The Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is a mission-driven office that sets policy and advises DOJ officials at the highest levels on issues affecting attorney and law student personnel. With over 11,000 attorneys employed at DOJ and roughly 3,000 law student interns hired each year, OARM serves as the primary resource both within and outside the Department on policy related to law student and attorney employment, including appointments, suitability determinations, recruitment, outreach and inclusion, and separation.
OARM is a small, collegial, and customer-focused team that is looking for an Attorney Advisor with the ability to manage a heavy caseload and competing priorities.
Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities. We welcome candidates who appreciate a cooperative, friendly work environment to apply.
This position is located in Washington, D.C. and the office is conveniently located near three metro stations: Judiciary Square, Gallery Place, and Navy Archives.
The Attorney Advisor will work under the guidance and direction of the Deputy Director for Operations and will work closely with other attorneys and human resources coordinators. The Attorney Advisor will review requests for initial attorney and law student appointments, and attorney background investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in order to make determinations regarding suitability for employment with DOJ. The incumbent will also develop and implement DOJ policy regarding attorney personnel matters, and research and write decisions in attorney discipline matters.
The Attorney Advisor will review sensitive information and make recommendations that often carry significant impact. This requires a high level of integrity, professionalism and discretion.
The Attorney Advisor will:
- Provide advice and guidance to Department officials within the components, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and at the highest levels of the Department on attorney and law student suitability and policy affecting attorney and law student personnel;
- Answer questions related to the background investigation and suitability review process from both internal and external Department constituents;
- Prepare memoranda on personnel-related legal issues;
- Review existing policies for compliance with statutes and regulations, make recommendations to management, and draft new policy;
- Represent the office at meetings and make presentations; and
- Be an idea generator and perform other duties as assigned.
We welcome candidates who possess the skills to execute a wide range of projects and who can develop creative approaches to issues. An ideal candidate will have a proven record of excellent judgment, the willingness to solve problems and be collaborative, and demonstrate maturity, discretion, diplomacy, and adaptability in approaching their work. Strong communication and writing skills are also critical to the position. A good fit for the role will be someone who relishes opportunities to take initiative and develop new ways to solve problems.
Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. The ideal candidate will have 2-5 years of experience.
The successful candidate must be a team player and have excellent judgment, attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, and solid organizational skills. The incumbent must also have the ability to make well-reasoned decisions in short time frames consistent with Department policy and precedent, be an excellent communicator both orally and in writing, provide exceptional customer service, and be capable of handling multiple matters at one time. The nature of the work requires the ability to take initiative, collaborate, and work independently as needed when managing the workload. Experience with decisional writing and knowledge of federal employment law is a plus.
Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter that discusses their interest in the position, and addresses the characteristics and qualifications they believe would make them a good match for the position. Application materials should be submitted via email to Eleanor Carpenter, Deputy Director, at OARMposition@usdoj.gov. Applications for this position must be received by April 6, 2018.
Questions about the position should be directed to Rena Cervoni, Deputy Director, at Rena.J.Cervoni@usdoj.gov.