Regional Counsel – Federal Bureau of Prisons, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office (Annapolis Junction, MD)

REGIONAL COUNSEL

FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS

MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL OFFICE

ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, MARYLAND

SUPERVISORY ATTORNEY-ADVISOR

GS-905-15

About the Office: The legal practice at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels and includes such matters as inmates’ reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement, medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, sentencing issues, and discipline.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The position of Regional Counsel oversees the legal operations of the regional office and all Consolidated Legal Centers/Institutions within the Region (see www.bop.gov for specific institution locations). Incumbent serves as counsel to the Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region. The incumbent will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff at these correctional facilities, particularly members of the Executive Staff. The incumbent will also be expected to communicate with defense attorneys, prosecutors, federal courts, the private sector, and agency officials. The incumbent is required to have thorough knowledge of all aspects of BOP policy and practice as he/she may be required to appear in District Court on short notice to explain and advocate the agency’s rationale for its correctional management decisions.

Qualifications: Required qualifications: Interested parties must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 5 years post-J.D. experience.

Preferred qualifications: Prior experience in correctional law as well as supervisory experience is required.

Travel: Some travel is required.

Salary Information: Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range, including locality pay adjustments, is GS-15 ($123,758 to $155,500).

Location: Annapolis Junction, Maryland

Relocation Expenses: Not authorized.

Submission Process and Deadline Date: Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, resume, and a writing sample by September 26, 2012, to:

U.S. Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Office of General Counsel and Review

320 First Street, NW, Room 948

Washington, D.C. 20534

Attention: Mary E. McBride

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

This position is open until filled, but no later than September 26, 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 non-service 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).