Staff Attorney

Office of Chief Counsel
Attorney
Martinsburg, WV
United States
19-EXC-042-KRM
About the Office: 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is looking for energetic, innovative, solution-oriented professionals to help the ATF team succeed in our responsibilities to reduce violent crime and protect the public.

The incumbent serves as a staff attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel (CC), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Justice (DOJ). The incumbent is assigned to the Associate Chief Counsel, Firearms and Explosives Law Division (FELD) and primarily provides legal advice and training to ATF officials on the National Firearms Act (NFA). 

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: 

The attorney is a member of the Firearms and Explosives Law Division, reporting to the Associate Chief Counsel (FELD).  ATF’s Martinsburg facility is home to the National Firearms Act Branch, Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division, National Tracing Center, Firearms and Explosives Licensing Centers, Out-of-Business Records Center, National Tracing Center, Denial Enforcement Branch, and Imports Branch. 

The attorney serves as a legal advisor to ATF personnel located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and provides legal advice and training relating to the agency's regulation of the firearms and explosives industries, and enforcement of the Federal laws pertaining to firearms and explosives.  Specifically, the attorney focuses on legal issues regarding the National Firearms Act.  The attorney also provides legal advice and training on technical classifications of firearms and explosives under Federal law; importation of firearms, ammunition, and other defense articles under the import provisions of the Federal firearms laws; relief from Federal firearm and explosives disabilities; and matters concerning the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses and permits.  In addition, the attorney drafts and reviews the agency's regulations, rulings, forms, and publications; prepares legal opinions relating to the firearms and explosives laws;  conducts related training; and represents ATF at meetings and conferences.

Qualifications: 

Applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of their experience, education and training relative to the duties of the position. The applicant must specially address their qualifications and specialized experience in their resumes in order to be considered qualified for each grade.

Qualifications:

GS-12: All Applicants must have one year as a practicing attorney; knowledge of laws and regulations relating to areas of general criminal law matters, Federal firearms and/or explosives law and regulation, criminal law.

GS-13: In addition to the requirements for the GS-12, all applicants must have three years as a practicing attorney; extensive understanding and knowledge of laws and regulations relating to area of general criminal law matters and matters involving disclosure and/or protection of information; and have the ability to apply this knowledge to conducting research and develop advisory documents.  Must have superior communication, analytical and writing skills.

GS-14: In addition to the requirements for the GS-13, applicants must have five years as a practicing attorney; experience advising senior management officials as well as substantial experience as the principal attorney responsible for independently developing and presenting legal matters. Applicants must also have experience working with issues related to the specialized experience that included a high degree of difficulty and importance, including independently exercising responsibility for the provision of legal advice.

 

Specialized Experience:

Specialized experience for this position means:

1.  Experience with Federal firearms and/or explosives law and regulation, criminal law, or administrative law, including Federal agency rulemaking.

2.  Demonstration of original thinking, mature judgment, and sound reasoning as new problems of law, policy and procedures are presented for solution.

3.  Superior analytical, written and communication skills.   

Salary: 
$83,398 to $152,352 per year
Travel: 
Occasional Travel
Application Process: 

How to Apply:

This job is filled through a 3-step on-line application process. STEP ONE - (Online Resume- USAJOBS)

You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to CareerConnector when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement.

 

STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions CareerConnector)

 

In CareerConnector, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the CareerConnector questions will become your application package.

 

STEP THREE - (Supporting Documentation)

You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways:

Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.

You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online". Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select "Upload" in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. transcripts, DD-214) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. It is also your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are readable.

If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.

  • Must provide writing sample.
  • Veterans' preference documentation (Member Copy 4 of DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15 https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf and VA letter, if applicable. NOTE: The revised October 2013 SF- 15 is the latest copy and all others are not usable.
  • An unofficial law school college transcript (Note: If you’re selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)
  • Schedule A documentation, if applicable. Note: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Qualified applicants with disabilities may be eligible for special hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A eligibility. Please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring- paths/individuals-with-disabilities or contact the Selective Placement Program Coordinator at 202-648-9356.

It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are legible. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission.

Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.

Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/ validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement.

Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Not available
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated June 20, 2019

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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.

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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