Attorney Advisor

Central Office, Office of General Counsel, Employment Law Branch, Washington, DC
Employment Law Satellite Office, 7338 Shoreline Drive
Stockton, CA 95219
United States
About the Office: 

The primary mission of the Employment Law Branch (ELB) is to represent the Agency in labor and employment cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), labor arbitrators, as well as the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).  The attorneys in the Branch provide assistance to attorneys outside of the Bureau.  In civil complaints of employment discrimination, ELB attorneys provide legal assistance to Assistant United States Attorneys in United States District Court and in the United States Court of Federal Claims.  ELB attorneys also provide assistance to DOJ Civil Division attorneys in matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit.  ELB staff review disciplinary letters for technical and legal sufficiency, domestic violence cases, and compressed work schedules.  They provide legal advice to management officials on labor and employment matters. In addition to the staff in Central Office, Washington, DC, ELB has satellite offices in Kansas City, Kansas, Atlanta, Georgia, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Stockton, California.  This vacancy is located in Stockton, California.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

The incumbent will have the responsibility of litigating cases before administrative judges at the MSPB, EEOC, FLRA, as well as other forums.  The incumbent will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the preparation of Federal District Court trials. 
Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level.  The appropriate salary range, including locality pay adjustments is GS-12 ($93,587 to $121,668); GS-13 ($111,286  to $144,676); GS-14 ($131,507 to $170,800); or GS-15 ($154,687 to $170,800).  
Duty Location: Stockton, California


Required qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one (1) year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.  
Preferred qualifications:  Prior experience in labor and employment discrimination and/or general litigation is highly desired.

The possible salary range is GS-12 ($93,587 to $121,668); GS-13 ($111,286 to $144,676); GS-14 ($131,507 to $170,800); or GS-15 ($154,687 to $170,800)
Frequent and extensive travel is required.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, resume, preferred duty location, and a writing sample post marked by February 4, 2020, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Office of General Counsel
Employment Law Branch, Room 254C
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Attention: Chung-Hi Yoder, Associate General Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application packet via e-mail to BOP-OGC/ by July 23, 2019.  Please include in the subject line “ELB Attorney Kansas City Location July 2019". 
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later than February 4, 2020.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated January 23, 2020

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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, 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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