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How to Become a Bounty Hunter

Trial Attorney for U.S. Trustees

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Announcement Number: 10-49-14002

The Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (EOUST) is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as a Trial Attorney for the Office of the General Counsel. The EOUST oversees the work of the United States Trustee Program (USTP) by providing leadership, central policy and management direction, and administrative services to 95 field offices.

About the Office: The USTP promotes the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system by enforcing bankruptcy laws, providing oversight of private trustees, and maintaining operational excellence. The USTP carries out administrative, regulatory, and litigation responsibilities under titles 11 and 28 of the United States Code, and engages in significant enforcement efforts to combat fraud and abuse in the bankruptcy system.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The incumbent will be responsible for providing advice to EOUST’s employee relations staff and the General Counsel’s Office on matters relating to performance, disciplinary and adverse actions, claims of reprisal, and the Department’s Agency Grievance Procedure; will work with and provide advice and guidance to managers and employee relations staff on drafting notices of disciplinary and adverse actions and responses to employee grievances; will provide support to the Department in petitions before the Courts of Appeals; will provide legal advice on personnel staff issues when requested; will represent the Department before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); will serve as an instructor for the Program’s management training programs.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Juris Doctorate degree and be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction). Applicants must have at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience, at the Federal level.

Preferred Qualifications:

Exceptional research, writing and oral communication skills.
Experience handling cases before the MSPB and EEOC.
Experience in 1) representing parties before a quasi-judicial administrative third-party; 2) advising managers on labor and/or employee relations matters; 3) drafting and/or reviewing notices of disciplinary and adverse actions; and 4) public speaking/training.

Travel: A minimal amount of travel is required for this position.

Salary Information: This position is being filled at the GS-15 level ($123,758.00 – $155,500.00 per annum).

Location: Washington, DC.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Submission Process and Deadline Date: Applicants must submit a resume or an OF 612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), a law school transcript and a cover letter highlighting skills and qualifications via email to: or mail to:

U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
Human Resources Division
20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Suite 8212
Washington, DC 20530
Attn: Velicia M. Jacobs
Ref: Vac. # 10-49-14002

A current SF-171 (Application for Federal Employment) will still be accepted as well. The OF-612 may be obtained on OPM’s web site, as well as additional information regarding the announcement or by calling the local OPM Employment office or OPM’s automated telephone system at (703) 724-1850 or by TDD at (478) 744-2299. No phone calls please. Applications must be postmarked by the closing date of 12/07/10. Current/former Federal employees must submit a performance appraisal issued within the last 12 months and the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. Applicants must also submit two recent writing samples related to the handling of employment matters. THOSE WHO APPLIED UNDER VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER 10-46-14001 NEED NOT REAPPLY.

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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 based on sex, sexual orientation, color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism. 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.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Justice to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected will be required to pass a drug test to screen for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation adjudicated by the Department of Justice.

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 are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

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