The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking an experienced attorney to work as a Division Counsel in the Special Operations Division of DEA. The position is part of the staff of DEA, Office of Chief Counsel and is located in Chantilly, Virginia.
The Division Counsel acts as a representative of the Office of Chief Counsel at the Special Operations Division. Accordingly, he/she is involved in all legal matters and issues concerning the Special Operations Division, including criminal, civil, and administrative law. The Division Counsel's work primarily will involve the application of criminal law. Nevertheless, while the Division Counsel is not expected to be an expert in all areas of law, he/she is called upon to spot legal issues arising in a variety of contexts and to refer to them in the proper subject matter experts within the Office of Chief Counsel. This includes substantive drug-related and money laundering statutes, investigative methods and techniques, search and seizure, electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation, evidence, discovery, drafting and reviewing legislative proposals relating to criminal law and procedure, and Federal sentencing guidelines, legal training, and legal review of operational policies and procedures. It also includes legal advice on matters relating to support of civil and administrative litigation, including regulatory issues under the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC § 801 et seq.), as well as personnel, security, and fiscal law. This position is part of the staff of the Technology Law Unit (CCS), with duty at the Special Operations Division.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), have at least 10 years of post J.D. legal experience, and at least three years experience in grade as a GS‑905‑14 attorney or equivalent at time of selection. Applicants must also have 1) Significant experience in criminal law, with at least three years Federal prosecutorial experience preferred, or significant experience in other areas of law applicable to the operation of a federal law enforcement agency;
2) Excellent academic credentials; 3) Strong oral and written communication and advocacy skills; 4) Superior legal research and analytical skills; 5) Experience in dealing with complex legal and policy issues; and 6) Ability to formulate and implement Department of Justice and DEA policies on all matters pertaining to assigned areas. Proficiency in computer‑aided legal research and computer word processing is required.
Applicants should also meet eligibility requirement for a Top Secret Clearance. Experience in international and intelligence law is preferred.
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 Administration Headquarters
Office of Chief Counsel
ATTN: Robert C. Gleason, Deputy Chief Counsel
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
No telephone calls or emails please. Applications must be received by February 2nd 2017.
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 can be located at www.dea.gov under “Jobs”. The link to the questionnaire is located in the paragraph on the page.