General Attorney, GS-14/15 (EX)
Department Of Justice - Washington, DC

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Our Mission
To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

Public Service is a public trust. For the FBI, this means that the public has committed to our care the safety of our Nation and the defense of our Constitution. To sustain that trust and to meet our resulting obligations, we must adhere strictly to our core values of: Rigorous obedience to the Constitution, Respect, Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Accountability, and Leadership.

The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) ensures that the FBI maintains its integrity and professionalism by impartially adjudicating allegations of employee misconduct. To preserve credibility and the respect of society, FBI employees must be accountable to rigorous standards of personal and institutional responsibility enforced both internally and through responsiveness to external oversight.

Division: Director's Office

Section: Office of Professional Responsibility

Unit: Adjudication II

Location: Washington, DC

Working Hours: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Salary:
GS-14: $105,211.00 - $136,771.00
GS-15: $123,758.00 - $155,500.00

It is preferred that applicants have experience in one or more of the following practice areas:
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Employees
  • Police Misconduct
  • Professional Responsibility Issues
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance.

DUTIES: GS-14:
  • Serve as an attorney advisor to all segments of the office.
  • Responsible for review of investigative files and the preparation of investigative reports and legal memoranda.
  • Respond to questions concerning the FBI's disciplinary process and OPR policies from FBI personnel in headquarters and field divisions, other Federal agencies, Congressional overseers, and members of the public.
  • Conduct comprehensive legal research; prepare written documents such as legal memoranda and policy statements; and evaluate proposed legislation and policies impacting the FBI disciplinary process.
  • Assist with training, including presentations to FBI personnel in headquarters and field divisions.
GS-15: In addition to the above duties;
  • Responsible for the most complex employee disciplinary cases.
  • Respond to questions from the highest levels of management in the FBI.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: All Applicants must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member in good standing of the bar. Applicants applying for the GS 14 must also have 2.5 years or more post J.D. legal experience. Applicants applying for the GS 15 must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENTS above, applicant must meet the specialized experience (SE) as described below;

GS-14: Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level. Specialized Experience is:
  • Experience participating in interpreting and analyzing legal issues.
GS-15: Applicant must possess one (1) year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 level. Specialized Experience is:
  • Experience demonstrating proficiency in interpreting and analyzing complex legal issues.
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.).

Selectee(s) will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter.

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of law school transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy
announcement. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.

Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position who are not currently in a General Attorney position, must be approved by the Department of Justice, before they can complete the FBI's background process.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Leadership
  • Governance and Legal Jurisprudence
  • Research
  • Oral/Written Communication
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Problem-Solving Skills
High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.

Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.

To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS: The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION: ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE FROM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO FILL POSITIONS WITHIN THE SAME DIVISION WHEN THE POSITION INCLUDES SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS.

Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to a lower grade for a minimum of 12 months. This policy does not apply to probationary employees. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.

Candidates are ineligible to apply if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); or have failed a PIP and are currently awaiting the final action by your Human Resources Office.

A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable".

All selectees, with the exception of current FBI employees, will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Generally, following a COST TRANSFER you will be eligible for transfer after completing three years in the assignment. Additionally, NO COST TRANSFER require a one-year assignment commitment to be eligible for further FBI transfers.

Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from Legat assignment.

Veterans' Preference: 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 are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for other FBI job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.

Applicants should keep their contact information updated on the USAJOBS registration page.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.

Management has the prerogative to select at any grade for which this position has been announced.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation. Only those candidates determined to be best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process.

The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.

The FBI welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The FBI 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.

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.

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