Supervisory Attorney Advisor

Washington, D.C
Jan 25, 2022
Feb 02, 2022
Full Time

The incumbent of this position will serve as the Chief of the Criminal Law Policy Staff (CLPS) and will report to the Chief of the Probation and Pretrial Services Office (PPSO). CLPS provides primary staff support to the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The incumbent must have a mastery of criminal law and probation and pretrial services policies and will serve as the senior technical authority about criminal law policies for the probation and pretrial services system.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Serving as Chief counsel to the Criminal Law Committee, supervising and providing staff support to the Committee's chair and its members for all aspects of the Committee's business.
  • Assisting the Committee chair in developing the agenda for the Committee's bi-annual meetings, editing and coordinating complex documents with high-level staff in the AO, to include those in the Office of the Director, the Judicial Conference Secretariat Office, the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Legislative Affairs, and the Budget Division.
  • Routinely representing the AO, PPSO, and the Criminal Law Committee in interactions with the United States Sentencing Commission, the Federal Judicial Center, the Department of Justice, and Congress.
  • Preparing testimony for the chair of the Criminal Law Committee and other Judiciary witnesses appearing at hearings before congressional committees and the United States Sentencing Commission.
  • Monitoring, analyzing, evaluating, and coordinating complex and sensitive criminal law and sentencing matters to include pending legislation, case law, and proposed amendments to the sentencing guidelines and criminal rules.
  • Coordinating CLPS activities and plans with others in the PPSO.
  • Conducting briefings for diverse audiences, including judges and Chief probation and pretrial services officers, at various meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • Managing all professional and support staff assigned to CLPS and staff assigned to support the AO's Chiefs Advisory Group.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

  • AO employees are required to attest to their vaccination status. New employees are required to complete a Certification of Vaccination Form. The information provided on the form will be treated as confidential information and will be managed by the AO Human Resources Office.
  • 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 AO. If non-citizens are considered for hire into a temporary or any other position with non-competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO Human Resources Office 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 U.S. and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at USAJOBS Help Center | Employment of non-citizens / . 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.
  • New employees to the AO will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights/responsibilities, visit .
  • All new AO employees are required to 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.

  • 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 providing minimum qualifications such as J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) for bar, and dates) in their respective application packages. 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 4 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 is legal advisory work involving the interpretation of statutes, regulations, decisional law and opinions and/or drafting legal memoranda, opinions, legislative proposals, and congressional testimony.


    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.