Senior Counsel To The Deputy Attorney General/GS-14 -GS-15, Detail Opportunity

Attorney
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General is seeking an attorney with demonstrated experience in litigation and policy matters to be detailed to the Office of the Deputy Attorney General for a period of 6 months.

The Office of the Deputy Attorney General is responsible for advising and assisting the Attorney General in formulating and implementing Departmental policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction to all organizational units of the Department. The Deputy Attorney General is authorized to exercise all the power and authority of the Attorney General, except where such power or authority is prohibited by law from delegation or has been delegated to another official. In the absence of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General acts as the Attorney General.

Job Description: 

The incumbent will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Attorney General.

This individual will advise the Deputy Attorney General on selected litigation and policy matters, provide recommendations and outline options and potential consequences; and serve as the Deputy Attorney General's representative in meetings within and outside of the Department. Among other duties, the incumbent of this position will:

- Provide advice, guidance, and legal expertise to the DAG and members of the ODAG staff on litigation and policy matters involving the Department.

- Be required to draw upon experience as a litigator, and on substantive knowledge concerning areas within the responsibility of the Department.

- Assist members of the ODAG staff in identifying and resolving legal and policy matters as they arise.

- Represent the Department and the DAG in internal and interagency meetings.

- Develop, coordinate, and execute special projects as assigned by the DAG or her designee.

Qualifications: 

The candidate must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia, and have relevant post-J.D. legal experience. A minimum of six years of legal experience and extensive experience as a litigator is required. Experience with litigation and policy matters is strongly preferred. The incumbent is required to work independently and must utilize sound judgment, discretion, and diplomacy.

Salary: 
GS-14 - GS-15 and/or its AD equivalent ($108,887 - $160,300). This is a non-reimbursable detail assignment.
Travel: 
Occasional travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a résumé. Please reference announcement ODAG ATY-0708-SC in your cover letter.

Applicants are encouraged to email applications to Natalia.Sorgente@usdoj.gov or fax to (202) 514-9368 rather than mail them. No telephone calls please.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 22, 2016
Number of Positions: 
1 position
Updated July 22, 2016

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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.

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