General Attorney

Attorney
Washington, DC 20535
United States
9716
About the Office: 

The Office of Integrity and Compliance, Ethics and Integrity Unit, will cultivate an environment committed to ethical principles, serve as a focal point for implementation of the federal ethics laws, to include the standards of conduct. As custodians of the FBI’s Core Values, the unit will assist FBI management at all levels in maintaining a culture where adherence to ethical principles and the FBI’s core values are emphasized as a paramount consideration in decisions throughout the FBI.
The Ethic and Integrity Unit provides advice to FBI employees on a variety of ethics and standards of conduct issues including, but not limited to: gifts, conflicts of interest, political activities, teaching-speaking-writing activities, travel, outside employment, employee involvement in outside activities, post-government service employment restrictions, fundraising, misuse of position, ethics training requirements, financial disclosure reporting, and misuse of government time and property. 

Job Description: 

Major Duties

  • Serves as a general attorney and ethics counselor within the Ethics and Integrity Unit (EIU), supporting the FBI’s Deputy Designated Agency Ethics Official (DDAEO) responsibilities and related requirements, including implementing the ethics standards established by: federal conflict of interest statutes; Office of Government Ethics (OGE) regulations; DOJ supplementary regulations; as well as the FBI’s Code of Conduct, Ethics, Integrity and Core Value Programs, and any related policies and procedures.
  • Reviews, researches, and advises (in writing and orally), as well as trains, FBI employees on such ethics standards and related matters.
  • Reviews, and advises accordingly, on confidential and public financial disclosure reports.
  • Plans, performs, collaborates and completes self-identified or assigned work on such ethics standards and related matters.
  • Supports, as needed, the Compliance Program.
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with FBI leadership, its employees, DOJ officials, other members of the law enforcement and intelligence community, as well as industry partners, on such ethics standards and related matters.
Qualifications: 

Education
Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.) and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).
Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting both proof of JD degree and proof of good standing with a bar within US jurisdiction by the closing date of the job opening. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.
 
Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice.
Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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 qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to 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: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Governance and Legal Jurisprudence 
  • Analytic Thinking 
  • Communication

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).

GS-14: Applicants applying for the GS-14 must also have 2.5 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.
GS-15: Applicants applying for the GS-15 must also have 4.5 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.

Specialized Experience
GS-14: Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience (SE) equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13).

  • Experience in analytical and evaluative methods/techniques for assessing program development for executing and improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
     

GS-15: Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience (SE) equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14). (In addition to the above specialized experience)

  • Experience providing advice to FBI employees on a variety of ethics and standards of conduct issues including, but not limited to: gifts, conflicts of interest, political activities, teaching-speaking-writing activities, travel, outside employment, employee involvement in outside activities, post-government service employment restrictions, fundraising, misuse of position, ethics training requirements, financial disclosure reporting, and misuse of government time and property.
  • Experience in the substantive nature of agency programs and activities, missions, policies/objectives, management principles/processes; and
Salary: 
GS-14 $112,021.00- $145,629.00 GS-15 $131,767.00- $161,900.00
Application Process: 

https://apply.fbijobs.gov/
 
How to Apply

High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status or result in a lowered score.

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

Step 1 - Establish an applicant account on the FBIJobs website by clicking Apply Now and then Register Now or login using your existing applicant account.

Step 2 - Paste your text resume in the space provided, upload a new resume or use a resume you have applied with previously. 

Step 3 – Complete your applicant profile if establishing your account for the first time.

Step 4 - Complete the assessment questionnaire.

Step 5 – Complete the application sections requested and submit your application

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:


Your resume (required) and cover letter (Mandatory)

A complete assessment questionnaire (required)

A Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages (Mandatory);

Other supporting documents:

  • Proof of current and active Bar Association Membership 
  • Photocopy of Law School Transcripts
     

Please Note: FBI employees currently assigned to a General Attorney position do not need to provide LAW School Transcripts or Proof of Bar Association Membership.

NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED FOR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation for submission, please follow the instructions below. Once documents are successfully attached, they will automatically be sent to HR.

Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click the "My Career Tools" hyperlink at the top of the page.

Step 2: Click the "Add Attachment" hyperlink located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available).

Step 4: Populate the “Attachment Purpose” field.

Step 5: Click the “Add Attachment” hyperlink.

Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.

Step 7: Click "Save & Add More" (if you are attaching more than one) or "Save & Return" if you have finished attaching documents.

You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 20, 2017
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated January 19, 2017

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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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