Attorney Advisor – Falls Church

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Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, VA. The BIA's primary mission is that of producing authoritative administrative case law in the form of BIA decisions, interpreting the immigration laws and laying down guidelines for the exercise of the Attorney General's delegated administrative discretion. In addition, the BIA has appellate jurisdiction over essentially all decisions of Immigration Judges and certain decisions of DHS officers.
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Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Identifying all factual, procedural and substantive issues, relevant constitutional, statutory, judicial and regulatory law, and drafts properly supported legal decision;
  • Analyzing records of administrative hearings to evaluate Questions of Fact and/or Questions of Law for adherence to procedural requirements;
  • Rendering guidance and interpretation with respect to questions pertaining to regulations,
    practices or other matters falling within the purview of the Board;
  • Preparing proposed order reflecting analysis of issues and recommendation for disposition; and
  • Drafting proposed Board decisions in the most difficult and sensitive cases arising before the
    Board, involving extremely complex legal questions and factual issues.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • A two year trial period will be required.
  • You must file a Financial Disclosure.
  • Salary payments must be by direct deposit to a financial institution.

Qualifications

In order to qualify for the Attorney Advisor position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Education: Applicants must possess an LL.B. or a J.D. degree. (Provide the month and year in which you obtained your degree and the name of the College or University from which it was conferred/awarded.)

AND

Licensure: Applicants must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of any state, territory of the U.S., or the District of Columbia. (Provide the month and year in which you obtained your first license and the State from which it was issued.)

AND

GS-13 – Experience: Applicants must have two years (24 months) of professional legal experience that includes the following:

  • Providing legal analysis of case law which would impact an organization;
  • Preparing summaries of legal cases for review by management; and
  • Conducting legal reviews of cases to ensure adherence to procedural requirements or status.
  • OR

    GS-14 – Experience: Applicants must have three full years (36 months) of professional legal experience that includes the following:

  • Making recommendations on department-wide proposals, policies and procedures in response to legal cases or problems for management;
  • Conducting research to determine if evidence was adequate to sustain administrative findings of fact; and if proper administrative discretion was exercised; and
  • Evaluating pertinent facts and evidence to interpret and apply statutes and regulations in the analysis of pleadings.
  • NOTE: Qualifying experience is calculated based on post-law school graduation.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your assessment questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, email address, and employment information. Each position listed on your Resume must include: From/To dates of employment (MM/YYYY-MMYYY or MM/YYYY to Present); agency/employer name, position title, grade level(s) held, if applicable; hours, if less than full time; and duties performed. In addition, any experience on less than a full time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

    Writing Sample: In addition to the above-stated qualifications, applicants must submit a writing sample that demonstrates their ability to author legal documents to be considered for this position. This document cannot exceed 10 (ten pages).

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here .

    Education

    Are you using education to qualify? Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation by clicking here . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.) You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Translated transcripts are required. For further information, click here .

    Additional information

    Conditions of Employment: Only U.S. Citizens or Nationals are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, whose job location is with the U.S., must meet the residency requirement. For a total of three (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S., 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving oversees.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    Additional positions maybe filled from this announcement within 90 days of certificate issuance.

    NOTE: This positions is telework eligible as determined by Agency policy.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    If it is determined that you meet the minimum qualification requirement, your application will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration. There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veteran's preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. the DD214, 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 From 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 the SF-15, which list 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 disabilities pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch or Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retirement list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more.)

    In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/16/2021, the closing date of this announcement, which includes:

  • Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire.
  • A Writing Sample (Not to exceed ten (10) pages).
  • Other Supporting Documents, if applicable:
    • Veterans' Preference documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), dated VA Letter, SF-15)
    • Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.

    Note: Ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, email address, and employment information. Each position listed on your Resume must include: From/To dates of employment (MM/YYYY-MMYYY or MM/YYYY to Present); agency/employer name, position title, grade level(s) held, if applicable; hours, if less than full time; and duties performed. In addition, any experience on less than a full time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.
    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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