Attorney-Advisor (General)

USAJOBSWallops Island, VirginiaFull Time


  • You will provide assistance to and develop the abilities of administrative, paralegal and lawyer personnel within the TCU Norfolk.
  • You will ensure that settlements are supported by comprehensive legal research and exhaustive analyses of underlying facts and direct subordinates to take further action when necessary.
  • You will initiate prompt action to best defend the interests of the United States and its employees acting in the scope of their employment.
  • You will draft recommendations for substitution of the United States as defendant in place of the Federal employee, and removal of the suit to Federal Court.
  • You will provide research and analysis to determine relevant "scope of employment" issues as it is related to Tort Claims.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final Secret security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal


Your resume must also demonstrate one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing most or all of the following: 1) Processing and adjudicating, in accordance with Federal and state law and regulations, of all assigned claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), Military Claims Act (MCA), Foreign Claims Act (FCA) and other statutes and regulations; 2) Drafting legal pleadings and documents including, but not limited to Memoranda of Law, Answers to complaints, Motions, Responses to Interrogatories and Responses to Requests for Production of Documents; 3) Assisting, mentoring, and developing the abilities of administrative, paralegal and lawyer personnel; 4) Utilizing personal injury and tort law, litigation management, issue identification and analysis, complex legal writing, high profile case management and exhaustive and definitive legal research of federal and state regulations; 5) Performing comprehensive legal research and exhaustive analyses of underlying facts for legal cases; and 6) Analyzing highly complex, often widely publicized cases involving but not limited to diverse situations as medical negligence, toxic torts, aviation mishaps, ordinance testing and sonic booms.

An official certificate issued within the past 3 months showing the applicant is a member in good standing of the Bar of the highest court of a State of the United States or a Territory of the United States or sufficient proof that the same has been requested with the appropriate licensing authority. Additionally, a Certificate or Letter of Good Standing with the Bar of the highest court of a State of the United States or a Territory of the United States that was issued within the past 3 months must be presented to the hiring manager within 15 calendar days of notification of selection.

Upon Selections The Following Documents Will Be Requested

  • An official transcript of the applicant's law school record together with an official statement of his/her relative standing in his/her class. However, if the individual has been a member of the Bar for 5 years or more, the transcript requirement may be waived.
  • An official statement that his/her fitness to practice law or his/her conduct as an attorney have never been challenged. If either his/her fitness or conduct has been challenged, an official statement concerning the facts and circumstances together with any explanation that the applicant himself/herself may wish to submit.
  • Selectees may be required to successfully complete a probationary period, must have or be able to obtain a Secret Security Clearance, and meet all certification requirements (depending on the position to be filled) prior to appointment. This position may require successful completion of a physical examination, agility test, pre-employment drug test, and/or participation in the Anthrax vaccine immunization program if applying for an emergency essential position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


Must have a J.D. Degree from an ABA accredited law school, be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State of the United States or a Territory of the United States, and have a minimum of three (3) years post-law school legal experience as either a military judge advocate or in private practice providing representation concerning family law matters.

Additional Information

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Several vacancies may be filled.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Temporary actions taken under this announcement may be terminated at any time before the established not-to-exceed date.

Term appointments may be extended up to 8 years at the discretion of management and in accordance with applicable regulations. Additionally, you may be noncompetitively converted to a permanent career-conditional or career appointment under specific conditions.

A recruitment incentive may be authorized if the agency has determined that this position is likely to be difficult to fill in the absence of an incentive.

A relocation incentive is generally a single payment intended to offset some of the relocation costs experienced by the selectee. A relocation incentive may be authorized.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under this specific hiring authority. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.

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