Attorney Advisor (Director of Training), Civil Division

Washington, D.C
Oct 19, 2019
Oct 27, 2019
Full Time


The Attorney Advisor (Director of Training) is responsible for providing advice and assistance to the Executive Officer (EO) and Civil Division Office Directors on a wide range of policy and training matters; ensuring training and professional development is effective and meaningful for the attorneys and staff throughout the Division; and ensuring mandatory training requirements are met.

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Serves as the Division's Training Officer for attorney professional development and supervises training staff in coordinating skills-based training and professional development opportunities for all employees throughout the Division. Works closely with the Division's Senior Management, Training Committee and Administrative Staff to identify and document training needs and set training policy for the Division. Collaborates with the EO in planning training strategy for the Division. Recommends appropriate course of action.

Analyzes and prepares reports on training-related questions or issues of personal interest to the EO. Reviews and evaluates proposed actions and recommendations submitted within the Division for approval by the EO. Represents the Civil Division in conferences and on committees, working groups and task forces related to training and professional development. Performs research and prepares memoranda for the attention or signature of the EO on training-related matters of interest or concern to the Division.

Ensures that agreements with training suppliers comply with law, regulation, and Division policy, and that invoices and other payment documents are promptly and properly submitted for payment. Coordinates use of Civil Division training funds and provides support and guidance to the Branches and Sections in the effective use of funds available for training.

Serves as the Division's liaison with the National Advocacy Center (NAC), coordinating admissions to NAC courses, advocating for programs of interest to the Division, and recommending Division employees to serve as faculty for NAC courses. Assists attorneys in complying with their state bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements and provides meaningful opportunities for CLE credit wherever possible.

Coordinates and promotes in-house training and professional development opportunities for attorneys and staff throughout the Division. Provides new attorney orientation training on a quarterly basis or as needed. Works with the Division's Branches and Sections to improve training programs specific to the needs of each section. Works with the Division's Office of Litigation Support and the Division's Chief Information Officer to provide effective training on the technology used by the Division. Maintains information on sources of training and coordinates and serves as a liaison with other training units and trainers from inside and outside the Division. Coordinates and promotes training events with the other components of the Department. Promotes pro bono activities as a professional development opportunity, in coordination with the Division's Pro Bono Coordinator.

Establishes a system for evaluating the effectiveness of training received by Division employees. Ensures that evaluations are conducted appropriately, and that results are analyzed and communicated to the EO with sound recommendations for improvements for future training courses. Develops and maintains a Civil Division intranet site that identifies training resources, provides information to new employees, and organizes in a logical fashion materials of interest to the Division's branches and sections. Establishes and maintains an electronic registration system for Civil Division training courses and ensures compliance with mandatory training requirements.

Works with the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management (OARM), the Justice Management Division (JMD) and Civil Division's HR to ensure that the Division's interests are represented regarding mandatory training requirements, the attorney mentor program, intern programs, and Department-wide training programs.

Establishes, coordinates and executes new attorney and new employee orientation.

Serves as the leadership point of contact for the attorney mentor program and JMD's Leadership Excellence and Achievement Program (LEAP).

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
  • May require completion of a fourteen month trial period
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with eligibility for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access depending on organizational assignment / duty location.


Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a 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.
  • Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.

  • Applicants must have demonstrated work experience related to the mandatory requirements listed below and must address the qualification requirements in an attached cover letter or separate narrative statement.
    • Experience or demonstrated aptitude as a trainer or instructor of graduate-level or adult learners in the legal field.
    • Knowledge of federal litigation, both substantive and procedural.
    • Experience conducting legal research related to civil law involving analysis of statutes, proposed legislation, case law, and governmental and private reports. Excellent legal analysis, writing, and editing skills. Ability to express, orally and in writing, complex legal issues in clear and succinct language so that the concepts are understood by both lawyers and non-lawyers.
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with agency staff at all levels as well as with key individuals in a variety of other federal organizations and interest groups.
    • Good organization and planning skills are a must.


    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


    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at .

    All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. .

    Additional information

    Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your resume. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: .

    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, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s).

    DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found 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. Additional information is found at: .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications. Your application will be evaluated by a reviewing panel.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    • Cover Letter addressing all qualification requirements
    • Resume showing relevant experience.
    • DD-214 and/or veteran documentation, (if applicable).

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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