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Job Title:Intermittant Legal Advisor

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:13-CRM-OPD-080

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$99,628.00 to $129,517.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 06, 2013 to Friday, October 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types NTE 9 months

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks an experienced Assistant United States Attorney, Department of Justice Trial Attorney or State Prosecutor to serve as an Intermittent Legal Advisor (ILA) for Mexico.

This assignment is for 9 months with the possibility of extension, contingent on additional funding. This position is a reimbursable detail or time limited appointment. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will require an agreement between the chosen applicant’s home office and OPDAT.

The mission of 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 administrated in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat terrorism, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to the United States and countries in their region to combat such crime.

The ILA’s duty station will be either Washington, D.C., or the appointee's home of record in the United States, depending on the needs of the organization. There will be extensive TDY travel, particularly to Mexico.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualifiy for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation
  • For term appointees, you will be required to take a drug test.
  • Spanish fluency is required for this position.

DUTIES:

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The Intermittent Legal Advisor will represent the U.S. Department of Justice through OPDAT and field staff based in Mexico City, implementing foreign criminal justice sector development and technical assistance programs as part of the Merida Initiative. The selected attorney will work closely with local law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, judges, parliamentarians and others, to develop, implement, and strengthen the Trafficking in Persons program. The ILA will also work closely with OPDAT headquarters staff and officials of the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), operational law enforcement agencies, and in-country U.S. and foreign authorities to ensure the assistance program meets the needs of Mexico while supporting Departmental and U.S. policy objectives.

The ILA will be responsible for implementation of programs that focus on criminal justice sector institutional development in Mexico, including trafficking in persons, prosecutorial capacity building, investigation and prosecution of complex transnational cases, trial advocacy skills development, evidence collection and preservation, internal integrity systems, pretrial alternatives; and judicial capacity building. The ILA may also be called upon to provide advice to the administration of justice and rule of law programs.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Interested 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 four years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience at 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 coller, computer crime, racketeering), cross examining witnesses, and leading the work of support attorneys and paralegals. Applicants must also demonstrate prosecution experience with trafficking in persons (TIP) cases.

Spanish Fluency is required for this position. You may be asked to demonstrate your Spanish fluency in a pre-employment interview.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following KSAs.You are required to respond to each KSA in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these questions may result in your being deemed not highly qualified for the position.

  • Knowledge and experience as an attorney in the U.S. justice system.
  • Knowledge of justice sector development with international legal and law enforcement partners.
  • Knowledge of planning, designing, or leading projects or studies.
  • Ability to supervise employees.
  • Knowledge of living abroad and working internationally.

  • Education:

    A J.D. degree

    Other Requirements:

    • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement
    • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see http://www.sss.gov). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
    • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

     

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


    BENEFITS:

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    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

    If selected for a time limited appointment, the selectee may not be eligible for federal benefits unless they are currently recieving federal benefits on their cureent appointment.



    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Relocation Expenses are not authorized. OPDAT will provide TDY travel expenses for this assignment.

    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 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. 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.

    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.

    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).

    The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the Assessment Questionnaire and the Required Documents indicated below. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, onFriday, October 04, 2013.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 956679. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. I

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire, and
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf  and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:

    1. Your Résumé - applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position
    2. Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience).
    3. Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable):
      a.    If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at www.archives.gov/veterans.
      b.    If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
      c.    If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit  a completed SF-15 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.
    4. Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.


    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Human Resources
    Phone: (202)514-2811
    Email: CRIMINAL.CRMJOBS@USDOJ.GOV
    Agency Information:
    The Criminal Division
    1400 New York Ave
    Suite 5000
    Washington, DC
    20005

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    We will notify you of your status as a candidate after each step of the recruitment process (receipt of application, determination of basic qualifications, notice of forward to selecting official, and final selection). After extending a tentative job offer and receiving acceptance by the selectee, we will conduct an employment suitability/security background investigation to confirm that the selectee meets all requirements to fill the position. We expect to make a final job offer once all such reviews have been completed.

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    Job Announcement Number:

    13-CRM-OPD-080

    Control Number:

    351061700