Attorney Advisor GS-905-13/14 - - FPL: GS-15

Office of the General Counsel
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for providing advice to the bureaus and offices within the OJP on legal issues arising from OJP's role in providing federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increase knowledge about crime and related issues, and assist crime victims. OGC advises on legal questions, problems and issues of nationwide concern, as well as provides legal advice and guidance on all agency operations. OGC is also responsible for administering the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act for all of the offices and bureaus of the Office of Justice Programs.

Job Description: 

The selected candidate will work under the supervision of the General Counsel and will advise OJP components on legal matters arising from the operations of OJP in the areas of grants and cooperative agreements, contracts and procurement, security, and other areas under the purview of OJP and its component organizations. Serves as legal advisor on plans and operations of several related programs or activities. Drafts and/or reviews proposed legislation, regulations, and policies. Prepares written documentation including legal memoranda, reports, advisory opinions, implementation recommendations which effectively analyze the factual and legal issues involved, explain the application of legal principles and precedents, and justify recommendations or conclusions. Represents OJP in labor and employment matters. Replies to requests for legal advice or interpretations of laws and regulations arising out of the day-to-day operations of agency programs. Addresses difficult and substantive legal problems lacking clearly applicable precedents due to newness of program or the novelty of the issue. Participates in task forces and working groups in a specialty area. Serves on inter- and intra-agency committees, and attend meetings to review and recommend policy changes involving a variety of legal issues.


Applicants must meet all regulatory and legal requirements for eligibility (e.g. time-in-grade), as of the closing date of this vacancy announcement

Basic Qualifications

:Applicant must:

· Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school.

· Be an active member of the bar in good standing (state, territory, or the District of Columbia).

* To qualify for the GS-13, applicant must have a minimum of 1½ years of post J.D. / LL.B. legal experience.  The preferred experience includes the following areas:

o Experience in handling legal matters in intellectual property, information technology, and procurement.

o Experience with Equal Employment Opportunity Law

o Experience with Labor & Employee Relations

* To qualify for the GS-14, applicant must have a minimum of 2½ years of post J.D. / LL.B. legal experience. The preferred experience includes the following areas:

o Experience in handling legal matters in intellectual property, information technology, and procurement.

o Experience with Equal Employment Opportunity Law

o Experience with Labor & Employee Relations

Technical Qualifications

• Knowledge of federal law.

• Ability to perform legal research.

• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Ability to meet and deal with others effectively.

GS-13: $92,145.00 - $119,794.00 per annum. GS-14: $108,887.00 - 141,555.00 per annum. Full Performance level of the position is GS-15.
No Travel Required
Application Process: 

The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at Please be sure to allow sufficient time to complete your electronic profile in the on-line system and attach the required documents.

Applications must include:

* Resume

* Cover letter

* Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required if selected)

* Proof of active bar membership (any jurisdiction)

* Writing sample (between 5 and 10 pages)

* Additional supporting documentation, if applicable (e.g. SF-50, veterans' preference documents)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online.

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

Since this is an on-line application process, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated February 23, 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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  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, 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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, 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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