Attorney Advisor

Office of Legal Education (OLE)
Attorney
National Advocacy Center (NAC)
1620 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
United States
17-EOUSA-1988912-MS
About the Office: 

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorney's Office (USAO)/Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #3 out of 19 large agencies and EOUSA/United States Attorneys' Offices ranked #43 out of 320 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2015 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/index.php.

This position is located in the Office of Legal Education (OLE), EOUSA at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) in Columbia, SC. The Office of Legal Education is responsible for the training of attorneys in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Students include Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys and legal staff, legal personnel from other federal, state, local and tribal governments and foreign governments.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/

Job Description: 

If selected for this position, you will serve as an Assistant Director in the Office of Legal Education (OLE), Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), Publications Unit, and also serve as the principal advisor to the Associate Director, OLE on the formulation of policy for the publication of legal periodicals, manuals and materials, and planning, designing, directing, editing, coordinating, controlling and executing of legal publications. Duties include but are not limited to:

· Reviewing and analyzing existing and proposed publications for consistency with OLE, EOUSA, Department of Justice goals, objectives and policies.

· Providing legal expertise for the analysis of complex issues involving new and emerging legal topics.

· Providing guidance on the availability and use of various publications.

· Developing comprehensive guidelines for evaluating the effectiveness of assigned publications.

· Making recommendations for new publications, to include changes in policies, procedures, content, and delivery methods.

· Providing guidance in the development, implementation, and assessment of OLE policies, criteria and guidelines for government-wide legal publications.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications:

- Applicants MUST possess a J.D. Degree and

- Be an active member of the bar* (any jurisdiction).

*You must include your bar membership information in your application package to be considered.

Qualifying Experience:

To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least 5 years post J.D. legal and other relevant experience to qualify.

Qualifying experience is defined as having substantial experience as a legal writer, whether as a part of professional legal duties (e.g., appellate brief writing) or through external legal writing (e.g., writing for a bar journal or other legal publications); experience as a legal researcher and analyst, along with experience as an editor or reviewer of legal writing produced by other individuals; experience in planning and executing medium and long term projects; and experience in working under established deadlines to produce written deliverables.

In addition, applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding office; should possess analytical ability to quickly identify and clearly and accurately articulate critical issues in pending litigation; should be able to demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong legal research skills; should exhibit strong interpersonal skills and good judgment.

United States citizenship is required.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Salary: 
$119,285-$155,073 Per Year
Travel: 
Occasional Travel
Application Process: 
Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 14, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
No
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated August 1, 2017

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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 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 other 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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 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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