The Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ) is the primary point of contact for the Department of Justice with federally recognized Native American tribes, and advises the Department on legal and policy matters pertaining to Native Americans. OTJ promotes internal uniformity of Department policies and litigating positions relating to Indian country and ensures that the Department clearly communicates policies and positions to tribal leaders.
OTJ is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Attorney Advisor to provide counsel and assistance to the Director and senior staff. OTJ attorneys:
- Provide advice on significant tribal justice matters and assist in policy and legislative development and review.
- Provide advice to OTJ leadership on Department components litigating, protecting or otherwise addressing Native American rights and/or related issues.
- Review proposed legal actions submitted by divisions that require OTJ approval or coordination.
- Perform legal research on assigned questions or law or policy and prepare reports and memoranda.
- Assist in coordinating with attorneys and officials of the Department, other government agencies, and interested parties to provide guidance and advice to ensure compliance with statutory, regulatory and policy requirements.
- Support the office in outreach activities involving federally recognized tribes, federal agencies, state and local officials, as well as professional associations and public interest groups
- Develop, coordinate and execute special projects as assigned by the Director or the Deputy Director.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree with at least three years of post J.D. experience, and be an active member of a bar (any jurisdiction). Applicants must be proficient in analyzing complex legal information and producing clear and thorough written work, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Experience with Federal Indian Law is required. Knowledge of or experience with federally-recognized Indian Tribes is required. Prosecution and/or litigation experience is strongly preferred. The incumbent must be able to obtain a Secret-level security clearance.
Applicants are required to submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and résumé or OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment). Please reference announcement OTJ ATY-1601 in your cover letter.
Applicants are encouraged to email applications to OTJ@usdoj.gov or fax them to (202) 514-9078 rather than mail them. No telephone calls please. This vacancy will be open until selections have been made.
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Tribal Justice (Attn: Application Coordinator)
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 2318)
Washington, D.C. 20530