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Attorney-Advisor GS-13/14

Office of General Counsel
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) in the Justice Management Division (JMD) functions as "in-house" counsel and is responsible for providing legal advice to the Assistant Attorney General for Administration, JMD Staffs, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Department leadership on a wide variety of matters relating to the organization, management and administration of the Department. Major practice areas include: appropriations, budget and financial management, grant awards and administration, personnel matters, information resource and records management, Freedom of Information (FOI) and privacy matters, security, contract and procurement, executive travel, delegations of authority, and real property and material management. The Office also represents the agency in administrative litigation, such as procurement protests, EEO matters, occasional Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) hearings, and suspension/debarment proceedings, and assists other divisions of the Department and the United States Attorneys' Offices (USAO's) , as appropriate, in the conduct of federal court litigation involving the Department.

Job Description: 

This position reports to the Deputy General Counsel. However, the incumbent also has significant collaborative interaction with the General Counsel and attorney colleagues in the office. The work of the attorney selected for this position involves research, review and analysis of relevant judicial decisions and other applicable authorities, for the purpose of providing legal advice or opinions to constituent components to assist them in the formulation of administrative policy or in making difficult management decisions; providing written advice on the legal ramifications of new or proposed regulations in the subject matter areas within JMD's purview, reviewing agency policies and procedures in these and other areas to ensure that all legal requirements are adhered to, recommending changes, as necessary. The attorney chosen for this position may have opportunities to conduct or be involved in administrative litigation, including representing JMD in administrative grievances, EEO and MSPB proceedings, contract claims, procurement protests and debarment/suspension proceedings, and as appropriate, to assist other divisions of the Department and the USAO's in the conduct of federal court litigation involving the Department of Justice. He or she may also have opportunities for involvement in cooperative work with attorneys and executives of other departments and agencies regarding matters, initiatives, or projects of mutual concern or interagency responsibility.


Experience in one or more of OGC's practice areas is preferred. However, the Office is more interested in the candidate with demonstrated ability to efficiently and thoroughly research and incisively analyze a wide variety of complex issues, to express himself or herself clearly and persuasively in oral and written presentations, to exercise sound judgment, to manage a workload consisting of a number of varied projects, without specific guidelines and often with short deadlines, and with demonstrated ability to contribute to and work in a collaborative environment.

Applicants must be United States citizens, have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing of the bar of any state (or the District of Columbia), and have no less than two years of post J.D. legal experience to qualify for the position at the GS-13 level and no less than three years post J.D. legal experience to qualify for the position at the GS-14 level.

Salary range for the position is $90,823-$118,069 (GS-13); or $107,325-$139,523 (GS-14). Current salary and years of experience are factors in determining the appropriate salary level. The position has promotion potential to GS-15.
Travel is generally not required for successful performance of the duties of this position.
Application Process: 

To apply, interested individuals must submit an application packet including a cover letter (highlighting the applicant's interest in the position and detailing how he/she meets the qualifications), resume, list of references, a brief writing sample or part of a longer writing sample (not exceeding 10 pages) which is exclusively or primarily the applicant's work and includes legal analysis, and the applicant's contact information. Applications should be sent to the attention of Michelle M. Allen, Staff Assistant, Office of General Counsel, Justice Management Division, United States Department of Justice. Send by mail to: 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530-0001; by e-mail to: Michelle.M.Allen@usdoj.gov; or by fax to: (202) 514-4317. No phone calls please.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 27, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One (1) position
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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