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Attorney/Instructor

Hiring Organization
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Hiring Office
Office of Chief Counsel, Legal Instruction Section
Location:
2500 Investigation Parkway
Quantico, VA 22135 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal services and guidance to all components of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in matters that arise in the conduct of DEA missions to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. The office provides legal support to the DEA by analyzing the legal implications involved in policy decisions, advising and training DEA personnel worldwide on criminal, civil, and regulatory legal issues, reviewing pertinent proposed legislation and regulations affecting DEA operations, and representing DEA in civil and administrative litigation.

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 Attorney/Instructor is responsible for providing legal training to DEA personnel, as well as other Federal, state, local, and international law enforcement personnel; and Federal and state prosecutors. Some travel may be required to conduct training activities. The Attorney/Instructor conducts research, produces written legal instructional documents, prepares and reviews lesson plans, makes presentations, conducts training, and answers legal questions from students, other instructors, and senior DEA managers as necessary, and performs such other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), have at least 10 years of post J.D. legal experience, and have at least three years experience in grade as a GS-905-14 attorney or equivalent at time of selection. Applicants must also have: 1) significant experience in criminal law, with three years of Federal prosecution experience preferred; 2) excellent academic credentials; 3) strong oral and written communication and advocacy skills; 4) superior legal research and analytical skills; 5) experience in dealing with complex legal and policy issues; 6) the ability to identify and concisely explain complex legal concepts to non-lawyers in a classroom setting; 7) demonstrated ability as an instructor or ability to become a proficient instructor; 8) excellent interpersonal skills; 9) public speaking ability; 10) strong initiative and the ability to work with a minimum of supervision; 11) proficiency in computer-aided legal research and computer work processing; and 12) ability to formulate and implement Department of Justice and DEA policies on all matters pertaining to assigned areas. Desired qualifications include experience in addressing legal issues related to diversion investigations and forensic science issues.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, a professional legal writing sample, and a certificate of good standing from their bar to:

Drug Enforcement Administration Headquarters
Office of Chief Counsel
ATTN: Jayme Holcomb, Associate Chief Counsel
2500 Investigation Parkway
Quantico, Virginia 22135

Salary

Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary range for GS-15 position ($126,245 to $158,700).

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Travel required.
Relocation Expenses
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 7, 2016