typical work assignments may include:

Works within the framework of U.S. law and regulations, including DoD and Joint Staff (JS) directives and policies.

Focuses primarily on Civilian Personnel and Labor Law; Standards of Conduct and Government Ethics; and Administrative Law, including legal issues associated with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act.

Supports the JS in both general and specialized areas of considerable complexity requiring a broad knowledge of the law, administrative practices, and organizational structure of the DoD, the Joint Staff, the combatant commands, and the Military Departments.

Provide legal services, advice, counsel, and representation in the fields of civilian personnel and labor law; equal employment opportunity; standards of conduct and government ethics; and administrative law, including fiscal law, FOIA/Privacy Act, and such other duties as the CJCS/LC and/or the Principal Deputy may assign.

Act independently on the assigned range of legal issues, conducting required legal research independently and preparing legal analyses and opinions regarding assigned legal matters.

Maintain close liaison with legal counterparts within DoD OGC; OCJCS/LC; the combatant commands; and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

0905 Attorney

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Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. citizen

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

Work Schedule:




Tour of Duty:


Recruitment Incentives:

Not Authorized

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):


Telework Eligibility:

This position is NOT telework eligible

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General Application Information and Definitions

Other Notes:


Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.


You may qualify at the GS-14, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. You must possess more than 3 years of professional legal experience that is equivalent to the duties and responsibilities of the position to be filled. Specialized Experience would include:

Working with senior attorneys to provide the full range of legal services, focusing primarily on Civilian Personnel and Labor Law; Standards of Conduct and Government Ethics and Administrative Law.

Providing legal advice and counseling regarding Federal governmental operations and the legislative process.

Advising and/or representing a Federal agency in Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) cases.

Reviewing and providing ethics advice on Public Financial Disclosure Reports (OGE 278s) and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports (OGE 45Os).

Reviewing and providing legal advice and counsel to a Federal agency on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requests.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Department of Defense Instruction for the 0905 Series:

You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, and be in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar.


Possess a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctorate (J.D.)) from an accredited law school at the time of applying for the position.

A copy of college transcripts must be submitted with your application.

Qualification standards for attorney positions may be found in DoD Directive 1442.2, Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys at

Applicants must be and remain a member in good standing of the Bar of a State or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia and provide proof of membership; and possess a Bachelor of Law or Juris Doctor Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of their graduation. A copy of a college transcript and membership to the Bar must be submitted by the selectee before final hiring is completed.

Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience relates to how closely or to what extent your experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your resume must show you have the competencies necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level. Salary will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement based on the complexity of work to be performed, the selectee's experience, education, training, and availability of funds.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association possessing a Bachelor of Law or Juris Doctor Degree and be a member of a Bar in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

A copy of college transcripts and membership to a bar must be submitted with your application.

NOTE: Failure to provide college transcripts and membership to a Bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

Foreign Education: For further information, click on the following link:

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program

(ICTAP): Individuals who have special priority selection rights under ICTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the position's minimum qualifications, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factors. ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran's preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency separation notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible. Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant.


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Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified below, required for this position.


Legal, Government and Jurisprudence

Oral Communication


There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' 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

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For information on entitlement see

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.

2. Other supporting documents:

Cover Letter, optional

Most recent SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service and not serviced by DLA).

Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable

DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities

Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

Copy of Transcripts

Copy of Active Bar Membership in Good Standing

PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide:

Supporting Documents

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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