Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel for Military Commissions. The Office of the Chief Defense Counsel is responsible for providing defense services to unprivileged enemy belligerents tried by military commissions under the Military Commissions Act of 2009. The Office of the Chief Defense Counsel reports directly to the Deputy General Counsel(Personnel and Health Policy) of the Department of Defense.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>This is a Direct Hire Public Notice</strong>, under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice and selections are made for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.<br /><br /><strong>This Public Notice is to gather applications which may or may not result in a referral or selection.<br /><br />This Public Notice may be used to fill positions in other equivalent pay systems (i.e., NH, NJ, NK).<br /><br />Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.</strong><br /><br /><strong>If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for an excepted service position.<br /><br />This is an Excepted Service position</strong>.<br /><br />Your typical work assignments may include the following: <ul> <li>Represents accused detainees being tried for alleged war crimes pursuant to the Military Commissions Act</li> <li>Identifies complex legal questions and factual issues regarding the application of the Military Commissions Act, Regulation and other sources of law</li> <li>Researches, drafts and writes legal briefs, memoranda, pleadings and other documents on topics assigned by the Chief Defense Counselor his/her designee</li> <li>Conducts legal and factual investigations as directed by the Chief Defense Counsel (CDC) or his/her designee</li> <li>Supervises, as directed, the work of interns. law students. and others as directed by the CDC or his/her designee</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.<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>U.S. Citizenship is required</li> <li>Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https: www.sss.gov/Home/Registration)</li> <li>Total salary varies depending on location of position</li> <li>This position is subject to provisions of the WHS/OSD PPP Pilot Program</li> <li>May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period</li> <li>Must be determined suitable for federal employment</li> <li>Required to participate in the direct deposit program</li> <li>This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing</li> <li>This position requires that you obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET-SCI security clearance</li> <li>This position requires that you obtain and maintain a current driver's license for operating passenger-type motor vehicles</li> <li>This position may require you to frequently travel away from your normal workplace on military or commercial aircraft, within the continental US States (CONUS) and outside the CONUS (OCONUS)</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Basic Requirements:</strong> <ul> <li>Possess the first professional law degree, i.e. Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctorate (J.D.), from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.</li> <li>Have professional legal experience in excess of three years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of an Attorney-Adviser (General). </li> <li>An active member of the bar of the highest court of any one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and any territory or possession of the United States. <strong>AND </strong> </li> </ul> <strong>You may also qualify at the GS-15 grade level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:</strong> <br /><br />A minimum of one year of specialized experience in the same or similar work equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-14) requiring application of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position being filled. Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their resume they possess the specialized experience. Specialized experience is defined as experience: (1) representing defendants being tried for violations of the law of war and other offenses triable by military commission; (2) advising the organization's head of organization on requirements and responsibilities imposed by Public Laws, International Treaties, and regulations governing providing defense for defendants accused of violating the law of war and other offenses triable by military commission; and, (3) conducting legal research and analysis in evolving areas of law which require adapting international, foreign, and military legal principles to specific complex issues and use creative thinking to develop well-articulated positions on the many legal issues which will arise during the course of the organization's proceedings.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>All qualifications and education requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.</strong> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>Education cannot be substituted for experience.</strong> <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>PPP PILOT:</strong> The Washington Headquarters Service is currently operating under an approved reengineered Priority Placement Program (PPP) pilot for all positions in its serviced workforce. This pilot is application based and current PPP registrants who are registered for activity codes 293A and 295A (regardless of the location) are required to apply to the job announcement via USAJobs in order to exercise their priority placement status. This pilot permits priority candidates to be assessed with other competitive applicants. Anyone claiming priority status must provide a copy of their PPP registration and supporting documentation (e.g. RIF notice, Sponsor's PCS orders, Certification of Expected Separation) at the time of application to verify priority placement and eligibility.<br /><br />Other priority consideration programs will continue under their current operating procedures.<br /><br />A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.