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EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY / GS-905-14/15
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
CRIMINAL DIVISION
OFFICE OF OVERSEAS PROSECUTORIAL DEVELOPMENT
ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING
INTERMITTENT LEGAL ADVISOR IN CROATIA
12-CR-OPDAT-079


The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks an experienced Assistant United States Attorney or Department of Justice Trial Attorney to serve as an Intermittent Legal Advisor (ILA) in Zagreb, Croatia, beginning in the 4th quarter of Calendar Year 2012 or early in Calendar Year 2013. This assignment is for a term of 6 months with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. This position is a reimbursable detail. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case by case basis and will require an agreement between the gaining and losing components.

About the Office: The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administered in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat terrorism, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime, such as the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery, as well as other forms of conventional proliferation in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate regionally and with theUnited States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat/.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The ILA will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of a regional assistance program designed to strengthen justice sector institutions and develop the capacity of justice sector personnel throughout the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). The ILA will seek to build upon and provide regional focus to the work of OPDAT Western Balkans justice sector assistance programs, with particular emphasis upon combating organized crime, public corruption and financial crime. The ILA will work closely US Embassies and DOJ's Resident Legal Advisors in the Western Balkans; with other US and international justice sector donors; with Western Balkan justice sector and other government officials; and with representatives of NGOs and civil society. Specific activities may include efforts to improve police-prosecutor cooperation; training and exchange of best practices to improve practical implementation of special investigative measures, asset forfeiture, and plea bargaining; and enhancement of legal reasoning and writing skills.

Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must be an experienced Assistant United States Attorney or Department of Justice Trial Attorney. Applicants must also possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States or the District of Columbia, and have at least four years of post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction).

Preferred Qualifications: It is preferred that the candidate possess, extensive practical work experience involving organized crime, public corruption and financial crime cases; prior justice sector developmental experience, preferably in the Western Balkans; experience managing Department of State-funded assistance programs; and excellent interpersonal and coordination skills.

Travel: Travel within the region will be required.

Salary Information: Current salary and years of litigation experience will determine the appropriate salary at the time of appointment. Compensation will be at either the General Schedule (GS)-14 or GS-15 level. The exact salaries within these GS levels vary based on many factors including duty location and type of appointment. The Washington, D.C. salary ranges for these levels during 2012 are: GS-14: $105,211 - $136,771 per annum; GS-15: $123,758 - $155,500 per annum. Base salary table and locality pay tables for all U.S. locations during 2012 can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/indexGS.asp.

The ILA will receive appropriatePost salary differentials and allowances.

Please note: If the position is filled by detail there is no change to base pay.

Location: This position will be located in Zagreb, Croatia.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

Submission Process: Interested applicants must submit a detailed resume (highlighting relevant experience), cover letter and a current performance appraisal, if applicable to: Laurel Glenn, Administrative Officer, at laurel.glenn@usdoj.gov.

Emailed submissions are preferred but applications may also be submitted to:

Laurel Glenn
Administrative Officer
Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development
Assistance and Training (OPDAT)
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division
1331 F Street, NW, Fourth Floor
Washington, D.C. 20004

Deadline Date: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

Internet Sites: For information about the Criminal Division, see: www.usdoj.gov/criminal/index.html

For other attorney vacancy announcements, see: www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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