Defense Security Cooperation Agency Attorney-Advisor (General) in Arlington, Virginia

Defense Security Cooperation Agency
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Arlington, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Legal Services Agency Defense Security Cooperation Agency Office of General Counsel

Mission Statement: This position is located within the Office of General Counsel (OGC) for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the Department of Defense. DSCA is responsible for planning, coordinating, administering and supervising Department of Defense (DoD) programs for transfer of defense articles and services for sale, grant or lease to foreign governments and international organizations. OGC provides legal guidance to senior agency leadership and others in the DoD community on a wide range of issues in the realm of security cooperation and international law. OGC also works on matters related to contracts and fiscal law, as well as employment litigation and ethics.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All U.S. Citizens.


As aAttorney-Advisor (General)* you will be responsible for the following duties:*

  • Serve as an Associate General Counsel of DSCA, and assists senior attorneys by providing legal support, advice, and counsel to staff under the guidance of the DSCA General Counsel and senior DSCA attorneys.
  • Provide legal support, advice, and counsel on a broad array of complex problems involving security cooperation matters, and DSCA activities, operations and administration; advises on procedural and substantive legal questions concerning DSCA issues and relationships in these matters with Congress, other federal government agencies, private organizations, and the media.
  • Conduct legal research; provides technical advice and drafting for DoD legislative initiatives affecting DSCA activities.
  • Assist in providing legal advice on the full range of international, operational, security assistance, and fiscal law issues inherent in the development and execution of policies and programs; and assist in overseeing compliance with legislation, Executive Orders, and DoD guidance.
  • Provide legal advice and assistance in support of functional areas to attorneys of the Military Departments and various other DoD components and activities.
  • Draft, provide legal review on, and coordinate for action DoD issuances, policies, legislative proposals, and responses to Congress, other Executive Agencies, and to the public in areas of DSCA functional responsibility.
  • Responsible for assisting with complex legal matters assigned by the DSCA General Counsel, the DoD General Counsel, the Principal Deputy General Counsel, or the Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs). These matters may involve legal analysis of, and advice on, issues outside the normal assigned areas of responsibility.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • As the mission requires
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • This is an Excepted Service position.

Qualification standards for attorney positions may be found in DoD Directive 1442.2, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys" at

Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience relates to how closely or to what extent your experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your resume must show you have the competencies necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level. Salary will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement based on the complexity of work to be performed, the selectee's experience, education, training, and availability of funds.

Veteran's 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

Specialized experience required for this position is:Ability to develop recommendations, and provide advice. Skill in collaborating with staff to obtain varying opinions on issues. Ability to research unique matters contained in libraries, archives, and other records repositories

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:1. Ability to direct the development of recommendations, and provide advice. 2. Skill in collaborating with senior staff to obtain varying opinions on issues. 3. Ability to research unique matters contained in libraries, archives, and other records repositories.

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Education may be substituted for experience at the GS-11 grade level with either of the following as listed in the DoD Directive 1442.2: (A) Possession of a second professional law degree (Master of Laws (LL.M) or higher) provided it required at least one full academic year of graduate study OR (B) having performed superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following: (1) my academic standing is in the upper third of the attorney's law school graduating class, (2) work or achievement of significance on one of the attorney's law school's journals or official law reviews, (3) special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, (4) full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program, (5) significant summer law office experience, or (6) other evidence of clearly superior accomplishment.

You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, and be in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar


Possess a Bachelor of Law or Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school at the time of applying for the position.

A copy of college transcripts must be submitted with your application.

NOTE: Failure to provide college transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

*Foreign Education: * For further information, click on the following link:


Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Other Notes:

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:

Other Information

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement. *NOTE:* Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy. This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $64,650.00 to $84,044.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0905-11/11

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453193400

Job Announcement Number: DSCA-17-1814571-DE