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Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training
Job ID
22-CRM-DET-045
Location:
Washington, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

While this vacancy announcement expires on October 7, 2022, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning in or about Fall 2022, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding.  Appointment to this position will be through a reimbursable detail.

Detail applicants must attain prior approval from their management before applying to this detail.

This position is also being recruited as a Permanent position under announcement number 22-CRM-OPD-053 on https://www.usajobs.gov/job/678787000

The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to build strong foreign partners who can work with the United States to enhance cooperation in transnational cases and to fight crime before it reaches our shores.  OPDAT provides expert assistance and case-based mentoring to foreign counterparts to help develop justice systems that can effectively combat transnational crime, corruption, and terrorism consistent with the rule of law and in furtherance of U.S. national security. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat

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 Regional Director (RD) will oversee the delivery of foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs which take place in the countries throughout Asia and the Pacific (Asia). The Regional Director will also manage OPDAT’s Asia headquarters staff, Asia in-country staff and all OPDAT activities throughout Asia and the Pacific. More specifically, the RD will perform the following duties.  

  • Developing and managing program work plans and budgets and employing systems of internal control to monitor both the results and the financial soundness of programs. 
  • Supervising the region’s staff, to include Program Managers and Program Analysts working at headquarters, as well as Resident Legal Advisors (RLAs), Intermittent Legal Advisers (ILAs) and other in-country program personnel in the Asia and the Pacific region. 
  • Overseeing program delivery and implementing follow-up assistance based upon results and impacts.
  • Working closely with RLAs and ILAs to develop reports detailing the program implementation.  
  • Coordinating with officials within the Criminal Division and the Department of Justice, inter-agency policy committees, program policy and funding officials in the Department of State and/or U.S. Agency for International Development, and with operational law enforcement agencies and host country justice sector authorities, to assure that the programs address host country needs and support Departmental and U.S. policy objectives. 
Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: working as a lead attorney on felony level cases or specialized criminal litigation (i.e. white collar, computer crime, racketeering), cross examining witnesses, and leading the work of support attorneys and paralegals.

The successful applicant should also have:

  • Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Extensive prosecution experience; and
  • Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.

Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agncy, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other United States Government approaches and policies involving transnational crimes (e.g., narcotics trafficking, corruption, terrorism, money laundering and asset forfeiture, wildlife trafficking, TIP, strategic trade control violations, and piracy), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building;
  • Understanding of comparative international law and major international legal instruments or treaties in effect;
  • Knowledge of US funding agency and interagency practices and priorities; and, an understanding of US foreign policy goals; and
  • Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable.
Application Process

Although this vacancy announcement expires October 7, 2022, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to opdat_admin@usdoj.gov.

TCS Relocation/TDY Expenses:

This position may be eligible for either a temporary change of station (TCS) relocation or EX-TDY. Upon selection, a cost comparison will be conducted to evaluate which option will be offered if a detailee is outside the Washington D.C. area.

If a candidate is offered EX-TDY, transportation, lodging and M&IE may be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the detailee and Criminal Division.

If a candidate is offered TCS relocation, relocation expenses may be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the detailee and Criminal Division.

Salary

Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay.

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Travel to/from Asia and the Pacific and within the region will be required.

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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 October 5, 2022