Attorney Advisor (Immigration)

Office of the General Counsel
Attorney
5107 Leesburg Pike Ste. 2300
Falls Church, VA 22041
United States
EOIR-18-0050
About the Office: 

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) seeks highly-qualified individuals to join our team of expert professionals in becoming a part of our challenging and rewarding Agency. The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of three adjudicatory components: The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the Immigration Courts where Immigration Judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of these Immigration Judge decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related employment cases.

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U. S. Department of Justice. Incumbent serves as Attorney Advisor for Immigration.

This is an Excepted Service position; additional positions may be filled from this announcement.

Job Description: 

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Researches, analyzes and provides legal interpretation of a wide range of federal immigration statutes.
  • Writes reports for the signature of the Deputy General Counsel, the General Counsel and the Director on a variety of legal issues.
  • Provides legal counsel on a variety of complex legal issues affecting EOIR.
  • Provides technical guidance and counsel to the Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel in carrying out management objectives, policies and planning.
  • Provides assistance to the Senior Counsel with the daily functions of the legal operations of the Immigration Unit, including serving as agency counsel on complex litigation matters involving the agency.
  • Reviews proposed changes in immigration laws and regulations, solicits comments, and formulates EOIR positions for presentation to Congress or regulatory agencies
  • Prepares legal opinions and analysis responding to questions raised and evaluation of key legal issues with other components with EOIR.
  • Assists in the drafting and development of regulations and other program guidance in conjunction with the Office of Policy
Qualifications: 

In order to qualify for the Attorney Advisor (Immigration) position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must also meet the following:
Must possess an LL.B or a J.D. degree. AND
Must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, a territory. Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (Date of admission to bar must be included in resume). AND
Must be a U.S. citizen and have a minimum of four (4) years of professional legal experience, post J.D. to qualify for the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
GS-14: Must possess (3) years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal services that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities. to perform the work of the GS-14 Attorney-Advisor. Examples of qualifying experience includes: 1) demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the Immigration and Nationality Act, related statutes, corresponding regulations, precedent decisions, and related Executive Orders; 2) researching, interpreting, applying law to situations beyond the scope of immigration law, including constitutional law issues, federal civil procedure, and judicial administration; 3) coordinating and integrating work activities of several different projects; and 4) assisting in complex litigation, including developing litigation strategies, drafting and reviewing responsive court filings, document review for discovery, and preparing guidance on the implementation of court orders resulting from judicial and administrative proceedings.

GS-15: Must possess four (4) years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal services that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities. to perform the work of the GS-15 Attorney-Advisor. Examples of qualifying experience includes: 1) demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the Immigration and Nationality Act, related statutes, corresponding regulations, precedent decisions, and related Executive Order; 2) researching, interpreting, applying law to situations beyond the scope of immigration law, including constitutional law issues, federal civil procedure; and judicial administration; 3) coordinating and integrating work activities of several different projects; and 4) coordinating complex litigation, including developing litigation strategies, drafting and reviewing responsive court filings, coordinating discovery, and overseeing the implementation of court orders resulting from judicial and administrative proceedings.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here.

Writing Sample: In addition to the minimum qualification, applicants must submit a writing sample that demonstrates their ability to author legal documents to be considered for this position. This document can not exceed 10 (ten pages)
Education

ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation by clicking here. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.) You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.

Translated transcripts are required.

Salary: 
$114,590 to $164,200 per year
Travel: 
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position
Application Process: 

You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire, which can be previewed here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10167202.
* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
1. Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Proof of Active Bar Membership
4. Writing Sample
5. Other supporting documents (submit if applicable to you):

  • Veterans' documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), dated VA Letter, SF-15)

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as: Employer name and location; From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each description of experience, with grade level held, if applicable, education, training etc.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualifications requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited toward qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 22, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
No
Number of Positions: 
2
Updated June 1, 2018

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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 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, 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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