Part-time attorney

Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Director of the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM) adjudicates FBI whistleblower reprisal claims brought under 28 C.F.R. Part 27, and OARM manages the FBI Whistleblower Program on behalf of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In addition, OARM is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of personnel programs and policies relevant to Department attorneys and law clerks; the administration of Department-wide diversity initiatives and recruitment and mentoring programs for attorneys and law students; the counseling of senior-level Department officials regarding attorney personnel matters in the Department; and the determination of attorney and law student applicants’ suitability for employment with the Department.  OARM is a small, collegial, dedicated and service-driven organization for the entire Agency.  Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Job Description: 

OARM seeks a part-time attorney to assist the Director and Assistant Director with the adjudication of complaints by FBI employees who believe they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected whistleblower activity. 

The incumbent will draft and issue orders and opinions, rule on motions, and participate in and assist with status conferences and hearings. Under the guidance of the Assistant Director, the attorney will research and analyze complex issues that arise in the course of these matters and will also be responsible for all administrative functions associated with the processing of these cases, including case file and docket management.  The position requires interaction with the Department’s leadership and component heads, the FBI’s Office of General Counsel, outside counsel, and the FBI employees seeking corrective action.  The office carries a heavy workload and places a premium on the commitment and ability to produce high-quality work while maintaining this caseload.

This position is for 20 hours per week, with flexibility in establishing the incumbent’s schedule.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), have at least one year of legal or other relevant experience, and have a proven track record of excellent writing and research skills.   The successful candidate will also have the ability to interpret and apply complex regulatory and statutory provisions. 

Decisional writing experience, including handling reprisal cases before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, or other comparable experience is highly valued, as are judicial clerkship experience and a demonstrated knowledge of federal administrative law.  Excellent judgment, discretion, self-motivation and strong organizational skills are also preferred qualifications, as is a demonstrated ability to work independently.

Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range is GS-12 to GS-15 per annum.
Not required
Application Process: 

To apply, please submit via email your resume, writing sample no longer than 10 double-spaced pages that showcases your analytical ability, and cover letter addressing your interest in the position and how your background and experience is a good fit with the qualifications listed above to:

Eleanor Carpenter, Deputy Director

Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management


The position will remain open until filled, but applications must be submitted no later than the close of business on July 8, 2016.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 8, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position
Number of Positions: 
Updated June 13, 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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are 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.

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, 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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