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Supervisory Attorney Advisor

Hiring Organization
United States Parole Commission (USPC)
Hiring Office
Office of the General Counsel
Location:
90 K. Street NE
Third Floor
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The U.S. Parole Commission (the Commission) is a federal agency with paroling authority for Federal and District of Columbia prisoners and parolees. The mission of the U.S. Parole Commission is to promote public safety and strive for justice and fairness in the exercise of its authority to release and revoke offenders under its jurisdiction. The office is located in Washington, DC. 

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

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel. The office is responsible for providing interpretation of the agency's enabling statutes, drafting, and implementing rules and regulations, and assisting the U.S. Attorney's Offices in defending the Commission against lawsuits brought on by prisoners and parolees. 

As the Supervisory Attorney Advisor, incumbent will be responsible for: 

  • Exercising supervisory management responsibilities over assigned employees. Specifically, incumbent will initiate nondiscriminatory practices and affirmative action in the area under his/her supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.
  • Rendering expert legal advice and services to Chairman, Commissioners, and the Commission's Senior Staff with respect to complex and difficult questions, regulations, practices, or other matters falling within the purview of the United States Parole Commission. 
  • Supervising the implementation of the Attorney General’s Guidelines for Victim Witness Assistance and handling complaints filed under the Crime Victims Rights Act.
  • Supervising the execution of and handling all responsibilities related to the Commission’s role in the International Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. 
  • Sitting as a quasi-judicial officer, hearing cases arising from the federal statute on the transfer of offenders from foreign prisons to serve their sentences in the U.S. Litigates International Transfer Treaty Appeals before federal appellate courts to include drafting appellate briefs and handling oral arguments.
  • Preparing complex interpretative and/or administrative guidance regarding the provisions of governing statutes or other requirements of law.
  • Conducting complex legal research to include laws, regulations, and legal precedents. Researching and preparing necessary legal documents, advisory opinions, drafts or comments on proposed legislation or changes in regulations.
  • Drafting and receiving proposed legislation and regulations. Evaluating the proposed legislation or regulation in terms of its foreseeable effect on agency policies, procedures, methods of operation, extent of operation, and on existing legislation.
  • Leading all agency outreach with the Department of Justice’s Office of Legislative Affairs to include answering Congressional inquiries, compiling agency reports for Congress, the Department of Justice, the General Accounting Office or the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Conducting training seminars on highly complex legal concepts involving the intersection of criminal and parole law. 

Type of Position: This is a permanent full -time position.

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. Continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.
  • The individual selected for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance as a condition of employment. 
Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must demonstrate excellent academic and professional credentials; superior oral and written communication skills; outstanding legal research, analytical, and legal reasoning skills; outstanding judgment; and the ability to formulate and implement organizational policies. Further, applicant must have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school; be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) in good standing; have minimum of five (5) years post-J.D. professional legal experience or other relevant experience; and be a U.S. citizen. 

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidate will have:

  • significant experience working effectively with supervisors on employee performance and conduct matters;
  • a background in parole, probation or other criminal justice administration, litigation, and/or administrative law;
  • experience working with or for parole, probation and other criminal justice federal, state or local agencies, experience in litigation and/or criminal law; experience overseeing the administration of freedom of information and privacy act statues; and experience with government ethics and/or professional responsibility rules;
  • experience in developing and influencing policy development in complex fields with competing interests;
  • analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a wide variety of cases and assignments;
  • an established record of strong initiative;
  • the ability to balance a diverse and constantly evolving and challenging workload and have a demonstrated ability to set priorities;
  • a demonstrated record of analysis of complex legal problems;
  • a demonstrated ability to be creative; and
  • a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Application Process

To apply, interested individuals must provide a complete application package which includes the following REQUIRED documents:

  1. Resume and cover letter (highlighting the applicant's interest in the position and detailing how the applicant meets the qualifications); and
  2. Submit a short writing sample or part of a longer writing sample (not to exceed ten pages), which should be exclusively or primarily the applicant's work and should include legal analysis; and
  3. Proof of current and active bar association membership.
  4. If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have.

 All application materials must be in a single PDF document and should be emailed to Nevi.M.Mendoza@usdoj.gov or via USPS to: 

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Parole Commission

Attn: Nevi M. Majano-Mendoza, Program Analyst

90 K. Street NE

Third Floor

Washington, DC 20530

 

Salary

Salary range for the position is $155,700-$183,500 (GS-15)

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Local travel (metropolitan area) is required. Overnight travel less than 10%.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation 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 May 5, 2023