Attorney Advisor

Office of General Counsel
90 K. Street N.E. 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The U.S. Parole Commission is a federal agency with paroling authority for Federal and District of Columbia prisoners and parolees. The mission of the U.S. Parole Commission is to promote public safety and strive for justice and fairness in the exercise of its authority to release and revoke offenders under its jurisdiction. The office is located in the northeast section of Washington, DC.

Job Description: 

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel. The office is responsible for providing interpretation of the agency's enabling statutes, drafting and implementing rules and regulations, and assisting the U.S. Attorney's Offices in defending the USPC against lawsuits brought by prisoners and parolees.

The incumbent's major duties are:

-Preparing detailed litigation reports and drafting responses/motions for assistant U.S. Attorneys.

-Assisting in pretrial discovery, witness identification and preparation, pretrial conferences, depositions, and at trial.

-Performing legal research in highly complex areas.

-Advising Commission members and staff on the application of constitutional statutory, and regulatory law and Commission policy statements.

-Serve as the Ethics Official for the Commission by supporting and advising on all Commission’s ethics program.

-Analyzing administrative appeals and making recommendations on the disposition of the appeals.

-Conducting training seminars on the legal aspects of parole and supervised release administration.

-Reviewing and responding to correspondence on legal questions.

This is a term position not to exceed four (4) years. This position may be converted to a permanent appointment without further competition.


Required Qualification: Applicant must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualification: The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent analytical, legal research, oral and written skills; possess experience in litigation or in the capacity of an attorney advisor in a criminal justice, probation, or parole environment; and strong interpersonal skills.

U.S citizenship required.

GS-14: $108,887 - $141,555
Local travel (metropolitan area) is required. Overnight travel less than 10%.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant background), and a writing sample (15 to 20 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have. Please submit applications via e-mail to or via USPS:

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Parole Commission

Attn: Nevi Mendoza, Administrative Assistant

90 K Street N.E. 3rd Floor

Washington, DC 20530

Applications must be postmarked no later than the closing date of this announcement (applications submitted by e-mail must be received by midnight Eastern Standard time on the closing date of this announcement).

This announcement will be advertised for 15 days from December 7, 2016 to December 22, 2016.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Number of Positions: 
Updated December 7, 2016

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Department Policies

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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, 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, 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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