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Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Employee Labor Relations)

Hiring Organization
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
Hiring Office
Office of the General Counsel
Job ID
5107 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Attorney General of the United States, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), has delegated to the Execute Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) those aspects of his authority that involve the administration and interpretation of the immigration laws of the United States, to include the review of immigration hearings, allegations of employment discrimination, document fraud and employer sanctions. The primary mission of EOIR is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice on a wide variety of matters involving EOIR and its employees in the performance of their official duties.  The Employee/Labor Relations (ELR) Unit of OGC advises agency managers on labor and employment matters, defends EOIR in third party proceedings before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), monitors investigations conducted by the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of the Inspector General, and defends against unfair labor practices charges. 


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

The Supervisory Attorney Advisor (ELR) manages the day-to-day operations of the ELR Unit.

The Executive Office for Immigration Review is currently in a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a result, the detailee will not be expected to relocate and is encouraged to apply regardless of their home duty station. 

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Directing the work of attorneys engaged in complex and sensitive cases before Administrative Judges of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Systems Protection Board, (MSPB), Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) that could establish agency and DOJ-wide precedents.
  • Serving as the principal EOIR point of contact for the U.S. Attorney Offices, other DOJ offices and government agencies on legal matters affecting the ELR program and providing guidance and assistance on these issues.
  • Providing oral and written legal guidance to key EOIR officials at Headquarters and to offices in the field on all aspects of federal employment law and federal labor-management relations.
  • Overseeing the development of case strategy and tactics and the presentation of agency representation from initial complaint or charge until conclusion of the administrative process.
  • Representing EOIR in determining whether adverse litigation decisions should be appealed, which may require that the incumbent persuade EOIR officials, Office of Personnel Management, or other DOJ officials to appeal the decision deemed unacceptable to the Agency.
  • Providing technical and administrative supervision for the attorneys and professional staff within the ELR Unit. Plans the work to be accomplished by staff.

In order to qualify for the Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Employee Labor Relations) position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Grade: Applicants must be a current GS-15.  


  • Education: Applicants must possess an LL.B. or a J.D. degree. (Provide the month and year in which you obtained your degree and the name of the College or University from which it was conferred/awarded.)


  • Licensure: Applicants must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of any state, territory of the U.S., or the District of Columbia. (Provide the month and year in which you obtained your first license and the State from which it was issued.)


Required Experience:

For GS-15: Applicants must have four (4) full years (48 months) of post J.D. or LL.B professional legal experience. Qualifying professional legal experience includes: Developing case strategy, tactics, and presenting the Agency's position in litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and/or Federal Service Impasses Panel, from initial complaint or charge until conclusion of the administrative process; providing oral and written legal guidance on a broad range of federal employment law and/or federal labor-management relations matters including adverse actions, performance management, equal employment opportunity issues and/or labor-management relations to management officials; and conducting settlement negotiations, coordinating with management officials on terms of settlement, and advising when adverse litigation decisions should be appealed.

Application Process

You must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.
* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire, which can be previewed here:
* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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$148,484 - $176,300 per year

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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, 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, 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 March 17, 2022