As an Attorney-Advisor in the Law and Policy Section, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for providing critical legal advice in support of the Environment and Natural Resources Division's litigation and other work.Learn more about this agency
This position will handle a range of general law matters for the Division. This includes providing legal advice and counseling to the Division on issues relating to federal employment, including Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) claims and the process for resolving such claims. This position will also handle other general law matters, which may include providing legal advice and written opinions regarding government ethics rules, compliance with attorney rules of professional conduct, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (including responses to requests made pursuant to FOIA), and the Privacy Act. Assignments may also include providing legal advice and support regarding environmental, natural resources, public lands, and Indian-related laws handled by the Division, as well as issues of constitutional and administrative law. The Section's work often involves complex, novel, and cross-cutting issues which require close coordination with the Division's other sections and interaction with other DOJ components and leadership.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
- Pre-employment drug testing required.
- Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
- You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit of salary.
- Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a full field background investigation.
The Section's docket is demanding and requires top caliber work products. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of analysis of complex legal problems, initiative and creativity, and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards. Applicants must also demonstrate outstanding legal research, analytical, and writing abilities, good judgment, and be able to balance a diverse and constantly evolving workload. Ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of individuals, both orally and in writing, is essential.
The ideal candidate is one with experience in one or more of the following areas: employment law, federal government ethics laws and regulations, attorney professional responsibility rules, the Freedom of Information Act. Litigation experience and/or a judicial clerkship is desirable. Experience in the Division's areas of responsibility (environmental, natural resources, public lands, and Indian law) is also desirable but not essential.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree; be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia; have at least 4 years of post-J.D. legal experience; and be a U.S. citizen.
Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range is GS-14 ($117,191- $152,352), GS-15 ($137,849- $166,500) per annum.
Specific grade level requirements:
- GS-14: At least 4 years of post-J.D. experience
- GS-15: At least 5 years of post-J.D. experience
YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement if you are using experience to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. Please ensure that your resume includes the month and year that you began and ended each position held or that position will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.
Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your resume. In order To determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/. To verify your veteran preference entitlement, submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214; official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and 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. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at: www.benderconsult.com.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov.
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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are 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.
Please Note: Additional candidates may be selected if more positions become available in the Division within 90 days after the announcement closes.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience you report relative to this position.
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).
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Resumé demonstrating relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained
- Writing Sample
- OF-306, Declaration of Employment
- DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation, if applicable.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit a current resume, cover letter highlighting relevant experience, writing sample, and OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf), and DD-214, if applicable to:
Jolene Russell, Supervisory Administrative Specialist, U.S. Department of Justice.
Email applications only to:
Attyapplyemail@example.com vacancy announcement ENRD-19-029-EXC in the subject line.
If email submission is not possible, please forward your application materials to the following address:
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section
P.O. Box 7415, Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC. 20044-7415
Attn: Jolene Russell
No telephone calls please.
Agency contact information
AddressLaw and Policy Section
601 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004
The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney for its Law and Policy Section ("LPS" or "Section") in Washington, DC.
The Law and Policy Section advises and assists the Assistant Attorney General on legal and policy questions, particularly those that affect multiple sections in the Division. It handles the Division's response to legislative proposals and Congressional requests, amicus participation in cases of importance to the United States, the Division's involvement in international legal policy and trade matters, as well as other special litigation and projects on behalf of Division leadership. Other LPS attorney duties include serving as the Division's ethics officer and counselor, liaison with state and local governments, and FOIA office.
For more information about the Environment & Natural Resources Division, visit the Justice Department's web site at: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd.
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