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Attorney-Advisor

Hiring Organization
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Hiring Office
Office of Chief Counsel
Job ID
23-CC-DE-11871098-TW
Location:
Washington, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

ATF is a law enforcement agency in the U.S. Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals/criminal organizations, illegal use/trafficking of firearms, illegal use/storage of explosives, acts of arson/bombings, acts of terrorism, and illegal diversion of alcohol/tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public through information sharing, training, research, & technology. Visit www.atf.gov

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

This announcement covers two senior attorney positions in the Management Division, Office of Chief Counsel, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Justice (DOJ). The attorneys will conduct detailed legal research and analysis, assess the legal implications of management's proposed actions and decisions, draft thorough and well-reasoned memoranda and legal briefs, and advise supervisors and managers both orally and in writing. Issues encountered will include questions of statutory and procedural Federal personnel and employment law that are often complex in nature.

One of the attorney positions (Senior Attorney, Employment Law) will provide legal advice and recommendations both orally and in writing to Bureau officials (supervisors, managers, and senior executives) on a wide variety of matters related to employment and personnel law. The attorney will: advise on, review, and draft disciplinary and adverse action documents for Bureau officials; provide legal advice to agency supervisors and managers on performance-based actions; provide training on employment and personnel law to agency supervisors and managers; serve as the agency representative in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) mediations and grievances; and represent the Office of Chief Counsel at meetings at DOJ relating to employment law. The attorney may perform other duties as assigned to and by the Management Division.

The other attorney position (Senior Attorney, Office of Human Resources and Professional Development (HRPD)) may provide advice directly to the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel and Associate Chief Counsel, Management Division, and senior executives and managers in HRPD. The attorney will provide legal advice and recommendations both orally and in writing to Bureau officials on a wide variety of matters affecting the Bureau relating to recruitment, employment, wage and hour legal matters, benefits and workforce flexibilities, classification, payroll, HR policy, legal review of HR operations and OPM and other audit matters. The attorney will also provide training on employment and personnel law to HRPD staff and executives. The attorney may provide assistance on other issues assigned to the Management Division.

Qualifications

 

To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have at least six years of specialized experience as a practicing attorney.

Specialized Experience is defined as experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience for this position includes:

1. Expansive experience serving as the principal attorney assigned cases with a high degree of difficulty and importance, including independently exercising responsibility for the development and presentation of cases.

2. Experience serving as a legal advisor on a wide variety of matters related to Federal government Ethics Program; Employee Relations; Human Resources; and EEOC complaints.

3. Experience providing legal advice related to employment law and employee relations, including experience providing expert counseling to federal agency supervisors in managing performance, developing proposed disciplinary and adverse actions, and complying with equal employment opportunity laws.

4. Experience providing legal advice and serve as a legal counselor to senior managers on personnel and employment law including the ability to provide accurate and current advice and documentation on legal matters involving Federal employment recruitment and hiring, employment benefits and workforce flexibilities, classification, payroll, HR policy.

5. Superior legal research, analytical, writing, and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to meeting to the above qualifications, the ideal candidate will have experience in all areas of the Region's legal practice.

1. Expansive knowledge and experience reviewing and providing legal analysis of the substantive and procedural aspects of laws related to Federal personnel, employment, and general laws.

2. Extensive knowledge and experience independently handling cases related to Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and relating to employee relations and employment law.

3. Extensive experience original thinking, mature judgment, and sound reasoning as new problems of law, policy and procedures are presented for solution.

Application Process

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

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 USA Staffing system 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.

Salary

$155,700 - $183,500 per year

Number of Positions
2
Travel
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated March 21, 2023