Overview

Summary About the Position: As Senior Assistant District Counsel [Attorney-Adviser (Contracts)], the principal focus and predominant caseload of the position is contract law, but may also work on administrative law matters (including fiscal law and government ethics). Litigation experience, especially before the ASBCA, GAO, or both is a plus. The NWP Office of Counsel is a dynamic and spirited team of ten attorneys and three paraprofessionals who support one of USACE’s largest civil works districts. Responsibilities Research, analyze, and advise on statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements in contract formation, administration, and dispute resolution. Promote and protect the governments interest in contract formation, administration, and dispute resolution. Provide counsel, advise, and assistance on problems arising in contract formation directly affecting award of special or unique contracts involving very large sums of money and high public interest. Provide legal advice, assistance and services in the administration of the performance of contracts under the District’s civil works program. Research, analyze, opine, and dispose or recommend for disposition cases involving procurement fraud. Interpret contract clauses, plans, and specifications. Advise on major contract change orders and modifications in excess of $100, 000. Advise on contract terminations for default or convenience. Manage or direct District actions leading to suspension and/or debarment of contractors. Evaluate and participate in proceedings involving the bankruptcy of contractors. Review contractor performance evaluations. Provide legal service for contract novations and assignments. Serve as the contract claims attorney and procurement fraud advisor. Research and render legal advice on State and Federal laws pertaining to operation and maintenance of hydro-power dam and reservoir projects, environmental compliance, freedom of information and privacy acts, civil works authorities, and tort claims. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Who May Apply: US Citizens Applicants must meet the requirements described below to qualify. Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The DoDI 1442.02, and AR 690-300 prescribe an LL.B., J.D., or LL.M., AND in excess of three years of professional legal experience after admission to the bar commensurate with the duties of the position to be eligible for placement at the GS-14 level. Your resume should clearly describe your relevant experience. Examples of relevant experience referred to above include: advising managers, supervisors, and others in contract law; analyzing facts, ascertaining law, and giving opinions, articulating facts and legal issues; and explaining legal principles and identifying alternative courses of action; preparing litigation reports and drafting pleadings and other legal documents required by the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice in various courts or administrative forums. Applicants meeting the basic qualification requirements above will have their application packages forwarded to management. Management will evaluate you further on your level of competency in the following areas: Ability to develop and utilize innovative approaches in solving problems, formulating effective solutions, and resolving complex issues. Knowledge, experience, and ability to effectively advise in the following areas of federal law and practice: a) contracting for services, supplies, and construction; contract procurement and protests; procurement fraud; contract administration; and, contract dispute resolution, claims and appeals; b) administrative law including Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act; and c) government ethics, conflicts of interests, and standards of conduct. Knowledge and experience in handling complex and other litigation in a variety of practice areas such as contracting and administrative law, in courts, such as COFC, and in administrative bodies, such as GAO and ASBCA. Ability to function as an advisor to contracting officers and other contracting officials, project managers, and district leaders; to work effectively with other military and management officials within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with other governmental entities, and with private parties. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse clients and constituencies on varied and complex topics. Time in Grade Restriction: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks MUST meet the Time in Grade Restriction. NOTICE OF VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: 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 www.opm.gov.) Education Applicants 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 (LL.B or JD). Only a law degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the American Bar Association is acceptable to meet positive education requirements. Additional Information Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. Two year trial period may be required. Direct Deposit of Pay is required. This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter. 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. This is a Career Program (CP) 56 – Legal position. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement. When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.dfas.mil/civilianemployees/civrelo/Civilian-Moving-Expenses-Tax-Deduction/ for more information. 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. Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations. Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a designated time frame identified by the organization. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency’s telework policy. Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/. A Relocation Incentive may be considered. A Recruitment Incentive may be considered. Advanced Leave Accrual may be considered. Advanced Rate of pay may be considered.