The Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) is recruiting for an attorney (international/military) position as a Curriculum Developer at Naval Station Newport, RI. DIILS is a joint agency activity under the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
DSCA's mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. DSCA leads the broader U.S. Security Cooperation (SC) enterprise in its efforts to train, educate, advise, and equip foreign partners.
DIILS is the Defense SC resource for global professional legal education, training, and engagement with international military personnel and related civilians. DIILS develops and implements effective mobile education teams, resident courses, and other international and CONUS-based engagements to support National Security Strategy and Defense Strategy goals and objectives to enhance the Rule of Law among partner nations, including the development of equitable and accountable security and justice institutions, civilian control of the military, compliance with international human rights standards, and democracy.
A Curriculum Developer researches, develops, and edits: modules of instruction (integrated lesson plan, slides, participant outline); discussion problems (with lesson plan); and exercises for use in DIILS SC international legal mobile programs and resident courses. Participants in programs and courses are all international military personnel and related civilians (lawyer and non-lawyer). Curriculum writing must be appropriate for these non-U.S. participants, and therefore less complex (technical), and whenever possible involve carefully chosen words that can be translated accurately.
DIILS curriculum is written to enable international participants to understand, apply and evaluate either: relevant international legal rules and examples; or relevant U.S. laws, regulations, and processes. Curriculum is written for use by other staff and by adjunct instructors.
DIILS programs largely address, and curriculum is mostly developed for the following legal themes: the law of armed conflict (and other international law relevant to military operations), international human rights, defense support to civil authorities, the international law of the sea and maritime law enforcement, legal aspects of combating corruption, legal aspects of peace operations (mostly UN), military criminal justice, and areas of military-related institutional legal capacity building.
Curriculum developers must incorporate interactive teaching content and methods (including video excerpts, audience response system prompts, discussion problems, exercises, role-playing, and games) whenever possible to enhance learning. Also incorporates relevant examples and scenarios that illustrate or provide an opportunity for participants to apply legal rules. Ability to learn use of the audience response system TurningPoint, and to develop questions and supporting instructor content for it is required. Work requires strong analytical abilities and effective organizational and writing skills. In explaining international legal rules, effort must be made to determine and include relevant Dept. of Defense (DoD) and State Dept. views.
A Curriculum Developer performs advanced legal research on international and domestic legal topics relating to the military. Researches relevant historical, social, political, and cultural history and current events. Uses library, internet, professional contacts, and media resources.
A Curriculum Developer is under the guidance, mentoring, and technical oversight of the Senior Curriculum Developer. Work must conform to the written Curriculum Development Guidelines issued by the Senior Curriculum Developer.
A Curriculum Developer will devote most of each year to curriculum development efforts. Once or twice a year, he or she will also direct a 3-week resident course (learning objectives and schedule development, adjunct faculty selection and coordination, assessment, etc.) A Curriculum Developer may be required to also instruct in mobile programs and resident courses, provide advice staff and adjuncts on curriculum content and teaching methods, assist in the setup of DSCA and DIILS conferences/symposiums, and represent DIILS at meetings with DSCA and other DoD entities, Dept. and foreign country personnel.
Some domestic and international travel may be required, possibly to developing countries with limited medical facilities and security concerns. Receiving immunizations and taking medication (such as for malaria) as recommended by the Center for Disease Control may be required.
This vacancy will be filled at the GS-14 level of the General Schedule, which currently has a pay range of $116,240 to $151,115 (which includes a locality adjustment for the Newport, RI area). Pay will be commensurate with qualifications.
To be considered for the GS-14 level, the successful candidate must demonstrate a minimum of four and one half years: effective combination of legal, instructional and military or other unique international experience in developing educational materials and other resource tools on legal topics addressed in DIILS programs; demonstrated ability to conduct significant legal research with expert proficiency in using a variety of sources, including computer-assisted and on-line tools as well as an aptitude for international program building, engagement, and legal training; skills necessary to develop and present educational materials and tools for use in instructing senior and middle grade military and related civilian officials (lawyer and non-lawyer); and, expert proficiency in legal research from academic, legal, and professional sources, including computer assisted research using software and the internet. Skill in effectively explaining to international military and related civilians relevant international norms and related U.S. policies and practices is a positive factor.
Applicants will be evaluated on: (1) the depth, breadth and quality of their relevant, successful legal experience; (2) analytical, oral, and written communication skills; and (3) interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Experience in the areas of practice identified above, and within DoD, is a positive factor.
The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen, has graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be – and remain - an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), be admitted to practice before a state or federal court, and be eligible to obtain and maintain a U.S. Secret security clearance.
This position has been identified as a Testing-Designated position and any individual tentatively selected that does not currently occupy a Testing-Designated position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants should submit a résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed; two recent performance appraisals, if available; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three (3) references who may be contacted. All applicants must provide a complete copy of their law school transcripts including class rank and evidence of active membership in good standing in the bar of a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Acceptable evidence may be a copy of your bar card or letter from the bar. Applicants currently serving on active military duty provide a statement of service; former military personnel provide a copy of the most recently issued Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD 214.
Electronic submission of applications is preferred. Materials should be sent to Mrs. Lisa Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants submitting by U.S. mail or other delivery services are strongly encouraged to consider using expedited services, such as USPS Express Mail. Send applications to:
Defense Institute of International Legal Studies
Attn: Mrs. L. Clay, Executive Assistant
441 Elliot Ave
Newport, RI 02841-1531
Complete applications must be received by midnight, Friday, October 25, 2019 to be considered.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
DIILS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION EMPLOYER
All hiring and advancement at DIILS is based on merit without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or marital status.
DIILS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should inform the individual identified in the personnel notice. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
VETERAN’S PREFERENCE IN HIRING
Applicants eligible for Veterans’ Preference must specifically claim such eligibility in their cover letter, identify the basis for the claim, and include supporting documentation (e.g., DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation) with their submission. Applicants who do not claim and do not provide adequate supporting documentation for Veterans’ Preference will not receive the positive factor consideration.
DoD attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, DoD considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are eligible for veterans’ preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation. Not all veterans are eligible for veterans’ preference. To find out if you are, you may visit the Department of Labor Veterans’ Preference Advisor at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/vetpref/vetspref.htm or the Office of Personnel Management’s Feds Hire Vets site at https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .