Attorney Advisor

Washington D.C.
May 22, 2019
May 22, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Infrequent domestic travel may be required.

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

  • Must successfully complete a background security.
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of the vacancy.
  • Must provide a writing sample (no more than 15 pages)
  • 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-14: 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: Applicants must have six years as a practicing attorney and experience with the duties and responsibilities of the position.  They 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.

    The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing  that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:

    1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility;

    2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and

    3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy.

    To be well qualified you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position.

    You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is available at

    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, color, religion, 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 factor.

    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 specifically  address their 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:

    • Demonstration of original thinking, mature judgment and sound reasoning are continually required as new problems of law, policy and procedures are presented.
    • 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.
    • Broad knowledge of general law and legal procedures both civil and criminal; a specialized knowledge of the laws relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives, arson, interstate smuggling of cigarettes and claims collections.
    • Demonstrated ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with others; and the ability to approach the settlement of issues that will ensure fair and equitable consideration of the rights of taxpayers consistent with the protection of the interests of the Government.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • Superior analytical, written and communication skills.

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    Read more Security clearance Top Secret

    Drug test required Yes

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