Supervisory Attorney Advisor

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)Arlington, VirginiaFull TimeOn Site


The primary responsibilities of the Supervisory Attorney Advisor is to ensure that processes are in place to facilitate legal compliance and mitigate risk to the DEA. As part of its responsibilities, the Policy Administration Section focuses on the following activities:

  • Ensure that all DEA policy accurately reflects existing federal law, regulation, and Department of Justice policy;
  • Assist with the formulation of DEA policy;
  • Provide administrative oversight for the formulation of new policy and the revision of existing DEA policy;
  • Maintain DEA’s internal vetting and approval workflow processes, and
  • Maintain and manage DEA’s Policy Portal, a single searchable policy portal for all DEA policy.

Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.

Qualifications:

An applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least ten (10) years post-J.D. legal experience. Applicants must possess significant experience in the practice areas described above. Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills, as well as high proficiency in legal research and analytical skills, and a demonstrated ability to learn and master new areas of the law, as well as function with minimal guidance in a highly-demanding environment.

An applicant also must meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret security clearance.

Grade level considerations may be made based upon the following:

GS-15: In addition to the basic requirements and qualifying specialized experience, applicants must have ten years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Salary:
The salary level is GS-15 ($144,128 – 172,500). Current salary and years of legal experience will determine the appropriate salary level within the GS 15 range.
Travel:
Occasional Travel may be required.
Application Process:

Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter, the below-described Drug Questionnaire, and a legal writing sample by email to: AttorneysMailbox@dea.usdoj.gov or by mail to:

Drug Enforcement Administration

Office of Chief Counsel

ATTN: Hiring Official

8701 Morrissette Drive

Springfield, Virginia 22152

All application materials must be in at least 12-point font. Writing samples should not exceed 10 pages. The applicant’s cover letter should specify which position(s) the applicant is seeking and should highlight relevant experience and qualifications applicable to such position(s).

Applications must be received by midnight November 21, 2021. No telephone calls, please.

Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage and the full-field background investigation, and results of the other steps in the process are otherwise favorable.

Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position. All applicants must complete the DEA Drug Questionnaire and submit that Questionnaire with their application package. A copy of the drug questionnaire can be located at https://www.dea.gov/employment-requirements. The link to the questionnaire is located under "Employment Requirements." Click on the blue highlighted “DEA Drug Questionnaire” link.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline:
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions:
1

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