This position is a Senior Attorney in the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs (PGA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Justice (DOJ). The Senior Attorney is assigned to PGA’s Legislative Affairs Division (LAD) and primarily provides legal advice on pending legislation and congressional activities relating to ATF’s jurisdiction.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
Supports the Legislative Affairs Division’s work in developing and implementing its program to manage relationships and handle information exchange between Congress and ATF related to ATF’s appropriations and operations.
Prepares guidance and presents briefings on ATF programs and initiatives to members of Congress, their staff, and Department and ATF executives. Such presentations may involve highly sensitive, controversial, complex, and critical issues, which have a nationwide impact.
Prepares responsive comments, reports, statistical materials, and other information that provides accurate and logical justification on ATF’s/DOJ’s views and goals. Monitors relevant legislation to know when specific items will be appearing on the Congressional agenda.
Plans meetings, conferences, and seminars for the Chief, LAD, and other ATF and Departmental officials with Congressional representatives for the purpose of establishing ATF’s position on ATF’s budget, operations, and areas of mutual Congressional interest.
Provide guidance to Special Agents in Charge and Public Information Officers, who are preparing to meet with congressional staff in their State or district offices.
Serves as a technical advisor to the ATF managers and Departmental officials on all legislative matters that may have an impact on ATF’s appropriations.
To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have at least six years of specialized experience as a practicing attorney.
Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience required for this position is legal experience in excess of six years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Specialized experience for this position includes:
- Expertise in subject matter areas of particular value to ATF and has a thorough understanding of duties and responsibilities handled by the Field Operations and Information Division and Public and Governmental Affairs directorate.
- Demonstration of original thinking, mature judgment, and sound reasoning are continually required as new problems of law, policy and procedures are presented for solution.
- Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice on the Federal legislative process, Congressional/Committee rules and procedures, appropriations procedures, and related statutes and regulations.
- Demonstrated mastery of communication principles, practices, techniques, analytical methods, and interpersonal relations to function as a technical authority and perform appropriations and other liaison activities with Congress.
The GS-15 salary range starts at $128,078.00. If you are a new federal (civil service) employee, your starting salary will be set at the Step 1 for this position.
This job is filled through a 3-step on-line application process.
STEP ONE - (Online Resume - USAJOBS) You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to CareerConnector when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement.
STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions USAJobs) In USAJobs, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the USAJob questions will become your application package.
STEP THREE - (Supporting Documentation) You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways:
(l) Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.
(2) You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online". Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select "Upload" in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. DD-214) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
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.