The Science and Technology Law Office (STLO) provides legal policy and real-time operational legal support to and advice on diverse matters pertaining to the Science & Technology Branch which includes the FBI Laboratory Division. STLO attorneys may be assigned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC or FBI facilities at Quantico, Virginia. STLO is responsible for providing legal support and guidance on:
· The application of scientific, engineering, and technical solutions in order to access, collect, forensically analyze, and exploit information in support of the FBI's intelligence and investigative missions.
· The immediate operational and investigative issues involving the collection, processing, and exploitation of scientific, biometric and digital evidence for the FBI and other duly constituted law enforcement agencies in support of investigative and intelligence priorities, including the handling of all discovery and disclosure matters directed to the FBI Laboratory Division.
· Identifying and addressing gaps in legal policy and legislative legal authorities.
· Serve as legal counsel to assigned Laboratory Divisions sections, units, and programs.
· Provide legal guidance on and assisting examiners with pre-trial preparation, and during depositions, and trial proceedings.
· Develops, maintains and manages relations with prosecutors and defense counsel.
· Provides guidance on the application of relevant statutes and other authorities including the FBI Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) and Attorney General Guidelines in all FBI operations and investigations.
· Provides guidance on handling of all discovery and disclosure matters directed to the FBI Laboratory Division.
GS-15: In addition to the duties described above;
· Serves as the legal expert regarding forensic sciences and forensic evidence in meetings attended by senior FBI officials and attorneys from other Federal agencies and forensic institutions.
· Identifies gaps and developing legal policy solutions, including legislative and administrative proposals, regarding the practice of forensic science and FBI operations.
Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.).
Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.
Extensive travel may be required to provide legal instruction at various conferences, case support, and for on-site team reviews of FBI Field Office forfeiture operations.
Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice, before they can complete the FBI's background process.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:
· Governance and Legal Jurisprudence
· Oral/Written Communication
· Problem-Solving Skills
High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.
Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.
Questions or requests for further information may be referred Justin Schoolmaster, Chief of Staff, at (202) 324-6774.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: In order to be considered for this position, applicants must response to the following selective placement factor question. Experience litigating issues or providing legal policy advice involving forensic science and evidence handling procedures. Experience in this area MUST be identified in your resume.
All qualifying experience MUST be provided within your RESUME to be considered. In addition the selective placement factor, please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) cane be identified in your resume.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: All Applicants must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction). Applicants applying for the GS 14 must also have 2.5 years or more post J.D. legal experience.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENTS above, applicant must meet the specialized experience (SE) as described below;
GS-14: Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level.
Specialized Experience is;
· Experience litigating the use of forensic evidence in criminal trials as a state/local/federal prosecutor.
· Experience providing briefings and training in a classroom setting.
GS-15: Applicants applying for the GS 15 must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.
Applicant must possess one (1) year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 level.
Specialized Experience is;
· Experience drafting complex legal documents such as white papers, legal opinions, motions and affidavits related to criminal or national security investigations, operations or prosecutions.
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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