General Attorney

Science and Technology Law Office/Office of the General Counsel
Attorney
935 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20535
United States
09-2015-0010
About the Office: 

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.

Job Description: 

GS-14:

· 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.

Qualifications: 

Education

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.).

Requirements

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.

Evaluations

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:

· Leadership

· Governance and Legal Jurisprudence

· Research

· Oral/Written Communication

· Analysis

· Collaboration

· 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.

Salary: 
$107325.00 -$158700.00
Travel: 
Travel Required: Occasional Travel
Application Process: 

Go to WWW.USAJOBS.GOV for more information.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 3, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated April 7, 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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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