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Supervisory Attorney Advisor

General Counsel's Office
600 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverseand talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women,Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

The General Counsel's Office (GCO) is a critical component of the EOUSA in the Department of Justice, responsible for providing a full range of legal advice and services to the 94 United States Attorneys' Offices (USAOs) throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The new office location as of March 2018 is ideally situated steps from the NoMa - Galludet U. redline metro station, and issurrounded by numerous restaurants and shops. In addition, we offer creative work solutions in which we may provide compressed or flexible work schedules, telework, and transit subsidy.
For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit www.justice.gov/usao/.

Job Description: 

If selected for this position you will serve as a Supervisory Attorney Advisor in one of the two Deputy General Counsel positions for the EOUSA GCO. You will exercise a broad range of supervisory responsibilities over a staff of senior attorney advisors and support personnel responsible for carrying out the functions of the office.

In addition to your supervisory duties, you will be responsible for:

  • Advising the General Counsel; the Director, EOUSA; and Senior Staff in EOUSA and DOJ on various legal matters.
  • Serving as a liaison between Department of Justice components and the U.S. Attorneys' offices.
  • Providing expert advice to the EOUSA Director and EOUSA Staff, and the United States Attorneys and their staff, in the interpretation, intent, and applicability of Federal laws, regulations, and programs in the assigned area(s) of law.
  • Overseeing the drafting of legal opinions, interpretative and administrative rules,regulations and other guidance in assigned area(s) of law.
  • Overseeing employment litigation conducted by GCO assigned attorneys who are representing the agency in administrative litigation and other proceedings, including assisting in Federal court proceedings.
  • Developing pertinent portions of the United States Attorneys' Manual and/or the United States Attorneys' Policies and Procedures
  • Initiating and maintaining liaison and effective communications with EOUSA management, United States Attorneys and their staff, Department officials and other federal agencies.

Required Qualifications
Applicants MUST possess a J.D. Degree,
Be an active member of the bar* (any jurisdiction), and Have been a supervisory attorney for three or
more years.
*You must include your bar membership information in your application package to beconsidered .
To qualify at the GS-15 grade level applicants must have at least 5 years post J.D. legal or other relevant experience to qualify. Qualifying experience is defined as experience with at least three of the following areas: Standards of Conduct and Ethics,Federal Employment Law, Equal Employment Law, and/or Administrative Law.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have at least three years of experience as a supervisory attorney, although five years is preferred. In addition, the ideal candidate will haveat least 10 years post J.D. legal or relevant experience in at least three of the legal areas listed above; demonstrate sound judgment, leadership ability, and a strong work ethic. Significant litigation experience and detailed knowledge of the mission, organization, statutory obligations, functions, procedures, practices and priorities of the Department of Justice, EOUSA and the USAOs is desirable.

$134,789 - $164,200
Yes, you may be expected to travel for this position.
Application Process: 
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Number of Positions: 
Updated February 6, 2018

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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 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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