The Justice Management Division (JMD) is the administrative arm of the Department of Justice, headed by the Assistant Attorney General for Administration (AAG/A). The JMD Office of General Counsel (OGC) functions as "in-house" counsel to the AAG/A, managers of 20 JMD staffs, and senior Department leadership on a wide variety of matters relating to the organization, management and administration of the Department. See 28 C.F.R. §§ 0.75-0.77. OGC attorneys advise JMD and Department management in areas such as appropriations, budget and financial management, agency organizational management, personnel, information resource and records management, access to government records (FOIA and Privacy Act), security, contracting, procurement, and delegations of authority. OGC attorneys also litigate in administrative forums and assist litigating divisions and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices (USAOs) when JMD matters are in the federal courts.
This position reports to the Deputy General Counsel. However, the incumbent also has significant collaborative interaction with the General Counsel and attorney colleagues in the office. The work of the attorney selected for this position involves research, review, and analysis of relevant administrative and judicial decisions and other applicable authorities to provide legal advice or opinions to constituent clients to assist them to formulate administrative policy or to make difficult management decisions; providing written advice on the legal ramifications of new or proposed regulations; and reviewing agency policies and procedures to ensure legal compliance, recommending changes, as necessary. The attorney chosen for this position may have opportunities to conduct or be involved in administrative litigation, including representing JMD in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office, contract disputes at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, employment discrimination matters at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, personnel and whistleblower matters at the Merit Systems Protection Board, and, as appropriate, to assist litigating divisions and USAOs when JMD matters are in the federal courts. The selectee will have opportunities to advise contracting personnel on an on-going basis about Department procurements. The selectee may also have opportunities for involvement in cooperative work with attorneys and executives of other components and agencies regarding matters, initiatives, or projects of mutual concern or interagency responsibility, including working closely with the Office of Inspector General with regard to debarments and suspensions.
Experience in government contracts, as well as OGC’s other practice areas, is preferred. The Office is interested in candidates with demonstrated ability to efficiently and thoroughly research and incisively analyze a wide variety of complex issues; to express themselves clearly and persuasively in oral and written presentations; to exercise sound judgment; to manage a workload consisting of a number of varied projects, without specific guidelines and often with short deadlines; and to contribute to and work in a collaborative environment.
Applicants must be United States citizens, have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing of the bar of any state (or the District of Columbia), and have no less than three years of post-J.D. legal experience to qualify for the position at the GS-14 level and no less than four years post-J.D. legal experience to qualify for the position at the GS-15 level.
To apply, interested individuals must submit an application packet including a cover letter (highlighting the applicant's interest in the position and detailing how the applicant meets the qualifications), resume, list of references, a brief writing sample or part of a longer writing sample (not exceeding 10 pages) which is exclusively or primarily the applicant's work and includes legal analysis, and the applicant's contact information. Applications should be sent to the attention of Michelle M. Allen, Staff Assistant, Office of General Counsel, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Send by mail to: 145 N Street, NE, Suite 8E.500, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001; by e-mail to: Michelle.M.Allen@usdoj.gov; or by fax to: (202) 514-4317. No phone calls please.