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.
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 recruitment, employment, fiscal law, contract law, and ethics. Specifically, the incumbent reviews and drafts memoranda of understanding and memoranda of agreement; reviews federal government financial disclosure forms; provides advice on ATF and federal government ethics standards including deliveringmandatory annual ethics training to ATF employees; reviews and drafts disciplinary documents; provides legal advice to agency's Professional Review Board, Bureau Deciding Official, Merit Promotion Board, and Hardship Board; and performs other duties as assigned including serving as agency representative before administrative boards and alternate dispute resolution forums; provides training on employment law to agency managers; and represents the Office of Chief Counsel at meetings at DOJ relating to employment law, represents the agency at EEO mediations, advises on appropriations law issues, and other issues assigned to the Management Division.
There are two vacancies under this announcement. One will serve as an attorney with primary job responsibilities focused on supporting the Professional Review Board. The Professional Review Board reviews reports of investigation and proposes discipline based on employee misconduct. The incumbent attorney would review reports, summarize reports, advise the Professional Review Board and draft proposal notices. The second vacancy hired under this announcement will serve as an attorney with primary job responsibilities focused on supporting the Bureau Deciding Official. The Bureau Deciding Official reviews the proposal notices, hears oral replies to misconduct charges, reviews written replies to misconduct charges and drafts letters of decision based on employee misconduct. The incumbent must be able to advise the Bureau Deciding Official on due process rights and appeal rights to the Merit Systems Protection Board. Familiarity with the “Douglas Factors” would be beneficial in this position but not required.
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 ATF’s Ethics Program; Federal Fiscal and Appropriations Law; Procurement (Contracts) Law; Employee Relations; Human Resources; and EEOC complaints.
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).
All applications and resume must be submitted on-line through USAJOBS, announcement number 15-EXC-245-EMH.
Application must be received by May 26, 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.