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Job Title:  Attorney Advisor (Qualified Representative Program)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Executive Office for Immigration Review
Job Announcement Number:  EOIR-14-0042

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,262.00 to $157,000.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 25, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Falls Church, VA View Map
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


If you are interested in a rewarding and challenging career, this is the position for you!

The Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking an individual to serve as an Attorney Advisor. 


The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases.  Specifically, under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR interprets and administers the Federal immigration laws by conducting immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.  EOIR consists of three adjudicating components: the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is responsible for managing the numerous immigration courts located throughout the United States where immigration judges adjudicate individual cases; the Board of Immigration Appeals, which primarily conducts appellate reviews of the immigration judges’ decisions; and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, which adjudicates immigration-related cases.  EOIR is committed to providing the fair, expeditious, and uniform application of our Nation’s immigration laws in all cases. This position is located in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Director, Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP).


This is a Excepted Service position; additional positions may be filled from this announcement within 90 days of certificate issuance.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel is required.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • A two year trial period is required, if not previously completed.


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The incumbent is responsible for providing expert advice and counsel to the Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) Director and other senior Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) officials.  Responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the Qualified Representative Program (QRP) for mentally-incompetent detained aliens; to include serving as a Contract Officer’s Representative (COR) to develop, administer, evaluate and expand the QRP; researches and develops program policies and drafts guidance for QRP providers; analyzes OLAP effectiveness as it relates to improving access to legal services for aliens appearing before EOIR’s tribunals and enhancing the efficiency of EOIR’s hearing process. 

The incumbent is responsible for carrying out management objectives, policies, and planning for OLAP, and evaluates proposed legislative changes in terms of foreseeable effect on the office, method of operation, and extent of operation; institutes a process for improving and utilizing creative problem-solving techniques to enhance organizational effectiveness; and conducts extensive research appropriate to legal issues at hand and prepares written reports accordingly.


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Applicants must possess an LL.B. or a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia. (Include the date of your admission to the bar.)


In order to qualify for the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have a minimum of three (3) years of post-J.D.  professional legal experience in immigration law. In order to qualify for the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have a minimum of four (4) years of post J.D. professional legal experience in immigration law.

Preferred qualifications:

In addition to the above qualifications; applicants may also have experience working with organizations that provide legal representation to low-income immigrants, training and program management of legal service programs, and experience providing legal or social services to individuals with mental disabilities.


Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.)

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 .  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

You must meet all qualification requirements by Friday, August 08, 2014, the closing date of this announcement.


Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses, if applicable.  If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.


There is no formal rating system for applying veteran’s 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 veteran’s preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Releases or Discharge from Active Duty and other substantiating documentation) to their submissions.  Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicant 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, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10- point preference and the required supporting document (s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with services- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pension to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service member 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).



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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; alternate work schedule, life insurance; health benefits; public transportation subsidy, and participation in the Retirement Benefits and Pension Plan.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Direct Deposit: 

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): If you have received written notification of your eligibility for consideration under the CTAP/ICTAP, you may receive special priority consideration for this position, if this vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility and be well-qualified for the position. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria and must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456 must be well qualified for the position. Additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at:  


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, for further information see 


EEO Statement:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:  Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate, for further information see    




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Applicants must submit an OF-612 Optional Application for Federal Employment, resume, or any other written format that describes your job qualifications.  You must also submit a short (1-page) statement in support of your application.  In addition, you must submit your most current performance appraisal, and a writing sample not to exceed ten (10) pages.


If you are submitting a resume, it must include the announcement number, title and grades(s) of the job for which you are applying and specific location(s); your full name, mailing address, day and evening telephone numbers (including area code), email address, social security number, country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian grade held including job series and dates held.  Applications must be hand delivered, emailed or mailed to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Human Resources Staff, Administrative Division
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2300
Washington, DC  20530
Attn: Candace Samuels


Mailed applications must be received in the Human Resources Office by 5pm EST Friday, August 08, 2014


The email address for submission is:
Applications sent via email must be received in the Human Resources Office by 11:59 pm EST Friday, August 08, 2014







Resume, OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment) or other format.
You must also submit a short (1-page) statement in support of your application.
DD-214, if applicable, SF-15, and letter from VA or military, dated 1991 or later.
Must provide your latest performance appraisal and SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), if applicable.
Writing sample (not to exceed ten (10) pages).


WARNING:  Failure to submit these documents, or failure to submit them in the required format, may result in your application receiving no further consideration or less favorable consideration.




Candace Samuels
Phone: (703)305-1171
Agency Information:
US Dept of Justice Exec Ofc for Immig Review
Office of Human Resources
5107 Leesburg Pike
Suite 2300
Washington, DC


We will evaluate the qualifications and eligibility of all applicants, then assess those who meet the minimum qualifications.  The highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and may be interviewed.  We will notify you of the outcome after all of these steps have been completed.  After making a tentative offer(s) to potential selectee(s), we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation(s). 



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