Army National Guard Units (Title 32) Attorney-Advisor (General) in Topeka, Kansas

Army National Guard Units (Title 32)
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Topeka, KS
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

A respected and honored agency unmatched in providing emergency response, recovery, safety and security to the people of Kansas and our nation, anytime, anywhere and under any conditions.


NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: *This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military skill in the Kansas National Guard and wear of the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently enlisted in the Kansas National Guard must be eligible for immediate enlistment or appointment. For enlistment/appointment, contact 1-800-GO-GUARD (1-800-464-8273 for Army) or 1-800-TO-GO-ANG (1-800-864-6264 for Air Force). *

POSITION LOCATION: * Joint Forces Headquarters, Topeka, Kansas*

*This position is in the excepted federal civil service "under the authority of 32 U.S.C. 709."*


  • CMSgt Sherry Willard (785) 646-1810 DSN: 720-8810
  • MSgt Kathy Thornton (785) 646-1053 DSN: 720-8053
  • SSgt Diane Collins (785) 646-1184 DSN: 720-8184


  • Army AGR personnel are not eligible to apply as AGR

PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS):PCS is not authorized based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the government's best interest.

BONUS/INCENTIVE PROGRAM:Individuals on bonuses and/or incentives may be subject to recoupment. Contact your education office (Army) or retention office manager (Air Force), for further information.

GRADE/RANK INVERSION: Grade and/or rank inversion is strictly prohibited.


This position is located in the Joint Force Headquarters – State, Personal Staff, providing full-time professional legal support to the State Adjutant General, staff elements and subordinate units of the Army and Air National Guard of the State, as well as to the USPFO for the State. Responsible for the effective management and accomplishment of the day to day legal workload necessary to provide legal services and support to the Adjutant General, staff elements of both the Army and Air National Guard and subordinate units, as well as the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for the State and his staff. Provides professional legal advice and opinions, both written and oral, on issues arising from federal laws and regulations or concerning the federal mission of the National Guard. Serves as litigation point of contact for the State. Prepares litigation reports, briefs, pleadings and other papers associated with civil litigation involving the National Guard. Upon designation by the U.S. Department of Justice, or, in appropriate cases, when designated by the Office of Legal Adviser, National Guard Bureau, may appear as counsel for the National Guard or National Guard officials or employees in civil litigation. Acts as the State Adjutant General's representative in third-party proceedings under the Federal Labor-Management Relations Statute. Reviews technician collective bargaining agreements for legal sufficiency. Upon designation by the State Adjutant General, may participate in collective bargaining as a member of the management negotiating team. Serves as claims officer for the State. Prepares claims reports for the processing of claims by the appropriate claims office. Upon designation by the State Adjutant General, participates as Staff Judge Advocate to the Convening Authority in State National Guard courts-martial and as legal adviser or counsel in administrative board proceedings. Reviews Reports of Survey, Line of Duty determinations and similar administrative proceedings for legal sufficiency. Reviews contracts, procurement actions and real property matters involving federal funds for legal sufficiency. Upon designation by the State Adjutant General, participates in negotiations involving contracts, acquisitions, and real property matters. Drafts contracts, agreements and real property documents. Prepares and presents legal training for judge advocates and for other personnel as required. Acts as legal assistance officer for members of the National Guard of the State by providing the following: Domestic relations. Advises on legal and practical meaning and effects of divorce, legal separations, annulment, custody. Refers to appropriate agencies as necessary. Wills and estates. Provides legal advice and counseling on wills and estates. Drafts and executes wills and codicils. Advises on estate planning to include minor tax considerations and non-trusts under applicable state statues, or refers to private attorneys as necessary. Nonsupport and indebtedness. Advises and counsels on effect and procedures, to include garnishment rules, repossession procedures, default judgments, adverse personnel actions. Refers to appropriate agencies as necessary. Landlord-Tenant relations and customer affairs. Advises and counsels on tenant's rights; eviction procedures; the legal effect and meaning of leases, offers to purchase, sales contracts and customer's rights in dealing with merchants and lenders; credit reporting agencies; etc. Prepares correspondence and legal instruments. Provides advice on rights accorded by Service members' Civil Relief Act and other statutory provisions. General. Prepares complex powers of attorney and other instruments, advises on immigration/naturalization procedures, insurance matters, general contracts, personal property law. Provides for client referrals to private attorneys as appropriate. Coordinates activities with part-time judge advocates to insure effective utilization of part-time JAG officers. Performs other professional legal and military duties as required. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: Incumbent functions under the general supervision of the State Adjutant General and under the oversight, with respect to matters of professional responsibility of the Legal Adviser, National Guard Bureau. Receives general policy guidance from the Senior Staff Judge Advocate of the State and specific guidance from the HQ staff of both the Army and Air National Guard in matters peculiar to their organizations. Utilizes applicable statutes, regulations, and directives as guidance in the performance of assigned duties and in counsel given to the State Adjutant General, his staff and subordinate units. Accomplishes professional legal duties independently in accordance with policies established by the State Adjutant General. Is responsible for exercising sound judgment and initiative in making decisions and providing counsel to assure the discharge of all assigned responsibilities.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • As needed/required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a current US citizen
  • Under 5 USC 2108 & 5 CFR 211, veterans preference criteria does not apply
  • Kansas adheres to all Equal Employment Opportunity laws


