Attorney (General Counsel)

Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)Tucson, ArizonaFull TimeOn Site

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This position is in the Excepted Service. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.


  • Provides legal advice and assistance to the Commander/Director/Deputy and to top level personnel at the Contract Management Officer (CMO), other DCMA offices within the geographic coverage of the CMO, and other assign offices and Center personnel.
  • Represents, personally, or through assigned personnel, the CMO, Region, Agency and the United States in negotiations and in hearings and trials.
  • Incumbent is responsible for managing the following programs and functions: Ethics and Integrity program, Fraud remedies program, Personnel and Office Administration, Internal controls and Manages the CMO?s legislative program.
  • Has frequent personal contact with high level officials for the Agency and occasionally with similar officials in the military departments, other defense agencies, and other Government departments and agencies.

Travel Required:

  • 25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation Authorized:

  • Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.


To qualify, you must possess professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. 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 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.

Applicants must possess 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. Proof is a "certificate of good standing" issued by your state of licensure within 6 months of the date of application or a screenshot of your bar status taken from your state of licensure website dated within 6 months. The successful applicant selected for employment must provide a "certificate of good standing" issued by their respective bar showing they are in good standing and in active status prior to appointment.

You must possess professional legal experience in excess three (3) or more years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Your resume must demonstrate you have the competencies and quality of experience necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level, with at least one (1) year of recent and relevant Federal acquisition law experience at the NH-03/GS-13 level or equivalent.

The principle selection factors for this position follow:

  • Ability to provide accurate, timely, responsive and ethical legal advice and counsel that addresses the operative facts and applicable law and provides clear and workable guidance.
  • Ability to provide effective support working cooperatively with senior level civilian and military clients using problem-solving skills to facilitate consensus solutions.
  • Analytical/legal ability (including issue identification, legal research, analysis of options, risk analysis, creative problem-solving).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and proficiency as an advocate.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and client relationships, and the ability to interact well with senior officials on controversial and sensitive issues.

Additional selection factors:

Special federal sector legal experience, preferably DoD, in the following are not required but will be given favorable consideration: employment law, fiscal, contracts, intellectual property, information law, or administrative law.

Qualification requirements for Attorney positions can be found in DoD Instruction 1442.02, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys."

How You Will Be Evaluated:

  • You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
  • Selection(s) will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position.
  • Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated based on the application package submitted. An oral interview may be conducted with some, none, or all candidates, depending upon the relative qualifications of the applicants.

Condition of Employment:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive, No Access Required..
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required
  • This position is in the Excepted Service. Appointments in the Excepted Service do not confer competitive status and do not give employees eligibility to apply for Competitive Service positions.
  • COVID19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see Additional Information section.


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