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Job Details
Open Period: 
March 16, 2015 - March 30, 2015
Series and Grade: 
GS-0905-11 through GS-0905-13
Promotional Potential: 
Position Information: 
Full-time Permanent

The Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, is seeking junior and mid-level attorneys at the GS-11, 12 and 13 levels to join the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security (OCC/IS). OCC/IS provides legal advice and support to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on a wide range of issues critical to advancing U.S. national security, foreign policy and economic objectives.  The successful candidates’ responsibilities will include counseling BIS on export control regulatory issues and representing BIS in administrative export control enforcement proceedings regarding dual-use items and those munitions items controlled by the Export Administration Regulations.

Regulatory responsibilities will potentially include:  providing counseling on export control licensing and compliance;  reviewing and interpreting statutes, regulations and Executive Orders; drafting and reviewing proposed regulations, legislation, position papers, and testimony;  participating in international technical assistance programs with foreign government officials;  providing legal support to BIS’s defense industrial base and treaty compliance programs; and supporting BIS participation in Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) activities.

Enforcement and litigation responsibilities will include:  representing BIS in complex administrative enforcement cases (including drafting charging documents and related materials, motions practice, discovery, and pre-trial and evidentiary hearings before administrative law judges), assisting federal prosecutors in criminal export control enforcement matters and assisting in defending civil challenges to and appeals of agency action, counseling BIS special agents regarding their investigations, and providing legal support for agency enforcement initiatives.  In addition, attorneys assist the Chief Counsel for Industry and Security on various projects as needed, including with respect to certain Freedom of Information Act legal issues.

Applicants must have an outstanding record of academic and professional achievement.  They must also possess exceptional analytical, writing, organizational, and interpersonal communications skills and demonstrate a serious interest in working on both regulatory and administrative enforcement matters.  Academic training or work experience pertinent to the work of OCC/IS is also desirable.  Attorneys must be able to handle a wide variety of assignments with short, time-critical deadlines, and have excellent interpersonal skills, suitable for successfully working with policy makers and senior-level officials as well as licensing officers and enforcement personnel at headquarters and in the field.   

Salary Range is $63,722 to $118,069 (GS-11 through GS-13 with promotion potential to a GS-15).

Applicants must be graduates from law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.  Applicants for GS-12 and 13 positions must be active members in good standing of a bar of a state or territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Proof of active bar membership will be required before a formal offer can be extended.  For recent law school graduates, bar membership is not required for initial appointment to a limited-term GS-11 law clerk position, which will be converted to an attorney position upon obtaining bar membership within 14 months.

Successful candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level security clearance.  Dual citizens must be prepared to relinquish foreign citizenship in order to receive a clearance.  Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position. U.S. citizenship is required. Occasional domestic and international travel may be required in this position.

Please send your resume, cover letter, law school transcript (unofficial is sufficient for application purposes), and a legal writing sample (preferably on a regulatory, export control, economic sanctions, international trade, national security or litigation topic) to OCCIS[at]doc[dot]gov.  Official law school transcripts will be required before a formal offer can be extended. 

Due to the expedited nature of this search process, applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Applicants who are not selected for interviews will not be contacted.