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Job Title:  ATTORNEY ADVISOR (Instructor)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Job Announcement Number:  FLETC-DO-2013-0018

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 to Monday, August 19, 2013
Permanent position. - Work schedule is full-time.
1 vacancy - Glynco, GA, US  View Map

Applications will be accepted from all United States citizens. This is an excepted service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service.

For definitions of terms used in this announcement click here.



Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

"We Train Those Who Protect Our Homeland." The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is a unique inter-agency organization that prepares the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet the nation's most pressing security challenges. To see an informational video and learn more about the FLETC's vital Homeland Security Mission, please click here.

This position is located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), Director's Office, Office of Chief Counsel, Legal Training Division, Glynco, GA. The incumbent is responsible for conducting more than 60 basic and advanced legal training courses for law enforcement personnel from over 90 Federal agencies, as well as State and local government entities.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.


  • You must be a licensed attorney and an active bar member in good standing.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • You will be required to undergo initial and random drug screening.
  • This position is subject to the requirements of the Lautenberg Amendment.
  • This position is subject to temporary deployments to remote sites.


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Being a legal instructor makes you a valuable member of the FLETC team.  You will serve as one of the Attorney-Advisers assigned to research, develop, design, conduct, deliver, and support law enforcement training provided by the FLETC to its partner organizations and various other customers.  Typical assignments include:

  • Serving as an instructor, subject-matter expert, and program/course developer in the assigned legal program/course areas of law enforcement such as Constitutional Law, Fourth Amendment, Self-incrimination, Federal Court Procedures, Authority and Jurisdiction, Federal Fraud Statues, Federal Firearms Violations, Rules of Evidence, Electronic law and Evidence, Officer Liability, Criminal Law, Obstruction of Justice, Terrorism and National Security Law, False Statements, Courtroom Testimony, Assault, Bribery, and other emerging areas of law.
  • Selecting appropriate instructional methods, equipment and materials, and developing the courses and providing instruction, guidance, and direction to the class in accomplishing specific learning objectives.
  • Conducting advanced export training (off-site) at other Federal, state, and municipal facilities around the country on an as-needed basis (subject to travel while participating in these activities).
  • Overseeing and/or participating in developing/revising course and program materials.
  • Monitoring progress of students, documenting results, and/or recommending remedial and corrective action.
  • Serving as a liaison contact with other programs and agencies concerning course curriculum assessments, student problems, evaluation and remedial procedures.


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All applicants must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing date of this announcement.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:  In order to be considered for this position, applicants must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and an active license to practice law.

In addition to the selective placement factor, applicants must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 level demonstrated by substantial legal writing and communication skills; in addition to experience conducting original legal research and legal analysis.



We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements described in this announcement.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be evaluated in addition to the online job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies:

1.  Law enforcement and/or prosecutorial-related experience that demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of federal laws, with expertise and/or familiarity with all Titles related to constitutional and criminal laws.

2  Instruction in matters as they relate to the evidence collection, interviewing, conducting criminal investigations and security functions, preserving constitutional rights and constructing effective courtroom presentations.

3.  Design, development, and conduct of legal training utilizing legal course materials and developing new materials.

4.  Performing course-related research and in persuasively presenting facts and results to a broad spectrum of individuals.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified: This is the highest category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates high proficiency in all of the critical competencies.

Well-Qualified: This is the next lower category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies.

Qualified: This is the lowest category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies.

If you are determined to be best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligible:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the best qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans:  Preference eligible non-compensable veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligible within the category in which they qualify.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  This position is considered scientific or professional.  For information on veterans’ preference, please click here. 
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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position.  Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.  This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and individuals with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission.  If you are a member of one of these groups and need more information, please click on the links above to determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application.

Physical Demands: This work requires walking, standing, bending, sitting, ordering and carrying books, computers, packages, and/or containers. Travel to field locations to coordinate or deliver training may be involved. Work may also involve occasional physical exertion while demonstrating a variety of role-playing activities and law enforcement techniques and methods.

Work Environment: The workplace includes classrooms, offices, conference rooms, library areas, and practical exercise workspace. Position will be exposed to varying indoor and outdoor climates and environments and may require exposure to high levels of noise.

Drug Testing  Position:  This is a drug testing position which requires a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Employment is contingent upon favorable results.  The employee will also be subject to random drug testing.

This position is subject to the requirements of the Lautenberg Amendment which prohibits the appointment of persons convicted of state or federal misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence into positions requiring the handling or possession of firearms or ammunition.

The selectee must successfully complete a 2-year probationary period as a condition of employment.

All employees are required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer DD/EFT for salary payments.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM ET of the closing date of this job opportunity announcement. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail. 

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Human Capital Help Desk at OR by calling (912) 267-2289 between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm ET (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.


  1. Your résumé
  2. Are you qualifying based on education?  You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.  Those with foreign education, click this here.
  3. Are you a veteran?  You must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability.  Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be considered for competitive service positions and granted tentative veterans’ preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying for a federal job.  Click here for more veterans’ information.
  4. Writing Sample. All applicants will be required to submit/upload a recent writing sample (5-15 pages in length) relevant to one of the following practice areas:  Constitutional Law, Fourth Amendment, Self-incrimination, Federal Court Procedures, Authority and Jurisdiction, Federal Fraud Statutes, Federal Firearms Violations, Rules of Evidence, Military Law, Electronic Law and Evidence, Officer Liability, Criminal Law, Administrative Law, Right to Financial Privacy Act, Obstruction of Justice, Terrorism and National Security Law, False Statements, Courtroom Testimony, Assault or Bribery.
  5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit:
  • a copy of your agency notice,
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
  • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


Donald W. Scott
Phone: 912-267-2289
Fax: 912-267-2289
TDD: 912-267-2289
Agency Information:
1131 Chapel Crossing Road
Glynco, GA
Fax: 912-267-2289


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  You will receive an e-mail letting you know your application was received.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”  We expect to make a final selection within 60 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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