Chief Counsel

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


The Chief Counsel is the senior advisor for general law for OCDETF, and functions as the legal counsel for the component on criminal, civil, administrative, and other general law matters. The responsibilities of the position have a component-wide affect and influence, which includes providing innovative and expert legal counsel in the oversight and management of comprehensive legal activities and matters involving litigation, in accordance with applicable laws, policies, and procedures.
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The duties and responsibilities for a 0905 Chief Counsel generally include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The incumbent develops authoritative guidance and advising leadership on a broad spectrum of legal issues.
  • The incumbent serves as the senior legal advisor for general law, including employment, labor, fiscal and appropriations, procurement, ethics, information and privacy, FOIA, administrative claims, and other general law matters.
  • The incumbent provides expert legal counsel and advice is provided to OCDETF leadership and officials of partner agencies.
  • The incumbent develops policy guidance for advising on all aspects of general law, and for representing OCDETF before administrative bodies, courts, the General Accounting Office, and with other governmental or private sector entities.
  • The incumbent provides management oversight and direction concerning personnel, policies and programs (e.g., human resources, budget, information technology, facilities, equipment, procurement, FOIA); and ensures the efficient and effective acquisition, use, distribution and disposal of OCDETF resources in compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws, and directives.
  • The incumbent reviews various legal documents for legal sufficiency, including program policies and procedures, proposed legislation, proposed revisions to regulations, and agreements affecting the interests of the Program to ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check which includes a drug screening.
  • You may be required to complete a two-year probationary or trial period.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born on, or after, December 31st 1959. Those not registered should have an approved exemption on file.
  • Candidate selected for an Attorney position with OCTEDF are expected to make a three year commitment.


  • J.D. degree;
  • Active member of the bar (any jurisdiction);
  • Have at least 10 years of post J.D. professional experience.
Applicants must have solid academic credentials as well as excellent writing and strong interpersonal skills. Applicants should possess strong speaking and presentation skills; experience in the training of, and development of, professional training for prosecutors and agents. Demonstrated experience serving as a senior legal advisor for general law, including employment/labor, fiscal/appropriations/procurement, ethics, contracts, information and privacy, administrative, and other general law matters is preferred. A background in criminal prosecution including experience with long term, complex investigations; as well as electronic surveillance and related legal issues; domestic and international financial investigations; and familiarity with federal investigative agencies is desirable.

Suitability and Citizenship: Suitability and Citizenship : It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, ). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.


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

Additional information

  • General Employment Information:
  • DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:
  • Selective Service: If you were born male, on or 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: .
  • Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Our policy can be found at:
  • Schedule A for Persons with Disabilities : Learn more at USAJOBS - Individuals with Disabilities .
  • Preference Eligible Veterans and Military Spouses : Please see USAJOBS Veterans Preference for more details.
  • Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP & ICTAP) : For more information visit: USAJOBS Career Transition Programs

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Salary and grade level determinations are made based on the number of years of qualifying experience and current salary level. The salary range for this GS-15 position is: $144,128 - $172,500.

    Veterans: 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). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Interested candidates should submit all of the following:

    1. Cover letter highlighting your relevant skills and experience,
    2. Copy of your resume, and
    3. Writing sample

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