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Attorney Advisor, Curriculum Development

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training
Job ID
Washington, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

*While this vacancy announcement expires on September 30, 2020 the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 12 months, beginning as soon as practicable with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding and need. Appointment to this position will be through a detail.

Detail applicants must attain prior approval from their management before applying to this detail. 

Applicants must be located within the Washington, D.C. metro area. Applicants whose permanent duty station is outside of the Washington, D.C. area will not be considered.

The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administered in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate regionally and with the United States in combating such crime.

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 Attorney Advisor for Curriculum Development will be assigned to OPDAT headquarters in Washington, D.C., and will coordinate with the Counsel for Global Counterterrorism Programs and the broader Global Counterterrorism Unit. This position involves collaboration with field operations to provide training, curriculum development, and technical assistance to countries in an assigned region and involves complex coordination efforts between national and international criminal justice agencies. More specifically, the Attorney Advisor will perform the following duties: 

  1. Serves as an expert in designing substantive training programs relating to counterterrorism criminal justice topics, which take into account linguistic, cultural, and educational differences in a wide range of justice systems. Designs basic course concepts and refine materials in response to rapidly evolving concepts in counterterrorism and counterterrorism financing. Develops curricula for both classroom style instruction and remote learning.
  2. Identifies and cultivates faculty members, selects students, refines systems for documenting programs and tracking student progress in the post-course professional setting.
  3. Collaborates with relevant subject matter experts for purposes of developing a central curriculum; including training aids; instructors’ guides, participants’ guides, syllabi, and any additional materials to promote learning and retention of information related to counterterrorism criminal justice topics.
  4. Develops and applies new program methods, adult learning techniques and institutional frameworks, approaches, and technology including e- learning, in the field of counterterrorism criminal justice topics.
  5. Reviews existing courses and training materials developed in other teams, sections, and/or organizations for accuracy, timeliness, and consistency with current and emerging counterterrorism criminal justice principles. May instruct at courses on various subjects related to counterterrorism criminal justice topics.
  6. Serves as a technical expert, providing advice and guidance in training methods and procedures for OPDAT front office, RLA School projects and for Regional Directors as assigned by Counsel for Global CT Programs and/or the OPDAT front office. Consults with all levels of management, headquarters personnel, field staff, other federal agencies, and with foreign and commercial organizations on training concepts. Establishes and maintains relationships with domestic and international training program directors and works closely with their representatives to ensure that concerns such as training objectives, requirements, and adequate funding are met.
  7. Provides advice on how best to communicate changes in legislation, policy, and procedures on a counterterrorism criminal justice topics. Consults with management, subject matter experts, and planning personnel in preparing requirements and criteria on the training programs conducted by Department of Justice components.
  8. Provides guidance of requirements for budget purposes and participates in determining the training budget for overseas programming.

Required:  To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:

  1. A J.D. degree, being 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. 
  2. Specific grade level requirements:
    1. GS-15:  At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
    2. GS-14:  At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.

The successful applicant should also have:

  • Mastery of the theory of adult learning, training procedures, assessment measures, and technological advances in the field of training and development, including the delivery of e-learning;
  • Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the range of case law, policies, legislation, regulations, and precedents applicable to counterterrorism criminal justice topics; and
  • Skill in planning, organizing, and directing team study and in negotiating effectively with management to implement recommendations where the proposals involve substantial agency resources and/or require extensive changes in established procedures.

Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agncy, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.


To qualify for this detail opportunity, applicants must possess experience designing training plans for large scale programs; developing curriculum for both classroom style instruction and remote learning; reviewing courses and training materials for accuracy, timeliness, and consistency; and curriculum improvement.

Application Process

While this vacancy announcement expires on September 30, 2020 the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to


Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay.

Number of Positions
Travel to overseas locations 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, 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 September 25, 2020