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.

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As a SUPERVISORY ATTORNEY ADVISOR (GENERAL) you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Serves as Supervisory Attorney Advisor/Chief of Staff in OCJCS/LC, supervising all civilian personnel in the Chairman’s Legal Counsel’s office.
  • Manages the Legal Counsel’s office staff of joint reserve Judge Advocates including scheduling drill and duty and assigning responsibilities and tasks when reservists report for duty.
  • Leads and manage various Legal Counsel office admin processes including official travel, personnel actions, and related administrative management systems.
  • Serves as an Attorney Advisor with a specifically assigned legal portfolio. This portfolio may vary, but will include duties as Legislative Counsel to OCJCS Legislative Affairs and as well as various administrative law duties in support of the Director, Joint Staff (DJS) and Vice Director, Joint Staff (VDJS). As Attorney Advisor, the assigned legal portfolio may also include some civilian personnel and labor law as well as fiscal law.
  • Serve as an Attorney Advisor by taking legal tasks “as assigned” by the Legal Counsel or the Principal Deputy Legal Counsel. In this capacity, the position works under the very general direction of the Principal Deputy Legal Counsel and the Legal Counsel.
  • Provides legal advice and counsel as required on strategic, operational, and contingency planning in support of U.S. military operations conducted at the direction of the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense pursuant to the National Security Strategy, the National Defense Strategy, and the National Military Strategy.
  • Develops presentations, communicates legal analysis, and advocates legal positions on behalf of the Legal Counsel without supervision.
  • Reviews operational, logistics, information sharing, posture, and other international legal issues associated with bilateral or multilateral legal arrangements in order to ensure compliance with an extensive array of domestic, host nation, and international laws, agreements, and conventions, while still protecting or enhancing the interests of DoD and the Joint Staff.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Temporary duty official travel away from the permanent duty station may be required, including overseas travel, when necessary for mission requirements.

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