This assignment is for a period of 14 months, beginning on or about June 2020, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by reimbursable detail appointment.
The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel. This assistance is administered in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat gang violence, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes, human trafficking and smuggling, and other types of crime in a manner consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate regionally and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat.
The Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of justice sector technical assistance activities designed to improve the capacity of the criminal justice system in El Salvador to combat organized crime, gang activity, money laundering, and other transnational crimes, consistent with international standards. The RLA will work closely with other OPDAT personnel assigned to U.S. Embassy San Salvador in assisting Salvadoran prosecutors, judges, law enforcement and government officials to design and implement bilateral technical assistance and development projects. These projects include technical advice to the Salvadoran Prosecutor General’s Office on the development of major task forces, including those dealing with transnational criminal organizations, and general capacity building to increase collaborative efforts to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal networks. This may include analysis of and advice on initiatives including, but not limited to criminal code and criminal procedure code legislation, international mutual legal assistance and extradition, anti-gang extortion activities, financial crimes, and asset forfeiture proposals.
Required: We are seeking a current Department of Justice attorney. To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:
- 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.
- Specific grade level requirements:
- GS-15: At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
- GS-14: At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
- The applicant must be a fluent Spanish speaker, as well as proficient in reading and writing Spanish.
Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of DOJ and other USG approaches and policies involving transnational crimes and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building. Experience living, working, and/or training in an overseas environment is desirable. Experience with corruption-related investigations and prosecutions is highly desirable.
The successful applicant should also have:
- Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
- Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
- The 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; and
- Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance.
Although this vacancy announcement expires on April 28, 2020, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
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.