Senior Counsel to the Inspector General

Attorney
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
1834770-SM-SL
About the Office: 

The Department of Justice is the Nation's Top Law Enforcement agency and is ranked by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the top 9 places to work in the federal government! The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is one of the premier federal inspector general offices with a prestigious team of professionals. The OIG conducts audits, evaluations, investigations and special reviews of the personnel and programs of all DOJ components. 

This position is located in the Immediate Office of the Inspector General (IG). The Immediate Office is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as Senior Counsel to the Inspector General on matters of management policy, reviews and edits OIG reports, oversees special projects of a sensitive and high profile nature, serves as liaison to DOJ and other government officials, and handles other duties as assigned by the IG and Deputy IG. 

Expert knowledge of workings of the Department of Justice, IG offices is very valuable in this position. Experience managing tasks typical of OIG work, including helping to guide and review work products from investigations, evaluations, inspections and other reviews is also desirable.

For more information on the OIG and the Immediate Office, please visit our website at http://www.justice.gov/oig.

This vacancy may be used to make selections for similar or comparable positions throughout the agency within the stated duty station.

Job Description: 

As Senior Counsel to the Inspector General, you will be responsible for using a demonstrated understanding of or familiarity with the workings of the Department of Justice to:

·    Make legal and policy recommendations based upon research, analysis and the evaluation of expert information; 
·    Use relevant legal training, practical experience and knowledge to advise the IG and Deputy IG, and to supervise, review, and edit OIG reports and correspondence; 
·    Help coordinate Congressional relations for the OIG, including monitoring legislative activities, providing comments on proposals, drafting testimony and Congressional correspondences, and responding to inquiries from Congress; 
·    Serve as a representative for the IG, and responding to members of the press, interest groups, and general members of the public; 
·    Develops strategies to promote OIG priorities and recommends policy decisions to effectuate those goals.

Qualifications: 

To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post J.D. legal or other relevant experience. 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

(You do not have to provide separate KSA responses, but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of these Competencies/KSA's.) 

Ability to apply knowledge of the law operations of the Department of Justice, including statutory, regulatory and other legal authorities to help achieve OIG programmatic objectives.
Skill in performing extremely complex legal analysis to draw meaningful conclusions and making recommendations that are legally correct and maximize available options.
Expert knowledge of rules, regulations and processes to provide oversight to investigations, evaluations and inspections programs.

Ability to communicate in writing to prepare responses to congressional inquiries and various interest groups, and contribute to the development of OIG reports. 

Ability to communicate verbally to provide advice on matters affecting the mission and efficiency of the OIG.

Salary: 
$123,175.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Travel: 
Less than 5%
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. 

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
May be paid.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated November 3, 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 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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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