General Attorney

Office of Chief Counsel
Attorney
600 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
United States
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.

Job Description: 

This position within the Criminal Law Policy Section provides legal advice and guidance on a broad variety of criminal matters. This position provides counsel on legal issues associated with criminal law policy, criminal discovery obligations, sentencing issues, and the role of the DEA expert scientific witness.  The position also provides counsel on other criminal law policy matters, including confidential sources and financial investigations.  Guidance is provided to Special Agents, Diversion Investigators and Task Force Officers.  Assistance and advice on analogue and synthetic cases is provided to prosecutors across the country.  Additionally, position responsibilities include preparing and presenting legal training materials to Forensic Science and Operations staff, including Financial Operations. 

Qualifications: 


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active memeber of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience.  Applicnats must also have 1) experience in criminal law, with Federal prosecutorial experience preferred; 2) excellent academic credentials; 3) strong oral and written communication skills; 4) superior legal research and analytical skills; 5) experience in dealing with complex legal and policy issues; and 6) familiarity with legal issues arising from use of electronic surveillance and other investigative technology and/or the Internet in narcotics investigations.  Proficiency in computer-aided legal research and computer word processing is required.  Applicants should also meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret Clearance.

Salary: 
GS-14 position ($108,887 - $141,555) to GS-15 ($128,082 - $160,300)
Travel: 
Occasional travel is required.
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 Administrtions (DEA Headquarters)

                 Office of Chief Counsel

                 ATTN:  Jane M. Erisman, Associate Chief Counsel

                 Criminal Law Policy Section

                 8701 Morrissette Drive

                 Springfield, Virginia  22152-1080

No telephone calls or e-mails, please.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 14, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated September 14, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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