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Attorney-Adviser (General)

Helena, MT
Full Time
Job #: MT-11091837-T5-21-437 Exp.: 2+ Years Salary: $92,143 - $119,787 Yearly

Position also advertised as T32 Military Reserve Technician for the MT Army/Air National Guard item: MT-11092587-AR-21-060.

Selecting Official: Col Schneider

This National Guard position is for a Attorney Advisor, Position Description Number T5160000 and is part of the JAG Office, MT Army National Guard.

Major Duties:
Acts as a legal adviser and attorney for the state/territory National Guard, responsible for the formulation of state/territory legal policy and its execution legal representation; legal initiatives; interpretation and litigation of U.S. and state/territory(s) constitutional, civil, criminal, labor law; international law and treaty agreements; trial defense; and a full spectrum of expert legal advice. Assignments include some of the most diverse, complex, difficult and emerging legal issues found in any area of law, to include: homeland security, emergency response, sovereignty, state/territory compacts, fiscal and contract law, civil affairs, employer support, military statute and administrative law (Federal &state/territory), non-military employment law (Federal & state/territory), administrative law, environmental law and emerging areas of law, i.e. domestic operations, intelligence law, weapons of mass destruction emergency response and assistance to civil authorities,etc.2. Responsible to advise on the legal, factual and other impacting aspects of drafting, interpretation and application of legislation, regulation, tasking orders, decision, opinions or other guiding, or lack there of, instruments associated with emerging or highly conflicted and emotionally charged issues such as intelligence oversight related to Homeland Security, or advising on Federal and state/territory Executive Orders for the use of federalized troops in response to domestic emergencies and natural disasters. These include interagency (Federal-to-Federal, Federal-to-state/territory and state/territory-to local)homeland security & emergency management initiatives, policy, legislative proposals or implementation plans.3. Serves as a state/territory National Guard litigation point of contact. Represents the state/territory National Guard in legal matters in state/territory and Federal courts of original or appellate jurisdictions. The incumbent seeks to prevent avoidable litigation, but may serve as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney or Assistant Attorney General at trial as cases dictate. The incumbent conducts investigations of fact and legal sufficiency; advising on administrative remedies; develops the trial strategy, content and means of presentation, and trial delivery; makes motions; and conducts post-trial duties. Prepares litigation reports, briefs, pleadings and other papers associated with litigation involving the state/territory National Guard interests.4. Serves as an attorney/adviser providing acquisition and fiscal legal advice to the state/territory's assigned United States Property & Fiscal Officer (the Chief of the National Guard Bureau's agent in the state/territory) and active duty military advisers. Advises Army and Air National Guard (ARNG/ANG) contracting officers, reviews contracts, procurement actions and real property matters involving Federal and state/territory funds (some involving substantial amounts of money) for legal sufficiency, appropriate titling and claim initiation or resolution actions.5. May act as the Adjutant General's representative in third-party proceedings under Federal labor-management and equal employment opportunity statutes and regulatory provisions. Represents the state/territory National Guard as a trial attorney on assigned cases before investigators, administrative judges and arbitrators from various appellate bodies including, but limited to, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Federal Services Impasses Panel and Federal Courts. Reviews collective bargaining agreements for legal sufficiency. Prepares litigation reports, unfair labor practice charges, petitions for injunctive relief, and supporting legal documents, as necessary.6. Serves as a state/territory Ethics Adviser. Reviews sensitive financial disclosure statements for General Officers and other key personnel. Provides or participates in various training activities, prepares reports and provides counsel on complex ethics issues and policies; and ensures Federal and state/territory annual administrative reporting requirements are met. Serves as a claims officer for the state/territory National Guard. Reviews Claim Investigating Officer reports, adjudication recommendations, regardless of filing location, and approves forwarding of actions to the appropriate claims office. Reviews for legal sufficiency and approves or dispatches recommended action to approving authorities a variety of documents or investigative determinations such as freedom of information requests, financial liability investigations, line of duty determinations, and similar administrative proceedings. Provides oversight and guidance to the state/territory Judge Advocate's Legal Office, Legal Assistance and Preventative Law Programs, and supervises assigned full-time attorney and support staff. Performs other duties as required.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Conditions of Employment
  • Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the Secret security clearance for position.
  • May occasionally be required to work other than normal duty hours; overtime may be required.
  • This position is designated as Essential Personnel and may be subject to duty in preparation for, or in response to, a state emergency or disaster declaration.
  • This designation will not exceed 14 calendar days per year unless otherwise approved in advance by the TAG.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • GS-0905-13 is within the professional series IAW 5 USC ?3319, and compensable disabled preference eligibles are not automatically placed at the top of the Certificate of Eligibles.

Your application must contain a DETAILED description (how, when, where, and at what level) of both civilian and military training/experience/education as it relates to the KSA/Competencies, general and specialized experience and any other requirements (certifications, education, selective placement factors) that are in announcement and/or questionnaire. If resume is not detailed in these requirements; your application ranking on your responses may be lowered/changed or you could deemed not eligible/qualified. NOTE: You may add a supplement page to your resume to address requirements separately; must show where, when (Day/Month/Year), how and at what level you received the training, experience or education requirements.

Minimum requirements:
Education/Bar Membership: Applicants must possess the first professional law degree (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing in the bar of the highest court of Montana or have the ability to become an active member in the Montana bar within six months of employment. (You MUST submit copies of your proof of education and current bar membership (whether from Montana or another state, territory, or commonwealth); failure to submit required documents by the close of the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating.)

Specialized Experience: I possess professional legal experience in excess of 2 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: preparing pleadings, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation; or serving as a judicial clerk who conducted legal research, drafted opinions, prepared bench, research and trial memoranda, performed legal analysis, and briefed the judge on various legal issues; formulated recommendations to senior managers; developing policy or issue briefs and reports; drafting congressional or other hearing testimony, and preparing advocacy and strategy documents for specific policy issues.

You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims with your resume. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

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Closing Date: 4th May, 2021

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