The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal services and guidance to all components of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in matters that arise in the conduct of DEA missions to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. The office provides legal support to the DEA by analyzing the legal implications involved in policy decisions, advising and training DEA personnel worldwide on criminal, civil, and regulatory legal issues, reviewing pertinent proposed legislation and regulations affecting DEA operations, and representing DEA in civil and administrative litigation.
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.
This position will report directly to the Deputy Chief Counsel (CD). The primary duties of this position will be to oversee the Civil Litigation Section (CCL) and the Administrative Law Section (CCA). Accordingly, the Associate Chief Counsel, CCL, and the Associate Chief Counsel, CCA, will report to the incumbent of this position. The incumbent will be responsible of ensuring legal position taken by DEA in these areas are consistent and in accordance with the agency policies and procedures and with the Administrator's vision and strategic plan. The incumbent will be responsible for oversight or direct handling of special projects in these areas of law.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), have at least 10 years of post J.D. legal experience, and at least five years experience at the GS-905-14/15 Attorney equivalent at the time of selection. Applicants must also have 1) excellent academic credentials; 2) strong oral and written communication and advocacy skills; 3) superior legal research and analytical skills; and 4) a demonstrated ability to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. Applicants must also meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret security clearance.
Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and identifying position applying for, a legal writing sample, a certificate of good standing from their bar, and the DEA Drug Questionnaire described below and mail their packet to:
Headquarters, Drug Enforcement Administration
Office of Chief Counsel
ATTN: Bettie E. Goldman, Deputy Chief Counsel
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.