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Attorney, Deputy General Counsel (Criminal) Supervisory GS-0905-14-15

Hiring Organization
INTERPOL Washington
Hiring Office
Office of General Counsel
Location:
Washington, DC 20002 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

INTERPOL Washington, the U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB), serves as the designated representative of the United States to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) on behalf of the U.S. Attorney General. The USNCB’s mission is to facilitate international U.S. criminal investigative and humanitarian efforts ensuring that they are consistent with U.S. interests and law, as well as INTERPOL rules and regulations. The USNCB operates 24/7/365 and serves as the point of contact for all INTERPOL matters involving the United States and its state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal law enforcement officials. It serves as the communications link between U.S. domestic law enforcement authorities and their counterparts in the 195 other INTERPOL member countries. It is responsible for administering U.S. authorities’ access to INTERPOL databases, seeking the issuance of all INTERPOL notices on behalf of U.S. authorities, and alerting U.S. authorities to the existence of INTERPOL notices and alerts issued by other countries. Finally, it represents the U.S. and its interests in international law enforcement fora sponsored by INTERPOL.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

The USNCB is seeking an attorney to fill the position of Deputy General Counsel (Supervisory) in the USNCB’s Office of General Counsel. This attorney’s responsibilities will include:

  • Works closely with the USNCB General Counsel to provide legal advice and counsel on all matters impacting the agency and its equities. Portfolios are both administrative and operational.
  • Serves as a legal advisor to the USNCB leadership and staff, rendering opinions on complex legal issues.
  • Monitors and provides comments on proposed legislation or regulations and their potential impact on USNCB operations and equities, keeping USNCB leadership and other stakeholders aware of key developments.
  • Provides expertise and advice on INTERPOL related matters, including international criminal, and investigative issues, such as fugitives, extradition, mutual legal assistance, and data processing.
  • Provides expertise and advice on matters such as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act, ethics, fiscal law, privacy and civil liberties, and oversees the personnel responsible for those programs.
  • Provides expertise and advice to law enforcement professionals on routine and complex international law enforcement matters.
  • Drafts data sharing and other agreements involving USNCB equities and personnel.
  • Represents the interests of the USNCB at both interagency and international meetings.
  • Assists the General Counsel in managing the daily operation of the Office of General Counsel.
  • Assists the USNCB leadership with written descriptive and background reports, compilations, surveys, comparisons of laws, statements of policy and other written products on legal issues of national or international significance, and the operational and administrative functions of the agency.
  • Exercises supervisory personnel management responsibilities. Directs, coordinates, and oversees work through subordinate supervisors.
Qualifications

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing. Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.

Applicants should have superior academic credentials, and outstanding interpersonal, verbal, writing and analytical skills. The successful candidate should also have a background or demonstrated interest in international issues and criminal practice. 

Application Process

To apply for this Attorney Advisor position with the USNCB, please submit a resume and a cover letter (highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (no longer than 15 pages and that exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and if a federal employee, a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available), to: Attorney.Vacancy@usdoj.gov 

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Salary

The salary range for this position is GS-14 ($139,395) – GS-15 ($191,900) per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2023/….

Number of Positions
1
Travel
25% Travel Required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated April 4, 2024