This position serves as a senior attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of the Justice. This position is located in Bureau Headquarters, Washington, DC. The incumbent serves as embedded counsel to the Assistant Director (Field Operations), and other management officials in the Field Operations Directorate, providing legal advice and recommendations in relation to the enforcement and administration of the laws within ATF’s law enforcement authority, including advice related to high risk law enforcement operations and novel law enforcement strategies and tactics.
The incumbent provides legal advice and recommendations in relation to the enforcement and administration of Federal alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives and arson laws, as required to ensure that law enforcement operations are conducted in compliance with constitutional and legal requirements, as well as Department of Justice and ATF policy, and in a manner that promotes efficiency and public safety.
The attorney also provides legal counsel in connection with formal headquarters review of undercover and other high-risk operations, and with headquarters oversight of other law enforcement operations, in general; and coordinates with the Law and Policy Division to ensure that ATF law enforcement policies (such as orders and policy memoranda), strategies and tactics are thoroughly reviewed to ensure both compliance with constitutional and legal requirements, and promotion of efficiency and public safety. This responsibility includes providing counsel with respect to novel law enforcement techniques, strategies and tactics for which there may be little or no legal precedent.
In addition, the attorney coordinates personnel and resources within the Field Operations Directorate and the Office of Chief Counsel with respect to significant legal and policy issues, such as the collection, review and production of records related to major law enforcement operations or programs (e.g., in response to congressional inquiries, Freedom of Information Act demands, discovery in litigation involving ATF, requests for testimony in third-party litigation, and internal inspections), and implementing new programs and procedures in response to changes in the law or policy (e.g., new legislation, regulations or Department policy, significant opinions of the Supreme Court or United States Court of Appeals, corrective actions following an internal review).
Applicants must have at least six years of specialized experience as a practicing attorney (equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service for which the candidates is applying).
Specialized Experience is defined as experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.
Specialized experience for this position includes:
1. Demonstrated ability to provide legal and technical advice on matters related.
2. Broad knowledge of general law and legal procedures, both civil and criminal; a specialized knowledge of the laws relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives, arson, interstate smuggling of cigarettes, and claims collections.
3. Demonstrated ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with others; and the ability to approach the settlement of issues that will ensure fair and equitable consideration of the rights of taxpayers consistent with the protection of the interests of the Government.
4. Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice on the laws enforced by ATF, including the Gun Control Act, the National Firearms Act, and the Federal laws related to arson and explosives.
5. Demonstrated ability to provide legal guidance and advice on matters of general criminal law (e.g., laws governing search and seizure, electronic surveillance, custodial interrogations, undercover operations, use of force).
6. Superior analytical, written and communication skills.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.
Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing (any state or territory, or the District of Columbia).
All applicants must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.
The how to apply instructions can be found in VA #15-EXC-316-EMH on USAJOBS.OPM.GOV.
All applications and resume must be submitted on-line through USAJOBS under vacancy announcement number 15-EXC-316-EMH.
All application must be received by July 14, 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/content/Careers/careers-at-ATF (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/legal-careers/vacancies.