Job Title: Resident Legal AdvisorJob Announcement Number: 14-CRM-OPD-057
Department: Department Of Justice
Agency: Offices, Boards and Divisions
Hiring Organization: The Criminal Division
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/ Per Year
Friday, March 28, 2014 to
Friday, April 11, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
Multiple Appointment Types
WHO MAY APPLY:
Department of Justice Attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys or State Prosecutors Only
About the Agency
This assignment is for a term of 14 months with the possibility of an extension, contingent on availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term appointment or through reimbursable detail. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case by case basis and will require an agreement between the chosen applicants 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 administered 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 enable those
institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate with the United States and countries in
their region to combat such crime. For more information about the office, please access our website at
The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development,
Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks experienced
current or former Department of Justice Trial Attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, or State Prosecutors to serve
as Resident Legal Advisors (RLAs) in the Balkans, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH),
Kosovo, and Serbia.
- 75% or Greater
- Extensive travel within the country where the RLA will be assigned as well as periodic regional and international travel will be required.
- 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:Back to top
The RLA will work under the auspices of the United States Embassy in either Tirana, Albania; Sarajevo,
BiH; Pristina, Kosovo; or Belgrade, Serbia. Each RLA will represent the U.S. Department of Justice
and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to strengthen
the bilateral relationship between the United States and the country of assignment on criminal justice
matters and to assist the partner nations efforts regarding its compliance with regional and international
anti-crime norms and obligations. This could involve analysis of and advice on appropriate criminal
statutes, codes, laws and regulations. More specifically, the RLA will work with justice sector officials
1) Legislative, procedural, and policy reform;
2) Improving the basic skills of investigators, prosecutors, and investigating magistrates; and
3) Building capacity to pursue cases involving transnational crimes.
In addition, the RLA will work closely with DOJs other Resident Legal Advisor at Post and with other U.S. and host government officials, as well as members of the international legal community, to support broader justice sector capacity development efforts in partnership with its police, prosecutors, and justice sector institutions. The position will also involve coordination with other OPDAT assistance programs in the Balkan region.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Applicants must be an experienced current or former Department of Justice Trial Attorney,
Assistant United States Attorney, or State Prosecutor. Applicants must also 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 (4) years post J.D. legal experience.
Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction).
Grade Specific Qualifications:
- To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, three (3) of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, 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 collar, computer crime, racketeering), cross examining witnesses, and leading the work of support attorneys and paralegals.
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.
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.
- Knowledge working with criminal justice systems in Central and Eastern Europe or, more generally, with European civil law criminal systems.
A J.D. Degree.
- 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).
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
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 Friday, April 11, 2014.
A complete application package must include:
- Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience).
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.
- Assessment Questionnaire (you will be prompted to complete this when you apply online).
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.