Attorney Advisor (Division Counsel - Washington Field Division)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 27, 2021
Closes
Nov 30, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Prepares advisory opinions on a variety of questions presented by the Special Agent in Charge (Washington), the Director of Industry Operations (Washington), and the Associate Chief Counsel (East Region). This requires the research and analysis of legal matters such as the seizure and forfeiture of property; offers in compromise; the issuance, suspension, and denial and revocation of licenses and permits; and violations of criminal provisions of Federal law relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. These assignments usually involve complicated facts and require the review and analysis of inspection reports or investigation reports and other documents submitted with the request for a legal opinion.

The Division Counsel serves as lead and/or assists the US Attorney with alcohol, tobacco, explosives and firearms related litigation. Reviews and analyzes investigation reports to determine whether or not the facts constitute violations of the law and regulations and to determine the procedure to be followed; and prepares a memorandum advising as to the action that should be taken on the case. If the case relates to permit or license matters that are adjudicated before administrative law judges or hearing officers, represents the Bureau at the hearing. On cases that are tried by the Department of Justice, such as criminal violation cases, the Attorney may, upon request of the U.S. Attorney, assist at the trial and settlement thereof.

Provides advice and recommendations to Bureau officials on a wide range of complex legal problems, including constitutional law issues, criminal law and procedure, administrative law and asset forfeiture.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • Must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • A Financial Disclosure Form may be required.
  • Must provide a legal writing sample (no more than 15 pages).
  • One year probationary period is required for new attorneys.
  • Must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service. See www.sss.gov.


All applicants must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.

Additional Conditions of Employment:

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement.

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.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.

Applicants must be an active member of the bar of any State or the District of Columbia, in accordance with Department of Justice policy.

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.

Specialized experience for this position includes:

GS: 15: Applicants must have in excess of six years commensurate 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. This includes cases referred to the office on alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives and arson matters, including litigation, as required. The specialized experience must be providing legal advice in connection to extensive understanding of all Federal laws, including the Federal firearms and explosive laws; as well as other federal regulations used by ATF.

The GS-15 salary range starts at $144.128.00 to $172,500.00 . If you are a new federal (civil service) employee, your starting salary will be set at the Step 1 for this position and the grade level for which you are selected.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP 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 and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/

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 and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/ .

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé.

In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit the October 2013 Revised Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

Education

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree.

Additional information

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 www.sss.gov.

Periodic Reinvestigation: Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation

Travel and relocation expenses: are not authorized and will not be paid.

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, gender identify 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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