The Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) is recruiting for a supervisory attorney-adviser position 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 Institution Capacity Building (ICB) initiatives, 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.
The individual selected serves in the capacity of senior Supervisory Attorney-Adviser, and when required, serves as Acting Director which reports to the Principal Director (PD), Building Partner Capacity (BPC), DSCA (Senior Executive Service) position regarding all areas of responsibility under the cognizance of DIILS. Provides the Director (a senior (0-6) uniformed military JAG officer) and subordinate attorneys (both civilian and military) with prudent advice and direction; but also to serve as a high level point of continuity, experienced personnel supervisor/manager, and key leader within the command.
This individual reviews, drafts and edits legal opinions, memoranda, and confidential guidance of all aspects of DSCA ICB and international law. These opinions, memoranda, and guidance involve complex strategic and legal issues requiring precise interpretation of Federal law, including Title 10 and Title 22 U.S. Code (U.S.C), as well as international law and agreements; interprets international agreements on a broad range of issues, including Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), Human Rights (HR), operational law (OPLAW) etc.; formulates legal theory and policy to meet requirements imposed by specific situations as it relates to the preparation of domestic/international legislation. Documents to be reviewed are created internally (DIILS, DSCA, ISG) and externally Combatant Command (CCMD), Department of State (DoS), Service Schools). Review and editing are essential to ensuring DSCA and DIILS strategic goals are met and legally sufficient.
Serves as special representative or chief negotiator in meetings and negotiations with foreign government officials concerning international agreements and other matters of interest to DIILS; ensures concluded agreements are presented to other U.S. Government activities and Congress and are appropriately stored and maintained for future reference; applies working knowledge of substantive and procedural law pertaining to international agreements, including the international law of treaties, the status of treaties and other international agreements under U.S. constitutional law, statutory law, and executive branch regulations and policies, to the review and drafting of agreements, memoranda and policies.
Provides timely strategic and legal advice to the command, the interagency, and foreign partners on DSCA ICB, Human Rights, and Resident Program initiatives to include long range finance, operational, and human resources support. Attends planning conferences and liaises with other attorneys and staff within the interagency, state and local organizations, federal agencies, and international fora. Performs thorough legal research on a wide variety of complex and novel legal issues requiring detailed investigation and analysis of Federal statutes, judicial and Comptroller General opinions, and DoD and Service regulations. Serves as subject matter expert (SME), along with the DIILS Strategist, DIILS Operations Officer, DIILS Human Rights Program Manager, and DIILS Resident Program Director on matters of DSCA legal strategic initiatives and international law and acts for Director DIILS on committees concerned with the preparation of strategic and legal policy. Consults and coordinates formally and informally with Directors (DIILS and BPC DSCA); DIILS executive leadership; Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD (Policy); U.S. Embassy (USEMB) staffs worldwide; CCMD Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), etc., as necessary. Incumbent plans and executes DSCA ICB and international legal engagement by providing review and advice with regard to myriad topics ranging from DSCA ICB planning, Human Rights programs, and Resident Programs to curricular and andragogic facets of strategic legal engagement and facilitating adult learning in the international context.
Commonly interfaces with other attorneys in the legal offices at the Services, the Joint Staff (JS), the other CCMD, the Defense Agencies, and OSD on issues under incumbent’s areas of responsibility. Accomplishing this goal requires effective liaison with senior civilians and with senior military personnel through the grade of General/Admiral. Directly interfaces with major staff divisions and flag-level officers in resolving issues associated with Command missions. Has frequent contacts with high-ranking officials and military and civilian representatives of other U.S. and foreign governmental agencies.
This individual represents DIILS in various capacities from strategic planner to senior U.S. official across the Services, at interagency meetings, international and operational law conferences across all CCMD Areas of Responsibility (AORs), House/Senate Armed Services (HASC/SASC), Government Affairs, Intelligence, and Foreign Relations committees’ staff briefings, and other legal engagement related activities worldwide. Develops and communicates policy on matters related to administration and management, personnel, curriculum, engagement priorities, and related matters.
Writes official DIILS command positions on DoD and Joint Staff actions circulated for DIILS coordination, comment or action. Provides supervision, guidance, and mentoring for the subordinate attorneys in the command to ensure their international engagement work meets high standards for quality, accuracy, professionalism, and effectiveness. DIILS policy positions can impact DoD, DoS, and inter-agency decision making. Reviews written products including curricular engagement material, trip reports, correspondence, outreach products and other documents to ensure they are timely, well researched, legally sound, consistent with U.S. policy, thorough and responsive to the needs of our engagement partner nations, USEMB staffs, CCMD staffs, etc.
