The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal services and guidance to all components of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in matters that arise in the conduct of DEA missions to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.
This position within the Domestic Criminal Law Section provides legal advice and guidance on a broad variety of criminal matters. These matters arise from the Fourth, Fifth and Six Amendments and from drug-related statutes, including investigative methods and techniques, search and seizure, electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation, testimony and expert witnesses, tangible and digital evidence, discovery and disclosure obligations under Giglio, Jencks and Brady, legislative proposals relating to criminal law and procedure, and Federal sentencing guidelines. The position responsibilities also include preparation and presentation of legal training materials and legal review of operational policies and procedures.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience. Applicants must also have 1) experience in criminal law, with Federal prosecutorial experience preferred; 2) excellent academic credentials; 3) strong oral and written communication skills; 4) superior legal research and analytical skills; 5) experience in dealing with complex legal and policy issues; and 6) familiarity with legal issues arising from use of electronic surveillance and other investigative technology and/or the Internet in narcotics investigations. Proficiency in computer-aided legal research and computer word processing is required. Applicants should also meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret Clearance.
Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and identifying position applied for, a legal writing sample and a certificate of good standing from their bar, to:
Headquarters, Drug Enforcement Administration
Office of Chief Counsel
ATTN: Michelle O. Gutzmer
Associate Chief Counsel, Domestic Criminal Law Section (CCM)
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
Applications must be received by March 8, 2019.
Also, you can email your resume to DEA.ChiefCounsel.Resumes@usdoj.gov. No telephone calls please.
Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage and the full-field background investigation and results of the other steps in the process are otherwise favorable.
Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position. All applicants must complete the DEA Drug Questionnaire and submit that Questionnaire with their application package. A copy of the drug questionnaire can be located at http://www.justice.gov/dea/, under "Careers". The link to the questionnaire is located under "Employment Requirements."