Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office of General Counsel






About the Office: The mission of the Legislative and Correctional Issues (LCI) Branch is to provide high-quality, timely legal advice and counsel to departments and officials of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Bureau), and to effectively advocate the Bureau’s position under the direction of the Assistant Director/General Counsel. The primary functions of LCI Branch include providing legal assistance on a broad range of correctional issues such as inmates’ rights and conditions of confinement, sentence computation issues, medical and mental health issues, and safety issues. Assists the Associate General Counsel, LCI Branch, and senior Branch staff concerning legal aspects of, and the interpretation, applicability, and compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations, and constitutional provisions relating to the confinement of inmates. Performs reviews and analysis of proposed and enacted legislation affecting the Bureau in such areas as audit requirements, health services (including safety), sentencing, confinement of inmates, treatment of juveniles, drug abuse treatment, and mental competency issues.

Incumbent of this position will primarily assist with the implementation of Section 302 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Walsh Act), which requires the immediate review of all releasing sex offenders to determine whether they may be certified as a “sexually dangerous person” as defined in this Act.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The incumbent will have the opportunity to work with Bureau staff and other Department of Justice officials with respect to the Walsh Act and serve as a member of the Bureau’s Certification Review Panel.

Required qualifications: Interested parties must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least 2years post-J.D. experience.

Preferred qualifications: Prior experience in correctional law is highly desired.

Travel: Some travel may be required.

Number of Vacancies: One

Salary Information: Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The appropriate salary range, including locality pay adjustments is GS-13 ($89,033 to $115,742) to GS-14 ($105,211 to $136,771).

Location: Washington, DC

Relocation Expenses: Not authorized.

Submission Process and Deadline Date: Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, resume and a writing sample by October 10, 2012 to:

U.S. Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Office of General Counsel

320 First Street, NW

Washington, DC 20534

Attention: James C. Wills, Associate General Counsel

You may also submit your application packet via e-mail to jwills@bop.gov.

No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later than October 10, 2012.

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department 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 within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are 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.

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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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).