This announcement is open until filled.
The first cut-off date for review of applications will be February 23, 2018. Applications received by the initial cut-off date, 2/23/2018, will receive first employment consideration. After the initial cut-off date, if necessary, applications will be reviewed every 30 days until the closing date of February 21, 2019.
The United States Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Assistant Counsel (GS 14/15) in Washington, D.C.
OPR was created in 1975 in response to revelations of ethical abuses and misconduct by Justice Department officials in the Watergate scandal. OPR conducts investigations of allegations of misconduct by Department attorneys and law enforcement personnel that relate to the exercise of an attorney's authority to investigate, litigate or provide legal advice. Matters investigated by OPR include allegations that Department attorneys have violated or disregarded obligations and standards of conduct imposed by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and applicable state bar rules.
In their investigations, Assistant Counsels confront a wide range of legal and ethical issues arising in connection with the Department's legal activities around the country. Investigations include extremely sensitive matters and frequently require contact with senior officials in U.S. Attorneys' Offices and litigating divisions of the Department. OPR reports its investigative findings and conclusions to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General and identifies for their consideration issues relating to Department policies, practices and procedures.
This announcement may be used to fill future OPR vacancies.
The incumbent of this position will:
- review and analyze allegations of misconduct to determine whether they are within OPR's jurisdiction, and, if so, develop an investigative plan delineating the scope and direction of the investigation;
- conduct a thorough investigation of the allegations, including reviewing all relevant documents and interviewing witnesses;
- conduct necessary legal research and prepare a thorough memorandum or report of investigation addressing the allegations and setting forth OPR's findings and conclusions as to whether the subject of the investigation engaged in professional misconduct; and
- conduct special projects or assignments as assigned by the Counsel.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing in any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 3 years post J.D. experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; independently performing legal analysis; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); trial experience as a prosecutor or defender at the Federal, State, or Local level; analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.
Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials as well as exceptional writing and oral communication skills. Applicants must also possess the legal skills and sound judgment necessary to evaluate the sensitive issues that arise in the course of attorney misconduct investigations. The individuals selected for these positions are required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance as a condition of employment.
Preferred qualifications: A knowledge of, and familiarity with the rules and obligations imposed on prosecutors and other government attorneys by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and applicable state bar rules is preferred but not required.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.
To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have five years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include preparing court documents, presentations, and other written material involving or addressing unique and/or difficult issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting complex civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing complex cases for legal sufficiency; and providing expert, specialized advice and consultation.
Interested candidates should submit:
1) a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience),
2) a resume or Optional Form 612 (OF-612 Application for Federal Employment),
3) an unofficial law school transcript,
4) a professional legal writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages),
5) an official certificate showing that the applicant is an active member in good standing of a state bar,
6) a performance appraisal (if a current federal employee) issued within the last 12 months, or if none exists, a statement to that effect, and
7) a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if a current federal employee).
The application materials are required to be submitted electronically as a pdf file by all applicants including attorneys currently appointed to positions in the Department of Justice and emailed to OPR.Applications@usdoj.gov. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please reference announcement OPR ATY 18-001 in the e-mail subject line and in your cover letter.
No telephone calls please.
For more information about OPR, please visit our Web page at: https://www.justice.gov/opr
Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates from this announcement if another position becomes available within one year after the closing date of this announcement.
The first cut-off is February 23, 2018 and monthly thereafter until the vacancy is filled.