Develops internal vision, goals, strategic engagement plans, and standards for the command; provides continuity in implementing these goals and plans, and seeing them through to completion. Ensures the necessary personnel and materiel resources, equipment, and facilities are obtained in a timely manner to carry out day-to-day assignments and future plans and projects. Serves as the motivating force within the command to ensure all requirements are satisfied and that the work produced meets the highest possible standards of timeliness, accuracy, effectiveness and clarity.
Manages the review of budgets, working closely with the DIILS Chief Financial Officer and DSCA DBO, to ensure funding for all DIILS programs, facilities, and civilian pay are meeting the strategic intent of DSCA guidance. Manages competing interests for limited funds within the DIILS organization to ensure the most efficient use of financial resources.
This individual acts as one of four principal DIILS attorneys in charge of recommending the policies and developing the procedures and regulations implementing new or amended legislation for DSCA BPC Principal Director, OSD (Policy), Service TJAG offices and detailers, DoD Office of General Counsel (OGC), NETSAFA, and all other stakeholders. Is responsible for insuring that these policies, procedures, and regulations are consistent with the intent of the law and are administratively sound, efficient, and economical in operation. In developing the details of operations considers the needs, desires, and attitudes of DoD administrators, OGC, TJAGs, and other stakeholders who may be affected by the new or revised program.
Leads, supervises, and mentors military and civilian attorneys with a robust international engagement mission. Manages, supervises and mentors civilian support staff with varying degrees of delegated authority. Directly interfaces with senior staff and officials throughout DoD, the U.S. Interagency, and globally with U.S. and foreign representatives. Foreign representatives would include but not limited to foreign Ministers of Defense, Ministers of Interior, Ministers of Justice, and other high ranking Foreign Dignitaries.
Oversees the selection, delegates, and supervises the orientation, organization, and training of new military members based upon detailed familiarity of DoD professional, fitness and behavioral standards. Ensures uniformed military personnel adhere to the applicable military service and other federal standards.
This individual manages a staff of professional employees. Plans the work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Develops/implements performance standards for assigned employees and assigns work based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty and requirements of various assignments, and the capabilities of the assigned staff. The incumbent evaluates work performed by assigned employees. The incumbent gives advice, counsel, and instruction to employees about both work and administrative matters. Interviews candidates for available positions and recommends appointments, promotions, or reassignments. Hears/resolves complaints from employees and refers group grievances or more serious complaints to his/her supervisor/manager for final resolution. The incumbent makes decisions about disciplinary actions, such as warnings and reprimands. Identifies developmental/training needs of employees and provides or arranges for needed training. The incumbent finds ways to improve production/operations. Ensures compliance with and commitment to equal employment opportunity (EEO) principles.
This individual must possess subject matter expert knowledge in Title 10 and Title 22 U.S.C.; Defense SC including security assistance and related legislation, policies, and practices; policy program guidance, principles, and techniques related to the legislative process; and diplomatic and political considerations in managing complex operations involving international engagement issues. The incumbent must have a minimum of 3 years Defense SC experience in a senior leader/advisor position. The incumbent must be able to analyze competing policy and management issues, conceptualize innovative solutions, reconciles diverse viewpoints, and articulate problems and proposals, both orally and in writing, in a concise, accurate, and professional manner. This knowledge allows the incumbent to either serve as or supervise the primary DIILS staff representative to DSCA on all related matters requiring command input or coordination.
Must possess social, oral and writing skills necessary to meet, converse and correspond with others easily and must possess the unique cultural awareness, tact and good judgment that allows for extensive and positive interface with senior as well as junior international officials and military personnel.
Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
This vacancy will be filled at the GS-15 level of the General Schedule, which currently has a pay range of $141,202 to $170,800 (which includes a locality adjustment for the Newport, RI area). Pay will be commensurate with qualifications.
To be considered for the GS-15 level, the successful candidate must have at a minimum 3 years of experience working within Defense SC environment at a senior level. A Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law, Military Law, National Security Law, or similarly relevant legal field to the DIILS international engagement mission is preferred. Prior military experience and some practice of international law is desired, preferably in a joint military environment at a senior level allowing for prior experience in supervising joint military and civilian staff (e.g., CCMD Staff Judge Advocate office, joint staff legal office, etc.).
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.
The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen, be a fully qualified attorney who has active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia and be permitted to engage in the active practice of law, 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 email@example.com. 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, March 27, 2020 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 .