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Attorney Advisor (Management)

Hiring Organization
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Hiring Office
Office of Chief Counsel
Job ID
15-EXC-438-EMH
Location:
99 New York Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20226 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Chief Counsel is responsible for performing all of the legal services related to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives, arson, and administrative law. The Office of the Chief Counsel (CC) prepares, reviews, or assists in the preparation of proposed legislation, regulations, and executive orders relating to the laws affecting and enforced by the Bureau. The CC makes recommendations to the Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning litigation involving the Bureau; represents the Bureau in administrative proceedings; and provides legal advice and assistance to other Federal, State, and local agencies including U.S. Attorneys and DOJ officials in the prosecution of ATF firearms and explosives cases and cases involving alcohol and tobacco diversion.

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

This position serves as a staff attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel (CC), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Justice (DOJ).

The incumbent is assigned to the Associate Chief Counsel, Management Division and handles routine legal matters within the division. This position will also provide legal advice to ATF’s Bureau Deciding Official (BDO). The BDO is responsible for rendering fair, consistent and timely decisions for ATF employees who are subject to proposed discipline by the Professional Review Board.

Providing legal advice and recommendations both orally and in writing to ATF’s Bureau Deciding Official (BDO). Advising agency management on a wide variety of matters affecting the Bureau relating to recruitment, employment, fiscal law, contract law, and ethics. Specifically,reviewing and drafting memoranda of understanding and memoranda of agreement; reviewing federal government financial disclosure forms; providing advice on ATF and federal government ethics standards including delivering mandatory annual ethics training to ATF employees; reviewing and drafting disciplinary documents. Performing other duties as assigned including serving as agency representative before administrative boards and alternate dispute resolution forums; providing training on employment law to agency managers; and representing the Office of Chief Counsel at meetings at DOJ relating to employment law; representing the agency at EEO mediations, advising on appropriations law issues, and other issues assigned to the Management Division.

Qualifications

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

All applicants must have the following specialized experience as a practicing attorney equivalent to each of the next lower grades level.

GS-12: all applicants must have one year as a practicing attorney; knowledge of laws relating to employee relations and personnel matters; and skills in legal writing and oral advocacy.

GS-13: In addition to the requirements for the GS-12, all applicants must have three years as a practicing attorney; extensive understanding and knowledge of Federal laws, including laws relating to recruitment, employment, fiscal law, contract law, and ethics, both substantive and procedural; and the ability to apply this knowledge to conducting research and preparing case-related matters; and superior analytical and writing skills.

GS-14: In addition to the requirements for the GS-13, applicants must have five years as a practicing attorney; experience as the principal attorney assigned cases with a high degree of difficulty and importance, including independently exercising responsibility for the development and presentation of cases.

Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is:

1. Knowledge of Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, laws administered and enforced by the Bureau, and with laws relating to employee relations and personnel matters.

2. Experience serving as a legal advisor on a wide variety of matters related to the employee disciplinary process, adverse actions and misconduct and appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

3. Superior analytical and writing skills.

All Attorneys must possess a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B).

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.

Must provide a writing sample (no more than 15 pages).

Application Process

All applications and resume must be submitted on-line through USAJOBS, announcement number 15-EXC-438-EMH.

Application must be received by October 9, 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: http://www.atf.gov/careers/professionaltechnical (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 http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html.

Salary

$76,378.00 to $139,523.00 / Per Year

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses may be 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, 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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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