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Attorney Advisor

Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism
Washington, DC 20530
United States
Reimbursable Detail Opportunity
About the Office: 

While this vacancy announcement expires on August 31, 2017, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of six (6) to twelve (12) months, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment. Applicants should receive the approval of their supervisor before applying. Applicants MUST be current U.S. Federal Government employees and live in the Washington, D.C. area.

This is a reimbursable detail funded by DOJ/OVT.

The National Security Division (NSD) leads the Department’s efforts to prevent and combat terrorism and to protect the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage, and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over FBI national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection.

The Attorney General of the United States established the congressionally mandated Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (DOJ/OVT) in 2005. DOJ/OVT provides support to U.S. victims of overseas terrorism by helping them navigate foreign criminal justice systems and by advocating for their voices to be heard around the world. The office consists of attorneys and professionals with expertise on crime victims’ rights and terrorism issues. We help victims and their families understand foreign criminal justice systems and participate in those systems to the extent permitted by foreign law. We are committed to an efficient and effective continuum of services for U.S. overseas terrorism victims through our partnerships with other U.S. Government agencies and components within the Justice Department.

Job Description: 

The Attorney Advisor for DOJ/OVT is responsible for developing legal research materials to achieve DOJ/OVT’s goals of (1) helping victims navigate foreign criminal justice systems and (2) advocating for victims’ voices to be heard around the world. The Attorney Advisor is responsible for reviewing foreign criminal justice systems where terrorist attacks against Americans have occurred and advising DOJ/OVT with regard to the system and any victims’ rights that may exist in those systems. The Attorney Advisor will assist in designing procedures and programs for victims to receive the rights and services contained in federal law, DOJ guidelines, and foreign law. This detail position is geared toward intensive legal research in conjunction with resources within DOJ, the U.S. government, and other available resources.



Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 2 ½ years post J.D. professional experience to qualify for the GS-14 and 4-5 years of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills, and excellent interpersonal skills. Current Top Secret security clearance preferred. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. DOJ/OVT seeks candidates with international experience, criminal trial and crime victims’ rights experience in victim cases, and computer and internet skills. Applicants must be current Federal employees and must currently reside in the Washington, D.C. area as relocation expenses will not be authorized.

This is a six month to one-year reimbursable detail. Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee's base pay.
Travel will not be required.
Application Process: 

Please submit a cover letter highlighting your relevant skills and experience, a copy of your resume, and a current performance appraisal to:

U.S. Department of Justice

National Security Division


600 E St., NW 10th Floor, Room 10102

Washington, D.C. 20530

ATTN: Andria Kerney





No telephone calls please.


Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 31, 2017

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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 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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