Supervisory Attorney Advisor/Deputy Director

Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties
Attorney
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20503
United States
About the Office: 

The Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL), United States Department of Justice, is seeking an experienced attorney with supervisory and management skills to serve as Deputy Director, OPCL in Washington, D.C. OPCL is responsible for reviewing and overseeing the Departments privacy operations and ensuring compliance with privacy-related laws and policies, including the Privacy Act of 1974 and the E-Government Act of 2002. The Office also handles privacy and civil liberties issues relating to data collection, aggregation, and management, as well as issues raised by the Department's information sharing, law enforcement, and national security efforts.

Job Description: 

Responsibilities as Deputy Director include supervising OPCL staff attorneys, paralegals, and staff on privacy and civil liberties policy and procedures; performing varied legal work involving the interpretation and application of laws, regulations, and agency practices relating to Federal privacy laws; and participating in working groups including the Information Sharing Environment working group. Specific responsibilities will include researching and analyzing Privacy Act caselaw; reviewing and analyzing legislation related to privacy and civil liberties; and providing agency guidance regarding compliance with Federal privacy laws. The Deputy Director must be proficient in analyzing complex privacy and information sharing issues and producing clear and thorough written work. The successful applicant can expect to carry out administrative and human resources management functions.

Qualifications: 

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least five years or relevant post-J.D. experience. Applicants must also have demonstrated experience in information sharing issues and supervisory aptitude and experience in a demanding work environment.

Applicants must be able qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.

Salary: 
The salary range for a GS-0905-15 is 128,082 to 160,300
Travel: 
Limited travel may be associated with this position.
Application Process: 

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a resume.  Please reference announcement OPCL ATY-0216 in your cover letter.

Applicants are encouraged to email applications to Carla.Andrews@usdoj.gov with OPCL ATY-0216 in the subject line.  No telephone calls please.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated December 13, 2016

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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.

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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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