<br /><br />Washington Headquarters Services uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit: http: www.dhs.gov/E-Verify <br /><br />If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php? title=Alternate_Application_Information <br /><br /><strong>Appointment Authorities</strong>: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements: <ul> <li> https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities/ </li> <li> https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/ </li> <li> https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/military-spouses/ </li> <li>Other Special Appointment Authorities https: www.usajobs.gov/ </li> <li>Interchange Agreements https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/competitive-hiring/#url=Types-of-Appointments </li> </ul> <strong>Career Transition Assistance Programs:</strong> These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ <br /><br /><strong>Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants):</strong> 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. /www.esd.whs.mil/DD/DoD-Issuances/140025/ <br /><br /><strong>Nepotism:</strong> Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.<br /><br /><strong>Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement</strong>. <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 />Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Your application (resumes and supporting documentation) will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required as listed on the announcement under qualification requirements.<br /><br /><strong>Best Meets Mission Requirements definition</strong>: Applicant has the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies to substantially exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. This equates to the best qualified assessment criteria established for the vacancy and based on overall demonstrated experience, education, training, appraisals/evaluations, job-related awards, certifications, honors and relevant outside activities.<br /><br />When the application process is complete, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire , along with your supporting documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following competencies:<br /><br /><ul><li>Attention to Detail</li><li>Interpersonal Skill</li><li>Legal, Government and Jurisprudence</li><li>Oral Communication</li><li>Stress Tolerance</li><li>Writing</li></ul><br /><br />Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Sensitive Compartmented Information <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DOCUMENT IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATION CLAIMS.</strong> You are strongly encouraged to upload the applicable documents with your application package. These documents will assist the staffing specialist in determining your eligibility and qualifications, but are not required at the time of application. If you do not upload the suggested documents, then you must document in your application package (resume) the information needed to determine your eligibility. If selected, these documents will be requested at the time of tentative job offer to verify eligibility and qualifications. You will have 2 business days to submit these documents before a job offer is rescinded.<br /><br /><strong>PPP Registrants/Eligibles:</strong> Must submit the following applicable documents: 1) PPP registration 2) PCS orders (if applicable)<br /><br />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 in this section:<br /><br />1. Eligibility Documentation, SF50, Proof of Disability, Certification of Job Readiness, etc.<br /> 2. Transcripts, if qualifying based on education or positive education series<br /><br /><strong>Employees Serviced by WHS:</strong> Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through Washington Headquarters Services <strong>DO NOT</strong> need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.<br /><br /><strong>Employees NOT Serviced by WHS</strong>: Must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive).<br /><br /><strong>DOES THIS POSITION REQUIRE A LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE?</strong><br /> You are strongly encouraged to provide a copy of your license or certificate in your application package. It is also acceptable to document your license number and the name of the licensing authority in your resume.<br /><br /><strong>ARE YOU QUALIFYING BASED ON EDUCATION or A COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE?</strong><br /> You must provide sufficient documentation of your education in your resume. You are strongly encouraged to provide a copy of transcripts or degrees in your application package. It is also acceptable to document your applicable course listing in your resume (course number, credits earned, etc…). 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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. <br /> All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment.<br /><br /><strong>ARE YOU A VETERAN CLAIMING SOLE SURVIVORSHIP PREFERENCE OR 5-POINT VETERANS' PREFERENCE?</strong>1. You must provide legible copy/copies of the following: DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as type of discharge and character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) or Statement of Service/Proof of Service (in lieu of a DD-214) from your command or local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD). The Statement of Service/Proof of Service must provide all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). Veterans should upload their DD-214 once they receive it upon separation.2. You should also document your complete military service information in the Veterans Preference and Military Service Section of the assessment questionnaire (type of preference, dates of service, date of VA letter, character of service, disability claim and rank and date of retirement if retired).<br /><br /><strong>ARE YOU A DISABLED VETERAN or CLAIMING 10-POINT VETERANS' PREFERENCE?</strong>1. Disabled veterans, veterans, widows, spouses or the mother of a veteran, who are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, you must provide legible copies of the following: Applicable supporting documents as noted on Standard Form-15 (SF-15). To obtain a copy of SF-15, go to: https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/veterans/ <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.


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