Attorney Advisor (Management Division)

Office of Chief Counsel
Washington, DC, DC 20226
United States
About the Office: 

ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice that protects our communities from acts of terrorism, violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research, and use of technology.

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 ethics, contracts, and fiscal law matters within the division.

Job Description: 

The incumbent provides legal advice and recommendations both orally and in writing to Bureau officials on a wide variety of matters affecting the Bureau relating to ethics, fiscal law, and contract law. Specifically, the incumbent reviews federal government financial disclosure forms; provides advice on ATF and federal government ethics standards including delivering mandatory annual ethics training to ATF employees; represents the Office of Chief Counsel at DOJ meetings relating to ethics, contracts law, and fiscal law; and may advise on other issues assigned to the Management Division.


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

GS-12: all applicants must have one year as a practicing attorney; knowledge of laws relating to ethics, fiscal and appropriations law, and contracts law; and skills in legal writing and oral advocacy.

GS-13: all applicants must have three years as a practicing attorney; extensive understanding and knowledge of laws and regulations relating to ethics, fiscal and appropriations law, and contracts law; and the ability to apply this knowledge to conducting research and advising senior management officials; 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 in advising senior management officials in the areas of ethics, fiscal and appropriations law, and contracts law.  Experience working ethics issues with a high degree of difficulty and importance, including independently exercising responsibility for the provision of ethics, fiscal and appropriations law, and contracts law advice.

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 government ethics to include financial conflicts of interest and impartiality; gifts and payments; outside employment and activities; post-government employment; and use of government positions and resources.  Knowledge of fiscal and appropriations law, and contracts law.

2. Experience serving as a legal advisor on a wide variety of matters related to ethics; federal fiscal and appropriations law; and contracts law.

3. Superior analytical and writing skills.

81,548.00 -148,967.00
• Occasional travel may be required
Application Process: 
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses may be authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 13, 2018

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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