Attorney Advisor

Central Office, Office of General Counsel, Employment Law and Ethics Branch, Atlanta, GA, Duty Location
Atlanta, GA 30331
United States
About the Office: 

The primary mission of the Employment Law Branch (ELB) is to defend the Agency in labor and employment discrimination cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). ELB staff also represent the Agency before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and before labor arbitrators. In civil complaints of discrimination, ELB provides legal assistance to AUSAs and provides assistance to DOJ Civil Division attorneys in pay and other cases before the Court of Federal Claims. ELB staff also review domestic violence cases and compressed work schedules. They provide legal advice to management officials in labor and employment law matters. In addition to the Central Office located in Washington, DC, ELB has satellite offices in Grand Prairie, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, Stockton, California, Atlanta, Georgia, and Kansas City, Kansas.

Job Description: 

The incumbent will have the responsibility of litigating cases before administrative judges at the MSPB, EEOC, FLRA, as well as other administrative forums. The incumbent will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the preparation of Federal District Court trials.


Applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year of post-J.D. experience.

Preferred qualification: Prior experience in labor and employment discrimination and/or general litigation is highly desired.

Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The appropriate salary range, including locality pay adjustments is GS-12 ($73,347 to $95,356); GS-13 ($87,219 to $113,383); or GS-14 ($103,065 to $133,985).
Frequent travel is required.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, resume, and a writing sample post marked by February 28, 2015, 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

It is preferred that you submit your application packet via e-mail to BOP-OGC/ by February 28, 2015. Please include in the subject line “ELB Attorney ATL Feb 2015”.

No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later than February 28, 2015.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Not Authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 2016

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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, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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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