Basic Qualifications: *To qualify, *your resume must indicate competencies, experiences, completed education, learned skills, obtained knowledge, endorsed abilities, and training program accomplishments. The following six basic qualification competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Behaviors) are required to successfully meet the basic qualification factors within an applicable career level in the Series GS-0905, Attorney-Adviser program positions:

  • Skilled in collecting and analyzing data effectively, efficiently, and accurately;
  • Knowledgeable of military and civilian laws, directives, regulations, policies, and procedures;
  • Ability to clearly enunciate English without impediment of speech that would interfere or prohibit effective communications;
  • Skilled interpersonal communications, empathy, and effective listening;
  • Ability to write English in reports and presentation formats;
  • Ability to communicate -orally and in writing- clearly and effectively;
  • Ability to organize thoughts, research materials, and manage case projects; and
  • Skilled in comprehending and interpreting directives and laws.

Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, your resume must indicate at least 12 months work experiences as a professional Attorney Advisor that includes knowledgeable of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard mission requirements; competence in providing legal interpretation and guidance to managers and senior leaders on United States Code Title 32 § 709, National Guard Program; the ability to recognize and identify complex constitutional, state-federal, and military-civilian jurisidictional issues frequently associated with the organization and administration of the Title 32 National Guard, and articulate them in the appropriate forum or context; competence in providing legal interpretation and guidance to managers and senior leaders on 10 United States Code, and the state equivalent to the federal Uniform Code of Military Justice; experienced in researching and providing legal advice in all functional areas of Administrative, Labor, Medical and Physical Disability, and Ethics Law; experienced in developing and providing solutions to conflicting or contradictory DoD regulations, directives, and policies, and other NGB or state legal guidance; experience in addressing Federal Labor Management relations and skilled as a participating collective bargaining member of the management negotiating team; skill as the subject-matter expert in the complex and constantly evolving area of Medical and Physical Disability and Domestics Operations Law; experience in addressing and resolving complex and difficult legal case problems, legal questions, or issues involved in the drafting of interpretation or application of legislation, regulations, contracts, decisions, or opinions requiring a solution; experience in preparing memoranda of reports that outlined and analyzed the factual and legal issue; and experience involved in preparing legal documents or advisory opinions, participated in contract negations, and examined documents for legal sufficiency.


Army National Guard Officers: For entry into the Arnt National Guard JAG Corps/ Attorney-Adviser, it is mandatoryto have a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree in law issued by an an ABA- accredited law school; and, must be admitted to practice law in the highest court of any U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia.

Air National Guard Officers: For entry into the Air National Guard JAG Corps/Attorney-Adviser, it is mandatory to have a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree in law issued by an ABA-accredited law school; and, must be admitted to practice law in the highest court of any U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia


Selected applicant must meet the following security requirement option: * 2*

  1. Applicant must successfully pass a National Agency Check (NAC).
  2. Applicant must successfully obtain/maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
  3. Applicant must successfully obtain/maintain a Top Secret Clearance.
  4. Applicant must successfully obtain/maintain a Top Secret Clearance/SCI.

RANK/GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Open to military ranks/grades of O-1 through O-3.


*Assignment to a compatible military position is NOT required for application, but required for appointment.


This position is for the following categories: 3

  1. Enlisted 2. Warrant Officer 3. Officer 4. Non-Dual Status

This position is: * 2*

  1. Supervisory position 2. Non-Supervisory position


  1. Permanent 2. Indefinite/Reimbursable 3. Indefinite NTE Deployment + 30 days 4. Indefinte NTE 30 SEP 2017 5. Temporary
Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is submitted, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After HRO reviews your application, if you are found qualified, your application will be forwarded to the selecting supervisor who will, in turn, contact you to schedule an interview. If you are found not qualified, you will receive an email indicating your non-qualification.


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Other Information
  • Selecting Supervisor: * Major Paul Cope, 785-274-1027*
  • Must submit A Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree in Law issued by an ABA-accredited law school
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas or eligible to become licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas
  • Must submit a resume that clearly outlines experience, education, and/or training listed under Basic Qualification Factors and Specialized Experience in this announcement
  • Additional Qualification Requirements: Selecting supervisor is responsible for ensuring selected applicant meets all compatibility and Other Qualification Requirements listed in the 23 October 15 NGB Excepted Services Qualification Standard Series GS-0905 for the Attorney-Advisor (General) position prior to appointment.

Salary Range: $71,099.00 to $92,429.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0905-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to all current members of the Kansas Air and Army National Guard and current or prior service military members who are eligible to become members of the Kansas National Guard

Control Number: 453314800

Job Announcement Number: KSAR-1816271-16