The legal practice at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), Chicago, Illinois, covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels and includes such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement, medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, discipline, and prosecution assistance regarding crimes involving correctional operations.
The position at MCC Chicago is part of the Consolidated Legal Center (CLC), St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis CLC involves the management of a legal office that oversees the legal operations associated with several correctional institutions: MCC Chicago, Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), Oxford, Wisconsin, FCI Pekin, Illinois, United States Penitentiary (USP) Marion, Illinois; FCI Greenville, Illinois, FCI Terre Haute, Indiana, USP Terre Haute, Indiana, and FCI Milan, Michigan. The incumbent will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff at their assigned correctional facilities, including members of the Executive staff. The incumbent will also be expected to communicate with defense attorneys, prosecutors, federal courts and agency officials. The incumbent will need to develop a thorough knowledge of all aspects of BOP policy and practice as he/she may be required to appear in District Court on short notice to explain and advocate the agency's rationale for its correctional management decisions.
This is a primary law enforcement position. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, the maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Federal Bureau of Prisons institution. The duties of this position may at times require frequent and direct contact with individuals in confinement who are suspected or convicted of serious criminal offenses. It has also been determined that the duties of this position require experience and knowledge of the on-the-job responsibilities of a primary law enforcement officer working in a detention facility. A prerequisite requirement of this position is the completion of "Institution Familiarization", and, the satisfactory completion of a mandatory course in "Introduction to Correctional Techniques". The training emphasizes self-defense, firearms, security, hostage situations and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Because of the nature and mission of this position, it requires "hands-on" understanding of the operating problems encompassed in working within an institution. The incumbent may be called on to perform as a law enforcement officer in a correctional environment during training, emergency situations, times of staff shortages and under any other type of correctional operating crisis. Specific correctional responsibilities may include custody and supervision of inmates, responding to emergencies and institution disturbances, participating in fog and escape patrols, and assuming correctional officer posts when necessary. The incumbent may be required to shakedown inmates and conduct visual searches in their work or living area for contraband. The incumbent must be prepared to use physical control in situations where necessary, such as in fights among inmates, assaults on staff and riots or escape attempts.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one (1) year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualification: Prior experience in correctional law is highly desired though not required.
Applicants must submit a resume or current OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a legal writing sample by June 20, 2016, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
North Central Regional Office
Gateway Complex Tower II, 8th Floor
4th and State Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
Attention: Richard Schott, Regional Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application packet via e-mail to email@example.com.
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled but no later than June 20, 2016.