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.
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.
While this vacancy announcement expires on February 16, 2018, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a maximum period of six (6) months 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.
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 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.
Please submit a cover letter highlighting your relevant skills and
experience, a copy of your resume, and a current performance appraisal
U.S. Department of Justice
National Security Division
600 E St., NW 10th Fl
Washington, D.C. 20530
ATTN: Andria Kerney
No telephone calls please.