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Attorney-advisor (military justice)

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Department of Defense
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Multiple Schedules
Hill Air Force Base provides worldwide engineering and logistics management for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the Minuteman III ICBM, and performs depot maintenance of the F-16, A-10, and C-130 Hercules aircraft. The base is located between Ogden and Salt Lake City. The area is known for year round activities, including skiing, hiking, boating, extreme sports, fishing and hunting, with four distinct seasons, low humidity and moderate snow fall in the valley.
This position is located in the 75 Air Base Wing/JAC. However, this announcement may be used to fill other like positions at Hill AFB.
WHO MAY APPLY:
This is an EXCEPTED SERVICE position OPEN TO all us citizens.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, clickhere
U.S. Citizenship Required Subject to service of a one-year probationary period Student Loan Repayment/Recruitment bonus may be authorized Service credit (leave) may be granted for directly related experience
As an Attorney-Advisor (Military Justice) GS-0905-13, you will support the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) as a senior attorney, providing legal advice and counsel for the most complex military justice, general and administrative law issues. Represent Air Force (AF) interests in various forums, including providing training and briefings on military justice and other legal issues to Hill AFB personnel. Provide legal assistance to eligible beneficiaries pursuant to the AF Legal Assistance Program. You will also:
Advise on a host of military justice and adverse administrative actions.
Prepare for and represent the AF/Installation and its legal interests in correspondence, meetings negotiations, and judicial and administrative hearings, involving federal, state, and local (and overseas, foreign) officials, parties with adverse interests, and commercial skills.
Research and provide legal opinions on legal affairs of Hill Air Force Base, consistent with Air Force Instructions (AFI's) and legal office policy. AND
Provide legal assistance in active duty military, dependents, eligible Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, retirees, and other DoD cardholders, consistent with Air Force Instructions (AFI's) and legal office policy..
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required.
General Requirements : Applicants must be graduates of a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association; admission to the Bar of the highest court of a state, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia; applicants must be an Active Bar member in good standing.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience (52 weeks of full time experience) at a level close to the work of this position that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform.Typically, we would find this experience in work within this field that is closely related. To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12), pay band or equivalent. Specialized experience is described as experience researching and preparing opinions on legal affairs of an organization, which includes military justice and adverse administrative actions, administrative law questions, Inspector General Investigations, labor law, contract law, claims, standards of conduct and rules of ethical conduct, environmental law, international law, and operations law.
POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Must possess first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.)from an ABA-accredited law school, and admission to and active (or equivalent) membership in good standing in the bar of the highest court of a state, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. Required to disclose any currently pending allegations or previous findings of ethics, judicial, or other professional misconduct by any state bar or attorney disciplinary committee.
Federal Time-In-Grade (TIG) Requirement for General Schedule (GS) Positions: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-12 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. The purpose of TIG restrictions is to prevent excessively rapid promotions in competitive service GS positions and to protect competitive principles.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of applicable law pertaining to the specialized areas of legal practice, as determined by the SJA, in order to provide legal advice and counsel to command and management and represent AF interests.
2. Sufficient knowledge of federal, state, and local law, as it impacts the private individual, to provide personal legal assistance to eligible beneficiaries across the typical range of the AF legal assistance practice.
3. Skill in recognizing and analyzing key legal issues in a factual situation and applying well-reasoned analysis to reach clear, concise conclusions.
4. Ability to research legal issues, analyze complex factual situations in light of general legal principals and the results of research, and prepare legal opinions.
5. Ability to prepare cases for trial and/or try cases before a court, administrative body, or an official having quasi-judicial power.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.
_VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:_ Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) andother organizations(e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteerexperience.
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You _MUST_ provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
1. This position requires a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar association and active membership in the Bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, Territory of the United States or District of Columbia.
2. This position requires a fully qualified attorney licensed and admitted to practice law in one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. Possessing in excess of two years of professional legal experience in the areas of Military Justice is required.
3. Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
4. Employee must adhere to the Air Force Rules of Professional Conduct.
5. Employee may be required to work overtime.
6. Employee may be required to file an Office Government Ethics (OGE) Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and annually thereafter.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET level security clearance as a condition of employment.
PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
WORKING CONDITIONS: The work is typically performed in a adequately lighted and climate-controlled office setting. The work environment involves everyday risks of discomforts that require normal or safety precautions typical of such places as conference rooms and offices.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)
If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent". It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 26, 2014.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, clickhere for the required cover page. This Vacancy ID is1218813. Fax your documents to . All supporting documents should be uploaded to your USAJOBS account and included with your application package. Faxing documents should be used as a last resort; do not fax duplicate documents.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire.
2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please Note: The numbering of the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnarie starts each section of questions with number one. When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately. Clickhere for the OPM Form 1203-FX., and
3. Fax all required documents to . Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.
PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clickinghere. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.
Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.
The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement.
Online Application (Questionnaire)
Resume - If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, 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., hours 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.
Transcripts (unofficial), from an American Bar Association-accredited law school.
A document, dated within four months of application, showing active (or equivalent) membership,in good standing, in the bar of the highest court of a state, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
DD214 or "Certification" of service (Document must reflect character of service)
SF-15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, if applicable
Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating ,if applicable
ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires the active duty service member to furnish a "certification" of active service. A "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the "certification" is signed . Agencies are required to accept, process, and grant tentative veterans preference to those active duty service members who submit a certification along with their job application materials. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible". Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.
If selected, you will be required to submit the following documents to substantiate your eligibility and/or qualifications. A list of required documents for all eligibilities may be located here:
Eligibility Documentation, SF50,Proof of Disability, Certification of Job Readiness, etc.
Transcripts,if qualifying based on education or positive education series.
Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent. If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration. To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program . In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.
Direct Deposit : All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible clickhere. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80or above on the rating criteria for this position.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Clickhere for more information.
Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.
Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.
Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.
90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

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