Defense Logistics Agency Trial Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Summary See below for important information regarding this job. Responsibilities Please note, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Agency is operating in a maximum telework posture for all telework ready employees occupying a telework eligible position. Serves as Senior Counsel ? Litigation will perform the following duties in collaboration with the Litigation Team Leader: Presents the Government's case in connection with appeals before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals Assists the Department of Justice in cases filed in Federal court Provides leadership, guidance, and mentorship to other Team members In coordination with the Team Leader, assigns work, plans, and directs activities of lower-graded Trial Attorneys Develops legal policy and procedures for use by Trial Attorneys Provides guidelines to be followed in preparation for Alternative Dispute Resolution, discovery, depositions, hearings, and selection and preparation of witnesses Prepares trial outlines Conducts pre-trial conferences with appellant's representatives Prepares stipulation of facts Oversees and reviews preparation of motions, presentation of evidence, and tactics in in direct examination and cross- examination of witnesses Serves as consultant to Trial Attorneys Reviews documents and coordinates with Acquisition Counsel on claim resolutions, settlement agreements, and termination actions Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications The first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); Proof that you are licensed and a member in good standing with the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. Annual bar certification cards issued from your state of licensure are not considered acceptable. Proof is a "certificate of good standing" issued by your state of licensure dated within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement or a screenshot of your bar status taken from your state of licensure website that is dated within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement or sworn statement to that effect. If there is not a date on the screen shot, you must provide a statement signed by you on the date that the screen shot was created. The successful applicant selected for employment must provide a "certificate of good standing" issued by their respective bar showing they are in good status and in active status prior to appointment In addition to 1 and 2 (listed above), each grade level has the following qualification requirements: To Qualify at the GS-13 Level: You must possess professional legal experience in excess of 2 years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. To Qualify at the GS-14 Level: You must possess professional legal experience in excess of 3 years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. In accordance with DoDI 1442.2 (Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys), promotion for this position is based on the individual's time, performance, and mastery of skills at the required grade level and only with approval of the designated official (DLA General Counsel) in accordance with the applicable regulation. The legal experience described in your application package or resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies required to perform the duties of the position as described in the Major Duties section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience will be evaluated and screened to determine how closely or to what extent your experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your application package or resume must demonstrate you have the competencies and quality of experience necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate grade level. The PRINCIPAL SELECTION FACTORS for this position are as follows: Knowledge and experience in litigating and presenting the Government's case which involves directing Trial Attorneys in connection with appeals before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals of the Department of Defense. Excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent legal research skills, recognized proficiency as an advocate, and demonstrated effectiveness in advising high-level civilian and or military management officials. Ability to lead personnel toward achievement of organizational goals and the ability to manage programs or cases and other resources. Security Clearance: This position is designated Non-Critical Sensitive. If selected, you must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. If you are unable to obtain this level of security clearance (as a result of undisclosed or disclosed background issues), within a reasonable period of time (as defined by the agency), the employment offer may be withdrawn. In addition, incumbent is subject to periodic re-investigation to maintain security eligibility in accordance with DoD 5200.2-R. Education Education may not be used as a substitution for qualifications for this position. Additional Information Excepted Service Position: This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. Veterans Information: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's 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). As of 23 December 2016, Military retirees seeking to enter federal service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they would be appointed within 180 days following their official date of retirement. Reemployed Annuitants: This position does not meet criteria for appointment of Reemployed Annuitants. The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at: http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine, opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine, amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. ADVISORY: By using cannabidiol (CBD) products you are risking a positive drug test result for marijuana.