The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides national leadership in developing the nation's capacity to reduce violence against women through the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies, and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW administers approximately 20 grant programs, which were established under VAWA and subsequent legislation. Since its inception, OVW has awarded over $9 billion in grants and cooperative agreements and has launched a multifaceted approach to implementing VAWA that accounts for the needs and interests of those most affected by these offenses. By forging state, local, and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, victim and community advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, and others, OVW grant programs help provide victims with the assistance, support, and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while simultaneously enabling communities to hold offenders accountable for their violence.
In addition to overseeing 20 federal grant programs, OVW and its Director provide national leadership in the field of violence against women. Recent OVW policy initiatives have included promoting the reauthorization of VAWA, enhancing workplace violence policies, strengthening Departmental guidance on law enforcement responses to domestic violence and sexual assault, and enhancing responses to Native American victims. OVW also supports special initiatives to identify and disseminate promising practices, including the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative. Pursuant to VAWA, OVW administers grant programs specifically designed to meet the needs of culturally specific, tribal, and rural communities, as well as individuals in later life, Deaf individuals and those with disabilities, and underserved populations. The office is comprised of individuals from many different backgrounds and encourages sharing ideas openly, interdisciplinary collaboration, and professional development.
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.
OVW seeks experienced attorneys to provide legal and policy support for the administration of OVW and its grant programs. The attorneys must respond orally and in writing to complex and novel requests for legal advice or questions involving interpretation of legislation, including VAWA and other relevant statutes, case law, federal regulations and other legal authorities relevant to federal grants administration, federal Indian law, and national violence against women policy. The attorneys will conduct comprehensive and extensive legal research, prepare detailed advisory opinions and memoranda, and review proposed legislation to determine its effect on OVW operations and violence against women. The attorneys will be responsible for preparing highly complex correspondence, talking points, speeches, testimony, and other materials for the Director and other Department officials. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
- Performing extensive legal research;
- Ensuring that OVW activities comply with federal statutory, regulatory, and other requirements;
- Providing legal and policy guidance to OVW management and staff and other Department officials;
- Responding to inquiries from Congress and other federal agencies;
- Preparing responses to legal, legislative, and/or judicial matters on behalf of the Department;
- Reviewing legislation affecting violence against women issues, drafting recommendations, and assisting in legislative strategy development;
- Representing the Director in interactions with federal, state, local, tribal and other organizations; and
- Other duties as needed at the request of the Director, Principal Deputy Director, and the General Counsel.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (in any jurisdiction), and have at least four years post-J.D. experience or other relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Hiring preferences include a record of excellent performance; superior analytic, legal research, drafting, and editing skills; outstanding oral and written communication skills; and the ability to work efficiently under extreme pressure and to handle multiple matters simultaneously. OVW values team players with strong interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will have:
- Knowledge of the Violence Against Women Act and related statutes
- Experience in the field of violence against women
- Experience in the field of federal Indian law
- Experience in federal grant administration law
- Experience with agencies or organizations serving communities of color or other underserved populations
- The ability to set, manage, and balance diverse, evolving, and challenging projects and priorities
Telework: Location is in Washington, D.C. Employees may be eligible for flexible work options, including telework and remote work, subject to supervisor approval and consistent with the needs of the office and individual roles and responsibilities.
To apply, interested candidates must submit, preferably as one PDF document:
- A cover letter that highlights the applicant’s interest in the position and addresses in detail how qualifications are met
- A current resume that details months and yeas of education and employment and states the month and year of earliest bar admission
- Most recent SF-50 (for current or federal employees only)
- A list of references
- A writing sample
Email the document to: OVW.HumanResources@usdoj.gov with the subject line “Attorney Advisor Application.”
Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, September 7, 2022.
For more information about OVW, please visit our web page at http://www.justice.gov\ovw. This and selected other legal position announcements may be found on the Internet at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html and http://dojnet.doj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.php.
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.