Attorney Advisor

Federal Medical Center, Devens, Massachusetts
Attorney
Federal Medical Center, 36 Independence Drive
Ayer, MA 01432
United States
About the Office: 

The legal practice at the Consolidated Legal Center (CLC) covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels and includes such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement, medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, and discipline. Incumbent works closely with medical staff and the U.S. Attorney's Office in dealing with mental health issues under 18 U.S.C. §§s 4241 - 4247.

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.
Job Description: 

The position includes the management of a legal office that oversees the legal operations associated with four correctional institutions: Federal Medical Center, Devens, Massachusetts; Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury, Connecticut; Federal Correctional Institution, Ray Brook, New York; and the Federal Correctional Institution, Berlin, New Hampshire. The incumbent will be involved in preparing litigation reports and pleadings in various litigation filed against staff and the United States as well as handle the adjudication of administrative tort claims. The incumbent will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff, including members of the Executive staff. The position requires frequent professional communication with defense attorneys, prosecutors, federal courts and agency officials. The incumbent will need to develop a thorough knowledge of all aspects of BOP policy and practice as he/she may be required to appear in District Court on short notice to explain and advocate the agency's rationale for its correctional management decisions.

Incumbent is responsible for both independently preparing, and for assisting others in the preparing of litigation responses, and in providing on-going subject matter expertise in trials where suits are filed against the institutions. Must have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret legal pleadings and to prepare thorough, legally sufficient responses for filing in courts or administrative boards in defense of the institution operation. Incumbent must be able to take both standard and unique legal issues and to determine appropriate legal strategies, for the purpose of litigation and for drafting responses to pleadings without direct or immediate supervision. Must have the ability to conduct legal research, utilizing Westlaw or equivalent computer-based systems, without direct or immediate supervision.

This is a primary law enforcement position. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, the maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons correctional institution. The duties of this position may at times require frequent and direct contact with individuals in confinement who are suspected or convicted of serious criminal offenses. It has also been determined that the duties of this position require experience and knowledge of the on-the-job responsibilities of a primary law enforcement officer working in a detention facility. A prerequisite requirement of this position is the completion of "Institution Familiarization" and the satisfactory completion of a mandatory course in "Introduction to Correctional Techniques."

Because of the nature and mission of this position, it requires "hands-on" understanding of the operating problems encompassed in working within an institution. The incumbent may be called on to perform as a law enforcement officer in a correctional environment during training, emergency situations, times of staff shortages and under any other type of correctional operating crisis. Specific correctional responsibilities may include custody and supervision of inmates, responding to emergencies and institution disturbances, participating in fog and escape patrols, and assuming correctional officer posts when necessary. The incumbent may be required to shakedown inmates and conduct visual searches in their work or living area for contraband. The incumbent must be prepared to use physical control in situations where necessary, such as in fights among inmates, assaults on staff and riots or escape attempts.

Qualifications: 

Required qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred qualifications: Prior experience in correctional law is highly desired, though not required. Prior supervisory experience is preferred.

Salary: 
The salary range, including locality pay adjustments, is GS-14 ($116,240 to $151,115), or GS-15 ($136,729 to $166,500).
Travel: 
Minimal travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a writing sample by May 2, 2019, to:

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Northeast Regional Office
United States Customs House-7th Floor
2nd & Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19106
Attention: Darrin Howard, Regional Counsel

It is preferred that you submit your application packet via e-mail to d3howard@bop.gov.

No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled but no later than May 2, 2019.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated April 18, 2019

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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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