The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking an experienced attorney to work in the Office of Chief Counsel, Diversion and Regulatory Policy Section, DEA Headquarters, located in Arlington, Virginia.
The attorney will be primarily responsible for serving as legal advisor on all issues related to the diversion of legally produced controlled substances and listed chemicals into illegitimate channels. Responsibilities will cover the gamut of regulatory matters mandated by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), including drug and chemical control, drug scheduling actions, and quotas. The attorney will review and provide legal advice on relevant legislative proposals and agency policies. Additionally, the attorney will review all rules and regulations affecting the legitimate handling of controlled substances and listed chemicals, and evaluate them for compliance with the requirements of federal statutes including the CSA and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least eight (8) years post-J.D. legal experience. Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written advocacy and legal research skills. Applicants should have an exceptional academic background. The ideal candidate should have prior experience in federal regulatory law and proficiency in computer-aided legal research and computer word-processing. Applicants should also meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret Clearance.
Extensive knowledge of the Administrative Procedure Act is required. Knowledge of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) or some training or experience in scientific areas such as biochemistry or pharmacology is highly desirable but not required.
Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, and a legal writing sample to:
Drug Enforcement Administration
Office of Chief Counsel
Chief, Diversion and Regulatory Policy Section (CCR)
ATTN: Elizabeth Murphy, Associate Chief Counsel
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage and the full-field background investigation and results of the other steps in the process are otherwise favorable.
Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position. All applicants must complete the DEA Drug Questionnaire and submit that Questionnaire with their application package. A copy of the drug questionnaire can be located at http://www.justice.gov/dea, under “Careers.” The link to the questionnaire is located under “Employment Requirements.”