Supervisory Attorney Advisor

Central Office, Office of General Counsel, Employment Law Branch, Kansas City, KS, Duty Location
Attorney
Central Office, Office of General Counsel, Employment Law Branch, Gateway Complex Tower II, 8th Floor, 4th and State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
United States
About the Office: 

The primary mission of the Employment Law Branch (ELB) is to represent the Agency in labor and employment cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), labor arbitrators, as well as the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The attorneys in the Branch provide assistance to attorneys outside of the Bureau as well. In civil complaints of employment discrimination, ELB attorneys provide legal assistance to Assistant United States Attorneys in United States District Court and in the United States Court of Federal Claims. ELB attorneys also provide assistance to DOJ Civil Division attorneys in matters before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Federal Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit. Further, ELB staff review disciplinary letters for technical and legal sufficiency. In addition, ELB staff review domestic violence cases and compressed work schedules. They provide legal advice to management officials on labor and employment matters. In addition to the staff in Central Office, Washington, DC, ELB has satellite offices in Kansas City, Kansas, Phoenix, Arizona, Atlanta, Georgia, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Stockton, California.

Job Description: 

As an assistant program manager, the incumbent oversees Employment Law at the Central Office and all field locations. In addition, incumbent assists the Associate General Counsel in the management of the Branch and field locations. Incumbent will also provide frequent guidance and advice to subordinates in relation to preparation of motions, briefs, hearings, as well as training needs and professional development.

Qualifications: 

Applicant must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years of post-J.D. experience. In addition, incumbent must have prior litigation experience and must have experience practicing before a minimum of one of the following forums: the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the Merit Systems Protection Board; the Federal Labor Relations Authority or before labor arbitrators. Further, the incumbent must have substantive knowledge of federal personnel laws, particularly in relation to the disciplinary process.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in federal sector labor and employment law is preferred. Prior supervisory experience is preferred.

Salary: 
Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The appropriate salary range, including locality pay adjustments, is GS-15 ($116,021 to $150,830).
Travel: 
Frequent extensive travel is required.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, a resume, and a writing sample by March 1, 2015, to:

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Employment Law Branch
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Attention: Chung-Hi Yoder, Associate General Counsel

It is preferred that you submit your application packet via email to BOP-OGC/EmploymentLawApplications@bop.gov by March 1, 2015. Please include in the subject line “ELB Sup. Attorney KC March 2015”.

No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later than March 1, 2015.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Not Authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated April 7, 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.

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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 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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