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Attorney Advisor (Instructor)

Hiring Organization
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Hiring Office
Office of Chief Counsel
Job ID
Glynco, GA 31524 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Counsel (CC), Law and Policy Division. The position is embedded in the ATF Academy in Glynco, GA. The incumbent functions as an expert legal advisor assigned to the Associate Chief Counsel (Law and Policy (LP)) and provides liaison in training and instructional matters between the Office of Chief Counsel and the ATF Academy on a wide variety of matters including serving as the main instructor at ATF Academy for all legal courses.

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 is responsible for independently developing and delivering legal instruction in support of all ATF National Academy (Academy) programs, including SABT and IOIBT. This responsibility includes:

· Developing lesson objectives, lesson plans, study aids, practical exercises and other instructional materials that are designed to effectively teach knowledge, skills and abilities, as required by Academy instructional goals.

· Developing tests, including written examinations, computer-based examinations, and practical exercises, as required to measure whether students have acquired knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to meet or exceed Academy instructional goals.

· Developing remedial instruction and retesting procedures, as required, providing opportunities to remedy insufficient acquisition of knowledge and skills, to the extent providing such remedial opportunities is consistent with Academy instructional goals.


GS-15: Applicants must have in excess of six years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The attorney also serves as lead attorney on extremely complex legal issues where there is little or no precedent. This includes cases referred to the office on alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives and arson matters, including litigation, as required. The specialized experience must be providing legal advice and training in connection to extensive understanding of all Federal laws, including the Federal firearms and explosive laws; as well as other federal regulations used by ATF.

Specialized experience for this position includes:

Demonstrated ability to develop legal and technical training on general criminal law and procedure (e.g., investigative authorities, search and seizure, use-of-force, grand jury, electronic surveillance), laws enforced by ATF (e.g., Federal firearms, explosives and arson laws) and ethics.

Demonstrated ability to provide thorough legal analysis on legal matters related to general criminal law and procedures.

Demonstrated ability to provide legal instruction that meet or exceed any applicable accreditation standards established by Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA).

Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and advice to law enforcement agents on laws and policies related criminal law and procedures.

Extensive knowledge of Federal laws applicable to criminal law and procedures and federal law enforcement policies and procedures.

Extensive knowledge of methods and techniques used to develop classroom presentations, practical exercises, remote learning and online learning.

Superior analytical, written and communication skills.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.

In addition, all applicants, must be active members in good standing of the bar of any state or territory, or the District of Columbia.

All applicants must meet all qualifications requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.

Application Process

The how to apply instructions can be found in VA #15-EXC-258-EMH on USAJOBS.OPM.GOV.

All applications and resume must be submitted on-line through USAJOBS under vacancy announcement number 15-EXC-258-EMH.

All application must be received by June 5, 2015 midnight on the closing date of this announcement.

If you have questions or are unable to submit your application through USAJOBS, please contact Ella Hathaway, Human Resources Specialist, at (202) 648-8835.

Internet sites: (use this internet site to access the on-line application in USAJOBS).  This and other attorney vacancy announcements with the Department of Justice can be found at


$116,021.00 to $150,830.00 / Per Year

Number of Positions
Travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation and travel expenses may be authorized for this position.

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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 April 7, 2016