ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice that protects our communities from acts of terrorism, violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research, and use of technology.
The incumbent is assigned to the Associate Chief Counsel (Law and Policy Division (LP)). The incumbent serves as legal advisor to Public and Governmental Affairs (PGA) management officials, to include the Assistant Director (AD) and Deputy Assistant Director (DAD), PGA and all PGA divisions’ management staff including the Chief of the Legislative Affairs Division, Chief of the Public Affairs Division, Chief of the Disclosure Division, and Chief of the Intergovernmental Affairs Division. The incumbent provides expert legal advice on complex and difficult issues relating to drafting, interpretation, application of legislation, regulations, orders, decisions or other legal instruments.
Incumbent serves as liaison between PGA and CC, and is responsible for timely informing the Chief Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel, Senior Policy Counsel, and applicable Associate Chief Counsels of significant matters that affect ATF and/or the Office of the Chief Counsel.
Incumbent participates with management in policy formulation, advises on the potential public reaction to proposed policies, and plans, organizes and evaluates communication strategies, programs, and services.
Incumbent reviews incoming requests, and coordinates the review of ATF' s responses to such requests and/or comments on legislation and other matters submitted to PGA, or circulated to PGA by the Executive Secretariat. Incumbent ensures such responses are consistent with applicable statutes, regulations, rulings, directives, and DOJ/ATF policy.
Incumbent drafts required legal documents and coordinates the review of ATF' s responses to Congressional inquiries, and ensures they are consistent with applicable statutes, regulations, rulings, directives, and DOJ/ATF policy.
Incumbent drafts and coordinates the review of briefing papers, talking points, questions and answers, and press releases, and ensures they are consistent with applicable statutes, regulations, rulings, directives, and DOJ/ATF policy.
Incumbent reviews and coordinates the review of testimony of the Director and executive staff, and ensures testimony is consistent with applicable statutes, regulations, rulings, directives, and DOJ/ATF policy.
Incumbent researches active and closed ATF cases to ensure adequate understanding of the facts.
Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience required for this position is legal experience in excess of six years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Specialized experience for this position includes:
Expertise in subject matter areas of particular value to ATF and has a thorough understanding of duties and responsibilities handled by the Field Operations and Information Division and Public and Governmental Affairs directorate.
Demonstration of original thinking, mature judgment, and sound reasoning are continually required as new problems of law, policy and procedures are presented for solution.
Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice on the laws enforced by ATF, including the Gun Control Act, the National Firearms Act, and the Federal laws related to arson and explosives.
Demonstrated ability to provide legal guidance and advice on matters of general criminal law (e.g., laws governing search and seizure, electronic surveillance, custodial interrogations, undercover operations, use of force).
Superior analytical, written and communication skills.
Must provide a writing sample (no more than 15 pages).
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
In addition, all applicants, must be active members in good standing of the bar of any state or territory, or the District of Columbia.
All applicants must meet all qualifications requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.
The how to apply instructions can be found in VA #15-EXC-322-EMH on USAJOBS.OPM.GOV.
All applications and resume must be submitted on-line through USAJOBS under vacancy announcement number 15-EXC-322-EMH.
All application must be received by August 3, 2015 midnight on the closing date of this announcement.
If you have questions or are unable to submit your application through USAJOBS, please contact Ella Hathaway, Human Resources Specialist, at (202) 648-8835.
Internet sites: http://www.atf.gov/content/Careers/careers-at-ATF (use this internet site to access the on-line application in USAJOBS). This and other attorney vacancy announcements with the Department of Justice can be found at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.