Although this vacancy announcement expires on October 5, 2023, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning on or about July 2024, with the possibility of an extension, contingent on funding. Appointment to this position will be through a reimbursable detail.
The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to combat money laundering, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crimes, and other types of crime more effectively in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to cooperate regionally more effectively and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice through OPDAT’s field office in Bogota, Colombia. The RLA will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, investigators, parliamentarians, and others to develop, implement, and strengthen OPDAT capacity building programs.
The RLA will be responsible for implementation of programs that focus on criminal justice sector institutional development, including transition and implementation of the accusatorial system, assessment of the legal system, prosecutorial capacity building, investigation and prosecution of transnational organized crimes and their organizations, money laundering and asset forfeiture cases, and developing the capacity of prosecutors to combat crime in more rural areas which are a threat to the region and threaten U.S. national security.
Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
- A J.D. degree, duly licensed, and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.
- Specific grade level requirements:
- GS-15: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
- GS-14: At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
- The applicant must be a fluent Spanish speaker, as well as proficient in reading and writing Spanish.
Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other United States Government approaches and policies involving money laundering and asset forfeiture crimes, including training and institution-building. Experience living, working, and/or training in an overseas environment is desirable. Experience with corruption-related investigations and prosecutions is highly desirable.
The successful applicant should also have:
- Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
- Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
- The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
- Extensive prosecution experience;
- Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects;
- Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases;
- Experience working with and/or establishing task forces; and
- Familiarity with international and cross border investigations and prosecutions.
Although this vacancy announcement expires on October 5, 2023, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.