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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Trial Attorney

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Hiring Organization:Criminal Division

Job Announcement Number:14-CRM-OEO-035

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 10, 2014 to Monday, March 03, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney for the Policy and Statutory Enforcement Unit, within the Office of Enforcement Operations. The Policy and Statutory Enforcement Unit reviews and prepares recommendations on a wide variety of requests by United States Attorney’s Offices and Department of Justice attorneys for authorization to use or consultation about certain investigative tools or prosecutorial actions. The investigative tools an prosecutorial actions reviewed by the Policy and Statutory Enforcement Unit include: requests to subpoena members of the news media in federal criminal case, national security, and civil cases; to close judicial proceedings to the public in federal criminal cases; to seek court-ordered use immunity for federal witnesses; to subpoena attorneys in federal criminal as well as civil proceedings for information relating to their representation of clients; to apply for search warrants for the premises or electronic storage devices of attorneys who are the subjects or targets of federal investigations; and to seek authorization to conduct a dual or successive federal prosecution of an individual under the Department’s Petite policy. The Unit also provides advice when Department of Justice employees have been subpoenaed to provide testimony or produce evidence in state or federal judicial proceedings.

The Office of Enforcement Operations has an alternative work schedule plan that provides considerable flexibility in scheduling official works hours and correspondingly in using leave.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Minimal travel will be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualifiy for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.

DUTIES:

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The selected attorney will be assigned work in any or all of the areas described above. The selected attorney will prepare memoranda that accurately describe the facts of the matter, set forth relevant issues for determination, apply sound policy and legal principles and make appropriate recommendations to higher level Criminal Division or Department decision makers (including the Attorney General).The selected attorney will also be responsible for interacting with Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Department of Justice attorneys, federal law enforcement agents, and other Executive Branch officials, and, on occasion, representing the Unit with various agency partners.


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 2.5 years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing (in any jurisdiction).

Grade Specific Qualifications:         

To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation.         

To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more 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: 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; demonstrated experience working with sensitive investigative techniques and prosecutorial tools.

Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies. You are required to respond to each competency 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.         

  • Criminal trial experience and familiarity and experience with sensitive investigative techniques and prosecutorial tools, such as the ones described above;
  • Legal writing skills and ability to analyze and apply legal policy;
  • Communications skills including experience training others in criminal matters.


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 assessment questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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).


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The link above provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

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, on Monday, March 03, 2014.

A complete application package must include:

  1. Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience).
  2. Résumé - 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.
  3. Assessment Questionnaire (you will be prompted to complete this when you apply online).
  4. Performance Appraisal - if current federal employee. 
  5. 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.
  6. Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable):
  • If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

If you cannot apply online, please contact Human Resources at the phone number or email below for further instructions.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

See "How to Apply"

     

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: (202)514-2811
TDD: 2028080538
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:

14-CRM-OEO-035

Control Number:

360938900