Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Deputy Regional Counsel)
Grand Prairie, TX 75051 - United States
The legal practice at the South Central Regional Office covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels and includes such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement, medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, and discipline.
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.
The incumbent will provide legal, technical, and advisory services to the Regional Counsel, Regional Director, and regional and institution staff, and serve as legal and technical advisor on questions of legal aspects of correctional administration to all regional Consolidated Legal Centers (CLC). The incumbent will also be involved in the management of a legal office, which oversees the legal operations associated with several correctional institutions: FCI Big Springs, FMC Carswell, FMC Fort Worth, FCI LaTuna, and FCI Seagoville. The incumbent will provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff at these correctional facilities, including members of the Executive Staff. Incumbent will supervise the administrative responsibilities of the Regional Office pertaining to requests pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, and the Administrative Remedies program. The incumbent will also be expected to communicate with defense attorneys, prosecutors, federal courts and agency officials. The incumbent is required to have thorough knowledge of all aspects of BOP policy and practice as he/she may be required to appear in District Court on short notice to explain and advocate the agency's rationale for its correctional management decisions.
The incumbent will have the opportunity to work with regional and institution management and line staff with respect to policies within the purview of the Bureau of Prisons and institutions in the South Central Region.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualifications: Prior supervisory experience and experience in correctional law is highly desired.
Applicants must submit a resume or current OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), list of references, most recent work performance evaluation, a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), and a writing sample post marked by November 1, 2023, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
South Central Regional Office
U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Complex
344 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, Texas 75051
Attn: Jason Sickler, Regional Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application materials to via email to "firstname.lastname@example.org".
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later than November 1, 2023.
Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range, including locality pay adjustments is GS-14 ($126, 254 to $164,127) GS-15 ($148,507 to $183,500).
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