The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), United States Department of Justice (Department), is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Attorney Advisor. OLA is responsible for developing and implementing the legislative strategy to advance the Department’s policies and legislative initiatives requiring congressional action. OLA articulates the views of the Department on congressional and legislative initiatives. OLA responds on behalf of the Department to requests and inquiries from Congressional Committees, individual Members of Congress, and their staffs. OLA coordinates the Department's responses to Congressional oversight activities involving the Department. OLA prepares Department witnesses to testify before Congress and handles the interagency clearance of all congressional testimony by representatives of federal agencies through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In addition, OLA participates in the Senate confirmation process for Department nominees, such as Assistant Attorneys General and U.S. Attorneys. For more information about OLA, please visit our Web page at: www.justice.gov/ola.
OLA is seeking an experienced attorney for this position who performs well in a fast-paced, highly professional environment. The incumbent of this position serves as a liaison between the Department of Justice and the Congress. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for:
Coordinating between the Department of Justice and the Congress, communicating frequently with congressional staff about legislation and other congressional matters that affect the Department's jurisdiction and equities;
Keeping Department officials apprised of the current status and outlook for congressional action on matters of interest to the Department;
Preparing senior Department officials to provide congressional briefings and testimony before Congressional Committees;
Developing written views based upon input from Department components and presenting those views to congressional staff in order to advance the Department's mission, protect the Department's equities, and promote a constructive relationship with the Congress; and
Responding to Congressional inquiries regarding legislation, oversight matters, correspondence, constituent matters, and other requests for information.
Required qualifications: Interested parties must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. experience. Applicants must be able to pass a background check in order to obtain a TS/SCI security clearance.
Preferred qualifications: It is strongly preferred that applicants have experience working for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Congress, and/or another agency in the Executive Branch.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a resume or Optional Form 612 (OF-612 Application for Federal Employment) to: OLA.Resumes@usdoj.gov and reference Vacancy Announcement: OLA-2020-01 on the subject line.
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled.
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.