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U.S. Department of Justice Seeks Attorney to Serve as Deputy Judicial Attaché in Colombia


ABOUT THE OFFICE: The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice seeks a dynamic and seasoned attorney to serve as a Deputy Judicial Attaché in Bogota, Colombia for a two-year term appointment. The Criminal Division also will consider applicants who are currently employed by the Department of Justice and desire to be considered for a two-year detail to this position.

The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) supervises and has responsibility for enforcing federal statutes pertaining to narcotic drugs and other controlled substances. The section advises the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice and other federal officials involved in drug enforcement on all matters relating to the federal narcotics law enforcement including proposed and enacted legislation, policy, enforcement initiates, and criminal and civil litigation. The section has direct litigation responsibilities in significant investigations and prosecutions targeting national and international narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations.

This vacancy can be filled with either a reimbursable detail or a term hire. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case by case basis and will require an agreement between the gaining and losing components.

RESPONSIBILITIES & OPPORTUNITIES: This assignment opportunity is for a term of two years with the possibility of one year extensions, contingent on additional funding and is expected to begin in the Summer/Fall of 2013. Deputy Judicial Attaché ensures that U.S. law enforcement interests are represented and given priority at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. Provides assistance to the U.S. Embassy, Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices and federal law enforcement agencies on bilateral law enforcement operations such as extradition, mutual legal assistance, and undercover operations. Works to strengthen relations between the United States government and Colombian investigative, prosecutorial and judicial institutions to ensure efficient legal procedures for bilateral law enforcement initiatives. Advocates for legal and policy reforms to overcome obstacles and make the bilateral law enforcement relationship run more efficiently. Facilitates negotiations for the drafting of bilateral agreements, and helps oversee their implementation. Provides the U.S. Ambassador, the Department of Justice, and other U.S. agencies with briefings, advice and recommendations on issues affecting the bilateral law enforcement relationship. Enlists support from other Embassy agencies, including securing training and technical assistance for key Colombian officials and institutions, and funds for projects important to the bilateral law enforcement relationship. Facilitates requests by the Colombian government to obtain evidence or witness testimony from the U.S. Ensures U.S. prosecutors and agents provide relevant assistance to Colombian officials and follow protocols to maintain and strengthen the law enforcement relationship with Colombia.


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 five years post J.D. legal experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction). Applicants must have excellent diplomatic skills, be a self-starter, fluent in spoken Spanish, proficient in written Spanish, and have extensive prosecutorial experience. Applicants must have, or be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

TRAVEL: Occasional 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 either the General Schedule GS-13, GS-14 or 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-13 $89,033 - $115,752 per annum, GS-14 $105,211 - $136,771 per annum; 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: http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/indexGS.asp.

The Attorney will receive appropriate Post salary differentials and allowances.

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

LOCATION: This position is located in Bogota, Colombia.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses will be authorized.

SUBMISSION PROCESS: Applicants must submit a cover letter with vacancy announcement indicated, detailed resume, and a current performance evaluation, if applicable. Please send your package electronically to Charlene A. Briggs-Plunkett, Administrative Officer, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section at nddsjobs@usdoj.gov. No telephone calls please. Cover letter and resume must be submitted electronically; no mail copies will be accepted.

DEADLINE DATE: This announcement will be open for 30 days. This position closes at midnight on April 26, 2013, Eastern Standard Time.

INTERNET SITES: For information about the Criminal Division, see

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DEPARTMENT POLICIES: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, 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 Form (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 SF 15, which lists 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 disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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