Attorney - Advisor

Washington D.C.
Jun 08, 2017
Jun 08, 2018
Full Time

About the Agency

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
Joining the United States Secret Service, Office of the Chief Counsel will allow you to provide legal opinions, advice, and representation to and on behalf of the Secret Service and its protective, investigative and administrative programs and activities. Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact the agency’s mission through your legal advice, counsel and representation. This Attorney-Advisor position starts at a salary of $66,510 (GS-11 step 1), with promotion potential to $145,629 (GS-14 step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

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  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Applicants must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Applicant must have experience as a practicing attorney or as a judicial law clerk which was obtained after graduation from law school.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page.
    • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.

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    The selectee will serve as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel. Typical work assignments include:

    • Performing legal research and providing oral and written legal advice, counsel, and opinions in regard to the laws, regulations, court decisions, and other precedents bearing on the legal issues involving or impacting Secret Service protective, investigative, and administrative responsibilities.
    • Representing the Secret Service in administrative hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
    • Drafting and reviewing legal documents including litigation reports, motions, briefs, charges, pleadings, discovery requests and responses, interrogatories, internal and external correspondence, legislative language, Department and Agency policy, memoranda and contractual agreements.
    • Conducting training in various areas of the law impacting the Secret Service’s mission.
    • Providing legal services relating to constitutional questions, criminal matters, fiscal issues, personnel law, asset forfeiture, cyber security matters, procurement, ethics, FTCA claims, garnishments, Equal Employment Opportunity issues, employee disciplinary matters, and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act appeals; providing legal services in the area of electronic surveillance laws and technology, and computer searches and seizures; and providing legal advice on privacy laws and constitutional protections as they pertain to criminal and protection related investigations.