Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Division Chief)

Washington, D.C
Jul 24, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Judicial Policy Division (JPD), Judicial Services Office (JSO), Department of Program Services (DPS).
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The incumbent of this position will report to the Chief of JSO. The office seeks an experienced attorney with supervisory experience to oversee the work of JSO staff in supporting two policy-making Judicial Conference Committees, and one Subcommittee.

JSO provides support, services, and programs to address the needs and concerns of federal judges, including Article III (court of appeals, district, and Court of International Trade), territorial district court, Court of Federal Claims, bankruptcy, and magistrate and their staffs. JSO serves as a liaison, consultant, advocate, and resource on matters that affect judges within the Administrative Office (AO) and with the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), executive and legislative branches of the federal government, the public, and others. JPD provides essential services to support the Judicial Conference policy-making committees assigned to JSO, including the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, the Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System, and the Committee on Judicial Resources' Subcommittee on Judicial Statistics. The incumbent will be the direct supervisor for approximately 7-9 staff assigned to support these committees.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Reviewing, developing, drafting, and submitting policy recommendations for the consideration of the various Judicial Conference Committees supported by JSO.
  • Ensuring that the Committee staff work is produced in accordance with the guidelines, standards, and schedules established by JSO, DPS, and the Judicial Conference Secretariat Office.
  • Establishing priorities and implementing short and long-range initiatives adopted by JSO-supported Judicial Conference Committees.
  • Serving as a subject matter expert and resource for staff, committee chairs, as well as senior staff within JSO and the AO broadly.
  • Providing briefings, in writing and orally, to judges, and senior-level staff and executive leadership within the AO.
  • Providing timely coaching and feedback to assigned staff, completing performance plans, and managing staff work schedules, and time and attendance, in accordance with the policies and guidance of JSO, DPS, and the AO.

  • Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non-competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete an FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Bar Membership : Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a federal court of general jurisdiction. Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will constitute an incomplete application. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Post J.D. Experience : Applicants must also possess at least four years of post J.D. experience.

    Specialized Experience : Subsequent to graduation from law school, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience ( preferably four or more ) which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience for this position is demonstrated experience supervising, leading, coordinating, or managing the activities of attorneys and staff in the areas of judicial administration and policy making.


    Applicants must possess a law degree (J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at .

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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