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Posted on: 5 Feb 2019 173 views
: U.S. Department of Justice
: JD

About the Office: 

This assignment is for a period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be affected by reimbursable detail or term appointment. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

This position will be based out of San Juan, Puerto Rico or Washington, D.C. If based out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the selectee will have the option of reporting to the U.S. Attorney's office or full-time telework.

OPDAT's mission is to build strong foreign partners who can work with the United States to enhance cooperation in transnational cases and to fight crime before it reaches our shores. OPDAT provides expert assistance and case-based mentoring to foreign counterparts to help develop justice systems that can effectively combat transnational crime, corruption, and terrorism consistent with the rule of law and in furtherance of U.S. national security.

Job Description: 

The Attorney Advisor (Program Manager) will perform the following duties: serve as a legal expert in developing and revising curriculum for the Judicial Studies Institute (JSI) responsive to judges’ needs, to include course development, course materials, and identifying, hiring and, supervising teaching resources; develop and maintain relationships with JSI graduates to ensure follow-up and build additional capacity as multipliers; prepare and oversee budgets; represent JSI at informational meetings with foreign delegations; lead in the formulation and preparation of OPDAT regional or country-specific program funding proposals and implementation plans; develop program measures and oversees program execution to ensure compliance with department and partner agency policy requirements; identify and select instructors and technical advisers to support program objectives; work with program personnel in compiling regional and country-specific briefing materials and data call requests covering OPDAT development assistance and training programs; facilitate and/or assist in the preparation of official correspondence for OPDAT, DOJ, and partner agencies, as well as foreign government officials dealing with development assistance and training programs and matters. 


Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:

  1. A J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.
  2. Specific grade level requirements:
    1. GS-15: At least four (4) years of post-J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of prosecutorial or judicial experience in Article III courts or comparable state-level courts.
    2. GS-14: At least three (3) years of post-J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial or judicial experience in Article III courts or comparable state-level courts.
  3. The applicant must be a fluent Spanish speaker, as well as proficient in reading and writing Spanish

Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other U.S. Government approaches and policies involving transnational crimes (specifically terror finance and money laundering and asset forfeiture), and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.

The successful applicant should also have:

  • Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Extensive prosecution experience;
  • Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects;
  • Familiarity with the legal system/laws in the Western Hemisphere and an understanding of their cultural norms and capacities;
  • Understanding of comparative international law and major conventions or treaties in effect;
  • Knowledge of U.S. funding agency and interagency practices and priorities; and, an understanding of U.S. foreign policy goals; and
  • Experience living, working and/or training in an overseas environment is also desirable.


$103,600-$164,200 per year. Under detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee's pay.


Domestic and international travel may be required.

Application Process: 

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement. Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.
2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy:

Application Deadline: 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Relocation Expenses: 

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Number of Positions: 


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