Attorney Advisor (Part-Time)

Attorney
Washington, DC 20005
United States
17-CRM-CEO-033
About the Office: 

This is a part-time position of 20 hours a week.

 

The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and its High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU) are the nation´s experts in prosecuting child exploitation cases, and in investigating high-technology child exploitation crimes. CEOS is dynamic, result-driven, and strongly focused on making the most meaningful prosecutions in its subject areas. CEOS attorneys and HTIU digital investigative analysts help lead the Department of Justice´s efforts to continuously improve the enforcement of federal child exploitation laws and prevent the exploitation of children. CEOS attorneys and HTIU digital investigative analysts investigate and prosecute defendants who have violated federal child exploitation laws and also assist the 94 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals related to these offenses. In addition, CEOS attorneys and HTIU digital investigative analysts perform other vital functions within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, including providing advice and training to federal prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and government officials, and participating in national and international meetings on training and policy development. CEOS also works to develop and refine proposals for prosecution policies, legislation, government practices, and agency regulations. In all aspects of their work, CEOS attorneys and HTIU digital investigative analysts seek to blend investigative and prosecutorial experience with policy expertise in order to create innovative solutions to the threats posed by those who violate federal child exploitation laws.

Job Description: 

As an Attorney Advisor with CEOS, your duties will include training, outreach, policy, and other programmatic responsibilities, to include:

 

  • Management of CEOS’s case summary digest, newsletter and other informational materials for publication to U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and federal law enforcement partners, including the development, drafting and editing of articles, and the coordination of such work by CEOS’s trial attorneys.

  • Development and maintenance of the content of CEOS’s external and internal websites.

  • Development, presentation, and coordination of trainings and seminars for CEOS staff, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal law enforcement partners, and others, including trainings conducted at the National Advocacy Center and trainings and presentations for foreign visitors coordinated through the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training.

  • Supporting Section management in policy, legislation, and guidance matters as assigned.

  • Drafting and editing of letters in response to correspondence from members of Congress, private citizens, companies, and other organizations.

  • Coordinating CEOS’s responses to requests pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

  • Representing CEOS at interagency task force and working group meetings.

  • Supporting CEOS’s law student and undergraduate student internship program, and the interns who provide necessary and significant research, writing, and other assistance in the Section’s critical investigations and prosecutions.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.

 

Grade Specific Qualifications:

  • To qualify at the GS-13 level, applicants must have at least one and a half (1.5) years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performs basic legal analysis and formulates recommendations for senior managers, composes legal memoranda, reports, and position papers on legislative history, laws, regulations, and court opinions in support of litigation.

  • To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performs legal analysis and formulates recommendations to senior managers, composes legal memoranda, reports and position papers on legislative history, laws, regulations, and courts opinions regarding issues that may lack clear precedent in support of litigation.

  • To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.

     

Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will further be evaluated based upon the following competencies:

  • Ability to plan and carry out complex cases involving violations of federal statutes;

  • Superior written and analytical skills;

  • Participation in inter-departmental working groups or taskforces;

  • Knowledge of federal child exploitation and obscenity laws, processes and procedures.

Salary: 
The salary for the position is $47,398.00-$80,950.00. This position is for not more than 40 hours per bi-weekly pay period. See OPM’s Web page at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/salary-tables/17Tables/html/DCB.aspx.
Travel: 
Occasional travel will be required.
Application Process: 

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

  1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

  2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/461755300/

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated January 9, 2017

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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 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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