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US Seeks Legal Advisor for El Salvador

MIAMI -- The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT), Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, seeks an experienced Assistant United States Attorney, Department of Justice Trial Attorney or State Prosecutor to serve as an Intermittent Legal Advisor (ILA) for El Salvador. This assignment is for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension, contingent on additional funding. This position is a reimbursable detail or term appointment. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will require an agreement between the chosen applicant's home office and OPDAT.

ABOUT THE OFFICE: The mission of 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 terrorism, organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime consistent with the rule of law. The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate with the United States and countries in their region to combat such crime. For more information about the office, please access our website at http://www.justice.gov/criminal/opdat/.

RESPONSIBILITIES &OPPORTUNITIES: The ILA will represent the U.S. Department of Justice and OPDAT in the implementation of this assistance program designed to strengthen justice sector institutions and develop the capacity of justice sector personnel in El Salvador, focusing on asset forfeiture and electronic surveillance. The ILA will work closely with the U.S. embassy and host nation government officials.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required qualifications: Interested applicants must possess 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 have at least four years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: working as a lead attorney on felony level cases or specialized criminal litigation (i.e. white collar, computer crime, racketeering), cross examining witnesses, and leading the work of support attorneys and paralegals.

Spanish Fluency is required for this position. You may be asked to demonstrate your Spanish fluency in a pre-employment interview.

Preferred qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following KSAs. You are required to respond to each KSA in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these questions may result in your being deemed not highly qualified for the position.

Knowledge and experience as an attorney in the U.S. justice system (to include prosecution experience in asset forfeiture, electronic surveillance, and experience with criminal procedure codes of Latin America.)
Knowledge of justice sector development with international legal and law enforcement partners.
Knowledge of planning, designing, or leading projects or studies.
Ability to supervise employees.
Knowledge of living abroad and working internationally.

LOCATION: The ILA's duty station will be either Washington, D.C., or detailee's current duty station in the United States. There will be extensive TDY travel, particularly to El Salvador.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

TRAVEL: Extensive international travel and other travel will be required.

SALARY INFORMATION: Current salary level and years of litigation experience will determine the appropriate salary at the time of appointment. Compensation will be at the GS-15 level. The exact salaries within these GS levels vary based on many factors including duty location and type of appointment. The Washington D.C. salary ranges for these levels during 2013 are: GS-15 $123,758 -$155,500 per annum. Base salary table and locality pay tables for all U.S. locations during 2013 can be found at: OPM Pay Tables.

The ILA will receive appropriate Post salary differentials and allowances.

Please note: If the position is filled by detail, there is no change to base pay.


1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying here: Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and complete your profile prior to applying.
2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/351095400

DEADLINE DATE: Applications will be accepted until the October 11, 2013.


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