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Attorney-Advisor (Indian Country)

Hiring Organization
Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA)
Hiring Office
Office of Legal and Victim Programs/Indian, Violent and Cyber Crimes Staff
Job ID
15-EOUSA-1422925
Location:
600 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
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.

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 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

Required 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 one (1) year post J.D. legal experience in Indian Country and/or one (1) year 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.

Application Process

You must apply on-line on USAJOBS at the following link:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/406031100

Salary

$126,245.00 - $158,700.00

Number of Positions
ONE
Travel
1-2 Weeks Per Year.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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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, 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 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, 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 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 April 7, 2016