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Attorney Advisor, GS-905-15

Hiring Organization
National Security Division (NSD)
Hiring Office
Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT) was established in 2005.  OVT’s mission is to support U.S. victims of overseas terrorism by helping them navigate foreign criminal justice systems and by advocating for their voices to be heard around the world.

OVT supports U.S. victims and their families in efforts to obtain information, be present during foreign terrorism prosecutions, and have a voice during the proceedings, as permitted by foreign law. OVT also provides policy advice on overseas terrorism victims’ issues both within the U.S. Government and throughout the world.

OVT’s direct services include:

  • Providing information to victims about foreign criminal justice systems, victims’ rights in those systems (if any), and specific case notifications.  OVT provides information through personal meetings, phone calls, emails, letters and password protected websites (in cases with larger numbers of victims); 
  • Support in participating in foreign criminal justice proceedings.  Through the Criminal Justice Participation Assistance Fund (CJPAF), OVT can pay for some victims’ expenses associated with participating in foreign systems, including travel expenses to attend court in foreign countries; 
  • Support in being heard.  OVT advocates for the voices of all terrorism victims, including U.S. citizen victims, to be heard in overseas criminal justice proceedings.  CJPAF funds the costs of submitting victim impact statements in foreign proceedings, where possible, particularly when victims are unable to appear in person. 

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

The Attorney Advisor for OVT is responsible for developing and implementing programs to achieve OVT’s goals of (1) supporting U.S. victims of terrorism overseas by helping them navigate foreign criminal justice systems; and (2) advocating for their voices to be heard around the world.  The Attorney Advisor will also serve as a liaison to other government offices in the Justice Department, State Department, and other governmental agencies involved in the investigation and prosecution of international terrorism.  The Attorney Advisor is responsible for monitoring the investigation and prosecution of terrorist attacks against Americans abroad, and working with other Justice Department components and the FBI to support U.S. victims and their families in efforts to obtain information, be present during foreign terrorism prosecutions, and have a voice during the proceedings, as permitted by foreign law.  The Attorney Advisor will design procedures, programs, and policies to assist victims to receive the rights and services to which they are entitled under foreign law.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have 4-5 years of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 level.  Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens.  OVT seeks candidates with criminal trial experience in victim cases, international or rule of law experience, policy development, and computer and internet skills.

Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.

It is the policy of the National Security Division to request a three-year commitment for all attorney positions.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter highlighting your relevant skills and experience, a copy of your resume, and a current performance appraisal  to:      

Andria A. Kerney


Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism

National Security Division

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20530

Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered. No telephone calls please.


GS-15: $155,700.00 - $183,500.00 (per annum)

Number of Positions
Periodic national and international travel will be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated October 5, 2023