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Attorney Advisor

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Job ID
16-CRM-AFMLS-033
Location:
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, established and appropriated funds for the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (the Fund) to compensate certain victims of state sponsored terrorism.  The Fund is to be administered by a Special Master, who will operate within the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

The Criminal Division seeks experienced attorneys to advise and assist the Special Master on matters including development of the regulations governing the Fund’s administration and carrying out all aspects of the program. 

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

These positions can be filled either through a term appointment or reimbursable detail appointment. Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay.

All appointments will be for a term of between 6 and 18 months, but have the potential, in accordance with governing policies and regulations, to be extended.

The Attorney Advisors will support the Special Master by assisting in:

  • Administering the Fund in accordance with the Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (the Act), including establishing, publishing, and implementing procedures for filing applications; determining eligibility; and determining payment amounts. 

  • Adjudicating applications, holding any required review hearings, and rendering decisions in writing.

  • Preparing reports to Congress required by the Act.

  • Coordinating with other Department of Justice components and other departments, as necessary, to implement the Act.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:  Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing. Applicants must have four (4) or more years post J.D. legal experience.

Preferred Qualifications:  Qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the presence of any of the following competencies.   

  • Service in supporting a complex, multiple-claimant compensation fund;

  • Experience regarding the promulgation of regulations and rules; analysis and development of legal guidance regarding a compensation program, including setting claim and eligibility criteria;

  • Experience with a claims process to include—

    • notice and claim forms;

    • website and phone content;

    • review and decision-making;

  • Experience with the conduct of administrative hearings.

Application Process

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement. Candidates will be referred to the hiring official after the first two weeks and at the close of announcement.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS.  The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

  1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAJOBS account before applying Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

  2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAJOBS vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/431379100

Salary

The starting salary for this position is $128,082 per annum, which includes locality pay. If you are a current or former federal attorney your salary will be commensurate with your current or former position not to exceed $160,300 per annum.

Number of Positions
Few
Travel
Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not 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 31, 2016