The legal practice at the correctional institution covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels, including such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement, medical care, medical malpractice issues, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, and discipline. The incumbent will need to develop a thorough knowledge of all aspects of Bureau of Prisons' policy and practice as he/she may be required to appear in federal court on short notice to explain and advocate the agency's rationale for its correctional management decisions. The incumbent works with local Commonwealth agencies, many of whom only conduct business in Spanish. The incumbent will be supervised by the Senior CLC Attorney at MDC Guaynabo.
This is a primary law enforcement position. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, the maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons correctional institution. An age waiver to this requirement may be requested for preference eligible veteran candidates. The duties of this position may at times require frequent and direct contact with individuals in confinement who are suspected or convicted of serious criminal offenses. It has also been determined that the duties of this position require experience and knowledge of the on-the-job responsibilities of a primary law enforcement officer working in a detention facility. A prerequisite requirement of this position is the completion of "Institution Familiarization" and the satisfactory completion of a mandatory course in "Introduction to Correctional Techniques." Because of the nature and mission of this position, it requires "hands-on" understanding of the operating problems encompassed in working within an institution. The incumbent may be called on to perform as a law enforcement officer in a correctional environment during training, emergency situations, times of staff shortages and under any other type of correctional operating crisis. Specific correctional responsibilities may include custody and supervision of inmates, responding to emergencies and institution disturbances, participating in fog and escape patrols, and assuming correctional officer posts when necessary. The incumbent may be required to shakedown inmates and conduct visual searches in their work or living area for contraband. The incumbent must be prepared to use physical control in situations where necessary, such as in fights among inmates, assaults on staff and riots or escape attempts.
Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience in correctional law is strongly preferred. Also, fluency in both Spanish and English is highly desired.
Applicants must submit a resume or current OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a writing sample ALL IN ENGLISH by July 31, 2015, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Southeast Regional Office
3800 Camp Creek Parkway, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331-6226
Attention: Lisa Sunderman, Regional Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your resume via e-mail to LSunderman@bop.gov. Once submitted, you should receive a confirmation receipt from Lisa Sunderman via email within two business days. If you do not receive confirmation from Lisa Sunderman, Regional Counsel, please contact her at 678-686-1260. This position is open until filled, but no later than July 31, 2015.