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US Embassy in Mexico Seeks Deputy Attache Attorney

OPEN: January 24, 2014 - CLOSE: February 21, 2014

About the Office: The United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of the Department of Justice Deputy Attaché, stationed at the United States Embassy in Mexico City. The Deputy Attaché will report to the Department of Justice Attaché, who is the representative of the Department and OIA in Mexico, and as such reports to the Chief of Mission. The Deputy Attaché is a member of the Ambassador's Country Team, co-supervises a variety of support staff members, and works as a member of OIA's Mexico and Central America team. The Department of Justice Attaché's Office is responsible for managing extradition and mutual assistance requests between the United States and Mexico, providing liaison and case support among OIA, U.S. prosecutors (state and federal), and U.S. and foreign officials in Mexico, as well as supporting the Criminal Division and the Department in the formulation and execution of bilateral law enforcement and criminal justice programs and policies. The Attaché's Office is a fast-paced, high-volume, and challenging environment. This vacancy can be filled with either a reimbursable detail or a Term hire.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: This assignment opportunity is for two years with the possibility of a one year extension and is expected to begin in late summer 2014.

The responsibilities of the Deputy Attaché position include, but are not limited to:

Monitoring U.S.-Mexico extradition requests, requests for legal assistance (formal and informal) in criminal matters, and resolving problems regarding those requests;

Working with the Office of the Mexican Attorney General, the Mexican Foreign Ministry on criminal investigations and prosecutions as well as serving generally as liaison to those offices to ensure that the law enforcement interests of the United States and the Department of Justice are understood and given adequate consideration by Mexican authorities;

Developing expertise in the criminal laws and procedures of Mexico to assist U.S. authorities with questions on law enforcement matters and assisting Mexican authorities with questions regarding U.S. criminal laws and procedures, all with a view toward better cooperation and coordination through mutual understanding;

Working with and advising all law enforcement agencies and appropriate Department of State (DOS), Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, Department of Defense, and other U.S. Government agencies stationed in Mexico on transnational criminal issues;

Working closely with senior DOS and other U.S. Government agency officials on international criminal matters, with a particular view toward clearly articulating the interests of the Department of Justice and working toward effectively integrating those interests with the policies and priorities of the Embassy, the DOS other U.S. Government agencies;



Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia, have at least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience, be a current employee of the Department of Justice with extensive experience in the field of criminal law and the prosecution of criminal offenders, and have a background working with international requests for extradition and mutual legal assistance. Applicants must have, or be able to obtain and maintain, a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

Applicants should also have:

1. Significant experience dealing with complex legal and policy issues;
2. Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance;
3. Working knowledge of federal and state judicial systems, prosecution, investigative and regulatory agencies;
4. Experience in dealing with foreign governments, officials and judicial systems;
5. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relations with state and federal law enforcement agencies, representatives of foreign governments and the public, and the ability to supervise attorneys and paralegal support staff;
6. Ability to formulate, implement and effectively advocate Department of Justice policies on all matters relating to the assigned areas;
7. Ability to manage an office, budget, and personnel while working in a fast-paced, high-volume work environment;
8. Familiarity with national security issues;
9. Some understanding of Department of State practices and regulations; and
10. Professional proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.

Travel: Routine travel as necessary.

Salary Information: If the position is filled by detail, there is no change to the selectee's base pay while serving on the detail. Otherwise, the possible base salary range is GS-15 ($99,628 to $129,517 per annum). Regardless, the selectee will also receive appropriate post salary differentials and allowances.

Location: Mexico City, Mexico.

Expenses: Relocation and housing costs in Mexico City will be paid by the Department of Justice, Criminal Division. If the individual selected is detailed from outside the Criminal Division, salary and benefits will be reimbursed to the employing organization.

Submission Process and Deadline Date: All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a resume to:

U.S. Department of Justice
Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs
1301 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
Attn: Mary Rodriguez, Principal Deputy Director

We encourage applications and resumes be submitted by e-mail to Position, MexicoCity on your DOJ Global Address Book, or MexicoCity.Position@usdoj.gov. Applications and resumes may also be faxed to (202) 514-0080. Submissions must be post-marked or received not later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on February 21, 2014.

Internet Sites:This and other Department attorney vacancy announcements can be found at http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html

For more information about the Criminal Division, visit our Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/

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