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Attorney Advisor (Legal Orientation Program)

Hiring Organization
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
Hiring Office
Office of the Director, Office of Legal Access Programs
Job ID
5107 Leesburg Pike Suite 2300
Falls Church, VA 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking an individual to serve as an Attorney Advisor.

This position is located in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Director, Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP). The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases. Specifically, under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers the Federal immigration laws by conducting immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. EOIR consists of three adjudicating components: the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the numerous immigration courts located throughout the United States where immigration judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of the immigration judges' decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related cases. EOIR is committed to providing the fair, expeditious, and uniform application of our Nation's immigration laws in all cases.


U.S. Citizen or National.

Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.

Suitable for Federal employment as determined by completion of a favorable background investigation and drug test, if applicable.

A two year trial period is required, if not previously completed.

Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.

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 incumbent is responsible for providing expert advice and counsel to the Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) Director and other senior Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) officials. Responsible for assisting with the development, implementation, and management of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), and Legal Orientation Program for Unaccompanied Children (LOPC); serves as a Contract Officer's Representative (COR) to develop, administer, evaluate, and expand the LOP and LOPC, ensuring compliance of both programs with their respective Statement of Work, responding to the contract-related needs of nonprofit private organizations carrying out such programs, and cultivating good faith working relationships between government entities and the contractor/subcontractors carrying out such programs; analyzing pro bono representation, on a city-by-city and location-by-location basis, to identify gaps and problems; carrying out management objectives, policies, and planning for OLAP, and evaluates proposed legislative changes in terms of foreseeable effect on the office, method of operation, and extent of operation.

The incumbent is responsible for recommending policies and develops procedures and regulations implementing any new or amended legislation for OLAP, and ensures that these policies, procedures, and regulations are consistent with the intent of the law and are administratively sound, efficient, and effective.


Applicants must possess an LL.B. or a J.D. degree and 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, territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia. (Include the date of your admission to the bar.)

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

In order to qualify for the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have a minimum of three (3) years of post-J.D. professional legal experience in immigration law. In order to qualify for the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have a minimum of four (4) years of post J.D. professional legal experience in immigration law.

Preferred qualifications:

In addition to the above qualifications; applicants may also have experience working with organizations that provide legal representation to low-income immigrants, training and program management of legal service programs, and experience providing legal or social services to individuals with mental disabilities.

Having the ability to speak, read and write fluently in Spanish within a legal environment is highly desirable.

These qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement, Friday August 8, 2014.

Application Process

Applicants must submit an OF-612 Optional Application for Federal Employment, resume, or any other written format that describes your job qualifications. You must also submit a short (1-page) statement in support of your application. In addition, you must submit your most current performance appraisal, and a writing sample not to exceed ten (10) pages.

If you are submitting a resume, it must include the announcement number, title and grades(s) of the job for which you are applying and specific location(s); your full name, mailing address, day and evening telephone numbers (including area code), email address, social security number, country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian grade held including job series and dates held.

Applications must be hand delivered, emailed or mailed to:

U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Human Resources Staff, Administrative Division
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2300
Washington, DC 20530
Attn: Candace Samuels

Mailed applications must be received in the Human Resources Office by 5 pm EST on Friday August 8, 2014.

The email address for submission is:

Applications sent via email must be received in the Human Resources Office by 11:59 pm EST on Friday August 8, 2014.


The salary range varies between: $106,262.00 to $157,100.00 Per Year

Number of Positions
Occasional travel is required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not 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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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated April 7, 2016