If you are interested in a rewarding and challenging career, this is the position for you!
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) seeks highly-qualified individuals to join our Agency for a challenging and rewarding professional opportunity. The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of three adjudicatory components: The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the Immigration Courts where Immigration Judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of these Immigration Judge decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related employment cases.
This position is located within the Office of the General Counsel, Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) Unit, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U. S. Department of Justice. The primary function of the position is to provide legal advice and representation, in formal and informal settings, for EOIR management on the full array of Federal labor and employment matters, including labor and employee relations, equal employment opportunity, discipline, performance management, labor negotiations, and related actions.
This is an Excepted Service position; additional positions may be filled from this announcement.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Performing trial attorney responsibilities in sensitive cases concerning all facets of federal labor and employment laws.
- Providing advice on sensitive and difficult legal issues presenting novel issues, complex factual scenarios in an area with evolving case law and the absence of clearly applicable precedents.
- Coordinating the development and presentation of agency representation from initial complaint or charge until conclusion of the administrative process.
- Establishing case strategies and tactics.
- Conducting research in connection with cases pending administrative hearing to analyze factual and legal issues and to determine what further facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable.
- Developing the EOIR position on litigation issues that arise in conjunction with federal court and administrative tribunal proceedings, to include: pre-trial discovery, motion practice, pleadings, trial, and the analysis of attorney fee requests by individuals who are prevailing parties in litigation against the agency; the review of actions to ensure that the agency complies with remedies that are awarded to individual or labor organizations to include reinstatement, back pay, cease and desist orders, protection against reprisals, and implementation of "make whole" remedies.
- Conducting direct negotiations regarding settlement with complainants and attorneys.
- Preparing and/or reviewing settlement documents and monitoring agency compliance.
- Developing legal memoranda in connection with hearings and post-hearing briefs, appeals, or responses.
- Providing legal counsel, guidance and advice regarding labor and employment law.
- Developing guidance and advice on the interpretation and application of labor and employment law decisions for consistent application and implementation throughout EOIR.
- Reviewing legal documentation and official complaints for labor law compliance.
- Representing the agency in labor negotiations and labor relations matters.
In order to qualify for the Attorney Advisor (ELR) position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:
To qualify at the GS-14 level:
Applicants must have at least three (3) years post J.D. specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service that included: 1) providing legal advice and representation on various matters concerning labor and employment law; 2) participating in labor and employment litigation, preferably before the Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal labor Relations Authority, and /or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and 3) developing an agency's position on employment law litigation issues that arise in conjunction with federal court and administrative tribunal proceedings, including advising on settlements. (Must be reflected in resume)
To qualify at the GS-15 level:
Applicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service that included: 1) providing legal advice and representation on various matters concerning labor and employment law; 2) representing clients as a trial attorney in federal sector labor and employment litigation; 3) coordinating and/or directing the development and presentation of agency representation from initial complaint or charge until conclusion of the administrative process; and 4) developing positions on litigation issues that arise in conjunction with federal court and administrative proceedings, to include conducting direct negotiations regarding settlement with opposing parties and attorneys. (Must be reflected in resume)
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must also meet the following:
- Must possess an LL.B or a J.D. degree. AND
- Must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, a territory. Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (Date of admission to bar must be included in resume). AND
- Must be a U.S. citizen and have a minimum of four (4) years of professional legal experience, post J.D. to qualify for the position.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
EDUCATION IS A BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation by clicking here. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire, which can be previewed here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10094488.
* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
1. Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Most recent SF-50
Current and former Federal employees must submit their SF-50, and must include grade, series, tenure, and type of service. Cash awards and time off awards will not be accepted.
4. Proof of active bar membership
5. Writing sample
6. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):
- CTAP/ICTAP documents
- Veterans' documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), dated VA Letter, SF-15)
Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as: Employer name and location; From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each description of experience, with grade level held, if applicable, education, training etc.