Attorney-Advisor (Indian Country)

Office of Legal and Victim Programs/Indian, Violent and Cyber Crimes Staff
Attorney
600 E STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20530
United States
15-EOUSA-1357668
About the Office: 

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #5 out of 19 large agencies and EOUSA/United States Attorneys Offices (USAOs) ranked #55 out of 315 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2014 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See www.bestplacestowork.org

The office is ideally situated among three Metro stations, one block from the Verizon Center, a short walk to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, and is surrounded by numerous restaurants and shops. In addition, we offer creative work solutions in which we provide compressed work schedules and flexible work schedules, along with transit subsidy. This position is located in the Office of Legal and Victim Programs; Indian, Violent and Cyber Crime (IVCC) Staff.

The IVCC Staff is responsible for providing management support, legal assistance and advice, and policy guidance to the USAOs for the advancement of the prosecution of child exploitation, firearms offenses, immigration-related offenses, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), federal drug crimes, gang-related criminal activity, intellectual property offenses, cyber crime, border initiatives, immigration issues, and all legal matters, criminal and civil, affecting Indian country. The IVCC Staff is comprised of EOUSA attorneys and analysts, as well as experienced Assistant United States Attorneys who are subject-matter experts detailed to EOUSA for one- to two-year assignments.

Job Description: 

The Attorney-Advisor will serve as the Native American Issues Coordinator and will work under the supervision of the Assistant Director of the IVCC Staff, EOUSA. Duties of the Native American Issues Coordinator include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide advice and assistance to the USAOs on legal and programmatic initiatives relating to Indian Country issues.
  • Act as the liaison to the Native American Issues Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys.
  • There is an expectation of independence afforded to the staff member, as well as required initiative to develop, manage, and initiate new and major projects in accordance with the significance of the issue, Department priorities, overall expectations, goals and available resources.
  • Assignments involve serving as the point of contact on all matters, criminal and civil, pertaining to Native American issues on behalf of EOUSA and the USAOs; providing support to the USAOs; and coordinating and resolving legal issues.
  • Draft Congressionally-mandated reports and statements for the record for Congressional hearings relating to issues affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Draft and assist with the implementation of initiatives and national policy to further the mission of the Department.
  • Act as a liaison between the Department of Justice and other federal agencies in matters pertaining to Indian Country.
  • Work closely with the Department's components, including Leadership, to further the Department's mission in Indian Country. The incumbent will also work with other federal, state, and tribal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Accordingly, the incumbent must have the ability to work well with others and to handle issues in a professional, diplomatic, and cordial manner.
  • There may be occassional travel to districts that have Indian Country.
Qualifications: 

Applicants MUST possess a J.D. Degree and

- Be an active member of the bar* (any jurisdiction).

*You must include your bar membership information in your application package to be considered.

In order to qualify at the GS-15 grade level applicants must have 5 years post J.D. legal experience in Indian Country and/or 5 years post J.D. litigation experience involving Native American issues in Federal Court.

Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate must also demonstrate sound judgment, good interpersonal skills, and a strong work ethic. Detailed knowledge of the mission, organization, statutory obligations, functions, procedures, practices and priorities of the Department, EOUSA, and the USAOs, especially in assigned program areas, is desirable.

Salary: 
$126,245.00 - $158,700.00
Travel: 
1-2 Weeks Per Year.
Application Process: 

You must apply on-line on USAJOBS at the following link:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398052400

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
ONE
Updated April 7, 2016

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