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Attorney Advisor

Hiring Organization
Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA)
Hiring Office
Legal Programs Office
Job ID
175 N Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

This position is located in the Department of Justice (Department), Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), Legal Programs Office (Legal Programs). EOUSA provides executive and administrative support for the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices (USAOs) located throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and coordinates and directs the relationships between the USAOs and other Department components and federal agencies. Legal Programs assists in the articulation, development, and promulgation of policy which comports with the overall goals of the USAOs, EOUSA, and Department, and provides  management support, resources, guidance, information, and direct services to the USAOs in a variety of program areas such as national security, fraud, cybercrime, immigration, civil litigation, e-litigation, human trafficking, civil
rights, victim-witness issues, domestic violence, Native American issues, asset forfeiture, money laundering, financial litigation, bankruptcy, violent crimes, and controlled substances. Legal Programs coordinates all aspects of these programs, including training, funding, legislation, administration, outreach, and assessment. Additionally, Legal Programs develops and promotes policies and procedures to improve the effectiveness of these programs and serves as a resource for the USAOs on legal and administrative issues affecting the programs.

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.

Job Description

The position is located in the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), Legal Programs Office, in Washington, D.C. Duties include:

  • Evaluating, developing, promoting, and interpreting policy and guidelines with respect to issues within Financial Litigation and Bankruptcy.
  • Developing and advising on pertinent portions of the Justice Manual and other relevant Department and United States Attorney's Office policies and procedures.
  • Preparing, promoting, and recommending organizational, legislative, and regulatory initiatives, and planning and coordinating their review and approval in EOUSA and the Department.
  • Drafting congressional testimony for high level Department officials.
  • Serving as the key legal advisor to EOUSA and the USAOs in Financial Litigation and Bankruptcy.
  • Providing a full range of management and support to EOUSA and the USAOs in Financial Litigation and Bankruptcy.
  • Representing EOUSA on Department and interagency working groups and committees to address significant legal policy and procedural issues impacting EOUSA and the USAOs.
  • Serving as an advocate for EOUSA and the USAOs in a variety of settings.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


Required Qualifications:
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree (MUST include law school transcripts in your application), be an active member of the Bar (any U.S. jurisdiction - MUST include proof of bar membership in your application), and have at least 2.5 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience to qualify for a GS-14 grade level, and have at least 4 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience to qualify for a GS-15 grade level. Must also possess legal or other relevant experience in the areas of financial litigation and bankruptcy.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with the process and procedures to collect and enforce debt owed to government or other institutional creditors.
United States citizenship is required. The ideal candidate will have expert-level knowledge of both financial litigation and bankruptcy, with knowledge of and experience working with the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act or any of the various federal debt collection legal frameworks.

Application Process

$126,233.00 to $176,300.00 Per Year

Number of Positions
1 to 5 nights of travel required per month.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated October 26, 2022