Attorney Advisor (General), GS-0905-14

US Government, Department of Homeland Security

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), CG-094 Judge Advocate General, USCG Legal Service Command, General Law Division, in Norfolk, VA.


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Job Grade: 14
Total Openings: 1


As an Attorney-Advisor (General), this position furnishes legal counsel, advice, and guidance to Coast Guard Officials over a wide spectrum of complex and difficult legal matters, including real property, civilian and military personnel law, environmental law, intellectual property, information law, administrative law, and ethics. The majority of this position’s duties will be focused on real property matters, including advising and reviewing legal and administrative documents and correspondence concerning all forms of federal acquisition of permanent and temporary rights in real property from non-federal entities, as well as interagency and inter-service transfers; use of property held by Coast Guard units, to include use by third parties; and all forms of action leading to the removal of real property from the Coast Guard’s asset inventory. This includes writing or reviewing opinions on case law, statutes, regulations, and executive branch policy. The position will also advise on basic fiscal law issues that commonly arise within the real property practice area, such as expenditure of funds to improve leased property. The vast majority of the work is substantive legal analysis, advice, and advocacy; the exact nature of this legal work will vary over time.
Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include: Preparing cases and matters for administrative review, foresees problems in poorly defined or unusually complex legal positions that affect the Coast Guard.
Conducting legal briefings and makes oral legal presentations at meetings, seminars, and federal agency adjudicatory forums, as required.
Providing legal advice and assistance concerning and to support litigation, or potential litigation, and other compliance matters.
Tracking and reviewing proposed legislation, rulemakings, filings, and petitions, and other employment law governance actions having potential impact on the Coast Guard.
Provides legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal matters relating to the management of federal property, including matters of jurisdiction and associated authority.
Provides legal advice and counsel on real property law, including in the context of lease negotiation, formation, and administration; acquisition, management, and/or disposal of real property and interests therein.
Provides legal advice and counsel on environmental law, including advising on application of applicable state and federal environmental statutes, regulations, and policy on federal property, including on property leased by commercial entities.
Advises on the application of federal fiscal law principles to lease administration; the formation of other (non-lease) real property interests, such as permits/licenses, involving partnering organizations and/or other federal government entities.
Performs a variety of other legal functions such as Procurement Law, Regulatory Program and Environmental Compliance, Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, and Employment Law.


All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school;ANDMust be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.ANDTo qualify for the GS-14 level position, must: have successfully completed at least one full year of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, as reflected in the nature and complexity of case work and legal issues for which responsible, the level of responsibility exercised, and the degree to which such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities requiredto successfully perform the duties of this position.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.Note: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered.

Job Requirements:

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

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