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Supervisory Attorney Advisor

Hiring Organization
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Hiring Office
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Job ID
JP-22-055
Location:
810 7th Street, NW
Washington 20531 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

Join our team!  If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career opportunity, this position is for you.  The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Legal Counsel for the Public Safety Officers' Benefit (PSOB) Program. The PSOB provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

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.

Job Description

Legal Advice and Guidance under the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Act:
Reviews claims filed under the PSOB Act to render legal advice to PSOB deciding officials as to the legal sufficiency of PSOB claims and as to whether the proposed adjudication of claims is legally supported under the PSOB Act and implementing regulations, affording due deference to the finders of fact in factual determinations. Reviews and advises on matters concerning the legality of any obligation or claim presented for approval, certification or payment, including as provided for in DOJ Order No. 2110.39A. Ensures that the language of claim determinations is legally sufficient in articulating the legal and factual grounds for the claim determinations. Assists with the PSOB deciding officials and PSOB Program staff in obtaining relevant information related to claims from state, local, and Federal agencies, as well as healthcare providers, including through the use of administrative subpoena power. Serves as the principal attorney in charge of legal matters regarding claims filed under the PSOB Act.

Legal Review and Edit of PSOB Work Products:
Oversees and manages the process for legal review of the PSOB claims. Responsible for training legal personnel assigned to the PSOB Program, and for the management, assignment, supervision and efficiency of the work of federal and contract staff. Reviews and edits the work product of legal personnel assigned to the PSOB Program, ensuring legal and factual accuracy and Program consistency. Performs legal research in connection with issues that arise in particular claims of the Program and advises on Federal laws and regulations, rules and policies of the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies, opinions of the Agency's General Counsel, the common law, administrative law, and state laws (among others). Prepares and renders well-reasoned and thorough legal advice, as required, for claims before the Program. In coordination with the BJA and PSOB Directors, recommends policies and develops procedures and regulations to implement the PSOB Act. Develops briefs, opinions, and work products pertaining to PSOB claims and determinations. Addresses extremely complex and difficult legal matters which require applying a high order of original and creative legal thought.

Legal Support and Advice on PSOB Matters:
In collaboration with the OJP General Counsel, prepares litigation reports that arise out of the processing and adjudication of PSOB claims and assists DOJ litigating divisions in bringing and defending lawsuits related to the processing and adjudication of such claims. In coordination with the BJA and PSOB Directors and General Counsel, reviews and provides guidance and advice to the OJP Office of the Chief Financial Officer on PSOB-related submissions to the provisions of the President's Budget, including Office of Management and Budget data-call submissions and DOJ spend plans. Develops policies and procedures to streamline the PSOB legal review process and improve the timeliness of PSOB claim determinations. Provides updates to national public safety organizations and survivor groups about the PSOB laws and regulations. Assists the BJA and PSOB Director in responding to inquiries and correspondence regarding the PSOB Program. Prepares materials, guide books, and updates to websites to educate stakeholders and the public about the PSOB Program and the PSOB claims process.

Supervisory and/or Managerial Responsibilities:
Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-14 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised in the PSOB Legal Counsel's Office. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations. Ensures a continuing affirmative application of DOJ OJP policies concerning equal opportunity.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Eligibility Requirements and Minimum Qualifications:

1. Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school;
2. Be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction); AND
3. Have a minimum of five (5) years of post J.D./LL.B legal experience, four (4) of which must have been in at least one of the following areas:
-In handling legal matters involving programs such as those providing disability, death, and education benefits, or other complex programs governed by law, regulation and procedures;
-In handling Torts, insurance claims, workers' compensation or similar matters; OR
-Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB).

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Ability to perform legal research.
Ability to communicate in writing in performing supervisory or leader work.
Ability to meet and deal with others in performing supervisory or leader work.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing in performing supervisory or leader work.
Ability to supervise.
Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations in a specialty legal field.
Ability to meet and deal with others.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online.  Please access the USAJOBS vacacny announcement for more information: USAJOBS - Job Announcement.  

All applications must include:  

1. Cover Letter
2. Resume (must include education, including name of undergraduate and law school, degree received and date graduated; date admitted to bar and jurisdiction; a general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment)
3. A writing sample demonstrating your legal analytical abilities, for which you must be the principal author (It should not exceed 10 double-spaced pages)
4. Unofficial law school transcripts (degree conferred must be reflected; official transcripts will be required if selected)
5. Proof of bar membership in good standing (any U.S. jurisdiction)
6. Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable; see below for more information)

 

Salary

$148,484 - $176,300 per year

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Occasional travel may be required for meetings, conferences, and/or training.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated August 12, 2022