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.
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.
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.