The Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs is seeking an experienced Department of Justice attorney for the position of the DOJ Attaché, stationed at the United States Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. The Attaché is the representative of the Department of Justice and OIA in Mexico, and as such reports to the Chief of Mission. The Attaché is a member of the Ambassador's Country Team, supervises two Deputy Attachés and a variety of additional support staff members, and works as a member of OIA's Mexico and Central America team. The Department of Justice Attaché's Office is responsible for managing extradition and mutual assistance requests between the United States and Mexico, providing liaison and case support among OIA, U.S. prosecutors (state and federal), and U.S. and foreign officials in Mexico, as well as supporting the Criminal Division and the Department in the formulation and execution of bilateral law enforcement and criminal justice programs and policies. The Attaché's Office works in a fast-paced, high-volume, and challenging environment.
This is a reimbursable detail opportunity for two years with the possibility of a one year extension and is expected to begin in the summer of 2015. The successful candidate will be required to serve and successfully complete an initial, temporary detail at the Office of International Affairs in Washington, D.C. for approximately thirty (30) to sixty (60) days prior to receiving final clearance and reporting to the duty station in Mexico City. The detail is funded by the Criminal Division.
The responsibilities of the Attaché position include, but are not limited to:
- Monitoring U.S.-Mexico extradition requests, requests for legal assistance (formal and informal) in criminal matters, and resolving problems regarding those requests;
- Working with the Office of the Mexican Attorney General, the Mexican Foreign Ministry on criminal investigations and prosecutions as well as serving generally as liaison to those offices to ensure that the law enforcement interests of the United States and the Department of Justice are understood and given adequate consideration by Mexican authorities;
- Developing expertise in the criminal laws and procedures of Mexico to assist U.S. authorities with questions on law enforcement matters and assisting Mexican authorities with questions regarding U.S. criminal laws and procedures, all with a view toward better cooperation and coordination through mutual understanding;
- Working with and advising all law enforcement agencies and appropriate Department of State (DOS), Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, Department of Defense, and other U.S. Government agencies stationed in Mexico on transnational criminal issues;
- Working closely with senior DOS and other U.S. Government agency officials on international criminal matters, with a particular view towards clearly articulating the interests of the Department of Justice and working toward effective integration of those interests with the policies and priorities of the Embassy, DOS, and other U.S. Government agencies;
- Managing the Department of Justice's Mexico City Office and supervising the Deputy Attachés and support staff at the U.S. Embassy.
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; have at least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience; be a current employee of the Department of Justice with extensive experience in the field of criminal law and the prosecution of criminal offenders; and have a background working with international requests for extradition and mutual legal assistance. Applicants must have, or be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
Application should also have:
1. Significant experience dealing with complex legal and policy issues;
2. Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance;
3. Working knowledge of federal and state judicial systems, prosecutions, and investigative and regulatory agencies;
4. Experience in dealing with foreign governments, officials, and judicial systems;
5. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relations with state and federal law enforcement agencies, representatives of foreign governments and the public, and the ability to supervise attorneys and paralegal support staff;
6. Ability to formulate, implement, and effectively advocate Department of Justice policies on all matters relating to the assigned areas;
7. Ability to manage an office, budget, and personnel while working in a fast-paced, high-volume work environment;
8. Familiarity with national security issues;
9. Some understanding of Department of State practices and regulations; and
10. Professional proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should send their resume and cover letter to Position, Mexico City on your DOJ Global Address Book, or MexicoCity.Position@usdoj.gov.
Submissions must be post-marked or received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard time, on April 12, 2015. This announcement may be closed prior to the closing date if all selections are made.