Supervisory Attorney Advisor/Regional Director (WHP)

Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training
Attorney
Washington, DC 20005
United States
15-CRM-OPD-033
About the Office: 

The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administered in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat terrorism, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate regionally and with the United States in combating such crime.

Job Description: 

*While this vacancy announcement expires on July 31, 2015 the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of 24 months, commencing in October 2015, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected through term appointment or reimbursable detail.

The Western Hemisphere (WHP) Regional Director works at OPDAT headquarters in Washington, D.C. and oversees the delivery of foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs which take place in the countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The WHP Regional Director manages OPDAT's WHP headquarters staff, WHP in-country staff and all OPDAT activities throughout WHP.

As the Western Hemisphere Regional Director, the incumbent:

· Develops and manages program work plans and budgets, and employs systems of internal control to monitor both the results and the financial soundness of programs.

· Supervises 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 Western Hemisphere region.

· Oversees program delivery and implements follow-up assistance based upon results and impacts.

· Works closely with RLAs and ILAs to develop reports detailing the program implementation.

· Coordinates 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: All applicants must possess a J.D. 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 have at least five (5) years of 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); independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; leading paralegals and support staff, and/or leading the development of a policy initiative. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:

· Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment.

· Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

· Extensive prosecution experience.

· Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.

· Spanish language fluency.

· Thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other U.S. 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, as well as an understanding of US foreign policy goals.

· Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment.

Salary: 
The salary range for this position is $126,245 - $158,700 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM's Web page at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2015/general-schedule/.
Travel: 
Occasional international travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers every two weeks during the open period of the announcement. If you are interested in applying, it is recommended that you do so early.

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement. While this vacancy announcement expires on July 31, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying via Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/407213900.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 31, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses may be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 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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