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.
This position is located in the Office of the Chief Counsel (CC), West Region, Phoenix, AZ. The incumbent functions as a legal advisor assigned to the Associate Chief Counsel (West Region) and handles all legal matters within the division. The office legal work involves responsibility for all legal issues and matters arising from the ATF Phoenix Field Division (Arizona/New Mexico).
This position is in the Excepted Service.
All applicants must have the following specialized experience as a practicing attorney equivalent to each of the next lower grades level.
Specialized experience for this position includes:
GS-14: 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 the case; knowledge of the Federal firearms and explosives laws; and superior analytical and writing skills.
GS-15: In addition to the requirements for the GS-14, applicants must have in excess of six years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The attorney also serves as lead attorney on extremely complex legal issues where there is little or no precedent. This includes cases referred to the office on alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives and arson matters, including litigation, as required. The specialized experience must be providing legal advice in connection to extensive understanding of all Federal laws, including the Federal firearms and explosive laws; as well as other federal regulations used by ATF.
Must provide a writing sample (no more than 15 pages).
The how to apply instructions can be found in VA #15-EXC-181-EMH on https://www.usajobs.gov/.
All applications and resume must be submitted on-line through USAJOBS under vacancy announcement number 15-EXC-181-EMH.
All application must be received by April 8, 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