The Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking an experienced attorney to work in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of Chief Counsel, as a general Attorney in its Domestic Criminal Law Policy & Division Counsel Section. This section is located in Arlington, Virginia, provides legal advice and support to DEA management and field offices worldwide
This position within the Criminal Law Policy Section provides legal advice and guidance on a broad variety of criminal matters. This position provides counsel on legal issues associated with criminal law policy, criminal discovery obligations, and sentencing issues. Guidance is provided to special agents, diversion investigators and task force officers, including . assistance and advice on analogue and synthetic drug cases. Additionally, position responsibilities include preparing and presenting legal training materials for Operations staff, including Financial Operations, as well as staffing DEA Academy's Basic Forensic Chemist legal course and advanced legal training for scientists. The position may provide counsel on other criminal law policy matters, including confidential sources and financial investigations, to include Attorney General Exempt Operations.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), have at least 3 years of post J.D. legal experience, and at least three years of experience in grade as a GS905 13 Attorney 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) Experiences 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; must also meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret security clearance.
Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and a professional legal writing sample to:
Headquarters, Drug Enforcement Administration
Office of Chief Counsel
ATTN: Jane Erisman
Associate Chief Counsel, Domestic Criminal Law Policy & Division Counsel Section (CCO)
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
Applications must be received by March 7th, 2017. No telephone calls or emails please. There will be no relocation expenses authorized for the selected individual.
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."