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Hiring Organization
Office of Legal Policy (OLP)
Job ID
OLP ATY 22-003
Location:
950 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The mission of the Office of Legal Policy (OLP), located in Washington, DC is to develop and implement the Department's significant policy initiatives, handle special projects that implicate the interests of multiple Department components, coordinate with other interested Department components and other Executive Branch agencies, and serve as the primary policy advisor to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General.  OLP also reviews and coordinates regulations promulgated by the Department and all of its components, assists the Attorney General with responsibilities in vetting candidates for federal judgeships, and coordinates the judicial nomination and confirmation process with the White House and the Senate.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

OLP is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Counsel or Senior Counsel to assist with policy work on a wide range of legal issues relevant to the Department’s work, including efforts to reduce violent crime, protect our national security, prevent and combat discrimination, advance an effective immigration system, and enforce the rule of law, as well as other policy issues as assigned.  Experience with technology-related topics (e.g., unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS; Counter-UAS; Artificial Intelligence; emerging technology such as cyber tools) is preferred but not required.  This position requires significant collaboration with Department components and other agencies on policy, legislation, and regulatory issues.  As needed, this position may also involve assisting in OLP’s work relating to judicial nominations.  Willingness to work on topics outside a specific area of expertise is also expected.

Qualifications

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, have at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience, have strong research and writing skills, and be an active member of the bar of any state (or the District of Columbia). A demonstrated ability to navigate complex issue areas with competing interests and build consensus is a core skill required for the position. Prior experience working on policy or regulatory matters is strongly preferred but not required. Judicial clerkship experience is preferred but not required.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a writing sample, and a resume or OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment) to the following address via e-mail OLPinbox@usdoj.gov (Attn: Counsel or Senior Counsel).

No telephone calls please. Please reference this announcement, OLP ATY 22-003, in your cover letter. This vacancy will be open until June 10, 2022 or until a selection has been made.

Salary

Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level ranging from GS-13 ($106,823 - $183,868) to GS-15 ($148,484 - $176,300) and/or its AD equivalent.

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Limited or No Travel.
Relocation Expenses
None

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  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.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated May 27, 2022