<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>About the Position: </strong><br /> The pay band NH-04 includes the General Schedule grade equivalent to GS-14/15.<br /><br />Other initiatives under the Acquisition Demonstration Project include simplified classification, streamlined hiring process and expanded developmental opportunities.<br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service.<br /><br />The Defense Contract Management Agency is an Equal Employment Opportunity Agency.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Serves as Attorney-Adviser on contract law to all segments of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), as well as other areas of assigned responsibility.</li> <li>Renders oral and written advice to protect all legal rights of the Government.</li> <li>Reviews complex contract actions and contract administration matters for legal sufficiency, including, settlement of indirect cost rates, disallowance of costs, Cost Accounting Standards compliance, contractor claims, and termination settlements.</li> <li>Reviews contract actions and claims for equitable adjustments and property matters with unilateral determinations thereon..</li> <li>Assists with the investigation, preparation, and reviews of acquisition related, Boards of Review, Contractor Business System reviews, contract and other claims, appeals, and related litigation matters</li> <li>Advises on reports of various investigative agencies or procurement activities, alleged conflicts of interest, suspected fraud, and security issues.</li> <li>Provides legal counsel on questions of law and policy as required by DCMA Headquarters and Contract Management offices, and the effect of such operations on other DCMA contract administration and oversight activities.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Business travel is required 10% of the time.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> None <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.</li> <li>Must file an annual financial statement.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Who May Apply:</strong> 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. <ul> <li>All U.S. Citizens and Nationals with allegiance to the United States</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>QUALIFICATIONS: </strong>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.<br /><br /><strong>SELECTION FACTORS:</strong> 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.<br /><br /><strong>Important selection factors include:</strong><br /> 1) In-depth knowledge of and demonstrated legal experience in Federal Government contract law, including specialized legal experience with contract administration, including Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR & DFARS), cost principles, Cost Accounting Standards, -allocation of overhead costs, progress payments, terminations, etc.<br /> 2) Skilled in various research methodologies, including computer-assisted technologies; ability to successfully accomplish specialized projects and resolve novel legal problems by applying facts to applicable laws or regulations to achieve DCMA acquisition objectives.<br /> 3) Ability to gather, analyze, and coherently communicate data and information involving complex legal issues and theories.<br /> 4) Demonstrated ability to analyze and effectively communicate factual and legal issues orally and in writing.<br /><br /><strong>GS-14 and GS-15</strong> <ul> <li>The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Applicant must have professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.</li> <li>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.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>FOREIGN EDUCATION:</strong> 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: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.</li> <li>Two year trial/probationary period may be required.</li> <li>May require overtime work.</li> <li>Relocation/Retention Incentive will not be authorized.</li> <li>Defense National Relocation Program may be authorized.</li> <li>You must include the announcement number on your application.</li> <li>All selections under an announcement must be made within 6 months from the issuance date of the certificate referral list.</li> <li>Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.</li> <li>The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at: www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf </li> <li>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.</li> <li>Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.</li> <li>Ability to communicate orally and in writing.</li> <li>U.S. Citizenship is required. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.</li> <li>Direct Deposit of pay is required.</li> <li>FLSA: Exempt</li> <li>Bargaining Unit: No</li> <li>This position is in the Excepted Service.</li> <li>Position has a positive education requirement.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications,<br /> and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.<br /><br />You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during<br /> the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.<br /><br /><strong>Basis for Rating: </strong><br /> Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Quality of experience relates to how closely or to what extent an applicant's background and recency of experience, education and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Candidates must have the knowledge skills, and abilities and competencies to perform the work of the position at the appropriate level successfully.<br /><br />This position requires the selectee to be at least 18 years old and be able to obtain and maintain favorable Department of Defense (DoD) suitability and security determinations as a prerequisite to employment. DCMA's offer of employment is conditional until the selectee passes a drug screen (if required), pre-employment security interviews, appropriate credit checks, a criminal background record and identification check, and the Department of Defense exercises its discretion to grant the selectee a favorable security determination. An employment offer DCMA management extends prior to security determination is merely tentative, and the DCMA expressly reserves the right to rescind the tentative employment offer at any time before the selectee's start date. Clearance decisions may take 90 days or longer. The regulation governing suitability for Federal employment is at Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 731, and DoD's Personnel Security Regulation can be found at Title 10, CFR part 154.<br /><br /><strong>Notice of Veterans Preference:</strong> 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 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 an SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> National security <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).<br /><br />As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.<br /> <strong>If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.</strong><br /><br /><strong>1. Your resume: </strong> <ul> <li>Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.</li> <li>If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.</li> <li>For additional information see: What to include in your resume .</li> <li>You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: For current employment verification, SF-50, DD3434 or other federal agencies official "Notification of Personnel Action" equivalent (Note: SF-52 or agencies "Request for Personnel Action" is not acceptable); For MSP claims PCS orders and marriage certificate; For verification of Veteran status, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.</li> </ul> <strong>2. Other supporting documents: </strong> <ul> <li>Cover Letter, optional</li> <li>This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible.</li> </ul> <strong>Future Military Retirees*:</strong> You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document** OR a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.<br /><br /><strong>Future Separation from the Military*:</strong> You are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document** OR a copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214(Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.<br /><br /><strong>*</strong>Active duty military members who are selected may not be appointed unless on terminal leave or already separated from the armed forces.<br /><br /><strong>** </strong>The "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 submitted. The Statement of Service must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters, AND the Statement of Service letter must include your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge, Character of Service (i.e. honorable), and, if applicable, when your terminal leave will begin.<br /><br /><strong>Law School Transcripts</strong>: an official transcript of the applicant's law school records with an official statement of his relative standing in his class, if obtainable; unofficial transcripts may be submitted initially along with a statement that you have requested your official transcript from your law school.<br /><br /><strong>Bar Membership</strong>: an official certificate or other documentation showing active membership, in good standing, of a qualifying legal bar; if you have requested it from your state Bar, so indicate.<br /><br /><strong>Sworn statement:</strong> a signed statement that yourfitness to practice law or their conduct as an attorney have never been challenged. If fitness or conduct has been challenged, a statement explaining the circumstances must be provided.<br /><br /><strong>Selection Factors:</strong> Narrative statement that addresses the Important Selection Factors (see Factors stated in the job announcement)<br /><br /><strong>Writing Skills:</strong> An example of writing skills demonstrated by a legal brief, memorandum, letter, etc. (ten pages or less). Limitation should be adhered to and writing samples in excess of ten pages should not be submitted.<br /><br /><strong>Performance Appraisal:</strong> A copy of your most recent performance appraisal (or an explanation of why a performance appraisal cannot be provided).<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.