As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America’s borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.

Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Chief Counsel, Office of Assistant Chief Counsel, located in New York, NY.

The Office of the Assistant Chief Counsel is a fast-paced work environment, where attorneys often find themselves working on high-profile litigation matters and navigating very short deadlines. In this position, you will become a key member of the legal team for The Office of the Assistant Chief Counsel, International Trade Litigation (ACC-ITL).

This position starts at a salary of $73,962.00 (GS-11, Step 1) to $161,939.00 (GS-14, Step 10) with promotion potential to $161,939 (GS-14, Step 10).

The primary responsibility of ACC-ITL is to provide litigation support to the Department of Justice in matters involving trade cases brought against U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Typical work assignments include:

  • Conducting legal research into the laws, regulations, decisions, and other precedents bearing on the legal issues involving CBP, particularly those matters within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of International Trade including but not limited to issues of tariff classification and value, the assessment of regular duties as well as antidumping and countervailing duties, the exclusion or detention of merchandise (based, for example, on violation of intellectual property rights), and CBP regulations and procedures;
  • Preparing litigation reports for the trial attorneys in the Department of Justice giving the agency position on the facts and the application of the law; consulting with various CBP offices and coordinating CBP’s position during litigation;
  • Proposing responses to complaints, discovery, motions and other pretrial pleadings and collaborating closely with the Justice trial attorneys in preparation for trial;
  • Preparing settlement and appeal recommendations, and monitoring the implementation of court decisions within CBP.

Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Specialized Education: Recent law school graduates may be appointed to attorney positions at the GS-11 level with the following additional qualifications: rank in the top 1/3 of graduating class; participation on the school’s official Law Review; membership in the Order of the Coif; or winning of a moot court competition. An interim appointment of 14 months may be made pending the selectee’s admission to the bar. Selectee will be required to provide admittance and standing to the Bar and must provide a copy of their official law school transcript.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 11/09/2020.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency’s core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link. https: www.cbp.gov/careers/join-cbp/which-career/apply/background-investigation

Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions:

  • Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military
  • A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government
  • Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university
  • Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government

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