Attorney Advisor

Washington D.C.
Apr 18, 2019
Apr 18, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Infrequent domestic travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation and travel assistance may be provided.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • Must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service. See
  • May be requested to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • A Financial Disclosure Form maybe required.
  • The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    Must provide a writing sample (no more than 15 pages)

    MOBILITY PLAN:  New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement.  The purpose of ATF’s mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness.  To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.

    GS-13: All applicants must have three years as a practicing attorney; extensive understanding and knowledge of laws and regulations relating to area of general criminal law matters and matters involving disclosure and/or protection of information; and have the ability to apply this knowledge to conducting research and develop advisory documents. Must have superior communications, analytical and writing skills.

    GS-14: In addition to the requirements of the GS-13, applicants must have five years as a practicing attorney; experience advising senior management officials in the area of general criminal internet investigations; and matters involving disclosure and/or protection of information. Attorney must also have experience working with issues related to the specialized experience that includes a high degree of difficulty and importance, including independently exercising responsibility for the provision of legal advice.

    GS-15: In addition to the requirements of the GS-14, applicants must have six years as a practicing attorney and experience with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The attorney also serves as lead attorney on extremely complex legal issues where there is little or no precedent, such as matters involving digital/virtual currency and virtual evidence. This includes laws and policies on capturing and maintaining digital evidence. The specialized experience must include providing legal advice in connection to internet-based crimes and electronic evidence matters.

    Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any state or territory, or the District of Columbia.

    Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations from ATF’s Human Resources Operations Division.  Please click on the following link to read important information.  DOJ Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations

    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. See

    EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement: ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760.  The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.

    Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of their experience, education and training relative to the duties of the position. The applicant must specially address their qualifications and experience in their resumes to be considered qualified for each grade.

    Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position:

    1. Demonstration of original thinking, mature judgment, and sound reasoning are continually required as new problems of law, policy and procedures are presented for solution.
    2. Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice on the laws enforced by ATF, including the Gun Control Act, the National Firearms Act, and the Federal laws related to arson and explosives.
    3. Demonstrated ability to provide legal guidance and advice on matters of general criminal law (e.g., laws governing search and seizure, electronic surveillance, custodial interrogations, undercover operations, use of force).
    4. Knowledge of methods and techniques used in internet-based crimes related investigative, law enforcement and physical security programs.
    5. Knowledge and demonstrated ability to provide legal and technical advice on criminal investigations, including providing technical advice on developmental plans, and investigative and protective services program targets; methods and techniques used to investigate internet-based crimes.
    6. Superior analytical, written and communication skills.

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    Read more Security clearance Top Secret

    Drug test required Yes

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